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Mom stalks her son's coach

Last summer, my youngest was on a recreational basketball league. The league didn't even keep score in its games. For some reason, the coach was mean to my little guy. He wouldn't put him in the games. I wasn't happy about it and I let him know it. There are a lot of crazy mothers out there. Dads too. Most parents have a little crazy in us, particularly when we think our child has been wronged.

But today I read an online story on parentdish about a mom who went way too far in making things right for her kid.

Janet Chiauzzi, an East Meadow, N.Y. mom, has been arrested and charged with stalking, falsely reporting an incident, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment, allegedly because her son did not make a summer baseball travel team. Chiauzzi allegedly threatened the Little League official she deemed responsible, sending letters that accused him of physical and verbal abuse.

She writes: "I know where your wife works ... I know where your daughter goes to school and your son's normal every day routine. ... Just tell your wife and kids to watch themselves, especially at night."

This may seem a bit insane, but in some ways, kids sports have become insane. I think we're breeding a generation of ultra-competitive kids, parents and coaches.

Readers, what do you think? Is this crazed mom one of many out there or does she typify the worst of the competitive world of parenting and sports? 


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Pete G.

I was a baseball coach for about 16 seasons. I got into it because I was asked (more like begged) too. So I did it to help out.

I thought I did quite well. I always tried my best to give our team a competitive edge. Won all but one game one season. And generally got along well with the kids.

In T-ball, it was almost impossible to get the kids to pay attention. They would be interested in just about everything but baseball. That stage was similar to herding cats.

In T-ball, games would start and I would have as little as three kids until the parents finally strolled in with their kids at whatever time. Organization was basically out the window.

I would try to let all the kids play cause when it all boiled down to it, (after T-Ball) pitching is 85% of the game in little league as it is in the pro's.

You would think that would make everybody happy right? Think again! The gung ho parents wanted their kids pitching or at certain positions. Some parents taught their kids to throw or hit a certain way and didn't want you or anybody to change that.

Other parents would be so concerned with putting the best players out on the field and wanted the worst sitting the bench.

Trust me. As a coach YOU CAN NOT WIN!

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