I'm a Dad. My son plays youth football. In our little burb that means that I'm also a volunteer.
All parents are asked to pitch in. Some help in concessions. Some run the chains. I take the photos of the kids games and I'll admit, I do have fun doing it.
But today as I was combing through the photos, deciding which to keep and which to delete before sending to the team website for all to see, I got angry -- make that angry again. I don't often get angry. One of the only thing that sets me off is when I see something that is fundamentally wrong or unethical and on Saturday I saw something horrible from the Coach at New Berlin Eisenhower.
As the team photographer I have to be concerned about light, angles and variety. I like to make my way around the field, taking photos from the home team side, the end zones, and even the visiting team side.
This week was an away game for the 7th Grade Brown Deer Falcons.
Factually, your team was down 4 touchdowns by the 4th quarter. The coach wanted to make sure all players participated in the game, but he was concerned about all players (on both teams) getting hurt. He chose in the 4th quarter to put in some of his smaller, perhaps not as aggressive players to enjoy some playing time. However, the Brown Deer coach still left his biggest player in the game. This child you speak of is much larger and much heavier than those he was opposing. The coach from New Berlin yelled across the field..."take him out. Take #72 out". Yes, this much of what you claim to have heard is true. However, Mr. McGuigan, he was speaking to the other coach to ask him to take his player out of the game so NO ONE got hurt. And you are correct Mr. McGuigan that the referee told the coach "there will be none of that” but it was meant that one coach cannot communicate across the field to another coach. This too has been confirmed.
Dear New Berlin Eisenhower "Mom",I appreciate your clear vigor for your team and your loyalty to your child's coach. However, you assert that the New Berlin coach pulled his first string so that should be a reason for Brown Deer to pull their first string. The New Berlin coach does not have any control over the Brown Deer coaching staff. Shortly after the New Berlin coach yelled his order, #72 was indeed "taken out". As you know, players who hope to get play time do as their coach says and do not question their coach. From my standpoint, within 20 feet of the New Berlin coach issuing his orders directly to the players lining up on the center of the field, it sounded like he was ordering a hit on a Brown Deer child. If it sounded like that to me, it must have sounded like that to his own players. I do not question whether the New Berlin coach is a good man or not. I do not claim to know him. However, even good men can do or say bad things. I will say this -- he excercised poor judgement.