First Week From Hell
August 22nd 2010,
Opening weekend. This is where we get to meet the new team and revisit with the returning vets from the previous season. The league has some players from the local semi-pro team come out and provide some information about the game, some basic drills and the like. This year, Iím supposed to be one of the ďluckyĒ coaches because I have many returning players from the previous season; one of whom is a prized QB that I made the previous season who had never even played the game before (Side note on him, he went on to play up to years and was the starting QB for a local rep team, Iím proud of that, but not the ego I created) We also have a returning fullback and a returning wide receiver as well who are both pretty decent in their own respect. So we should be having a great season, but weíre informed that we wonít have our jerseys for a while, but thatís no big deal because preseason is two weeks long and Iím sure that the league wonít string this out to long. Iíve got everything else, save for that only 12 of my players have full kits with jerseys and none of them are my vets. So weíre starting behind the 8 Ball.
The reunion was short lived as Iím swarmed by parents and players asking for jerseys and information that I donít know because the league hasnít informed them of anything. Wouldnít you know it, the leagueís a mess this year because of some key moves from the executive and everything is up in the air, leaving me, the leagues apparent representation for the parents to explain to them why we donít have equipment and jerseys. We havenít even gotten off the field yet. This is the part of youth sports that I canít stand.
Fast forward on more week and weíre now done our first week of preseason, still only have my 12 kids with equipment so I canít fully teach blocking, hitting and that kind of stuff for safety reasons. Those three kids parents got mad and started talking to each other and they move their kids to another team because the QBs dad knows another coach whoís promised them that theyíll start and that theyíll also get to start on the varsity team for their local high schools as juniors. So the three prized vets are gone, which is fine because they were way too big for their headsÖ
The team is in drama and thatís the end of the first week. Iím now down to roughly 37 kids.