There's a saying about youth sports nowadays that the only thing wrong with it is the parents. The situation surrounding the dismissal of Kimberly boys coach John Miron is another perfect example of that. A two-time state champion coach is dismissed after 17-season for what school board members say is a "lack of leadership". Nobody who voted in favor of the firing wants to expound upon that reason--but they really don't have to. The real reason Miron--and most high school coaches are dismissed--he wouldn't play the "political game".
By political I don't mean helping boardmembers win re-election--but rather playing kids with certain connections, or running an offense that would spotlight a kid whose parents think he has a chance to play college ball, or perhaps even not challenging a child who until that point had been coddled by his parents into believing that he should be rewarded even without working hard.
Those who have not gone through the high school sports process probably think the kids who bust their butts in practice, or have the best talent, or who work best together get the playing time. For those of us who have been through the system, we can tell you that is not the case.
I played for a coach who was not successful in the win and loss column and chose to play the "political game". My senior season we started the freshman son of the school board president and the freshman son of the booster club president. The sophomore power foward who should have been starting in the place of his older brother came in off the bench--because their mother threatened to take both kids to another district if the older brother didn't start. It just would have been "too much for him to handle" being outdone by his younger brother.
It amazes me that anyone still wants to coach youth sports anymore. I was umpiring a high school softball game a couple of years ago and the head coach sent a runner home--where she was thrown out by about ten feet. One of the parents--probably of the girl thrown out--stood along the fence behind the coach and just berated him as a "know-nothing" who should quit so they can "get someone in there who knows what he is doing". Unfortunately, the coach decided to return fire leading to a yelling match in the middle of the game. I had to step in and tell both of them to cool it.
Parents might think they are helping their kids by exerting their influence on sports programs--but that is exactly the opposite of what happens. The other kids always find out what is going on--and that leads to resentment and division on the team. How embarrassed do you think the girl on that softball team was to see her dad acting like such an idiot?
We always extoll the benefits of youth sports--lessons about hard work, learing to work together toward a common goal, while finding out that life isn't always fair and that you aren't always going to win. Unfortunately, more kids are learning that it's not what you know--but who you know that gets you ahead in life.