Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Parents suing hockey league and coaches for cutting sons

If you've  played sports then you likely have been cut from a team at some point. Sometimes it's a numbers game. Sometimes we're just not good enough. Sometimes its just politics.

In the end, we just suck it up, come to the realization that it wasn't meant to be and either move on to something else or work harder to make the team next time.

Well the Toronto Star reports that in the Greater Tornoto Hockey League (GTHL),  two parents found it very difficult to swallow when there kids were cut from the local hockey team.

Parents of two GTHL players are each suing the league, one of its clubs and four coaches for $25,000 because their sons were cut from a midget junior A team in April. They claim the conduct of all defendants destroyed the dignity of their sons, whom in good conscience gave the team nothing but their best efforts.  The league's defense is the obvious one in regards to a tryout: Over 70 players attempted to make the 17-man roster.Not everyone can make the team.  I've been there.  It's no fun. 

By the way both boys will be playing on another team this fall.  Something they either forgot to tell the newspaper or perhaps the reporter didn't think was important enough to go into the article.

Yes these parents are idiots and hockey is full of these types of parents.  They scream at players, officials and coaches. And there loads of awful coaches.  Two of these coaches had been serving suspensions for tampering (recruiting players before tryouts begin).  Tryouts are often a farce because all the spots on the team have been promised to players already.  Many coaches are abusive to kids and officials and get away with it.  And then there is the GTHL which condones much of this.  I've seen it all.  Adults are destroying kids hockey.

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