Six center fingers on Snapchat lead to suspension of Junior League softball team

Let this be a lesson, kids: The subsequent time we wish to swank about violence your opponents on their home turf, consider twice — generally if your selected process of gloating is posting a print on amicable media of six teammates flipping a bird under the caption, “watch out host.”


The 12-to-14-year-olds who make adult a Atlee youth joining softball group from Mechanicsville, Va.,learned this a tough approach on Saturday when they were unfit from a nationally televised championship diversion during a Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash., after one group member posted that print on her Snapchat account.

Little League orator Kevin Fountain called a post “inappropriate” in a matter to a Richmond Times-Dispatch, explaining that it disregarded a league’s “policies per unsportsmanlike conduct.”

The suspension didn’t lay good with a Atlee group manager, Scott Currie, who had found out about a photo shortly after a group posted it following a 1-0 win over Kirkland on Friday. Currie immediately reprimanded a children, aged 12 to 14, who were involved, before perfectionist they undo a post and apologize in chairman to their rivals.

“It’s a caricature for these girls,” Currie told a Times-Dispatch on Saturday. “Yes, they screwed up, though we don’t consider a punishment fit a crime.”

According to Atlee coach Chris Mardigian, who spoke to RVA Sports, a post came in plea to “several incidents of harassment” perpetrated by some Kirkland group members that targeted a Atlee team.

The Times-Dispatch adds that both a actor and manager from Kirkland’s group were ejected after being caught relaying Atlee’s group signals from second bottom to Kirkland batters.

Making matters worse for Atlee, Kirkland was selected to reinstate Atlee in Saturday’s championship diversion opposite USA Central.

Little League’s preference to invalidate Atlee while compelling Kirkland irritated many on amicable media, nonetheless many certified a print posted to Snapchat was inexcusable. Many also pronounced it’s equally astray to invalidate a whole Atlee group over a actions of 6 members.

“You don’t invalidate an ENTIRE group due to a posting of one child,” Sueann Taylor Ellis posted on RVA Sports’ Facebook page.

“I can know disqualifying Atlee for a post … though to give Kirland [sic] a mark is ridiculous,” Jerry Broussard wrote. “The other group in a finals should only get a win outright. Bureaucracy during it’s [sic] finest.”

Others concluded with Little League’s decision, nonetheless they certified it’s a “hard lesson” to learn.

“Adults/kids earlier or after need to know that not all should go on amicable media,” Michelle Turnbow Jenkins wrote. “[T]here is always someone watching!”

“I consider we should all take a step behind and demeanour during a bigger picture,” Skip Horton added. “They need to consider about there [sic] destiny colleges. This is accurately what coaches demeanour during before a [sic] offer scholarship.”

There are dozens of cases in that amicable media has negatively influenced a impending tyro athlete’s future. In 2014, for example, a Penn State partner manager (perhaps ironically) used Twitter to announce he “dropped another prospect” since of his amicable media presence.

“Actually blissful we got to see a ‘real’ chairman before we offering him [a scholarship],” Herb Hand said.

While a Atlee player’s post and a 6 participants’ faces will expected exist online perpetually (although a post was deleted, it’s been screen-captured and common online countless times), a players will substantially equivocate any long-term damage. Not nonetheless in high school, a children have copiousness of time to rethink their online personas — and hopefully some-more contest championships to play.

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