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Old 08-28-2018, 06:37 AM
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Old 08-28-2018, 07:15 AM
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I bet the rest of the parents on that list felt like real idiots. It was the parents all along that felt entitled. Their kid can't not go on vacation at 12 years old and the parents don't want to sacrifice their plans so he can play football.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:14 AM
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I played football growing up and I hated it. I'd watch the NFL or we'd play pickup at recess or after school and it was the most fun game in the world. Then you'd go to practice and it was miserable, I played through high school but disliked it.

In middle school I played basketball. I wasn't very good, I was not a starter but it was a lot of fun. In high school I joined the wrestling team at encouragement of one of the assistant football coaches. The practices were so much more physically demanding, and I had never wrestled before and got my butt handed to me every day, but even so I looked forward to going to practice and the meets every day.

I don't know what it is about football coaches, parents, and culture, but in my experience they seem to suck all the fun out of the game.
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
So the other kids have toiled away with practice and parents dragging them back and forth learning the value of hard work. Then Billy bob is allowed to miss practice go galavanting around seaworld eating funnel cakes and then returns expecting just to plop in the the rotation. what does that say to the kids who have been grinding it out.
What does that say to the kid who likely had no input whatsoever on what dates family vacation would be.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 4Cowboys4Life View Post
What does that say to the kid who likely had no input whatsoever on what dates family vacation would be.
This is an important point. Kids rely on their parents to get them to practice. Unless they are refusing to go it's generally not the kids fault they are missing. If you put a kid in a team sport get his/her ass to practice.

I have two daughters. One played tournament softball up to 18U and the other is still playing club soccer... currently 18U. Both also played in HS. We have had our share of drama and politics and issues with parents and coaches. In the end they both survived and its been a great learning experience on many levels for them. Stay away from jerk parents and deal with coaches one on one and you'll avoid most of the team sports issues.
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Old 08-28-2018, 02:17 PM
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I coach at the high school varsity level, as the OC. The biggest mistake made at the youth level is the failure to hold tryouts, which results in coaches playing kids where they want instead of where they are best suited. At the start of practice, the first thing that should be done is palyer evaluations. It can be done very easliy and in a fun way at the yourh level.. The results should be documented, and once that is done the coach can then refer to that when parents come crying. But you also have to have coaches that are willing to do it.
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