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For my birthday, I got rushed by an angry basketball parent

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Yesterday (Nov. 28) was my 40th birthday. Thank you, thank you very much.2843766094_6020f8c97f

On my birthday, I got the present of not being kicked in the balls by an angry parent as I coached my daughter’s basketball game. No, the angry parent was not my wife.

In the second quarter, out of the corner of my eye I see one of my assistants rushing to push back what appeared to be an angry mother who rushed from the other side of court, around the north basket and in the direction of your humble blogger.

All I heard was: “I didn’t pay $80 to have my kid sit on the bench!” Then I saw one of my assistants restraining and pushing this mom back.

“Who was that?” I asked.

“That was my daughter,” he said.

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Not what actually happened.

What happened was, I took one of my players out of the game. To rest. To give other players time because this is a fifth- and sixth-grade coed league where everyone is supposed to get equal time. And apparently his mother got ticked, particularly because, in her view, she was tired of seeing our team lose (we’re now 0-4, with two close losses and two blowouts, including one on my birthday) while other, suckier players than her son were on the floor.

I’ve been fortunate in my youth coaching career that I’ve overwhelmingly dealt with parents who are friendly and supportive. I guess this woman’s birthday present was to show me a little bit of all the horror stories you hear about from other coaches. Gift accepted!

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Written by rkcookjr

November 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

5 Responses

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  1. […] had parents who merely thought I wasn’t screwing up their kid too much, and I’ve had parents scream my head off. I’ve been able to come to common ground with parents when we’ve had differences, and […]

  2. […] certainly haven’t been immune from the nuttiness, such as when I celebrated my 40th birthday by getting rushed by an angry parent in the middle of an Alsip basketball game, with that same parent, upset her son had to take a turn on the bench, after the game screaming at […]

  3. […] certainly haven’t been immune from the nuttiness, such as when I celebrated my 40th birthday by getting rushed by an angry parent in the middle of an Alsip basketball game, with that same parent, upset her son had to take a turn on the bench, after the game screaming at […]

  4. I coach youth sports. Thousands of people do.

    Your blog isn’t as clever as you think it is.

    It’s about the kids, not what happened to you.

    Are we supposed to feel sorry that YOU had to deal with a crazy parent on YOUR birthday?

    You’re a “me person” who’s trying to disguise himself as a caring parent and coach.

    Very common.

    John

    June 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm

  5. I just read another one of your blogs where you used the words “me”, “my” and “I” over 70 times in a four paragraph essay.

    But, you’re doing it for the kids.

    OK.

    John

    June 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm


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