Media & Technology: Web & Social
- Opinion: Softball Team's Behavior Merited Punishment
by Michael Williams August 2017
When I learned that the unbeaten Atlee Little League softball team was suspended from the Junior League World Series over a social media post, my first thought was...
- Haircuts Lead to Accusations for Girls' Soccer Team
by Maddie Koss August 2017
Madison 56ers coach Molly Duffy says an opposing coach suggested she had boys playing on her team after players cut their hair short to emulate some of their favorite soccer players.
- Softball Team Nixed from Series Over Snapchat Pic
by Andy Berg August 2017
An undefeated record meant nothing for a little league softball team that fell short in the sportsmanship game.
Atlee Little League softball was headed to the Junior League World Series until they were disqualified after a few members of the team posted a Snapchat photo of themselves giving the middle finger to their competitors – Kirkland American Little League from Washington.
According to a report from Huffington Post, the Little League International Tournament Committee made their decision just hours before Atlee was supposed to take the field in the world series.
Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain said the picture violated the organization’s policies, “regarding unsportsmanlike conduct, inappropriate use of social media, and the high standard that Little League International holds for all its participants.”
Kirkland, the team Atlee beat to advance, will take Atlee’s place in the Junior World Series.
Atlee Jr League ball team. Coach should man up & support the disqualify decision. I feel sorry for the rest of team NOT in middle finger pic pic.twitter.com/NKBknrjEX6— Sue Pseudio (@sue_pseudio) August 6, 2017
Chris Mardigian, head coach for Atlee, told RVA Sports Network that the girls in the photo were responding to harassment they’d endured from Kirkland during the tournament they’d been playing in. A Kirkland baserunner was ejected for stealing signals from the Atlee team and giving them to their batter.
A Kirkland coach was also ejected from the game, the Times-Dispatch reported.
- Opinion: League Overreacted to Youth Team's Post
by Paul Woody August 2017
Teenagers say and do inappropriate things. It's unavoidable. What matters is how adults react.
- Clemson Football Boasts Most Twitter Followers
by Scott Keepfer July 2017
Early this past Thursday, the Clemson football Twitter account - @ClemsonFB - notched its 709,725th follower, surpassing the University of Michigan and making the account the most followed in college football.
- Fans React to the ‘Largest Little Caesar in the World’
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
On Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings posted aerial photos to the team Twitter and Facebook pages showing the progress of a 243-foot-tall Little Caesars logo being painted on the roof of the new arena — making it the “largest Little Caesar in the world,” according to the post.
- Wedding Bells and Barbells at Planet Fitness
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
Gym-goers in Canton, Ohio, became unsuspecting guests to a Massillon couple’s big day when the local Planet Fitness franchise made its debut as a wedding venue Thursday night.
- Leveraging the Esports Popularity Boom
by Paul Steinbach June 2017
Brian Mirakian had never seen anything quite like it. He was among 18,000 people packing New York's Madison Square Garden to witness teams of video gamers compete in the 2015 League of Legends World Championship Semifinals.
- Youth Soccer Players Show Support with Team Haircut
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
After controversy over a youth soccer tournament disqualification attributed to a player’s mistaken gender, eight-year-old Mili Hernandez’ teammates made a public show of solidarity.
- HS Coach Canned Over Communication with Millennials
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
Stan Luketich, who founded the Phoenix Desert Vista high school baseball program in 1996, has been fired after 42 years of coaching and two state championships. According to Luketich, when he asked the administration for a reason he was told, “You do not effectively communicate with millennials.”