I've been waiting for my son to play football since he was born! I think I'm more excited than him! Today was the informational meeting to let the parents meet the coach and to hear the ins and outs of the season, practices, etc etc... A lot was talked about, but a few main points were ---
1. Don't be late to practices or games. The coach made it clear he would not be happy about it. (Extreme curcumstances are acceptible - he means just being late cause "oops, we're late".)
2. If the kids don't come to practices and give 100% they won't be playing in the games as much as the kids who do come and give 100%. He made it clear that giving 100% means trying - they don't have to be great, just show that they are trying!
3. Parents Volunteering is a MUST. No ifs, ands or buts. All parents must voluenteer for concession stand duty, clean up, set up, etc etc... We won't be volunteering EVERY week, but we will need to volunteer a few times per season.
4. No parents on the field during practice or games. If we have an issue or concern we are to talk to him before or after practices. (of course if there's an emergency with our child we can go on the field)
5. Being a part of the team is a commitment. There are 2-3 practices a week and 1-2 games per week. All games and practice dates will be given to us before the start of the season. If we can't make it to the games or practices (within reason) then maybe we shouldn't be enrolling our son in the program.
Now, this is for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. There is a 3 grade team, 4th grade team, 5th are jr. varsity and 6th are varsity.
I was SHOCKED at how many parents were complaining about these 5 "rules".....!!!!! I agreed with each and every one of them and think it's how just about every team should be ran!
1. If you can't make it to practice on time then maybe you need to find a different sport for your child! Practices will start at 5:30 pm. One mom said "Well, we can't get to practice til 6pm due to my work schedule that's okay right?" He said no. It's not okay for your son to be late to each and every practice. You should look into finding a different sport for him or someone to drive him to practice on time.
2. If a kid isn't "trying" to learn and get better - if he doesn't really want to play and is just there cause he's made to be there why should he get the same amount of game time as another boy whos trying his hardest?!?!? Kids need to learn lifes not always "fair" and sometimes you gotta work for things!!!
3. Oh my... this was the worst! SO many parents are refusing to volunteer! I couldn't believe it! Volunteering helps the team make money (concessions) and helps keeps the fields cleaned and stocked for our kids to play! He made it clear everyone had to volunteer or the kids couldn't be on the team. There were actually moms who walked out and aren't going to let thier kids play due to not wanting to run a concession stand for a few hours a month!!!!!
4. Come on - common sense right?!?! Parents are to watch practices - Coaches are to teach and run the practices! Let them do thier jobs!
5. Same as #1... we know the dates and times ahead of time. If you aren't going to be able to make it to the majority of the games or practices why put your kid in it!?!?
So --- after typing out all my thoughts... lol... who's right? Do you think the "rules" are extreme??? I sure don't!