Good afternoon. I have been a Long Islander since birth and a very long time reader of Newsday. However, I have several questions with regard to the selection of the top *** LI prospects for baseball list recently comprised. First, why are Private Schools (not Kellenberg, St. John's the Baptist, St. Dominic's, or Chaminade) which play in the public school conferences never considered for the top *** list. Several players from Private Schools on Long Island are deserving and continuing their respective baseball careers at various colleges and deserve the recognition, acknowledgement, but most importantly the chance to be on the radar of various college coaches for recruitment. Baseball on Long Island is a tight knit community with the top players all keenly aware of each other, potential recruitment, and continued development. College recruitment coaches from numerous schools are of the assumption that Private Schools on LI do not field Varsity baseball teams primarily due to a lack of exposure in print. This is and continues to be an on-going issue. Off the record quotes from the coaches which determine the top *** generally tend to hold some bias against the Private Schools perceiving them as "nothing more than a bunch of spoiled rich brats". This couldn't be further from the truth. Due to a generous endowment, a significant percentage of students at these schools are on full or partial scholarship due to their academic potential, strong character, and moral standards* to ignore LI Private Schools is truly a disservice to these students who do*will rely on scholarships to continue their education and baseball careers in college. It is unfortunate in this day and age that this narrow mindset and perception still exists. Colleges that are fortunate enough to uncover such hidden treasures are enrolling students which are gentleman (or women if the chance should occur), ones which practice tolerance and acceptance of all individuals, excellent ballplayers, and above all strong academic students. The "rational" this year for excluding a certain school was because due to a lack of countywide play and therefore all players are such team were deemed ineligible. Myself as well as numerous other parents, coaches and school administrators would have accepted this rational on the **** list had not the list included several students which DO NOT participate in countywide play. Would Newsday please define the parameters, its rational, and most important the disparity applied to an economically and racially diverse population of hard working students who every day participate with true commitment to their sport, with dignity and respect for others and the game, honor, tolerance of others, and the highest examples of sportsmanship. You can be assured that never once has a Private School team which participates in countywide play needed to travel with a security team carrying tasers to maintain order and decorum amongst its team members nor have these schools defamed umpires, other teams, and coaches or tried to intentionally injure players. I look forward to your inquiry, response, and solution to this matter. Thank you.
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