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Friday, November 5, 2010

Baseball Coaching Digest - Baseball Coaches Survey - the Strangest Player Excuses Ever Heard

By Nick Dixon

If you coach any sport, you are going to hear your share of excuses from players, parents and other coaches. An excuse as defined by the dictionary is an explanation offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or for release from an obligation, or promise.

Excuses are mostly false and sometimes irrelevant reasons given to justify less than desirable behavior, inappropriate conduct, or performance failures. Coaches hate excuses. In other words the word excuse has no place in coaching or playing baseball.

As coaches we do not like to hear players attempt to justify inferior performance with an excuse. But as long as there are sports being played there are going to be coaches hearing excuses.

The Baseball 2Day Coaching Journal surveyed baseball coaches. One of the questions was "What is the worst excuse you ever heard from a player? Here are some of the worst, funniest, and strangest player excuses that the surveyed coaches responded with on that survey.

• "Coach, I did not bring my glove because I did not think I would need it."

• "I was in the batters box but I was not ready."

• "I could not catch the ball because it was hit up in the sky."

• My leg was hurting...Then we asked if we needed to skip him in the batting order...Oh no it's fine now!

• "My mom forgot to bring my glove."

• Asked why he over slept, an high school player responds" The pain killers I took knocked me out. Why did you have to take the pain killers? Because my new tattoo really hurt."

• "I thought is was going to be a strike" when the ball bounced three feet in front of the plate and he took a swing at it."

• Struggling Pitcher said "I can not throw strike because the fielders are messing up!

• It is just too hot to play today!

• I'm hungry (as he was eating) and that's why I can't bat right now

As you can see, players can come up with some strange and weird excuses. Baseball coaches do not like the word excuse because it represents a reason for failing. Excuses are a player's justification for inferior behavior or performance.

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