Note from a parent:
This email is sent to both Matt Still and Ralph Jones.
My oldest son is 17 and I grew up on these same fields as a kid. The rec center is my home away from home. I've seen up and downs.
I have to admit, I was disheartened with the redraft. I just couldn't understand this slight of calculations. I came yesterday frustrated.
As I sat there listening, I saw 2 very humble men who are only human. I looked at the kids sitting, looking up at you, and they were all just fine. They didn't seem to care, they just wanted to play ball. I scanned the fence line at the parents and team moms and saw their faces and heard their whispers, and embarrassingly enough I will admit I had probably whispered the same aggravated tone under my breath too. Then I heard not once, but twice, from Mr. Jones "kids, this is not because your coach does not want you on his team, this is not because you have done anything wrong" That is when I though to myself how selfish we, as parents, are being.
Yes, I want my kids team to win. Who doesn't? Yes, I want them to have fun, and winning IS fun. But they need to learn to build a team amongst themselves and not create one by picking talents. They need to build themselves personally from the inside out. We parents have a vested interest in competition. You both have a vested interest in children. How are we to meet in the middle if we parents don't take a step towards the middle?
My frustration turned to shame as I realized how wrong I was. Both of you are unbiased, you don't have star players, you don't care who wins the championship, it doesn't matter if Coach X has his team groomed for a 3rd year championship, all you saw were kids who wanted to play ball.
Thank you for that....