Re: Defending sports and coaches
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 10:41:52 -0500
> Don makes good points about coaching and scouting. As a sometimes coach,
> I always tried to make the system work for both activities. One of the
> best solutions was to define specific protected times for both. i.e.,
> the local recreation department agreed to not schedule any games or
> practices on Monday night so that scout troops could meet that day. The
> scouts agreed to not schedule camporees, other major events during
> tournament periods. It was basically a coordination issue. The problems
> arose with those coaches who considered their sport superior to everything
> and scheduled practices during protected times. I think the Scout Monday
> agreement lasted only one year because of this.
Jim you and Don make a very good point about protected time. Unfortuneatly,
the sports fever gets so ingrained that there can be no "protected time".
In our local area, this problem is reflected in games and practices scheduled
for Sunday Morning. It is the norm to see entire teams playing at 9 or 10 AM
on Sunday. It has been a discussion issue in my pack for two years, it was not
until parents refused to let their kids play during "church/religious time"
that the leagues and coaches backed off. While the protected time issue can
be raised, I beleive it is the parents right and responsibilty to determine
where their child will or will not do.
YiS, Jay Bemis
former Under 8/10/12 Team Coach and Division Coordinator
former Scoutmaster Troop 37
currently Pack Committee Chairman Pack 37
"a good ole Beaver" NE CS-48
Mohegan Council Worcester, Ma
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