“They’re throwing stuff on the field in Atlanta,” said one parent during a timeout at the 7th grade volleyball game between St. Angela Merici and St. Norbert on Friday evening. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves were playing in the National League Wild Card Game. Breaks in the action on the court provided opportunities for parents to check the Cardinals score on their phones. There was talk that officials could stop the game because of fan behavior. A controversial call based on MLB’s Infield Fly Rule effectively ended a Braves rally and fans responded by throwing large amounts of trash on the field. The game was delayed for nearly 20 minutes as officials tried to restore order. When the game ended, a victorious Cardinals team had to sprint off the field as fans once again began showering the field with litter.
|Poor sportsmanship leaves a real mess.|
Meanwhile, the 7th grade volleyball teams from St. Angela and St. Norbert played a spirited contest featuring some great serves, long rallies, and most of all…respect. Sportsmanship Brigade members tried mightily to find that one kid or two that stood out from the others, but to no avail. Every kid stood out. St. Norbert’s seven girls and St. Angela’s nine showed us what good play, determination and sportsmanship were all about. We asked both coaches if they would take their respective teams out for pizza – on us. Words just don’t do the moment justice. So, here’s a visual:
|16 girls showing good sportsmanship is greater than 40,000 not.|
The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents, fans and officials who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. With just a $10 or greater donation, you can enhance the Brigade’s efforts. Your gift supports the prizes we provide our weekly winners. Please click here to donate. The Sportsmanship Brigade is a program of the St. Louis Sports Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. So, your gift is tax deductible. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!