Your Child's Coach: Another season ends
In a way I am happy to see our season end, as we had more trouble with parents than ever before. We actually did have police at the field one night. "The economy, stupid," a lawyer source suggested and yes, come to think of it, one of the parents who gave us agita had a foreclosure on his house. Another had been married a slew of times, and the child's father had a long record of drug arrests.
So to recap: We get all kinds of families, from all kinds of circumstances, some a bit eccentric, some downright scary, and sometimes they don't play nicely. The parents, that is. The kids, they play just fine.
I am very proud of my soccer program. Hard as this season was, it was gratifying to meet the challenges it presented. Seeing the children leap for joy after scoring a goal, or making a save, or coming in as the underdogs to win a championship, made it all worthwhile. They're kids just once. And these are magic moments.
A thing to remember, though, when contemplating the diverse circumstances of our families: Never, ever start an argument at a children's sporting event. You just don't know what might result.
-- Marlene Sokol, Times Coach