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Youth baseball sees many young players quit

August 13, 2013

NEW ULM — “We need to make these experiences for kids learning and fun experiences and not degrading all in the name of winning....

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Dec-05-13 7:48 AM

After all this time, discussion, gossip, you still are missing the point that a problem exists with the situation. Continue to tear at the parties involved and forget about the issue that's at the heart of the whole situation - the dwindling number of baseball participants. I guess you need someone to talk about at coffee in the morning.

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Dec-04-13 3:49 PM

You heard the same thing NU67? You changing your tune know about these two know. Has the Legion decided if these two are coming back next season?

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Nov-28-13 9:51 AM

Sports these days are more about tourism dollars with all the tournaments than actually having fun. There is too much pressure on these kids, and they miss out on so many other things because they are out if town every weekend. If it would have been like this when I was growing up, I would have quit, too.

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Nov-27-13 3:57 PM

Mr. Weier and Boelter. Why are you putting the blame all on red for this, No backbone now?

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Sep-13-13 12:37 PM

NU Proud - I agree that parents getting involved is the way to go with any sport. Getting involved with their kids and the sport they are in. The problem we are running into here "from what I am hearing around New Ulm" is that NUJBA does not like suggestions from anyone besides their own. Sometimes, like we just learned about the boards president, they don't even listen at all. Working through any issues, when it comes to sports or other, goes both ways. Who has control of who is on the NUJBA board? Who can vote them in and out? I think a lot of parent don't know that they are the ones that have this power. Their sons play and they pay. All I know for sure is that my sons plan on playing NUJBA again this year so I hope they get this all figured out.

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Sep-13-13 10:21 AM

Second it's easy to say there are problems. But I ask you, do you find the time to try to help? Board members, coaches, etc. in most cases aren't there because they're getting paid. But rather they care about the sport. If you feel otherwise it's your responsiblity to get involved. And when I say involved it could be as simple as attending a meeting or event. Then when you have a concern be confident enough to voice your thoughts, don't hide behind an excuss. Otherwise there is really no reason to complain. Life gives everyone things that aren't planned out. And when that happens we have to work at becoming stronger in whatever it maybe. If your son or daughter fails give them the support to want to WORK to get better, not a reason to quit on themselves. Be proud and work harder.

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Sep-13-13 10:09 AM

I've been a part of NU my whole life and seen about every side that NU baseball has to offer. I have lived through four differents sports, with both success and failure. My sons have played several sports at many different levels including NUJRB. Some of thier experiences have been filled with success and well as some were touched with failure. Yet it's though the failures that they have learned the most about themselves both in that sport, but in life itself. First I'm not saying that NUJRBA is perfect or any program for that fact. For I really feel that in any organization if your not trying to make strides to becoming better your dying. And yes sometimes as an organization you have success, while yet other times you fail. It's through this we learn how to adapt and try to strive to become better.(This kind of sounds like one of the biggest things you learn from any sport. How to pick yourself up and strive to become better.)

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Sep-10-13 7:16 PM

Hey NUJBA! What happened at your "secret meeting" where you voted out your president without him being there or even knowing about the meeting? Why?

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Sep-09-13 9:25 PM

I think that the NUJBA needs to take a serious look at themselves and remember why they formed their organization - TO GIVE MORE KIDS OPPURTUNITY - NOT TO TAKE THEM AWAY!!! Over the years it has become more about the politics and the coaches getting their kids on the "A" list simply by coaching and being on the NUJBA Board of directors! Before you pass judgment on me, I am a parent who has a kid on the "Rats" traveling team and the NUJBA city league and no I am not on the board and my career path has not allowed me to be able to coach. This problem starts early and only gets worse as the kids get older. A couple of suggestions - a non partial board of directors, then coaches that don't have their own children on their team! Its a curable problem, but I guarantee that nobody is trying to work on the solution - things will remain the same and as always this problem will persist with the next age of children, then the next, and so on and so on.

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Sep-08-13 9:39 PM

One thing the NUJBA could do is not have the coaches kids be on the same team as there kids. Then maybe all the kids would have a chance to play on their abilities and not just because there parent is a coach. I'm sure my kids aren't the only ones who feel this way. These are just a few of the many problems with NUJBA!!

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Sep-08-13 9:36 PM

I have had children in the youth baseball association for 18 years. My first son quit because he had a coach that wasn't very nice and he sat on the bench a lot!! My other children haven't quit yet, well that's not exactly true one has quit the traveling team because there are children who are chosen to just sit on the bench in case someone is injured and then they can play, is what I was told, so after sitting on the bench and us paying the money for him to sit on the bench he decided he didn't want to do that again. It is frustrating for my children when the coaches kids get to play the whole game for traveling teams even if they aren't doing that great and mine have to sit on the bench. Have you ever noticed how all the coaches kids get to pitch and play the best positions?? By the time you give the coaches kids 3 or 4 positions there aren't many "good" positions for the rest of the kids to play.

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Sep-06-13 3:57 PM

My son had a blast playing for the tournament team last year. They only won 2 or 3 games all year and never once were put down for it. His coach was amazing. Everyone got a chance to play. It was a great experience.I do agree that the batting cage does not get the use it should. My child loves NUJBA.

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Sep-06-13 3:23 PM

P.S. Thanks for the email whoever sent that. I would not have seen this article otherwise.

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Sep-06-13 3:22 PM

From all the comments on here I think most are missing the point. Instead of pointing fingers lets look for a solution. Everyone has their own opinions and neither are right or wrong in their own minds. We need to go to our children and ask them why? Do that tonight, ask your child why? Why do you like to play sports in New Ulm or why don't you? Put the politics aside and really listen to them, don't judge. You may just find out that you have been wrong on your opinions all along. I am going to ask my kids tonight about this and see what they say. After all, isn't all this about them?

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Aug-17-13 10:22 AM

Thanks justamom & bendier. I don't coach, have kids, volunteer, or are employed by ANY school or JR baseball. It's NOT about a school or coach or JR baseball or ME. It's about the loss of interest by youth on a committed level of activity that isn't technology based!! You can't give them a reason to quit because there are numerous reasons already for them to quit these activities. This lack of activity translates directly into their work ethics - ask a business owner about that generation. I'm not saying they're all bad, their are exceptions. Sadly, we're calling the good, hard-working, dedicated, committed youth as exceptions, not the norm. Again, put your personal feelings aside on all sides of this issue and look at the objective issues and seek solutions.

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Aug-17-13 9:44 AM

As a former baseball player for both Coach Weier and Coach Boelter I would like to add that they both are very influential and dedicated to student athletes and the game of baseball. New Ulm is and always will be a baseball town. I think a previous article added some insight to this problem. Kids are not as active as they were 15-25 years ago. Ask any New Ulm athlete from the 80's or 90's and they will tell you that backyard tenny ball games were common on a daily basis. Homerun derby's at the local park were something all your friends showed up for. We built a baseball diamond on our country property and my friends would bike 7-9 miles to play baseball all day. Kids were outside most of the time and didn't have access to the distraction of an electronic world.

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Aug-16-13 5:54 PM

The hypocrisy abounds in this article. Wasn't there are glowing article by Mr. Bastian a few weeks ago about two players playing with an elite baseball team and would cause at least one of the to quit football? I have no problem with that player's choice as kids should make their own choices on sports. But it seems to me that Mr. Bastian had no problem with the player quitting football to focus on baseball. He only has a problem when kids quit baseball. Do a little more reporting, talk to other coaches of sports and see if this is a youth program problem or just a result of fewer and fewer kids in New Ulm.

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Aug-16-13 3:40 PM

I do not know Bryce Boelter personally, but I have heard many positive things about him. That is neither here nor did this become a bash Boelter, bash any other coach article? The point is being totally missed once again. The reality is that we are losing kids in our athletic programs. That is a hard fact. We have one legion team instead of two, we don't have a C squad for football, we don't have C squad for girls basketball. We all have our theories on why. Again, I say to ask the athletes. They are the ones making the decisions. I could speak for why my children have dropped out of some sports, but that is my opinion not theirs. I do know that my children get way more out of being involved in athletics than winning games. It helps them learn teamwork respect and leadership among other things.

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Aug-16-13 12:46 PM

I certainly could be off, but as myself and a co-worker were discussing this morning, didn't Boelter coach at NUHS for like one or two seasons (basketball/baseball?), the Kaiserhoff for one season, MVL for maybe two seasons (baseball), MLC for a couple of years (baseball). Why all these short stays and numerous jumping around from place to place? Would raise some red flags if I were hiring him. I think we are reaching a little bit "Integriy" with your baseball purist comments.

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Aug-16-13 12:11 PM

The tradition of winning has been lost in the kids and the parents. Winning is FUN, but it is hard work and dedication. Kids need to be taught that with hard work and dedication comes success, not go through the motions and if you don't get what you want (to play or anything in life), that you complain in life or quit. This goes for everything. If I had a problem or concern with a coach or teacher, my parents told me to go talk with them and figure it out, also with sports, if I thought I should be playing and wasn't I was told maybe I should practice more, because if you actually are the best player on the field and work hard there is NO coach that isn't going to play you. Parents send you kids to school and have them strive for A's, Send them on the field and strive to be an A player and you will be setting them up for success. Kids take pride in what you are doing and push yourself like you never thought you could and you will be surprised with all the fun and happiness in life.

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Aug-16-13 11:23 AM

Kirby, Why are you turning this into a school thing? I believe Boelter attended NUHS, and like Integrity stated, he lives for baseball. Very intelligent baseball guy.

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Aug-16-13 11:21 AM

I can't speak for youth baseball but I can speak for other youth sports. Many kids today opt out of sports around that 12 yr old mark because the pressure to win becomes too great. That, for many kids overshadows any of the enjoyment they get from it. Despite what many adults might think kids do hear the yells and screams and it does impact them directly and in many cases negatively.

The other thing I see is kids begin to "specialize" at younger and younger ages these days. Those that opt to say in are more likely to focus on one or perhaps two sports when they reach their teen years.

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Aug-16-13 8:54 AM

Integrity-I thought you looked/sounded familiar. You are the author of past posts to NU Journal articles that has rather strong negative opinions at anything involving ISD 88, including teachers, administration, COACHES, school board members, etc. But you certainly support Bob Weier.......interesting. I think I just heard your dryer buzzer. Your maroon t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, and underwear are dry.

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Aug-16-13 8:06 AM

For those of you that don't know: Bryce Boelter has been a baseball purist that has supported and worked behind the scenes of NU baseball (all levels) for the better part of 30 years. He doesn't have a kid in the system, no politics, just loves baseball and knows baseball at a very high level (played at a high level as well). If it took his left arm to keep the programs running, he would offer that. That's his qualifications in a nutshell.

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Aug-16-13 8:00 AM

Both sides of this argument need to not take it as a personal attack on them and focus on 1) recognizing the issues 2) talking about solutions from different sources, and then 3) implementing some change to try to solve the issues. That is the simple solution to adult problem solving. I know it involves change...for the benefit of the group. I guess you could do nothing and wait for the "I told you so's" later.

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