Signals are the universal language of all sports. One can not communicate with any language in the middle of a sporting event, so we rely on the
relay of signals to communicate with one another. Is stealing signs really cheating though?
With Belichick being put through the ringer this week for this little extravaganza about sideline taping, it has really caught my eye. I do believe
that videotaping the other teams sidelines is wrong, and teetering on the level of cheating. But what about just keeping an eye out? What if they
don't video tape.
When Bobby Thomson hit the shot heard 'round the world
, it was one
of the greatest moments in history. Years later, and even still slightly today, it is tainted by the accusations that the Giants were stealing signs
from center field. How does that taint anything?
I coach youth baseball on a very competitive level. The youth are 15-17, and we compete on a national level each and every year. I spend large
portions of the tournaments scouting other teams, and watching what their tendencies are. More importantly, I focus on the coach of each team and try
to figure out the indicator of his signals, and what each one is. Within six or seven innings, I can normally pick up on the essentials.
Is this cheating?
Even in some games when I know their signals, I do not utilize this bit of information until it is a meaningful moment. If I do something to let the
other team know I have the signals, I won't have them for long. So it's just a little peice of information I keep in my back pocket.
I don't think this is cheating.
I think it is out coaching the opposing team.
On the baseball diamond, is relaying the catcher's signals to the batter cheating? Not a chance. Mix up the signals, try to mask them to the best
of your ability. It can be done very easily, and will result in the other teams just scratching their head.
I don't like hearing coaches being called cheaters for stealing signals. I call them good coaches.
What are your thoughts?
[edit on 13-9-2007 by chissler]