STOP BASKETBALL VIOLENCE BEFORE THE CATASTROPHES

In 1940 the SEC banned intercollegiate Boxing because it “was too brutal”. [The Rise and Fall of NCAA Tournament Boxing, 1932-60 by E. C. Wallenfeldt, Greenwood Publishing Group, Sep 1, 1994 – 406 pages]

“On October 9, 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt summoned representatives from Yale, Harvard and Princeton to the White House. When they arrived, he may have walked softly but he certainly brandished the Big Stick. He told them that if football could not put an end to on-field brutality, then he would abolish the game with an Executive Order.” [When A President Threatened to Abolish Football in the United States, Symonsez, November 12, 2011]

“Early in the 20th century, football, as played on college gridirons, was something close to a street fight. The rules were lax at best, and were routinely ignored. During the 1905 season alone, 18 college and amateur players died. And despite the growing violence (or, who knows, maybe because of the growing violence), fans were flocking to the games — the sport was gaining followers.

“Roosevelt convened a meeting in the White House of the most influential men in college football. Present were Walter Camp, the leading figure in the formative years of the game, as well as representatives from Harvard, Princeton and Yale. According to Miller, Roosevelt told them: “Football is on trial. Because I believe in the game, I want to do all I can to save it.” He impressed on them that genuine, substantive changes must be instituted [The president who saved football, by Bob Greene, CNN Contributor, Sun February 5, 2012]

Our team advocates Athlete Safety 1st, but some educated fools give lip service to Athlete Safety 1st. They stand by as Basketball, for example, becomes more dangerous every season. They advocate win-at-all-costs and their bottom line.

Point guards are recruited for strength and athleticism not finesse and basketball skills, nowadays. As a result of this change in philosophy, expendable numbers of Athletes swell as the physical nightmares of basketball evolve. The expendable groups are filled with:

• Injured athletes
• Disabled athletes
• Uneducated athletes
• Unemployed athletes
• Professional D Leaguers who made it to the “big time” temporarily

Expendable children and youth for the sake of Malevolent Basketball is an evil disease of vanity, pride, egotism, arrogance and win-at-all-costs.

Amateur Extracurricular Basketball are primed by non-school Basketball leagues, associations and unions, worsening the current nightmares. They should be about the positive aspects of Sports.

“Mahoney suggested that participation in voluntary, school-based, extracurricular activities increases school participation and achievement because it facilitates:

(a) the acquisition of interpersonal skills and positive social norms
(b) membership in prosocial peer groups
(c) stronger emotional and social connections to one’s school.

“In turn, these assets should increase mental health, school engagement, school achievement, and long-term educational outcomes and should decrease participation in problem behaviors, provided that problem behaviors are not endorsed by the peer cultures that emerge in these activities.” [Mahoney et al]

“Participation in extracurricular and service learning activities has also been linked to increases in interpersonal competence, self-concept, high school grade point average (GPA), school engagement, and educational aspirations” [Elder & Conger, 2000; Marsh & Kleitman, 2002; Youniss, McLellan, & Yates, 1999], as well as to higher educational achievement, better job quality, more active participation in the political process and other types of volunteer activities, continued sport engagement, and better mental health during young adulthood [Barber, Eccles, & Stone, 2001; Glancy, Willits, & Farrell, 1986; Marsh, 1992; Youniss, McLellan, Su, & Yates, 1999]

“Sports participation has been linked to lower likelihood of school dropout and higher rates of college attendance, particularly for low achieving and blue-collar male athletes (Gould & Weiss, 1987; Marsh & Kleitman, 2003; McNeal, 1995).

“Participation is associated with positive developmental outcomes. for most youth. “The well-being of youth who do not participate in organized activities is reliably less positive compared to youth who do participate.”[Organized Activity Participation, Positive Youth Development,and the Over-Scheduling Hypothesis, Joseph L. Mahoney, Angel L. Harris, and Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Volume XX, Number IV, Social Policy Report, 2006]

[Positive Outcomes from Sports Participation http://www.cappaa.com/index.php?s=positive+aspects]

The philosophy of Coaches, Athletes and the Athletic Community, players and teams, who manifest excessive pride and admiration of their own showoff appearance, achievements, and wins accomplished by win-at-all-costs, brutality and Malevolent Basketball, rather than Good Sportsmanship, is an evil disease. [Ecc 6:1, 6:2]

Ecclesiastes 6:1 – There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it [is] common among men
Ecclesiastes 6:2 – A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this [is] vanity, and it [is] an evil disease.

Fortunately, not all Student-Athletes have succumbed to the underbelly of Malevolent Basketball as it begins the procession downhill. There are many who are focused on the Positive Outcomes of Sports.

No intelligent Coach, Athlete, family member, fan or member of the Athletic community should want Basketball to resemble a street fight, where the rules are lax and routinely ignored. Expensive helmets and pads are not the answer.

Where Basketball has become a game of physicality, not finesse and skills, leaders blessed with the Wisdom must take the lead and eradicate the emerging violence in basketball, where it exists, before the pandemic is full blown.

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