Re: Defending sports and coaches
Wed, 28 Sep 1994 10:37:10 -0700
Don Izard Writes...
"Having been a player and a coach on Soccer, baseball and
"hockey teams. . . Also an Eagle scout, and a leader etc. . . .
"It is very hard to arrange a practice for a TEAM sport and
"to work with your "starting" lineup, if the players do NOT
"attend at least a majority of practice. It is also hard
"to change your line ups 5 minutes before games when players
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"As a scout leader and a team coach, I find it a very difficult
"balance. I do not have a solution, just that coaching a team
"sport is hard to do, with out the team! Even with strong rules
"for practices etc., jobs, girsl and other activities still manage
First, I am sorry to clutter up the net with this. However, my
mail to Don bounced back, and I don't have a good address for
him. So, if you are interested in this, read on! Else, jump
to the next message and I'll understand.
First, (planitivly) can you put your internet address in your sig
for those of us who are NOT on bitnet? Please??
My opinions were NOT meant as an attack against ALL coaches. The
incident that I related happened about 5 or 6 years ago, and my
son still tells me about it.
The coach knew 2 weeks in advance that my son would not be at the
that game. He had a bench of 4 extra players to fill the gap. What
I objected to was that the coach had the gall to lay that kind of a
guilt trip on a boy. Incidentally, there was one other boy from the
team who also attended that camporee. All the caoch asked him is
"Did you have fun?". I also told the coach that the same thing would
have happened if the boy had a religous education class at that time
(First Communion was comming up), and I'd be d----d if he was going
to be allowed to hold the kid responsible for missing for THAT reason.
I agree that setting lineup, etc, is very hard. But my impression is
that (at least here in my part of Phoenix) Little League, AYSO Soccer,
and All the others, expect that everyone should change their calenders
because they refuse to look at anyone else's. (Our AYSO one year actually
had the nerve to schedule Picture Day, and Fun Day both on Thankgiving
Weekend!!) I think that the problem is also agravated by the fact that
a lot of kids' sports coaches forget that the reason the kids are playing
is to have fun, not so the coach has a winning record. In all fairness,
I think a lot of parents need to remember the same thing.
We All (Remember, I charged SMs with that also) need to realize that the boy
is a CHILD! He doesn't yet know what he wan't to do later in life.
Youth sports has one purpose only: To teach kids an enjoyment for whatever
sport is being presented, as well as to teach SPORTSMANSHIP. Unfortunately,
I have seen far too many coaches ignore THAT, also.
So, I guess I'll get off the soap-box now, and get back to work. And don't
take all of this personally (unless you have a guilty concience, or
something ;) ). It just my opinion on this subject.
Also, could you please answer this message, even if it's just an "I got your
message. Bye" I'm not at all sure that this is giong to make it through
the bitnet gateway.
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
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