Ah, girl’s softball: there is nothing more competitive than a bunch of young girls vying for the bragging rights of being champions. But just how far will some girls go to get there? Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan are prime examples of just how far the catitude’s reach is.
The other day, a girl’s softball team out of Atlee, VA was disqualified from playing in the Big Kahuna – the Junior Little League World Championship – because of this photo
Not very ladylike, girls!
Now – I know 12-14 year old kids flipping the bird is nothing new. Hell, I’m pretty sure the majority of us did at that age, and even NSTB used to take it a step further and flash gang signs for the camera (I’m since reformed, I promise.)
The glaring difference between then and now is, when we took those photos, we didn’t run around the neighborhood stapling the pics to telephone poles like a sign for your lost, beloved pet Rover. Nor did we pop ’em in the snail mail to all of our classmates. They usually stayed relegated to a photo album or pinned to a wall (if you remembered to hoof it to the nearest pharmacy and get them developed, that is.)
“The Atlee Little League softball team was disqualified Saturday from playing in the Junior League World Series after a player posted a photo of her teammates, ages 12-14, giving middle fingers on Snapchat. Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain wrote in a statement to theRichmond Times-Dispatch that it was a “violation of Little League’s policies regarding unsportsmanlike conduct.” The post itself, which was coupled with a caption that read “watch out host,” came after the team won its semifinal game against host team Kirkland, which went to the championship game instead and lost 7-1 to USA Central.
Atlee coach Chris Mardigian said the issue was retaliation against some members of the host team who had treated the Atlee girls with less-than-ideal hospitality.
Friday’s game ended in a double play shortly after a baserunner from the Kirkland team was ejected for stealing signals from the Atlee team while on second base and relaying them to the batter. A Kirkland coach was ejected.
After Atlee manager Scott Currie caught wind of the post, it was deleted and he gathered his players to personally apologize to Kirkland. The disqualification came later, a decision Currie disagreed with, telling the Times-Dispatch, “It’s a travesty for these girls. Yes, they screwed up, but I don’t think the punishment fit the crime.”
Late Saturday night, Atlee Little League president Jamie Batten sent a statement to the Times-Dispatch saying that the organization is “disappointed” by the incident, and that the players “will brush themselves off after a loss, and try again — after having learned a most valuable lesson.”“
All righty – so shit got heated between the teams, they were playing dirty, so on and so forth. That’s the nature of the beast and something you learn to deal with when you play organized sports as a kid. “Less-than-ideal hospitality” – what does that even mean? Did they not shake out the doormat for them or something?
Whatever “unhospitable” thing that happened aside – HALF of the team decided to take a group pic, in full uniform, IN the dugout, flipping the bird and throwing shade at the other team all in one felled swoop. Then they took it a step further and posted it to Snapchat.
My take on this is probably going to be unpopular, but, I really don’t give a flying fuck:
I think that The Little League handled it beautifully – they deserved the DQ. You win as a team, you lose as a team, you get disqualified as a team. Not to mention, it was HALF the roster in the photo anyway, so even if they suspended only those six girls, the other six would’ve had to forfeit anyway.
While this isn’t really an egregious offense, it is unsportsmanlike, and it isn’t cool. What it IS is an incredible lesson for these girls: what you post on social media can, and often does, have real life consequences. This heavy-handed repercussion is precisely what these girls need so they don’t end up on blogs like Turtleboy. While it sucks that they weren’t able to go on and play in the championship game, they’ll be heading home from Washington with a ton more life experience under their belt which will hopefully help them become productive, well-rounded members of society one day.
What do you think? Am I a cunt for supporting the Little League? Think the punishment was too harsh or dead on? Let me know in the poll below!