These young women are amazing athletes, yet a viewer will still see a fair share of strikeouts.
Softball and strikeouts, of course, reminded me of this news story from last month:
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A South Tahoe High softball coach required any player who struck out in a May 1 game to drink soda out of a shoe, school officials have confirmed.-----------------------------------------------
Eight varsity players who struck out against the Wooster Colts in that game at Todd Fields were required by coach Anneliese Neitling to drink soda pop out of a team member's softball cleat at a team slumber party that night...
James Tarwater, the superintendent of Lake Tahoe Unified School District, interpreted the action as a young coach's mistake.
"It was meant as a joke and obviously it went too far," said Tarwater, whose office received one parental complaint about the incident.
Tarwater said the incident will be addressed during Neitling's postseason coaching evaluation.
"People learn from mistakes," Tarwater said. "She does a good job pulling the team together, morale-wise and support-wise."
However, the parent who complained about the event said it was a safety issue.
"I was not happy about this. She should have thought about this and acted with better judgment," the parent said. "This is a safety issue. Each year there is a horrible story of someone killed because of hazing. I just didn't want this go any further and see someone get hurt."
Many states, including California and Nevada, have laws against hazing, which is an initiation or act that subjects someone to possible bodily danger, physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace in order to be accepted in their group or organization.
The parent was concerned that if the girls thought that being forced to drink out of a shoe was OK, that something worse might follow.
The parent's daughter who struck out and drank out of the shoe spoke to the Tribune about the experience.
"I thought she was joking about it at first," the team member said. "I was a little shocked. I thought it wasn't a very smart thing to punish us with."
...The reporting parent said that coach Neitling has apologized to the team and parents, satisfying his concerns...
I had two observations on the forced footwear chug-a-lug:
- If you have a job that involves being an authority figure over teens or children ( e.g. teacher, coach, police officer), the last place you should want to be is at a "slumber party" with the young people.
Trying to instill discipline, or be viewed as a peer, at 1 am by playing drinking games (even if it is only with soda) will result in the adult losing his/her job 95% of the time.
- If I made anyone drink liquids out of my wretchedly funky shoes, it would likely be considered assault with a deadly weapon.
The image was used from here.