A gallery of love letters

In my volunteer role as a league administrator, I get a lot of email. In technical terms, I believe a shit ton of email better describes the volume. Most of it is pretty ordinary– operations, deadlines, information stuff. Until someone gets mad about something, and then they fire off a nasty gram that could blister paint. I have developed pretty thick skin over the years so it’s not really upsetting to me (well, the grammar and spelling is upsetting, but not the content). Lately, following the word art trend, I’ve been inspired to think of some this correspondence in a new way, and have picked a few of my favorites with which to explore my creative side. All are real, unedited emails from coaches, managers or refs of youth teams and may contain some salty language. Without further disclaimer, I present, for your enjoyment, the Email from Coaches Word Art Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Help for THAT Parent

Glass bangersWhen I told a friend that I was going to write a post on how not to be THAT parent, he pointed out that THAT parent usually didn’t recognize themselves as such, so the people that really need the advice were not going to think they needed it. He has a point there. So I devised this little test based on behaviors that I have witnessed to help you identify yourself in case your family hasn’t yet staged an intervention. Just answer the following questions with a simple yes or no.

Have you ever . . .

  1. Had other people describe you as out of control or moved so they don’t have to sit near you?
  2. Been thrown out of a game?
  3. Had a shouting match or altercation with a parent from another team?
  4. Had a shouting match or altercation with someone from your own team?
  5. Yelled something or gestured at an opposing player?
  6. Gotten “the look” from your spouse?
  7. Gotten “the look” from your player?
  8. Yelled or signaled coaching instruction to your player from the sidelines (assuming you are not the coach)?
  9. Flipped off, gestured toward your crotch or sworn at a game official or team official?
  10. Did or said something that you were later ashamed or embarrassed about?

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How to raise a self-indulgent, entitled athlete in 13 easy steps

They are in the news practically every day. The superstar who thinks he’s above the team. The guy that is amazing on the field, and a complete train wreck off it. The guy who seemingly has it all, then blows it by making poor choices and exhibiting even worse behavior.  From Ben Roethlisberger to Tiger Woods to Lance Armstrong, we’ve seen it over and over. And while it seemingly blows up in the media in one or two days, it takes a lifetime to reach this state. So how do you raise a wealthy, worshipped, successful spoiled athlete? You’ve got to start early, and use this guide. Read the rest of this entry »