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I would like to start this letter with a "Great Job" to all of the 7- and 8-year-old girls on all of the teams.
Trace Creek Girls' Softball general rules were made to be broken or at least some don't have to follow them if it benefits certain others. Anyone that went to the Web site and read the rules will notice the first rule was broken.
General Rule #1 states: "A team must have 8 players to constitute a team and a designated batter may be used. If a team begins play with 10 players it may end the game with no less than 8. If it begins with 8 players then it may end with no less than 8. An official roster will be at least 9 players, 10 if available. If you only have 8 players available there will be an automatic out for the 9th position."
Well, this rule was not followed Tuesday night in the Cardinals v. Braves game. Cardinals started the season with 10 players and ended up with only 8 available players Tuesday night. Mark Speer was asked about the player rule and stated: "You can play with 8 players, only if you go down to 7 players would the 8th position be considered an automatic out!
Wrong. Read the rules, it just so happened I had a copy of the rules that was printed out for Mr. Speer to read, copied from the very own TraceCreekPark.com Web site. After reading these posted rules that had been on the Web site from day one of the season, his response was: "That's what it says but in the past we have."
Once again I stopped him and said this is the rule, it is off the Web site. He decided he needed to make a call to Sarge (Mike Pollock). Afterwards, the coaches were called together before the game was started and told that that particular rule was wrong on the Web site. Sarge wasn't the one at signups and spoke to the parents about going to the Web site for information, not to call him but to check the Web site. Sarge's name wasn't even mentioned at signups nor on any papers sent home. It's not what was done in the past, it follows the rules.
We wonder what is wrong with children these days, well, DUH. If adults make these rules and they can't be followed by the adults, then how can we expect to make rules and children follow them. What is this? Don't do as I do, do as I say?
Trace Creek has several things that needs to be changed:
- Follow the rules. If the rules aren't correct, then correct them at the beginning of the season not during the playoffs.
- A person that coaches in the same league/field should not be allowed to umpire another game. If you need umpires, then switch out with the other field.
- Children shouldn't be able to keep the score/outs/hits, most of the time the board wasn't even kept right.
- Umpires should have to pass an eye exam.
I understand not everyone is perfect and bad calls are going to be made, but it just seems that the bad calls seem to only go toward one team and not both, I've seen this in other games I've watched, it seems like only one team gets the bad calls.
I just ask that maybe next year the ballpark will have it a little more together and that the rules posted will be followed.
Thanks to the coaches Gary Isaacs and Phillip Harris that took time out of their busy schedules to teach our children the sport, and shame on those of you that don't follow the rules and expect others too.
Oh, one more thing ... our coach was told you had to stand in the circle to pitch and that you couldn't get out of the circle. Wrong. Very few coaches did this. Is this one of those special rules? I, along with other parents, feel that not following this rule cost our team the win. You figure it out, look at the score.
Braves, you did very well. Keep your heads up. Score was Cardinals 9, Braves 6 at the end of the fifth inning.
Oh, by the way, Mr. Speer, Mac was safe on second base, the last out you called in the fifth inning.
You can call me a bad sport or sore loser, and that's OK, umpires made bad calls too.
Thanks again to all of those that made girls' softball possible this year. Hopefully, next year can be better.
I would like to tell my daughter, Sara Jo Lawson, how proud I am of her. This was her first year playing softball and she did very well. Yes, she struck out three different times, but learned from those mistakes, but she also made a lot of singles, doubles and made a triple. Sara Jo is excited about next year and has even chosen to play for her school when she is old enough. So, once again, thanks to you all.
Trace Creek Girls' Softball Board of Directors had this response:
I would like to start by apologizing on behalf of Trace Creek Park Board and myself to Mrs. Lawson and the Braves team for having incorrect information posted in the rules section of our Web site. This is the first year for implementation of our website, www.tracecreekpark.com and we have had an endless number of positive responses from coaches, players, parents and fans.
As Mrs. Lawson said in her letter, sometimes mistakes are made and you learn from your mistakes. I will take the blame for an older version of the rules being on the Web site, but the rules that were followed are the correct rules for the Park. Both coaches were shown a copy of the correct rules before the game started and agreed it was the correct rules. Gary Isaacs, the coach of the Braves, made the comment, "I don't want a minor rule question to affect the game, I want to win the game on the field."
In no way did a rules question affect the outcome of the game.
I would like to extend an invitation to anyone willing to volunteer their time to help at the park. The Trace Creek Park Board is a totally volunteer board that welcomes and needs more volunteers. We have 325 girls playing in five different leagues on only two fields, which is a major organizational task by a volunteer board.
It is the goal of the Trace Creek Park Board to provide an enjoyable and learning experience for all the girls. I would like to personally say thank you to all the coaches and board members for volunteering their time to make Trace Creek Park a success.
Trace Creek Park Board