why kid's sports suck: when adults act younger than the children
I am so pissed off my eyes are crossed.
I just got a call from my ex regarding the situation on DJ's baseball team. If you remember, last week I wrote about an episode where the coach of the opposing team was being an ass.
I felt like our coach did nothing to stick up for his team. In fact, he pouted like a martyr and sat on the end of the bench while the kids played out the rest of the inning.
Friday night (I wasn't at the game) the president of the league - a squat woman with the ferocity of Godzilla - came over to our team and berated our kids and the parents for their behavior. What brought this on? Our own coach complained about us.
We were pissed at him because he sat around crying that his team was mad at the other coach for bumping a 13 year old umpire and getting away with it. We weren't showing good sportsmanship by asking that the other coach behave in a manner appropriate to the game. What the hell? Is this guy insane? So instead of acting on his players' request that he ask the other coach to please stop his reactionary behavior, our coach sits out two innings while he sulks. Of course we parents were upset at this. And of course we took over coaching the kids.
My ex tried to talk to the bitch woman after the game, but she at first ignored him and then brushed him off, saying that parents who complain are problems she doesn't have time for.
So now the league has branded our team the trouble makers, we get yelled at and censured while the other coach and his rotten, spoiled, foul-mouthed players get a free pass to break rules, sidestep regulations and take cheap shots at the opposing players.
Why? Because that coach has been in the league a long time. He has the politics of the game down pat. He is friendly with the board of the league.
I am so pissed off I can't see straight. And that bitchy man-woman will not hear anyone out. She doesn't want to know anything that's going to rock her boat.
Meanwhile, our kids have lost their desire to play with their hearts. They are afraid of their coach. They don't give it their all anymore. They've lost five in a row. This sucks because at this age - the first year in the minors - is when the kids should really be playing for keeps. The whole idea of "playing to have fun" disappears when you're ten and you're now gearing up to hone your game so when you get to middle school you can make the team. The kids at this age are serious about the game. They solidify their positions at this age. They don't want this crap. They don't need a coach who behaves younger than they are. For kids like DJ, who live and breathe the Little League seasons, this sucks big time.
I am so very, very disappointed in the whole damn thing.
this post will be edited later, when I've calmed down a bit and be more rational