if anyone has any experience playing sports, you know that parent. the parent that thinks their kid is gods gift to whichever sport is being played. the parent who sits off to the side of the other parents and has a brewing hate for the coaches and any parent whose child is playing more than their own kid. the parent who is vocally loud about all the coaches decisions and equally critical of every. single. play. why? because their kid could/would do things better.
i found myself having a spirited conversation with kevin last night about just that. nicks travel team has been doing pretty good, there are no standout players on the team and for the most part the team is evenly matched with their opponents. they tend to decide when they really want to start playing and the majority of things done on and off the field are laughed off or at. mostly because the coaches do not take things as seriously as perhaps they should at this level.
playoffs are coming up and instead of continuing with their (the coaches) willy nilly substitutions that they have been using all season, they decided to tell the players that they do not have to play all the team members. this was something that was said at the beginning of the year-kind of an earn your position type team. i have no problem with that. i do have a problem with players who start in every single game and make errors in every single game, and yet get to start again. its not like they have an awesome bat, or are the anchor/leader of the team, they are simply the coaches son. and that my friends is what completely irks me!
throughout our entire conversation last night, kevin and i both repeatedly said “i don’t want to be like that parent!” why? because we know that nick can make errors or strike out just like everybody else. we also know that nick is always hustling on and off the field, warming up outfielders when he is not playing, and shagging foul balls. he didn’t last night and i have to say that i don’t really blame him. its a shame that poor coaching can really affect nicks desire to keep playing.
so we reach a point where, do we say something to the coaches? and how exactly can you say something with out coming off as being that parent? and the thing that really stinks is that as people, i like all the coaches. it would be easier if they were absolute jerks or something!