Skip to comments.Scituate “Green Death” soccer coach resigns
Posted on 03/31/2009 3:22:42 PM PDT by Borges
SCITUATE A girls soccer coach who told parents of his 6- and 7-year-old charges that he expected his players to kick ass has resigned.
Michael Kinahan says he meant to give parents a chuckle but that people took his message on a the team he dubbed Green Death the wrong way.
In an e-mail message to parents last week, Kinahan wrote that the girls on his team would fall, get bumps, bruises and even bleed a little. Big deal, its good for them (but I do hope the other team is the one bleeding).
The political correctness police are not welcome on my sidelines, he added.
Kinahan resigned after parents protested to league officials. Other parents have said they support his approach, said Chris Park, the registrar for the Scituate Youth Soccer League.
Hes got a wry, sarcastic sense of humor. I think this whole thing just blew up on him, Park said.
Kinahan also wrote that he expected that the ladies be put on a diet of fish, undercooked red meat and lots of veggies ... Protein shakes are encouraged, and while blood doping and HGH use is frowned upon, there is no testing policy.
Park said a major concern for league officials was Kinahans comments about referees.
My heckling of the refs is actually helping them develop as people, he wrote.
Park said a 12-year-old referee refused to return this year because of the way Kinahan treated her last year.
That did lend some truth to what he said in the e-mail, said Park.
Kinahan said his message was largely (albeit not completely) meant in jest.
It was also meant as a satire of those who take youth sports too seriously for the wrong reasons, he said.
THE COACHS ORIGINAL E-MAIL
Congratulations on being selected for Team 7 (forest green shirts) of the Scituate Soccer Club! My name is Michael and I have been fortunate enough to be selected to coach what I know will be a wonderful group of young ladies. Chris Mac will also be coaching and I expect the ever popular Terry to return to the sidelines. Our first game will be Saturday April 4 at 10:00AM. There will be a half hour of skills followed by a 1 hour game, so total time will be 1.5 hours. All games will be played on the fields in the front of the High School. Each player will be required to wear shin guards and cleats are recommended but not required. A ball will be provided to each player at the first meeting, and each player should bring the ball to games and practices. There is no set practice time allotted for the U8 teams, but I will convene with the coaches to determine the best time and place. If there are cancellations due to rain, all notices will be posted via the Scituate Soccer Club website, no calls will be made (though I will try to send an email). Attached is the Schedule and Code of Conduct. After listening to the head of the referees drone on for about 30 minutes on the dangers of jewelry (time which I will never get back), no player will be allowed to play with pierced ears, hairclips, etc. We used to tape the earings, but that practice is no longer acceptable. Please let me know if your child has any health issues that I need to be aware of. My home phone is 781 XXX XXXX, my cell number is 781 XXX XXXX, and I check my email frequently. According to my wife, my emails get too wordy, so for those of you read too slowly, are easily offended, or are too busy, you can stop here. For the others
OK, heres the real deal: Team 7 will be called Green Death. We will only acknowledge Team 7 for scheduling and disciplinary purposes. Green Death has had a long and colorful history, and I fully expect every player and parent to be on board with the team. This is not a team, but a family (some say cult), that you belong to forever. We play fair at all times, but we play tough and physical soccer. We have some returning players who know the deal; for the others, I only expect 110% at every game and practice. We do not cater to superstars, but prefer the gritty determination of journeymen who bring their lunch pail to work every week, chase every ball and dig in corners like a Michael Vick pit bull. Unless there is an issue concerning the health of my players or inside info on the opposition, you probably dont need to talk to me. Coach MacDonald has been designated good guy this year.
Some say soccer at this age is about fun and I completely agree. However, I believe winning is fun and losing is for losers. Ergo, we will strive for the W in each game. While we may not win every game (excuse me, I just got a little nauseated) I expect us to fight for every loose ball and play every shift as if it were the finals of the World Cup. While I spent a good Saturday morning listening to the legal liability BS, which included a 30 minute dissertation on how we need to baby the kids and especially the refs, I was disgusted. The kids will run, they will fall, get bumps, bruises and even bleed a little. Big deal, its good for them (but I do hope the other team is the one bleeding). If the refs cant handle a little criticism, then they should turn in their whistle. The sooner they figure out how to make a decision and live with the consequences the better. My heckling of the refs is actually helping them develop as people. The political correctness police are not welcome on my sidelines. Americas youth is becoming fat, lazy and non-competitive because competition is viewed as bad. I argue that competition is good and is important to the evolution of our species and our survival in what has become an increasingly competitive global economy and dangerous world. Second place trophies are nothing to be proud of as they serve only as a reminder that you missed your goal; their only useful purpose is as an inspiration to do that next set of reps. Do you go to a job interview and not care about winning? Dont animals eat what they kill (and yes, someone actually kills the meat we eat too it isnt grown in plastic wrap)? And speaking of meat, I expect that the ladies be put on a diet of fish, undercooked red meat and lots of veggies. No junk food. Protein shakes are encouraged, and while blood doping and HGH use is frowned upon, there is no testing policy. And at the risk of stating the obvious, blue slushies are for winners.
These are my views and not necessarily the views of the league (but they should be). I recognize that my school of thought may be an ideological shift from conventional norms. But it is imperative that we all fight the good fight, get involved now and resist the urge to become sweat-xedo-wearing yuppies who sit on the sidelines in their LL Bean chairs sipping mocha-latte-half-caf-chinos while discussing reality TV and home decorating with other feeble-minded folks. I want to hear cheering, I want to hear encouragement, I want to get the team pumped up at each and every game and know they are playing for something.
Lastly, we are all cognizant of the soft bigotry that expects women and especially little girls, to be dainty and submissive; I wholeheartedly reject such drivel. My overarching goal is develop ladies who are confident and fearless, who will stand up for their beliefs and challenge the status quo. Girls who will kick ass and take names on the field, off the field and throughout their lives. I want these girls to be winners in the game of life. Whos with me?
Go Green Death!
Team, After careful consideration, I have decided to resign from all coaching responsibilities related to Team 7 this season. Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that some parents and the Board of Scituate Soccer failed to see the humor in my pre-season email. For the avoidance of doubt, the email was largely (albeit not completely) meant in jest and with the goal of giving the parents a chuckle while enduring yet another round of organized youth sports. It was also meant as a satire of those who take youth sports too seriously for the wrong reasons. My overarching goal is the well-being of my players, and I do not want any player to feel uncomfortable, nor do I want to see the team disbanded because of a lack of active players. Therefore, while Id prefer to go down swinging, its really about the kids and it just makes more sense for me to take the year off.
While I respectfully disagree with the Board's interpretation of my comments, I believe that they should be commended for their immediate actions to address the concerns of the offended parties. The Boards action proves that the chain of command is functioning as designed. Board members volunteer their valuable time and I do not plan to add to their already significant workload. I also respect those parents who were offended as I am sure they acted in the best interest of their children. While I may question their sense of humor, I have no right to question their judgment regarding their children. Perhaps we may even have beer (Ill buy) and a couple of laughs at the end of all of this.
And while I am sorry some people failed to see the humor, I do not apologize for my actions; I wrote it, I think it's funny and I do have a distaste for the tediousness of overbearing political correctness. Furthermore, I was serious about parental involvement as I do believe parents should cheer and encourage players (in a positive fashion obviously) so that the kids feel the excitement that comes from team competition. And most importantly, I was completely serious that I want to see each young girl develop a positive self image, self-confidence and the will to succeed in any endeavor that she desires. Lastly, I have added some comments to my initial email (in capitals) to clarify several points that may have been viewed as offensive.
Michael A. Kinahan
Go Green Death!
No worry, they will get some panty waisted pussy whipped liberal neutered husband that won’t keep score to coach the girls. The 6 and 7 year old girls will have more nads than their new coach.
Gotta love his sign off on the resignation letter!
This story is fun to follow.
That guy sounds cool. Can’t have that! Let’s get a sissy-coach.
Best of luck to him.
I can bet you he would be a meek little lamb with an adult in the center, especially one who has played semi pro hockey. Trust me I have seen this happen many times.
I have seen idiot parent coaches like this scream and berate teenagers who are doing a youth game for the pocket cash. They then get their hillbilly white trash parents in an uproar and this kid who is maybe making 12$ pr the game is totally intimidated and says to heck with officiating. Give this slug the whistle and have him waddle up and down to manage a game
Gotta admit in a beer league game in the past , I kind of maybe sort of kind of drilled/put on his fat ascz a skating slug/youth soccer coach who berated my then 11 year old teen aged son officiating a youth soccer game. Hey you gotta keep your head and and be aware on the ice....
I'm so glad I don't live up there!
Having coached girls soccer that age (and now 2nd graders), this is great. First of all, the kids are keeping score during the game, so you can get rid of that dillusion. Second, I really like his emphasis on building confidence. Finally, I doubt he yells at the refs, however, there are times when the coach has to speak “firmly” with the teenage ref, especially if kids are getting hurt on the field due to “out of control” play.
This guy could coach my kids anytime! The parents offended by this email are the same parents that will complain when their drooling, nose-picking, uncoordinated spawn do not recieve what they feel is adequate playing time. PC has gone too far in the country and we pay dearly for it everyday. America needs more Coach Kinahans!
LOL, I like him.
Not me. Morons don’t make good coaches. He let his enthusiasm carry him way past any sense. How about some sportsmanship, Coach?
God save us from anybody that may make our lives more interesting.