BOCA RATON, Fla. - A video of a Rutgers basketball coach firing basketballs at his players, cursing at them, and shoving them, is infuriating local parents and coaches.
"Teach the kids life lessons. I'm not sure that's teaching them life lessons," said Jim Lyttle, a former major league baseball player who coaches for St. Paul Lutheran middle school team. "The umpire walks in front of the plate and says, play ball. The key word is play."
Greg Carignan is the president of the Boca Little League.
"I definitely think it should be addressed by leagues. I am not so naive as to think it couldn't happen here," said Carignan.
As a new season starts, his fifty head coaches will have a memo from him soon, reminding them of a philosophy they're taught at their mandatory coaching school. Five compliments for every piece of constructive criticism.
"The coaches, when it's something that they can correct, the kids won't internalize that criticism, they'll have had five positive things being said to them beforehand."
Parents say they'll use the opportunity to remind children that they don't play ball to be afraid - and to recognize when things go too far.
"They do fear them at some level, but it should be a different fear. They should want to strive to do better for them," said Dean Max, a parent at St. Paul Lutheran.
After he was fired, Mike Rice said there was no explaining what was on those films, that he was wrong.
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