Middle schools do not have swimming pools. My middle school did a nautorium, though. We had swimming class in the nautorium. BTW, our swimming coach was kind of mean. He probably dunked a few kids now and then.
As a former part-time coach: 1. Sometimes the coach needs to be the complete boss. Parents interfere. I wasn't nor do I intend to.
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.
Locker rooms and bathrooms can make for good jokes, but those are ridiculous examples. Part of the reason I wanted to watch is that I didn't play sports in school. I wanted to get a better feel for what goes on just for my own education.
As answer to a different question. How would I be any more of a distraction than I would be at a game?
I did get a little irate, but not in front of the kids. I have never attempted to coach my kid. I've never been to a basketball practice until that one day. I have observed many of her volleyball practices without incident.
If a hunter were to chase down a deer and kill it in hand to hand combat I would call that a sport.
I did do that - sort of. A few years ago I spined a deer with an arrow. I approached him and wrestled him and pulled the arrow out and reshot him with the same arrow. Blast away. I'm ready. Oh and the deer was peacefully browsing when I ambushed him.
Not all game meat is good. It depends a great deal upon who prepared it, how it was prepared, how it was processed, how it was cared for, etc.
I saw a story in a magazine once that addressed "I had venison once and it was bad." [I paraphrased that because I don't remember the specific complaint.] The article went on to say that if, A farmer killed a steer, waited a few hours and then did a poor job of field dressing it, dragged it for a mile through a muddy field, flung it in the back of a truck, drove it around all day showing it to his buddies, then hung it from a tree for 2 days, then processed it himself and didn't pay much attention to cleanlinees/hair removal/bone chips/etc., and then didn't package it properly and then cooked it poorly, most people upon trying a sirloin from that steer would say, "I don't like beef." My point is, "most game meats are good." I think most people that say, "I don't like venison et al" have never had a good cut prepared properly. I've had deer, elk, bear, beef, lamb, pork, frog legs, alligator and they've all been good. I've had some beef I didn't like. A buddy of mine eats ground hog and raccoon. He swears it's good but preparation is key. He's got me talked into it. I'm going to try ground hog as soon as I have a decent specimen.