As a former high school athlete, coach and parent who had three daughters attend Durango High School, I am dismayed that a parent is contemplating suing the school district, athletic director and coach over high school sports. My daughters played multiple sports and were coached by several coaches, including Robin Oliger. As one great coach once told me, High school sports is about teaching life lessons. There are many lessons to be learned here.
Like the workplace, organized sports are competitive. Players are constantly being evaluated. They are being ranked. Its not all about talent; team sports also includes chemistry and effort. Players are only as good as their coach or boss thinks they are. Call it politics, but its a fact. (Individual sports may be a better fit for some as the results are not arbitrary.) Unfortunately, not everyone can make the team. Similarly, not everyone receives the promotion or job they want or may deserve.
Parents may think their child is the best on the team (in my mind, mine were), but that is only their opinion. Encourage children to work hard for what they deserve. Motivate them to attend camps, practice in the off-season and be a team leader. Like the real world, not everyone makes the cut. Children may not make the team, be accepted into the college they hoped to attend or receive their dream job. This is life. Parents should be role models and teach their child to embrace success and learn from failures.
Coaches are mentors and role models. They should be respectful. Like the real world, they are the team leader and boss. They have a lasting impact on their players. Praise players in public and reprimand them in private. They should teach their teams how to learn from mistakes, failures and losses in order to earn success.
Its my guess that because of budget constraints and time required for the district, the people involved will never be able to have their story heard and these accusations addressed.