- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)8
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
Lesson for youths: Play by rules
Last Saturday, the Jackson Optimist Boys' Basketball League ended another season. What should have been a chance for young boys to develop and practice basketball and sportsmanship skills was, once again, tainted by coaches who refused to play by the rules. It is a not-so-well-kept secret that several of the coaches have gotten creative in their efforts to win at all costs. Allegations of teams loaded with older children, coaches giving lower rankings to the best players so that more can be on one team, coaches changing the team rosters and deliberate late sign-ups so that the best players can be on one team have plagued this league.
As a parent, I have to wonder why some coaches feel this necessary. Ask almost any boy on any team, and he can tell you what teams are loaded with the best players and how some coaches cheat to win. Is this really the lesson we want to teach our youths?
The Optimists work hard to make this league possible. Many hours and dollars go toward planning and preparation. To this organization, I say thank you. To the coaches who don't play by the rules, I ask that you change or stop coaching. Your "victory above all else" motto is not what our youths need to learn. Finally, to the coaches who play by the rules and teach our boys what true sportsmanship is, I applaud you. Your lessons will serve our youths well in years to come.
KATHY HARRIS, Jackson