My 10th grade child was in a team sport this year and enjoyed all aspects except for the coaching, which seems to have been very bad! As a result, my child plans not to participate in this otherwise enjoyed sport
I am aghast (ok, steaming mad!) about this, which I had not heard about until now. I thought we had learned a few things since my parents were young and had to experience those “toughen-'em-up” types of coaching, especially for something which is entirely voluntary.
At their first meet, the “newbies” did not know anything about how the meet would be organized and so they were at a loss as to when and where to be, what to do at the end, etc. There were some other problems with lack of preparation as well.
At the end of the meet, the coaches lined the newbies up and said that no complaints would be allowed and that if people didn’t like it, they could quit, but remember how much their parents had invested in terms of time and money (very expensive gear, etc).
And this seems to have been the general attitude on the part of the coaching staff throughout the season.
I want to go up there and tell them my child does not want to participate, nor do I want my child to participate in an activity that involves this type of tyrannical behavior on the part of the people in charge. I also want to go to the school and tell them how the coaches are behaving.
OTOH, my child will continue to attend this school for a while, and I do not want any repercussions to fall on this child.
So… to tell or not to tell?