Monday, January 26, 2009

Girls Basketball Coach Fired After 100-0 Win

Ok, now lets get real here. The coach is fired because
they won 100-0 ?

Yep, you heard/read it right! This is the girls basketball coach at Covenant School, a private Christian school.

Last week on the school's web site, they posted a statement regretting the outcome of the game on Jan. 13th. "It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition," said the statement, signed by Kyle Queal, the headmaster, and board chair Todd Doshier.

The coach's response was this- "In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School Web site, I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or ashamed, we played the game as it was meant to be played. My values and my beliefs would not allow me to run up the score on any opponent, and it will not allow me to apologize for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity."

You know what? I agree with the coach. Usually I don't- I am not a big sports fanatic, since I think most of the time, players and coaches take things a bit too seriously and too far...Case in point!

Anyways, isn't basketball a ... game? Isn't it supposed to be about playing the game, having fun and not about who wins or loses- especially when it comes to our children?

The school thinks it is a bad thing that they won???!!! Why are they even involved in sports if this is how they are going to react and behave? If this is how they feel, then they shouldn't be involved!

It is a game, that is the point! To see how well you can play the game, not to see how well you can throw the game, or give up on playing!

What is your opinion?

Coach Stinson Charged With Reckless Homicide

I woke up this morning to a barrage of channels covering this story. Coach Stinson from Louisville, KY is being indicted today on the charge of reckless homicide.

I have read a lot of the comments on the news pages here on the web. Many of the responses are blaming the coach, saying he withheld water, made them practice in 90+ degree weather, not to mention didn't call 911 until 20 minutes after the collapse.

And, to top it all off there was another player that collapsed minutes before Max Gilpin. My view on this is, there should not have been practice at all. It was definitely too hot, in my opinion for these kids to be in their full uniforms, running around for football practice. Football, in my eyes, isn't that important!

My next opinion may tick some people off, but this is how I feel. Where were Max's parents? Better yet, where were all the players parents? If that was my kid, I would have called it off, and if the coach kicked him off the team, so be it. My childs' health is much more important to me than a football game.

Why didn't his parents say,"No, it is too hot to practice today."?! I just don't understand this, isn't it ultimately the parents responsibility to make sure their children are safe?

Yes, the coach probably made some bad judgement calls, but I believe a lot more people did as well, and it was a cumulative result based on many people's actions or non actions.

The school itself could have called off the practice ( the superintendent, or the principal). The parents could have called it off, the players could have used their heads and said no. And yes, I do remember what it was like back in high school, you/I were scared to death to use your/my head to make a logical decision. We thought the teachers/coaches knew it all, and what was best for us, we thought we were invincible!

Obviously teens are not invincible, and hopefully this will be a lesson learned for all involved, unfortunately it is a tragic one.

What are your feelings on this?

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