Is the Little League World Series a good thing for kids?

Fairfield’s Matt Kubel rears back and gets ready to deliver during a Little League World Series game last summer. (AP)

Is the Little League World Series a good thing for kids? Our Noah Finz sure doesn’t think so. At least, he believes all of the media attention may be too much for 12-year olds to handle.

Noah goes on quite a rant. Do you agree with him? Watch our panel discussion and decide for yourself.

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4 thoughts on “Is the Little League World Series a good thing for kids?

  1. The worst thing about Little League and other baseball / softball leagues is the 10-run rule. If they had such a rule when I was playing, I would never have gotten my second and third at bats in a game, or had chance to field many balls hit to outfield. Many games, I would strike out or ground out in first two at bats, then get my “big hit” in third at bat!!! As a coach in a youth league before 10-run rule, my kids learned that it “wasn’t over til its over” meant a lot of games where we were down by scores of 12-1 or 14-2 after 4 innings turned out to become 16-15 wins for us. With pitch-count rules, if one team is leading 12-0 after 4 innings and their pitcher has struck-out all 12 opposing batters — he probably will have met pitch count and need to be replaced…. the opposing team should have those two innings against a new pitcher…. maybe he’ll give up 13 runs in 2 innings!!! I know I’d really be pissed off if I went to Williamsport and was scheduled to be lead-off hitter in 5th inning in a came called after 4 innings. Rule teaches kids to “give up and hit the restart button” like in a video game. I coached a youth basketball team where we lost a game to 1st place team 62-17….. that game, and the awful 4th quarter pounding, was the best thing that happened to my team…. two weeks later, those same boys played the same team in championship and lost by 2 points in overtime. Was a character-building and led to “you gotta believe” effort as they were lowest-ranked team in playoffs and beat three teams that we had no right to beat to get to the title-game rematch with team that had clobbered them.

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  2. Noah, the number of participants in the little league world series that make it to the MLB, its a way for the local people to feel like a talent scout. Those who enjoy the game for the game like to run numbers and project who may be the up and comers from all over the country… ten years from now these kids could be making MLB debuts

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  3. Tonight (8/16/13) is the second time I have watched the news broadcast and heard you bash The Little League World Series. There are thousands of young boys around the country that participate in Little League each year and many more adults that have come through Little League as well. This isn’t about commercialization, this is about watching young talent play our national past time. Without Little League our professional baseball players would not be where they are today. My two young sons love to watch the LLWS each year. My oldest will play in majors next year and has made it his goal to play his best with a chance to win his district division and go onto regionals. Could this happen? Probably not but why can’t kids dream. We watch professional sports daily but this gives my sons the opportunity to see children their age work hard, have and reach their goal. They are outside in the summer having fun with their friends instead of playing some video game. Isn’t this the message we are trying to instill on our youth? I am glad your news cast is on late so that my boys can’t be exposed to the bashing that you have given to the televised championship. Unfortunately, the respect for you and for Channel 8 News that I have had over the years has been lost.

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