2. Kids act/play different when parent is present (usually not as well from nervousness to show-boating). that may be but how is it any different from a game.
3. Make an exception for you, then all parents get to come. So?
4. You could be a spy, child molester, freak show, or just someone looking over the should distracting the coach. I could be any of those, but I'm known to be a parent. I go to most games for all the HS sports. The coach already has a printed list of rules. Not coaching from the side lines etc. is already listed as one of the don'ts. As long as I'm not causing a distraction I don't see a problem.
I'd like to point out one more thing. I'm asking you people these questions because I have a true desire to know if I'm in the wrong or if I have been slighted. For me I haven't decided, yet. I have defended my case as I see things. I may be wrong. Maybe I'm not. I'm listening to what you people have to say so I can form an educated opinion.
Also, to the one [explitive deleted] I'm not whining. I'm asking a question. You don't know me so don't attack me.
"Make an exception for you, then all parents get to come. So?"
OK, you say you had no intention to intrude or interfere, I'll take your word. But, many parents are just the opposite. If the coach allows you , he must allow all. Speaking from experience, many parents are disruptive. As an ex-coach and referee, it was the parents that drove me away. Loved teaching the kids, couldn't stand the parents. No offense.
"1. Sometimes the coach needs to be the complete boss. Parents interfere. I wasn't nor do I intend to."
That's nice. Just by being there, you interfere.
2. "Kids act/play different when parent is present (usually not as well from nervousness to show-boating). that may be but how is it any different from a game."
Practice is a time when new skills are practiced and the kids mess up. They are less inclined to do so with parents present.
"3.Make an exception for you, then all parents get to come. So?"
You may not be an interfering twit, but someone else will be.
Personally, the fact that you get your dander up by being kicked out is considerable evidence (to me) that you are exactly the kind of parent that does not belong at practice.
You are wrong. This must be your first child involved in HS sports. Go to the games, cheer for the team, bring oranges or Gatorade but do what the coach wants.
I would talk to the coach and athletic director and apologize for how you came off. Then ask how you can support the team.