A letter in the April 10 Tomahawk Leader:
To the Editor:
I have always thought sports in schools were a good thing. It helped to keep kids focused, build self-esteem, good teamwork and helped to make good friends.
I have watched my kids and now my grandkids since they were small playing sports.
This year was the worst year I have ever seen such favoritism and poor sportsmanship from a coach.
I have seen these girls go to practice every day and work their hearts out. Then when it comes to game time, the same girls are starters and the same ones are on the bench. I’ve seen some girls play for maybe one or two minutes of a game or not at all.
If parents complain, then it gets worse for the girls. And if you get sick and have a doctor’s excuse and he tells you to use your best judgment at practice, you still are benched. You still go to practice every day and the games, but never play.
Then after you are well, you still don’t play, even at the last game because you are told (at the game while suiting up) that you need a release from the doctor saying you can play.
Why wasn’t she told ahead of time?
I can understand wanting to win, but come-on, when each game is lost by at least 20 points or more, why not give these girls a chance?
Everyone should have equal playing time. How can you improve if you never play?
Why bring varsity players in to play in JV games when you have JV players on the bench?
If these girls didn’t want to play, why would you go to practice every day?
Just to sit on the bench! I don’t think so!
The only thing this coach did for these girls this year was to drop their self-esteem from 100 to 0 in one short basketball season.
She also helped them to decide not to play next year.
Nice job, coach. Great sportsmanship! Great coaching!