Not Volleyball This Time...

March 25th, 2009
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We've begun baseball practices recently and let me tell ya there's no shortage of drama at Salt Lake.

Relax, no repeat of da volleyball fiasco last year (yet).  :roll:

Besides already stressing out that I got nearly a full team of inexperienced players (I feel a whole new batch of white hairs coming out), we have to share the field with what appears to be approximately five or six flag football teams ranging in age from 7 - 12.

If you haven't ever been to Salt Lake District Park Makai (w/ the pool), the field is HUGEMANGEOUS! There's two full sized baseball fields along with a smaller one and even with three fields, there's still CHOKE room inbetween.

But as you would have guessed by now, the flag football teams aren't practicing there. Instead, they are in our shallow left field, center field and right field. Our baseball team has the permit to the near baseball field and they have the permit for the field inbetween the baseball fields. In fact, we're the only baseball team practicing there so they, flag football teams, in essence can practice anywhere.

Yesterday, as our players were warming up (throwing balls) the flag football players walk right next to our last player and right behind to get to their practice without so much as to watch out for a ball.

Uh, we're practicing... and the ball we throw is HARD.

Lucky for them, I've trained our players to be conscience of lolo's like that so they stop and wait for them to clear. Then I see a handful of 5 year olds running THROUGH the warmups and what do their parents do?

Uh, nothing..... cause they're nowhere to be seen! Oh, there they are..... sitting in their car!

Now that's just the tip of the iceberg! They not only walk - I should say saunter cause they ALL take their sweet a$$ time! - through our practice, they even have the nerve to walk through our infield and through our dugout entrance just to get to their part of the field. What I don't get is that they could walk around the FENCED area just as easily but more importantly, not disturb another team and be protected from a wayward baseball.

It's really irras cause it happens to us everyday, twice a day. They start after us and finish before us and you would think by the 7th time they would catch da hint by now! I've been patient and even more so because I know that this will be their last week on the field but still... no can dat kine!

During our stretches, one "coach" even had the nerve to "eye" me out..... and then move his cones to the edge of our infield! Boy, I was about to go postal on his okole!

Woooo-saaaa....... woooo-saaaa.

I just used it as an example to our players that they should be more aware and respectful of other people and to not act like those jerks ever.

Later, I adjust our practice to work "around them" and what happens at the end of flag football practice? A bunch of five year olds just runs through our outfield drills (balls getting hit HARD to our outfielders standing in right field) and no parent saying anything like, "Stop (child's name)!" or "Go around!".

Nada.

So one misses an oblivious keiki and we hold up practice to let them pass. Then as we're about to begin again, adults walk RIGHT next to and just behind our outfield players making them wait while they talk amongst themselves not even noticing that they are walking through six players standing in the middle of the field.

Adults. ADULTS are acting like that!

WASSAP WIT DAT!

That was the first wave.......

As the second wave approached we hit a few balls again to our outfielders standing in right field to "hint" to them that we're not only practicing live but they're about to walk into a "danger zone".

Hint not taken.

That was the last straw. I was hoping they'd have enough common sense or at least the respect of a sportsman to give courtesy to a practicing team but nope, time to go medieval on them. As I walk from home plate to the outfield to let them know that a baseball team is on the field, I just heard a deep resonating voice from the end of the fence,

"GO AROUND!       HEY!      GO AROUND!!!      CAN'T YOU SEE THEY'RE PRACTICING!    WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING?!    GO AROUND!"

I dunno about you, but if I see a 5'10" 225+ pound Samoan yelling at me, I'd certainly move.... and move they did.

I'm glad I'm coaching his son.

Believe me, his son is learning manners and respect not only from me as a coach, but more importantly, his parents.

I hope the father is around during volleyball season.......

 

 

 

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46 Responses to “Not Volleyball This Time...”

  1. Ocean Lover:

    Morning BL.......hope I'm FIRST!

    After telling your story......you ANSWERED what's going on at the end:

    "Believe me, his son is learning manners and respect not only from me as a coach, but more importantly, his parents.

    Nuff said............keep up da fight BL! You're one of the good ones in this crazy world.

    OL


  2. Ocean Lover:

    Guess I should clarify.........."If you have IGNORANT PARENTS.............they produce IGNORANT KIDS"............and so the cycle continues.

    OL


  3. jaydee:

    Some people are clueless, yeah? The bad thing is, if a kid got hit by the ball the parents would hold you guys liable! You wonder why some kids grow up with no respect....they were never taught respect in the first place!


  4. roach:

    BL,
    Sounds like a scheduling problem and someone from the city & county should be involved. However, I have to disagree with your comment about the son learning manners from his father's actions. To me, he's only learning that jungle rules apply: THE BIGGEST AND LOUDEST GUY RULES!. I'm not defending the ignorance of the other team's kids, coaches and parents but shouldn't "someone" have talked to the other coach first instead of just yelling ? You may disagree with me but fights have broken out over dumber things.


  5. Tankobu:

    It's incredible how some people no more consideration these days! No class dat kine! People need to take care and look after each other; I no can stand people who abuse and take advantage of others. These kine people need a hard slap upside their thick ignorant heads.

    You one good coach; Good luck with your team Braddah Lance!


  6. Braddah Lance:

    Ocean Lover:
    Morning BL.......hope I'm FIRST!

    Well it's been awhile.... :grin:

    Nuff said............keep up da fight BL! You're one of the good ones in this crazy world.

    I try to be but I not perfect either.... I wear my emotions on my sleeve at times. :mad:

    Guess I should clarify.........."If you have IGNORANT PARENTS.............they produce IGNORANT KIDS"............and so the cycle continues.

    Rogah dat!
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    jaydee:
    Some people are clueless, yeah? The bad thing is, if a kid got hit by the ball the parents would hold you guys liable! You wonder why some kids grow up with no respect....they were never taught respect in the first place!

    Rogah dat.... two times!
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    roach:
    Sounds like a scheduling problem and someone from the city & county should be involved.

    No scheduling problem from the C&C. The field is divided into segments.... the flag football team is not on their permitted segment.... and they know it! They've been told by the staff before.

    However, I have to disagree with your comment about the son learning manners from his father's actions.

    Manners being that they were rude to not go around and our players know it.... the message delivery, yeah could have been handled differently.

    ....but shouldn't "someone" have talked to the other coach first instead of just yelling ? You may disagree with me but fights have broken out over dumber things.

    So we should extend more courtesy towards the rude people and walked over to them and talked to them? So the "nice" guy always has to be more nice? I thought the father handled it appropriately. He wasn't berating them. He wasn't yelling at the top of his lungs at them. There was a good 40 yards between them so his "yell" was necessary so that they could hear.

    I've also seen just as much fights come about from people "talking".

    Like we say hea at WWD!.... no can win.... but we certainly can try! :wink:

    Mahalos for sharing da "oddah" side of it! Healthy discussion yeah? :grin:
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    Tankobu:
    I no can stand people who abuse and take advantage of others.

    Me neither.

    Good luck with your team Braddah Lance!

    Uh, we going need more than luck....... :lol: :sad: :lol:


  7. Kelli:

    Yikes! People can be so rude, yeah? This deserves an AIGOO from me and you. Tsk tsk... Better think about what the kids are learning from this. Sometimes adults are not-so-great role models...


  8. tita leerz:

    it's good to have samoan friends. :)
    maybe when get league meeting you can bring it up and make sure it's on the agenda...well, i guess that would only work if you guys are in the same league. then again, sometimes it just feels good to let it all out, after a crazy day at work reading mento blogs, and yell and some arbitrary person walking through your end of the field in active practice!

    das kinda like the person who puts a "no parking/don't block driveway" sign in front their house cuz their neighbors are ignorant/stupid...or their guests are. or like da guy on da corner of waimano home road and an inner street near da park and highlands..."do not pick mangoes. call police."

    oh yeah...um...irra's is actually irras or irraz. the apostrophe s denotes that it may be possessive or equal to "irra is." I get all irraz when edumacators...like teachers...don't know how to use the apostrophe s properly. LOL..sorry for the little hijack but tanx for being a good sport about it.


  9. 808Dad:

    Hey Lance,
    I’ve been MIA lately but I have to chime in on the subject of respect. Like you I’ve been coaching for a number of years now. Most times if I see a kid showing little respect to their teammates or me you can almost be sure the parent act the same way. Parents of today use the TV to babysit instead of spending quality teaching time with their kids. We all know what kind of shows kids love to watch on TV. All those reality shows only show our young how to care only about yourself and no one else. Okay I’m getting off my soap box now.

    808Dad


  10. AC:

    I know you don't have kids yet BL but you spend a lot of time with kids coaching them. It's just sad to know how disrespectful kids can be nowadays...what's worse is that their parents are even worse. Now Gov. Lingle plans on spending the stimulus money designated for education to balance her budget. WWD?! If that happens, I guess we can expect more disrespectful, "unedumacated" kids and parents in the future! Unbelievable!

    Anyway, keep up your good work teaching Hawaii's children some good values!


  11. roach:

    BL: The field is divided into segments.... the flag football team is not on their permitted segment.... and they know it! They've been told by the staff before.

    hoooo brah, u nevah say dat befo. K-den us go puka der tiras la dat !
    (only kidding)


  12. BananaFysh:

    Hey BL -

    Whoa, you seem to be a magnet for donkeys like this. :shock:
    Hm, so are they just attracted to you, or are more people acting like this? :?

    Seems like more people have the "It's all about me" attitude now. Maybe they weren't raised like that, but became like that after seeing LOTS of people get away with that type of behavior.

    I agree that they KNOW they doing stink stuff to somebody else, but they don't care - it's about what's easier for them. Sounds like they lazy and no like walk a little further to the correct field. Plus, I bet now they closer to the water fountains, yeah? ;) Lazy buggahs.


  13. KAN:

    Thank goodness dat parent is perceptive, polite, and loud. Too bad he has to be big to get anyone's attention.

    Teachers, coaches, any de facto authority figures are so important in instilling good values. Parents are first and foremost important, but sometimes you just can't do anything about the lazy ones. Good on you, BL.


  14. Ynaku:

    Brah, you went switch gears on me. I was still da uddah side.

    You get some stories yeah?


  15. uncle jimmy:

    many parents just don't have the time, energy, or interest in giving the kids guidance and direction.. it's just too hard..

    kids will always "push the envelope" either by accident or by design, and if the parents aren't ready, willing, and able to monitor the kids, this is what you're going to get..

    my 6 y.o did anything close to this, i'd yell at him and yank his okole in anuddah direction..


  16. Ynaku:

    All it takes is a few lolo to make everybody think it's ok to be rude. I'm glad the Samoan guy on your side. I would have made big noise from the sideline too. Maybe I should come by and give um gas. They don't know me and I going home Friday. :D


  17. buddahbelly:

    Aloha BL, Rude, ignorant & disrespectful people is really a pet peeve for me. I would really love to dope slap these guys because that's how their kids are also. Just yesterday, I was at the checkout line in Longs with my items on the belt and this guy comes up and puts his stuff on the belt in front of mine. Soo blatant, I was going to give this Lolo a peice of my mind but I figured it's not worth my time to get all riled up over this a*%hole. Some people just don't know how to behave. BTW, you might want to try calling 768-4381 (City Office of Complaints) with the problem of other permitted teams encroaching on your field. They are good people in that office and will follow-up on your call. Those teams that don't abide by the terms of their permit could find their's revoked.


  18. tita leerz:

    dope slap...i like that!


  19. roach:

    buddahbelly,

    .......and the Long's clerk didn't say anything ?


  20. Ynaku:

    Whoa, Buddahbelly, If I was the clerk, I would grab his stuff and place it on the side. People need to learn manners. Le it be a life lesson.


  21. Ynaku:

    Hey Lance, I was just think about when the lolos walking through the outfield. That would be a great time to hit some long balls. Have the whole team bat stand on the first baseline and whack some balls into the outfield.

    The lolos going learn not to walk through a hail of skin balls. Buggah soa. Try ask Ukuhead. He broke his fingertip (I think)


  22. tita leerz:

    You know, sometimes, I understand da senior citizens. SOMETIMES. But other times, they know you there...they know what they doing...and you just wanna say, "Eh Tata!" or "Eh Baba!" Den you see their cane and you just wanna kick yourself.

    Sometimes, with other people, you kinda just struck as dumb-founded because you can't believe that just happened so you let it go...then later you get mad and you like go head hunting!


  23. NKHEA:

    Yoooo Howzit BL :)

    Good subject today :x :evil: :twisted:

    NKHEA...goin back to work ;)


  24. King Katonk:

    Chee...I knew I should've given that extra $.43 cents to the Lolo Telethon.
    These folks could've used the money to buy some common sense.

    The next time they pull that stunt again you should start chanting....

    "Bucks for Lolos...Bucks for Lolos..."


  25. Rodney:

    BL, just go get that player's parent one of those t-shirts that say SECURITY on it. Then have him hang out at every practice. When the idiots start walking on the field, all he has to do is walk towards them.

    They'll turn around.


  26. uhas2:

    Wow... loaded subject, I used to be a part of your rare coaching club. I worked with football kids... we had our feild battles with soccer, but lets start with practices. We became child care for over 70 kids age range of 7-15 for the hours of 4-6:30 daily. Parents would just drop of the players and dig. We wouldnt see them till dark and do they have the time to stop and chat.. no, we would hear "hurry up get in the car" and gone. Thank god we didnt have any kind of serious injuries with players. These parents where the worst to work with.. never had the time for the kids or whats happening. Or the parent that forgot their player at the feild. Our club rule was to never leave the field till all players are picked up, but 7:30-8pm is late. I dont miss that part about youth sports. Miss the kids!

    Fields.. always battled with soccer, we put in our request for feilds for days, times, and which feild. Soccer season would roll around and we would be loaded with soccer players on football feild.. talk about seeing heated talks between coaches.. we just gave up and went back to P&R and let them settle it. Not worth the high blood pressure..


  27. honda si boy:

    cuz, dat sux beeg time! you should borrow some cones or something from the C&C (do they rent those out for teams?) and string 'em up with those yellow "caution" type tape all around your designated area (the area that you have legitimately reserved for your team!) so all da lolos no can pass thru.


  28. honda si boy:

    king katonk: haha, "$0.43?!?!?" the rate those lolo parents and kids are going, i think you gotta donate your entire paycheck and 401k to those guys!


  29. King Katonk:

    h si boy...
    I would donate more but I have to pay my share to the AIG executives.
    And besides, I would hate to see my money go to a lost cause.

    Is our society getting dumber or what?

    Thank goodness the Kwonics/Lanceformers balance the scales of intelligence.


  30. Braddah Lance:

    Kelli:
    Yikes! People can be so rude, yeah? This deserves an AIGOO from me and you.

    Say it with me...... AiiiiiGoooooo......
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    tita leerz:
    it's good to have samoan friends.

    :grin:

    oh yeah...um...irra's is actually irras or irraz. the apostrophe s denotes that it may be possessive or equal to "irra is."

    Mi-ya-ne. All fixed..... no like you be irras. :grin:
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    808Dad:
    I’ve been MIA lately

    Yup... you must be working hard. :grin:

    Like you I’ve been coaching for a number of years now. Most times if I see a kid showing little respect to their teammates or me you can almost be sure the parent act the same way.

    I can attest to about 90% of that.

    All those reality shows only show our young how to care only about yourself and no one else.

    You know, dat's really true. They scheme and manipulate and actually say, "I'm in it for me" a good deal of the time.
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    AC:
    I know you don't have kids yet BL but you spend a lot of time with kids coaching them.

    Yup. I would say on any given week about 15-20 hours.

    If that happens, I guess we can expect more disrespectful, "unedumacated" kids and parents in the future!

    But dat's we, as "responsible" adults, gotta help make dat change. :neutral:
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    roach:
    hoooo brah, u nevah say dat befo. K-den us go puka der tiras la dat !
    (only kidding)

    :lol: I thought I did but I guess my grammer not so clear. :shock:
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    BananaFysh:
    Whoa, you seem to be a magnet for donkeys like this.
    Hm, so are they just attracted to you, or are more people acting like this?

    BOTH!

    Maybe they weren't raised like that, but became like that after seeing LOTS of people get away with that type of behavior.

    Rogah Dat! I'm guilty of dat at times too wen I get frustrated saying, "so wat? THEY do it too!"......... then I get SOS. :roll:

    I agree that they KNOW they doing stink stuff to somebody else, but they don't care - it's about what's easier for them. Sounds like they lazy and no like walk a little further to the correct field.

    Exactly! Even wen I have my players run laps, we purposely run around them the long way to avoid interferring with anyone's practice for that matter.
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    KAN:
    Parents are first and foremost important, but sometimes you just can't do anything about the lazy ones.

    Well said. :grin:
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    Ynaku:
    You get some stories yeah?

    Always.... but da well running a li'bit dry. :???:
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    uncle jimmy:
    kids will always "push the envelope" either by accident or by design, and if the parents aren't ready, willing, and able to monitor the kids, this is what you're going to get..

    Exactomondo!

    my 6 y.o did anything close to this, i'd yell at him and yank his okole in anuddah direction..

    Boo-yah! Some old school action! :wink:


  31. bamboohouse808:

    BL - I don't know if it's either blatant "I know what I doing, but I don't care" or "I'm so into myself, I don't realize that my actions affect others". Hopefully, it's the latter. I think that's an easier thing to change - ignorance. I think it's harder to change someone from being an a-hole. Either way, it's bad.

    Props to you for always trying to do the right thing. :grin:


  32. Ynaku:

    You da Man. I keep telling you that. No worries, we get your back.


  33. anklebiters:

    BL:

    Bouncing a fly ball off one of the parents head will cure their evil behavior...just be sure to yell FORE or INCOMING :!: :-)


  34. EMM386:

    Hey BL, I was one of the engineers who designed the fields when they re-did them a few years ago. Glad to see that you guys are getting use out of it (what use you CAN yet out of it, anyway). I was one of the engineers on the pool to, for whatever that's worth.


  35. uji:

    tita..

    an' if da uddah guy knows some Sa-moans, it's gud to know Sa-moa..

    heh heh..


  36. snow:

    i used to think i was a "weirdo magnet" so i think maybe you one "lolo-magnet," huh? lol... i guess when you're volunteering with kids in the community, you are in the vicinity of more lolos then i am! how rude of them to not think anything of interrupting your team's practice and how stupid of them to not think anything about the potential to get hurt! if i saw my kid doing that, i would been telling him to pay attention and have respect for others! don't kids still get graded in school for "citizenship" or something.. you know that "shows respect for others" and stuff? FAIL! :evil: kudos to you, BL, for still taking the time to coach and, more importantly, sticking to your guns and teaching the kids valuable life lessons!


  37. anklebiters:

    A slap shot from a hockey puck in their general direction does wonders. :shock: The kids would claim Sorry, wrong direction. Besides, what are they doing on the rink without helmets :?:


  38. anklebiters:

    #37 Must be my day to be Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    The work p-u-c-k must be a no no word.


  39. McLovin:

    Bruddha Lance,
    Have you ever even considered talking to the flag football coach/parents? I would think that if you talked to him about the safety issues involved that maybe they would think twice about practicing too close to your team. Throwing da stink eye back and forth won't solve anything.


  40. NKHEA:

    Yoooo howzit BL :)

    By da by do you still have da tickets for da ca show :? I don't mind getting some if still get :) let me know ;) give me a call can come down and pick'um up from you :D

    NKHEA... take any ting fo free afta Lost Wages ;)


  41. B:

    no can understand dis kine stuff. its totally inconsiderate and disrespectful. I've heard many stories from da high school level ( you probably heard all da stories too) of coaches and parents conflicts, an da coaches da ones, out of frustration jus move on.

    like some of da oddas wen mention maybe gotta contact C&C an file complaints, I know dis used to work wen we used to play in tennis leagues an had da threat of da permits being revoked.

    give you props fo being patient an showing your kids da proper way.


  42. Braddah Lance:

    Ynaku:
    All it takes is a few lolo to make everybody think it's ok to be rude.

    Sometimes I think everybody turning into lemmings. :roll:
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    buddahbelly:
    Just yesterday, I was at the checkout line in Longs with my items on the belt and this guy comes up and puts his stuff on the belt in front of mine.

    Whaaa? Fo' realz? I would have definetely said somehting.

    BTW, you might want to try calling 768-4381 (City Office of Complaints) with the problem of other permitted teams encroaching on your field.

    Mahalos for the info! I've already spoken with one of the park directors and they'll be gone at the end of this week so I can patient for a few more days. :???:
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    tita leerz:
    dope slap...i like that!

    Well it's da PC term of B-slap. :grin:
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    roach:
    .......and the Long's clerk didn't say anything ?

    Yeah... I'm kinda surprised.
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    Whoa, Buddahbelly, If I was the clerk, I would grab his stuff and place it on the side. People need to learn manners. Le it be a life lesson. Or maybe ring it up a hundred times saying he owes like $500. :lol:

    Hey Lance, I was just think about when the lolos walking through the outfield. That would be a great time to hit some long balls.

    I've done dat sometimes - always away from them but enough to let them know a ball is coming. :wink:
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    tita leerz:
    Sometimes, with other people, you kinda just struck as dumb-founded because you can't believe that just happened so you let it go...then later you get mad and you like go head hunting!

    I guess breathing wouldn't help either huh? :lol:
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    NKHEA:
    NKHEA...goin back to work

    No lie. :razz:
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    King Katonk:
    Chee...I knew I should've given that extra $.43 cents to the Lolo Telethon.
    These folks could've used the money to buy some common sense.

    :lol:
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    Rodney:
    BL, just go get that player's parent one of those t-shirts that say SECURITY on it. Then have him hang out at every practice. When the idiots start walking on the field, all he has to do is walk towards them.

    Excellent idea! Get some parent "involvement". :lol:
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    uhas2:
    Parents would just drop of the players and dig. We wouldnt see them till dark and do they have the time to stop and chat.. no, we would hear "hurry up get in the car" and gone.

    Nothing's changed in the 16 years I've been coaching.
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    honda si boy:
    ...string 'em up with those yellow "caution" type tape all around your designated area

    Ho, no can. We practice in a high crime zone... bumbye they think had murder or something. :roll:
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    King Katonk:
    Is our society getting dumber or what?
    Thank goodness the Kwonics/Lanceformers balance the scales of intelligence.

    :grin: :wink: :grin:


  43. Braddah Lance:

    bamboohouse808:
    I think that's an easier thing to change - ignorance. I think it's harder to change someone from being an a-hole. Either way, it's bad.

    True dat.
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    Ynaku:
    I keep telling you that. No worries, we get your back.

    XL right? I got dat "FBI SECURITY" shirt on order. :wink:
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    anklebiters:
    Bouncing a fly ball off one of the parents head will cure their evil behavior...just be sure to yell FORE or INCOMING

    Wat about..... HOMERUN! :lol:
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    EMM386:
    Hey BL, I was one of the engineers who designed the fields when they re-did them a few years ago. Glad to see that you guys are getting use out of it (what use you CAN yet out of it, anyway).

    You know, not sure if it's the landscapers who redid the field then because to tell you the truth... the field is EXACTLY the same as it was before and after the "remake". The field still ponds and in fact it's sunken in at certain spots. Oh well.
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    uji:
    tita..
    an' if da uddah guy knows some Sa-moans, it's gud to know Sa-moa..

    :lol: You made a funny. :lol:
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    snow:
    i used to think i was a "weirdo magnet" so i think maybe you one "lolo-magnet,"

    Uh-oh. Bettah not go to any mo' pah-tay's together..... we going get da worst..... one lo-lo weirdo! :shock:

    BL, for still taking the time to coach and, more importantly, sticking to yor guns and teaching the kids valuable life lessons!

    One keiki at a time......
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    anklebiters:
    A slap shot from a hockey puck in their general direction does wonders. The kids would claim Sorry, wrong direction. Besides, what are they doing on the rink without helmets

    ok.......
    March 26th, 2009 at 5:55 am edit

    The work p-u-c-k must be a no no word.

    :lol: Depends wat accent you use. :wink:
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    McLovin:
    Have you ever even considered talking to the flag football coach/parents? I would think that if you talked to him about the safety issues involved that maybe they would think twice about practicing too close to your team. Throwing da stink eye back and forth won't solve anything.

    You and I must be seeing da same things but on different levels. :grin:

    I agree, stink eye's don't help anyone but why is it that someone in my situation have to extend courtesy above and beyond when it's common sense? Do you cross the street in traffic against the light even though you're in a crosswalk? We have the baseball field. They are IN the baseball field. We've already "let them" use part of our practice field. Let's flip it. What if we were on their football field and I had our team have batting practice at the same time?

    C'mon, I have to explain to them that THEY are on a baseball field and the balls are hard? If they can't figure that out on their own, a "talk" isn't going to help.
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    B:
    no can understand dis kine stuff. its totally inconsiderate and disrespectful.

    McLovin - There's your answer...

    like some of da oddas wen mention maybe gotta contact C&C an file complaints, I know dis used to work wen we used to play in tennis leagues an had da threat of da permits being revoked.

    Rogah. But most times I'm just patient knowing that they'll be off soon anyways...... :roll:


  44. McLovin:

    Braddha Lance,
    Not trying to give you a hard time but in situations like this the adults have to take the lead. I guess your situation hits close to home for me because I was playing on a softball league and this parent (not involved with our game) let their kid play on the field about 20 ft. from the third base foul line. I threw an errant pass to third base and it hit the kid square in the head. Man I felt so bad. So after that everytime i see kids playing close to the field (especially infield) I talk to the parents to let their kids play in a safer area. Anyways I know its hard these days with some people and I respect you dedication as a coach and spending a lot of your free time on the field.


  45. Braddah Lance:

    McLovin:
    Not trying to give you a hard time

    Far from it. :grin:

    I threw an errant pass to third base and it hit the kid square in the head. Man I felt so bad.

    My take on that? I say good for them.

    Not being mean or anything but look, you guys are playing a game - and that parent fully aware (just by using their eyes) - are just foolish. They're rolling the dice. What kind of parent - or person for that matter - would let their keiki play so close to a game? That's just like telling your kids swim in shark infested waters... it's only a matter of time they get bitten when they shouldn't have been in there.

    Now if my players were outside the field and fooling around and throwing a ball and it hit someone, then it would be on the players, not the bystanders. But once the bystanders cross the line from the "public field" to the "playing field", there's no "protection" for that bystander anymore.

    So after that everytime i see kids playing close to the field (especially infield) I talk to the parents to let their kids play in a safer area. Anyways I know its hard these days with some people and I respect you dedication as a coach and spending a lot of your free time on the field.


  46. McLovin:

    Braddha Lance,
    I see your point, but I forgot to mention that the kid was a toddler. Around 3 years old. I was afraid that the kid might get brain damage. But yes the parents should be more responsible. But then again some parents are plain clueless.