There was another battle going on besides the election being fought the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2012. There was a basketball game between a second year homeschool team and a small, established private school team, complete with a coaching staff. It was heated.
Not really so much between the two teams. The private school blew past the homeschool team without a problem. I was there, I know.
This league plays four 8 minute quarters. The coach of the homeschool team, (and if you haven’t gathered by now that I have a son on this team, it’s information you need to have), began the game the usual way, with the usual five starting players in this varsity game. But that only lasted for one quarter and a half.
Our coach (and we only have one), halfway through the second quarter collected five players on the bench, three who are on the junior varsity team, and lined them up to go in. I saw what was about to come down and I was so hoping he wouldn’t do that. He did.
I was angry. Not just because my son was one of the five players he pulled. No, because he pulled the entire team, in a grand sweep. A slap in their faces for the effort they were giving. They were out-played, and their shots weren’t going down, however, these guys didn’t quite. Their coach did. On them.
I did the only thing I knew to do. I went to the car at halftime and stayed there. I couldn’t support the way our team was being represented or the way the coach handled the situation.
As I was sitting in the car being righteously indignant, I realized that I quit too. I should have sat on the bleachers and shown my support for the players…for my son.
When the game was over and my son got in the car, I learned that the coach had benched them for the rest of the game. They sat on the bench the entire second half!
So much to say to the coach, yet I will say nothing. Okay, I will say it here.
Hey Coach, get your emotions out of it. It’s not about you. Challenge our boys to play to the best of their ability, push them toward greatness, inspire them. Teach them to play as a team. K? Thanks!
How would you have handled the situation?