You have a tough task.January 31 2002 at 2:13 PM
|Ralph D. Shipler (no login)|
from IP address 220.127.116.11
Response to walking that fine line
You seem to be handling it well.
The key is telling them up front what they can do better to gain playing time.
Being in a very competitive league and being expected to play every player equal playing time is thankless.
I do not feel so bad about my situation. I have to average playing time so every kid plays at least 1/2 of a game average during the season. This is in a very competitive league also. I play my 2 weakest players lots in runaway games and less than 1/2 in very tight games. Now I am under pressure by some parents to cut my 2 weakest players who have 2 of the best attitudes. Actually all my players have excellent attitudes so that cannot be a barometer. Having coached for many years I feel I owe it to marginal players to develope them and ignore the pleas to cut them. We are aiming to be a good team in 2nd Division WAGS and I feel I can make these players into decent players. I explain to the nay sayers that we always need those that do not play as much to keep those who play a lot happy.
Keep up the good work Roger. There must be a reward for good effort.