Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out is a column written by John Bernhardt that addresses topics and themes associated with the world of sports.

Time Out: January 14, 2015

A tip of the cap to Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci. Maybe it’s because in the past she’s experienced the challenge of motivating a team that’s struggling to find a winning grove. Whatever the inducement, with her current team putting together a banner year in Roxbury, Faraci is showing a “touch of class” in how she manages games when her squad faces a badly overmatched opponent.

Time Out: January 7, 2015

Most of the guys of my generation lost a hero just before Christmas, even if only a few of us could recognize his name. Sy Berger, the father of the modern day trading baseball card, died at age 91. Where would we have been and what would we have done to gobble up large swaths of our time growing up without Sy Berger?

Time Out: Dec. 24, 2014

One of the pleasures of working in public education is to sometimes be a part of turning points in young people’s lives. A turning point is a critical step forward, an awareness of one’s capabilities that makes a positive difference in one’s life. Turning points provide purpose and meaning that help shape future direction. And turning points come in every shape and size; perhaps a youngster discovering the joy of reading, a young actor surpassing their expectations when performing on stage, or an athlete or even a team taking their play to an uncharted level of success.

Time Out: August 13, 2014

By John Bernhardt
In another day, in another time, in another era, baseball was king. In community after community across Delaware County, nearly everyone played. Locally, there was a time in Margaretville when a youth baseball House League swelled to well beyond 100 kids.
Times change. Demographics shift. New passions erupt. Soccer exploded on the local sports scene, stretching its influence from autumn through spring. Over time, like a slowly leaking faucet, local interest in baseball eroded until in recent years only traces of the grand old game remained.

Time Out: August 6, 2014

Unless you’re a high school athlete attending a sports camp, team sports activity slows to a crawl in the summer in the Catskills. In days of old, summer baseball was huge in almost every small community in our county. At its peak, American Legion baseball was everywhere and almost every Delaware County town or hamlet fielded a youth baseball team. Sixteen teams represented Delaware County communities during its zenith. For the most part, Legion baseball in rural New York State is a thing of the past.

Baseball was king