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    Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    I coach a girls youth soccer team. When our season was winding down, I asked my girls if they wanted to enter the Iowa Games. Come to find out another coach from my town already asked the two best players on my team. I happened to talk with a different coach after practice tonight and it happened to him too.

    It seems this guy is wanting to enter an "all-star" team so he is cherry-picking the good players from other team without even consulting their coaches. Is winning that important that he can't even say, "hey, I was going to invite player x to join my team" and at least see if I was thinking about entering my team. I realize he doesn't need my permission. But wouldn't that just be proper etiquette to ask?

    I am going to enter a team regardless and it really is about skill development and fun, regardless of how we do. But are we at that point when we have to go behind other coaches backs to assemble dream teams to win 10 year old division at the Iowa Games?

    I need a ruling from the peanut gallery... Is this ****** move outta' him or am I being overly sensitive?


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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    I think he should have asked out of respect to other coaches, but technically he can do it it sounds like.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    Today I learned children's soccer is serious business.

    But yeah, he should have asked.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    I think he should have asked out of respect to other coaches, but technically he can do it it sounds like.
    He is allowed to do it. I guess I feel like this was underhanded and... douchy. Just want to see if I was out of line for feeling that way.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    I don't know. I think you have a right to be upset about it, but ultimately it's not just the other coach here. The parents decided to go with the other coach without talking to you about it too, right?



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    Seems rude, but soccer is a cutthroat world, I guess.


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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    ****** move



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    You mean he's putting together a travel team? Those have been around forever and will likely be the teams populating the Iowa Games. Unless the Iowa Games have changed drastically over the last twenty years, you may be in for a rude awakening if you sign up a recreational school team. Soccer is a lot of fun, getting your brains beaten in by 15 each game on the other hand is not.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    I'm assuming he sucked at every sport in high school, and he is using these 10 year old girls to give him a sense of accomplishment.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    You mean he's putting together a travel team? Those have been around forever and will likely be the teams populating the Iowa Games. Unless the Iowa Games have changed drastically over the last twenty years, you may be in for a rude awakening if you sign up a recreational school team. Soccer is a lot of fun, getting your brains beaten in by 15 each game on the other hand is not.
    There's 10 year old travel teams now?


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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    If there is a next year, I would ask the parents of the possibility earlier in the season.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyArob View Post
    There's 10 year old travel teams now?
    Now? I started at U8. Being that I'm nearly 30 now, it's fair to say it's been around for quite awhile.

    It's not that most of these coaches are out there looking to achieve for themselves through these kids, it's that kids want to play with kids near their talent level.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    But as a former coach and parent of a pretty good player, I have seen both sides. One year when I was coaching, a fellow coach decided to put together a "ringer team" for the winter indoor season. Not so much as to win, but also to give the better players a chance to play with an entire team of player of similar talent. It gave the better playerskids a chance to play of each other, and not to have to be the stars that do every thing every game. I was asked if my son wanted to play (I was coaching his house league team at the time). Since I was not going to coach the team during the winter season (that was time to coach basketball), I was all for it. Most of the players ended up on the travel team a year or so later, and having had a chance to play together previously, it was a good thing.
    Could of the other coach handled it better, absolutely. But get used to it. Many a youth coach want to feed their ego by collecting the best athletes and pretending how great of a coach they are because they can win with superior talent. Enjoy the additional free time and get ready for the fall season (and Cyclone Football).



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    > I am going to enter a team regardless and it really is about skill development and fun,

    This, my friend. If you really mean it, the rest has no importance.



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    Re: Need a ruling: Okay or not?

    Is it really only "about skill development and fun"?

    Because if it isn't, I would stick it to that guys wife until she couldn't walk. And then I'd put it up on porntube.




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