ERIC Number: EJ913616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
The Danger of Selectively Changing the Rules in Youth Sport: The Case of the Strike Zone
Torres, Cesar R.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v81 n5 p29-34 May-Jun 2010
Albeit well-intentioned, the practice of selectively changing the strike zone to promote young players' welfare is critically flawed. After discussing the central purpose of competitive sport, the duty of officials, and the significance of impartiality in officiating, this article demonstrates that this practice presents numerous practical challenges, disregards one of competitive sport's foundational moral standards, and distorts the competitive process. In addition, it fails to teach young baseball players the point and significance of competitive sport and disrespects their capacity for personal growth. Neither the selective changing of the strike zone nor analogous officiating practices should be implemented in organized youth sport.
Descriptors: Athletics, Competition, Standards, Decision Making, Judges, Individual Development, Team Sports
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