SportsEvents Magazine

OCT 2016

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2017 Baseball/Softball Sourcebook 4 So often in athletics we get caught up in the final scores to determine winners and losers. It's the essence of sports: someone triumphs at the expense of someone else. Yet more often than not, the life lessons sports has to offer rise to the top when we reflect on the enduring value of participation. Meanwhile, winning and los- ing slip farther down the list — if not disappear from our radar completely. The stories of life lessons are as old as sports itself but every now and then one emerges from the most unlikely of experiences that rates high as a reminder of what sportsmanship is all about. So often, baseball provides the stage for life to play out. In late July, as the Bradley-Bourbonnais American Little League All-Star team prepared to play Hinsdale for the 8-10-year-old Illinois State Champion- ship Game, the Bradley-Bourbonnais team learned tragic news. The mother of one of its players passed away from injuries after being involved in a car accident as she was driving home from the previous night's game. Officials from Bradley-Bourbonnais quickly decided to forfeit the game, focusing their attention on handling the tragedy and the aftermath with their players. That forfeit would award the State Championship to Hinsdale. Ever the sportsmen — even though they would not play the game — Brad- ley-Bourbonnais showed up with heavy hearts at the field to forfeit and acknowledge Hinsdale as State Champions. It was a class act that members of both teams will probably remember for the rest of their lives. That's when, as the late great radio newsman Paul Harvey would say, they learned the rest of the story. Shocked upon hearing the news, Hinsdale officials huddled up and decided the State Championship should be shared. Teams at that level don't advance to any other tournament so it was to be the final game of the season. Hinsdale felt it was the proper way to honor the season both teams enjoyed. It would be impossible to erase the sadness that will forever be connected to memories of this year's Illinois State Championship, but once again baseball created the platform to act out yet another lesson in life. It's an old saying but never tired and forever true: it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. Even when that game never gets played. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2016 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL WEBSITE PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor EXECUTIVE EDITOR John Rezell DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler MARKETING SERVICES Kelsey O'Connor MANAGER MARKETING & Kayla Head COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Marcia Bradford Tammy Leytham Beth Kujawski Michelle Ryan Paige Townley T. Wayne Waters EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group LETTERS FROM THE SANDBOX The Game That Wasn't Raz aka John Rezell Executive Editor

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