My son just finished a complete wash “0-6” of a football season at Pelican Park in Mandeville, LA. We have lived many places and played in many youth programs and Pelican Park is the cream of the crop – trust me on this. So how did a “random draft” of 12 year olds create a team that should have had the “mercy score” rule enforced after the first quarter of each game come to be? And why is it some coaches continued to humiliate my kid’s team by keeping their starters in and running up the score? And why did one coach have to publicly announce in front of the parents of the opposing team and his players that he was going to pull everyone out to give us a break? How do some teams “stay together” year after year when there is a draft? Some has to do with testosterone, lack of tact, politics or maybe just plain ignorance.
I really don’t know the answer to any of these questions or if there will be a perfect system for creating fair and balanced team at recreational leagues. I only know what I saw and experienced from the eyes of a parent on a team with the deck stacked against them. Our coach was there every practice and put his heart into it. Neither hubby or myself coached, so we need to hush on our criticism. Unfortunately, my son has written off football as this was his first and last year playing at Pelican Park. A bye during the playoffs would have been nice so we didn’t have to get annihilated by the #1 seeded team. But hey – it is basketball season already. Cross your fingers we have a decent season. Go Timberwolves!
Tell me readers, how would you create the perfect balanced football league?