Re: Keeping score a dying art.
I absolutely love scoring games. In fact, I consider myself to be a one-man, local ambassador for teaching others the craft. Coaching my son in baseball over the last 10 years, I always kept the team book as a primary means of ensuring all players received equitable playing time. Of course, while doing that, why not keep the most meaningful stats from the game as a reference?
I was self-taught on scoring, but was totally shocked at how few youth baseball coaches had clear knowledge about proper scoring decisions. The rigor I applied to the craft at the youth level quickly spread to others and I found myself training several other assistant coaches throughout our league.
My son became fascinated with my hobby at an early age, so I shared with him my game records of some very old Reds playoff games. He was on board for learning the principles, so I taught him how to score games at the age of eight.
I personally feel that the knowledge has allowed him to understand the game better as a youth baseball player. He focuses more on proper player defensive assignments, cutoff throws, etc... because he now has the ability to reverse engineer the game down to its most basic elements.
He is 15 now and still loves the art of scoring the game. In fact, his coaches often rely on him to keep their official dugout record over the likes of some of their assistant coaches.
"Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY