As the father of a child involved in sports, I’d like to express my sincere and utter disdain to all those coaches who endeavor to include parents in the whole “sports experience” thing. For instance, it is my job to drive my daughter to practice. This is a task to which I am very well suited as it involves two of my favorite things: yelling at stupid people outside of my vehicle, and moving at rapid speed without having to actually exert oneself physically. In no way does this job require such things as running, throwing, catching, or passing out due to extreme demonstration of how out of shape I am.
Somewhere, somehow, however, the coach decided that parents should be active and share in the physical experience and are made to be ‘honorary coaches,’ whose job it is to run and throw and catch and move their bodies in ways not demonstrated since high school. This is misguided as we parents choose to carry out our athletic dreams THROUGH our children and not WITH our children. Had we wanted to actually be athletes, we would not have mastered the sloth impression.
Coaches? Consider yourselves informed.