|This attitude is rampant from the classroom to the athletic arenas.|
The world of scholastic sports here in the United States is being challenged like never before. It seems to me that we coaches are in danger of completely losing control of our programs. Just this past basketball season, here at Monument Valley High School a vocal group of parents opposed the coaches attempt to enforce practice rules that both parents and players had signed off on. The administration caved in and the coach resigned. Now during Track season we are battling the same issue with "athletes" protesting the requirement of daily practice attendance. It seems to be a contagious attitude that coaches no longer make and enforce rules. Of course it's not limited to sports. Public education has been wrested from the teachers long ago. Sad to see, but many good coaches and teachers no longer want to fight the battle.
Some experts see such lawsuits as part of a shift in youth sports in recent decades away from sandlot play and intramural teams to professionalized leagues and tryout teams partly aimed at snagging scholarships for players and giving them a leg up in college admissions.