Unfortunately, I can not give, or receive, credit for this vignette. It was passed along to me as one of those huge chain e-mails (that I normally delete), without the originator’s name. However, as an administrator and athletic director, this one struck a chord–probably because there is a certain degree of truth in the matter.
The Coach Coaches
At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 10-year-old football players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?” The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
“Do you understand that what matters is not whether we win or lose, but how we play together as a team?” The little boy nodded yes.
“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when a penalty is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the referee, or call him a knuckle-head. Do you understand all that?” Again the little boy nodded.
The coach continued, “And when I call you off the field so that another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach a dumb jerk, is it?” Again the little boy nodded.
“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your mother.”