Baseball clinic strikes out on expectations

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

This letter is in response to the free Peninsula Oilers baseball clinic that was held June 9.

The clinic was to run from 10 to 2 and was a great way for kids to play with “real ball players” and learn new skills. I arrived at the clinic early to watch and take some photos and was horrified to realize that the Oilers decided to end the clinic one hour early and left the children at the Kenai Little League fields unattended.

There were about eight kids at the field when I arrived ranging in age from 7 to 11.

I am disappointed in both the Kenai Little League and the Peninsula Oilers organization. Thank goodness all ended well, but imagine what could have happened to eight unattended children, bee sting, broken bones or God forbid abduction. Shame on the Oilers who rely on the generosity and support of this community to treat its youngest members with no regard for their safety or respect for the service in which they were going to provide.

I did contact the Oilers following this incident and was given no apology. I would hope that in the future, steps would be taken by both the Kenai Little League and the Peninsula Oilers to ensure that an incident like this would never again occur.

Jennifer Dye


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