2001-02-17 / Letters

Let’s Play Ball

Dear Editor;

This letter is in response to a letter printed in the February 10, 2001 issue of The Wave. The article was titled Attention All Coaches.

It is appreciated you realize that many people do make the time to work with children’s sports programs. Volunteering is how all of these programs happen.

However, before you attack the coaches and sports programs ask yourself this question, "Am I in denial of the athletic muscular coordination of my child?" Keep in mind sports are not for everyone. Make it your business to learn if your child is coachable.

Have you been honest and do you have a clear understanding of your child’s athletic interests and abilities? It is a parent’s job to develop your child’s interest to practice and love the game. Only if the interest is part of what your child is, will the desire be there.

Do not look to place the parent’s responsibilities on to a person who is volunteering his or her time. A parent should never feel or be heard to say, "They all play the same." Each child is different.

If a child walks away embarrassed or feeling belittled ask yourself, "Is this program what my child needs?" Try to spend some energy and thinking on how you can help this situation.

Perhaps the writer would consider stepping up and volunteering his or her time. Let’s get rid of all the excess baggage and let’s play ball!

NAME WITHHELD


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