Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 303–304 | Cite as

Excellence, Trophies, and Other Awards

  • McIntyre R. Louthan

This past spring I had the privilege of playing in a father-son T-ball game with my grandson, Tripp. Tripp’s Dad, Dave, was out of town on business and had requested that I act as a substitute. The game was designed to acquaint the T-ball players with the structure of baseball: After you hit the ball off the tee, run to first base, then second, then third, and finally home. Stop running only on a base, and try not to make an out. If the other team is batting try to field your position, and when you catch the ball... These concepts were foreign to many of the players, and after the coach had reviewed both offense and defense he asked, “Are there any questions?” The immediate response was, “When do we get our trophies?” I knew that five- and six-year-olds have very short attention spans, focus on the snacks rather than the game, and often view T-ball as a chance to play in the dirt, but trophies? The question surprised me. When do we get our trophies? They hadn’t played a game, the...

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