One of my children plays a sport for a somewhat controversial coach.
We like the coach a lot, and have had no problems.
However, some other parents disagree and have treated the coach pretty badly, and I am embarrassed because I'm associated with them, but, I do not share their opinion.
After assuring the coach that we would remain on the team this upcoming season, we looked at our schedule and realized that we'd probably be too busy to play.
I was dreading, (dreading, I tell you) giving this news because I thought the coach would think we were doing what these other parents are doing and that isn't it AT ALL.
I was all set to send an e-mail, when an e-mail from the coach arrived telling us how wonderful our player is and thanking us for supporting the team when others didn't.
Guess we're still gonna play, although on a limited schedule.
I'm either a wimp, or it's the right thing to do.
ADDED: Jay reminded me that in my effort to be "general" about the topic, I left out an important part.
In this particular incidence, in the summer, it's OK to play when you're available, you just have to let them know ahead of time.
And, "I don't feel like playing", is not a valid reason not to go in this house.
I was hesitant to agree because it's not my nature to let them do something less than a full-commitment, but in this case, I think it's the right thing to do.
I feel another post coming on about this because, especially with little kids, people tend to see sports teams as an "activity" that you may or may not do on a Saturday, and not much makes me madder than that, especially when it's my kid playing the game and we're one short.
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