Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Twig on 12/22/10 at 07:03 PM ET
You know the guy at the high school hockey game that yells at his kid and humiliates him in front of everyone? The guy who corners the coach after practice and demands that he change his strategy in order to fit his son’s game? Those guys suck and there seems to be one at every game.
The controversy that seized the Toronto Ice Dogs PeeWee “A” club — minor hockey’s lowest level of competitive play — emerged last month at a parents’ meeting called by George Atis, who has a child on the team, but is not part of the coaching staff.
The Thornhill lawyer drafted the agenda which included this item: “Kayla Watkins — Player Ability Limitations and Suggested Options.”
Kayla might not be a very good hockey player. George Atis witnessed her play and I didn’t, so it could be true that she has ‘ability limitations’. But she’s 12. She’s playing hockey because she loves the sport, not because she’s good at it.
He crossed the line here. Instead of just bitching to some of the other parents over a beer, or crying about it with a friend over the phone, he “drafted an agenda”, got the other parents to back him up and came up with an ultimatum to limit her playing time. What’s worse is she found out about it and quit the team. I don’t blame her. She would have felt like she didn’t belong there and that she didn’t deserve to be there. That no one liked her and that every mistake she made would be made worse knowing how all the other parents looked at her. That’s how Brett Lebda should feel, not Kayla Watkins.
The good news is, she’s on a new team that will appreciate her. The bad news is how it all went down. Parents, if your kid is the next “Great One”, but some other player is keeping them from shining, then your kid is not the next “Great One”. Just let them play.
Source: Buzzing the Net and thestar.com
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