Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Post by Rick Hernande » Thu, 04 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Is anybody else getting tired of hearing about the 12U Little League team
that won the national but lost the World championship?  

I commend the boys for a job well done, but this media hype is a little
much overkill.  I guess I am just a little jealous, as back in 94 my
daughters team won the 12U National ASA National championship, and they got
squat for media coverage.  Even to this day all age bracket ASA National
Champions do not receive even a tiny percentage of the media coverage that
Little League receives.  What does it take to become the media darlings
they so rightly deserve?

In 1994, our team coordinator was on the phone to all the local TV news
stations, trying to get someone to acknowledge the girls achievement, but
most said no thank you, there is no interest in a girls softball team.  

Luckily the local channel 11 sent out a reporter and the girls had a small
story done on them which was shown in the early morning and late night
news.  And I think a couple of other stations picked up on this story later
in week.  There was also a challenge made by the reporter to the Northridge
Little League boys team (who also won the National, but lost World) to a
friendly game to see who can beat who.  But Little League officials said no
to this request.  Makes you wonder, were they following regulations, or
were they afraid to play a bunch of girls.

After many phone calls to Disneyland officials, Disney people grudgingly
gave our team free passes to the team, but with the stipulation that they
do not tell the media of what they did.  Nowadays a Little League team
loses a tournament and they are invited with open arms and given a heroes
welcome in their parade.

Again I don't want to take any of the praise and accolades from the boys,
but please recognize our National championship girls for their
accomplishments also.

These are my thoughts and opinions, and if you have any for or against,
please share them with the rest of us.  

A parent of three girls, no boys.

Rick H.
OCA16Uparent

 
 
 

Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Post by Hiller » Sun, 07 Sep 1997 04:00:00

You ignore one important fact here: women are inferior athletes.

Vince

 
 
 

Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Post by ALAN11 » Wed, 10 Sep 1997 04:00:00

The problem is that when a travel team wins a national Tournament its not
viewed as the same because it is Not the same.  League play is what youth
sports are about.  Club ball and travel teams are for the elite players.
Only if you are selected can you win th3e championship.  In
recreationalplay such as Little League, or other recreational programs,
(bobby Sox , PONY, AYSO, NJB) all players regardless of ability compete for
a chance to represent their LEAGUE iin a competive manner with the goal of
being a Champion.  

I agree that these travel/club teams should get more recognition but first
we neeed to give recognition to those programs that provide the training
ground for the Travel teams.

This is where the publicity and recognition shoul be.

Praise those that play  in Recreational as they are  the ones that setthe
foundation for the so called success of the Travel/club teams.

 
 
 

Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Post by CA Sto » Thu, 11 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Spoken like the parent of a "league" player....

In girls' play, at least, travel is the only place recognition is deserved
and significant.

2 years ago, my daughter's team won Nationals....they were given free
tickets to Dodger game.  The Long Beach LL team, which also finished as
first loser (runner-up) was given a ticker tape parade in
Disneyland.....Where was title 19 when you needed it????

 
 
 

Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Post by Hiller » Thu, 11 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I agree that these travel/club teams should get more recognition but first
>we neeed to give recognition to those programs that provide the training
>ground for the Travel teams.

OK well let's extend it a little and give recognition to the foundation
that contributed to the great leadership of Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Vince

 
 
 

Media hype for the Mission Viejo L.L.

Post by Hiller » Thu, 11 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>Where was title 19 when you needed it????

Title 19 must be the Little League equality rule? Never heard of it.

As far as Title IX it addresses ONLY programs that receive government funding.

Vince