Little League coach makes fun of crazy youth sports parents
Have a case of the Mondays? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Thanks to a brilliant video that Michael S. Rosenwald of The Washington Post covered late last week, we've got a fresh, new outlook on youth sports. In the video, Scott Bergin, the coach of a Little League team outside of Houston called the Sand Gnats, has made it his personal goal to tear down the walls of the insanely competitive culture sweeping through youth sports:
As the athletes and parents look on, both clearly in on the joke, watch Bergin hammer into his team -- hitting on cliches and punchlines like: "there are only two types of people: winners and losers" and "disgrace the pitcher's family." Bergin, 46, popped the video onto his Youtube channel just over a year ago, but it's one of his many pregame speeches to the team. Ultimately, it's all in good fun -- but it's sadly the exception rather than the rule. From Rosenwald:
In announcing the seventh batter, Bergin said: “The 7-hole is the most important hole in the order. Just kidding. It’s like third worst.” Several players laughed. “This is hilarious,” one said. Brady, a fifth-grader, totally gets it. “He’s not like the other coaches who always yell and make it all about themselves,” he said. “He’s really funny. I really like him.” And so do his parents. They say Bergin really is the exact opposite of the coach he sometimes portrays. He makes sure all players, even the weaker ones, get experience in the infield and batting high up in the order. He doesn’t yell. He wants to win, the parents say, but never at the expense of hurting a child’s feelings.
This Monday, take a page out of Coach Bergin's playbook and make youth sports fun again. You may not have the comedy chops to take on Bergin's role, but remember why you and the athletes are there in the first place. Remember, it's not about winning or losing, youth sports should be about giving athletes an experience they'll never forget. Bergin is putting his best foot forward to help out there, so you should too.
The Washington Post -- Michael S. Rosenwald -- ‘Your dad’s a loser’: Videos parody the insane world of youth sports