Sunday, April 7, 2013

Time To Weigh In On Kids Coaches Parents And Sporting Events

OK~ The high school trapshooting season kicked off yesterday in Iowa, as we had our first shoot of the season. If you are not familiar with trapshooting, it's really a fabulous sport to involve youth in. I have seen first hand how it has positively impacted the lives of many teens.

While chatting with a lady from another school yesterday she commented on how nice the parents were at trapshooting events. Now, due to the fact that I have not had a high school student participate in any other sport, I honestly have nothing else to compare it to. She commented on how her daughter's 8th grade volleyball team events were very difficult to attend. She said the parents continually talk trash about the coaches and the kids on the team. I'm thinking, "What?"

She went on to say that every single trapshooting event she had attended with her son, who is now a junior, her experience has been the opposite. Parents are cheering on every kid, not just theirs, and supporting all the kids that are shooting. So, my mind began to wonder, why is this?

Five minutes later I spoke with another lady who commented that she was so glad the high school trapshooting season had started, so she could attend a high school sporting event without all the drama. Is a lot of this due to our culture or did I just run into some people that have had bad experiences?

My thoughts- Yes, we do have volunteer coaches in high school trapshooting, as most schools want nothing to do with this sport. In trapshooting there are no benches, as long as kids are academically eligible, they shoot. Every single shooter has the opportunity to win at each shoot. Maybe it is because kids that trap shoot have to be disciplined and focused. I'm not sure why this is, but I have been blessed to have a son involved in this sport that has taught him so much. He wants his team mates to succeed just as much as he wants himself to succeed.

I am not sure why the difference. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Are parents supportive of all the kids and coaches at the athletic events you attend? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


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