What is it about youth sports that often inspires otherwise rational adults to get so bent out of shape? Last summer, one of the big hot-button issues was participation trophies, and whether they’re contributing to the “pussification” of our nation’s youth. But handing out participation trophies to the losers of a league would be considered small potatoes compared to what a high-school basketball league in Minnesota is doing. Rather than celebrate the losers, they’re simply kicking out the winners.
Jason Hanauska, coach of a girls basketball team with Rogers Area Youth Basketball Association (RAYBA), found out late last week that his team was getting kicked out of the Northwest Suburban Basketball League because his girls were deemed “too talented,” and were apparently dominating their peers.
“Three teams were threatening to I guess either forfeit the games against us or flat out quit the league. So for some reason they kicked us out,” Hanauska said.
A day before the girls were scheduled to play in an important tournament, parents of the girls received the following statement from a league representative:
The Northwest Suburban Basketball League has decided RAYBA does not fit into the league. The main reason they made this decision is because other teams do not want to play RAYBA due to the skill level.
This is certainly a new strategy. It’s probably not a stretch to imagine certain NBA teams rubbing their chins and wondering if the league can try the same thing on Golden State.