Coach: I hate playoffs
The U-9 Dragons were the Cinderella story of our last soccer season. They came into the playoffs from last place (sounds like the Tampa Bay Rays), played the first-place team to a tie, then won in a penalty shoot-out. They did the same in the semifinal, then the championship. A lesson for everybody, right? This is what they looked like then.
This season they picked up some new players, dominated for eight weeks and entered the playoffs in first place. They were a shoo-in to win their first game on Saturday. They did, by something like 7-0. The kids behaved FINE. But throughout the game the parents blew horns, shook pom-poms and, when it was over and the teams were shaking hands, blew those loud horns right on the field.
Our board will soon debate whether we should have rules about fan celebration. People LOVE to celebrate, and the customer kind of is the parent, right? But you hate to see the other side demoralized. And the other side did not take it graciously. There were complaints, there was talk of an obscene gesture, and the losing coach was way discouraged.
I'll repeat: The kids on both teams were great. I saw the game up-close and it was clean.