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Monday, 07 May 2001 12:00 AM

Ugh.

Clearly, dark and evil forces managed to brainwash our president. What else would explain why a former major league baseball team owner would resort to hosting an event that features T-ball, a ridiculous substitute for the real thing?

And it gets worse. From Austin, Texas, comes this incredible bit of news: The school district there has banned "dodgeball," that all-American tradition of school playgrounds and recess where a soft red rubber ball is thrown at opponents until the last person standing wins. I read a quote from some pinhead school administrator who thinks that dodgeball "encourages violence" and "lowers a child's self-esteem."

The popularity of T-ball and the banning of dodgeball is part of an alarming trend that I call "the sissification of our boys." T-ball dimwits think that teaching a 6- or 7-year-old how to swing at a pitch is too difficult for the child, so they put the ball on a stick and have them swing at it. Dodgeball opponents think that a kid getting hit in the butt by a rubber ball might sting, so they ban it altogether. In other words, let's produce a culture of sissies instead of rough-and-tumble, normal kids.

T-ball started this pattern. When I was 5 or 6, my dad put a bat in my hands and taught me how to hit. Today, kids play T-ball with oversized helmets and mandatory lemonade, cookie and ice cream breaks. T-ball doesn't keep score? Teaching kids how to compete by scoring the most runs is the whole point! Good sportsmanship doesn’t have to ignore winning and losing. Instead, T-ball throws the baby out with the bathwater. No pitch, no runs scored, no winners or losers. What a colossal waste of time.

As more and more of these examples occur, we'd better be careful. You know the saying about today's children being tomorrow's leaders. If the dodgeball opponents have their way, tomorrow's leaders will be a bunch of sissies.

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