Matthew had tryouts for the All-Stars team last night. There are about 24 kids that will be split into an A team and a B team.
I was going to post a huge rant about the coach that was in charge of the tryouts and what a jerk he is, but I decided against that. I will instead tell you that he has no business coaching kids this age.
I would like some input, though. I wanted to call the head of the league, but Mike thinks I shouldn't. I slept on it already and I don't feel any different. Mike thinks I am crazy for being this mad (incidentally, every other parent at the tryouts was equally mad) and he says that parents shouldn't be allowed at kids' practices.
I told him that that is unrealistic. Parents these days don't regularly just drop their 9 year-olds off at practice and leave. I also know that I would have been equally -perhaps even more- ticked had I not been there and found out what happened afterward.
This "coach" talked to me afterwards. I explained to him that what was going on wasn't communicated to the parents very well, or the kids for that matter, and he said that he didn't care about the parents.
FYI, "coach"... if you are coaching 9 and 10 year-olds you're going to have to deal with the fact that they come with parents and guardians and you have to learn how to speak with and deal with them, too. You have to communicate with the people who get the kids there, pay for them to participate in the league and provide you with your team.
This man may very well be a good coach, but he is in the wrong age group. He should be coaching high school kids at the very least.
He did not impress me with his "credentials" which included that his cousin is one of the coaches for the Indians. Give me a break! What did make an impression on me is the dejected faces I saw on the kids and other parents.
So tell me, have you ever dealt with a teacher/coach/ instructor who was just not in the right age group or field? What did you do about it?