Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Kids sports are good ways for children to learn important lessons about life. They learn how to work as a team. They learn discipline from long hours of practice. They learn about the consequences of not following the rules when they strike out. They learn hand and eye coordination.
Kids learn about sportsmanship and enjoy the camaraderie of their teammates. They learn the importance of preparation as they get ready to play by studying plays, and learning the rules of the game. Kids get good exercise and strengthen their bodies.
When they play high school hockey they learn that the all mighty dollar is more important than a statement of patriotism. A local league determined that it costs a few bucks every game to stop and play the national anthem. It was too much. Apparently tens of thousands of dollars for gear, uniforms, officials, fields, insurance are all okay but less than ten dollars is too much to teach patriotism, too much to honor those who gave everything for our nation. If ten dollars is too much of an expense to play the national anthem, then they should disband the hockey league and give the money to baseball; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.