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1 posted on 11/22/2005 8:37:58 AM PST by sparkomatic
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Rent the movie "Hoosiers"


2 posted on 11/22/2005 8:39:33 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother ( We need a few more Marines like Lt. Gen. James Mattis)
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It's your kid, your tax money, and his team. Deal.


3 posted on 11/22/2005 8:40:22 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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Home School


5 posted on 11/22/2005 8:41:17 AM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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Did you get irate or anything as you left? If not, I see no reason why you should be getting calls from the athletic director. That's ridiculous.

As for closed practice, it's coach rules. I can see how parents would be a distraction that might disrupt team play. The kid starts playing for the parent or looking to the parent for direction instead of the coach. It's a psychological thing, I guess.
6 posted on 11/22/2005 8:41:32 AM PST by mysterio
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Speaking both as a player and as a parent of a player, my advice is to accept it as a matter of team concentration. They don't see you as a pedophile or anything like that, they just would like the team to be able to practice without any need to look over their shoulders.

There is also the matter of parents trying to second-guess the coach at every turn, why isn't my kid playing as much, let me show you a play my boy & I worked out over the weekend, that sort of thing.

Ask if they will have another practice when parents can watch, I think they'll accomodate you at some point.


8 posted on 11/22/2005 8:42:29 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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9 posted on 11/22/2005 8:42:39 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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If you trust the coach I say let them have their closed practice. My son plays basketball, and I know how hard it is to get high school kids to be focused.


10 posted on 11/22/2005 8:42:55 AM PST by Ted
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Closed practices can help build teamwork and improve group performance by excluding outside distractions. I say give the coach a break.


11 posted on 11/22/2005 8:43:09 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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My school since I pay taxes

Does that mean you get to go in the girl's bathroom?

I think you should let the coach do his job without parental interference.

12 posted on 11/22/2005 8:43:36 AM PST by Zevonismymuse
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My take - a dad with a daughter now playing div I sports in the Big East - when coach says leave, leave. It's his team, his practice, and you have no role to play.


13 posted on 11/22/2005 8:43:58 AM PST by dmz
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I agree. I pay taxes to for these schools, so why can't I be in the high school girl's locker room with a camera?


15 posted on 11/22/2005 8:44:34 AM PST by LdSentinal
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As a former part-time coach:

1. Sometimes the coach needs to be the complete boss. Parents interfere.

2. Kids act/play different when parent is present (usually not as well from nervousness to show-boating).

3. Make an exception for you, then all parents get to come.

4. You could be a spy, child molester, freak show, or just someone looking over the should distracting the coach.


16 posted on 11/22/2005 8:45:41 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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You apparently have never played on a organized school team sport.
"Closed practices" mean "closed practices."
Now if you want to change the rules then I suggest you apply for the coach's job.
good luck... LOL


17 posted on 11/22/2005 8:45:59 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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A question or two come to mind... Is he doing something in practice he ought not be doing? (probably not because you probably would have heard about it by now), but more likely, Does he not trust the adults from spying for other teams (more likely)... Basketball shouldn't be such a big deal that you can't enjoy watching your daughter practice .... and a third is he might not want mom and dad coaching from the sidelines... hope the AD isn't a dork


18 posted on 11/22/2005 8:46:36 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (The search for someone to blame is always successful. - Robert Half)
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Unacceptable. You have the right to watch your kid at practice.

As a coach of girls BB, the most difficult part is dealing with irate, irrational and overprotective parents. My guess is the coach has had some bad experiences.

I suggest a cordial sit down with the AD and the coach to understand the reasoning.

FWIIW, schu
20 posted on 11/22/2005 8:47:05 AM PST by schu
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Do you want whine with that?


21 posted on 11/22/2005 8:47:10 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rush agrees with me 98.5% of the time!)
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As long as the coach is doing anything inappropriate, I would support a closed practice. Too many "little league" parents in kids sports these days. Make sure you child keeps you informed of what is going on in practice.


22 posted on 11/22/2005 8:48:21 AM PST by Maximus of Texas (On my signal, pull my finger)
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It's a closed practice.

No outside distractions. And yes, you would be a distraction no matter how quietly you sat there and just watched.

Get over it.


27 posted on 11/22/2005 8:58:34 AM PST by nuffsenuff (Don't get stuck on Stupid - General Russ Honore Sept 21, 2005)
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As the parent of a former HS basketball player, my advice is to shut up and don't complain about anything, especially if she is not one of the stars of the team. Many coaches and ADs are petty and vindictive (although that may not be the case at your school). Also, don't complain to the AD or principal in confidence. The coach will probably find out.


36 posted on 11/22/2005 9:23:05 AM PST by rrr51
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I think parental interference is a legitimate concern for coaches. Suggested movie: "Coach Carter" to see what I mean.

On the other hand, you have a legitimate interest in what goes on at a practice. A suggestion: go to some other high school and ask them if you could observe a practice--or go to a local college. Many of those hold open practices. This might also give you something new and interesting to talk to your kid about after school--"I went to see XYZ's practice, and it was really interesting. What are your practices like?"
37 posted on 11/22/2005 9:33:34 AM PST by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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