Former Toyota Otani High School baseball manager Takashi Kawakami (34) is standing trial for acts of physical violence against a player on his team. The first trial took place on the 24th at the Okazaki Branch of the Nagoya District Court. Kawakami admitted to a portion of the charges, but pleaded not guilty because he felt it was unavoidable and because he felt he committed no crime.
The prosecution claimed Kawakami got upset and struck a player that was doubled over because he was feeling sick. Lawyers argued that the manager did what he did because he felt the player was being disobedient and because parents looked to him to be strict.
Source: Sponichi 12/24/2014
Ota Daiichi High School (Ibaraki) officials are investigating claims that its manager might be going too far by punishing players by forcing them to sit with their legs folded underneath them for long periods of time. According to school officials, in early August, the manager had one second-year player sit with his legs folded underneath him for about forty minutes while grilling him about the cause of an error during a practice game.
A parent contacted the Board of Education and requested an investigation into improper coaching methods. A survey was handed out to first- and second-year players and a number indicated that they were hurt by words used by the manager.
The school has informed the manager not to attend practices for the time being. The Ibaraki High School Baseball Federation has been contacted. The school is planning to provide parents with an explanation on the 28th. The Board of Education will make a decision on the manager based on reports provided by the high school.
The Japan Student Baseball Association held a coaching license workshop in Osaka last weekend (December 20, 21) at Kansai University. Norifumi Nishimura and Daijiro Oishi were among the 113 former players that attended the two-day workshop.
Players that pass the license evaluations on January 30, 2015 will be able to coach student baseball beginning on February 1.