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Let’s start with “bad “coach:

I went to watch a youth basketball game a few Saturdays ago and saw a great game of 3rd and 4th graders having fun and playing hard. One team started to take a commanding lead with about 3 minutes left in the game.

What had been a tight game turned into a 12-point lead going into the final few minutes of play.  Again, both sides playing hard, and having fun; lots of good sportsmanship all the way around.

What must have been boiling beneath the surface in this coach came to the came up in a quick turn of events.  This is a perfect example of the influence that a coach has on the kids, the parents and the game atmosphere.

One of the kids on the team that was down by 12 points (we will call this “Team 1”) got his arms and legs tangled up with a boy from team 2.  Both kids were holding on to the ball while being all twisted up. Well, the kid on team 1 lost his balance and fell down. He actually hit the floor pretty hard with his elbow.

No foul was called, (which I agreed with), as it was just one of those moments when kids get into a pretzel and someone gets a little hurt. No intent from either of the players to do harm.

This is when the unbelievable started: the coach from team 1 came onto the floor screaming at the referees for a foul. His player hit the floor and he wanted a foul.

The refs tried to calm him down but he would have nothing to do with that, as he continued to yell and cause a scene.

Finally the refs gave him a well-deserved “technical foul” and told him to sit down. Well, he sat down but he continued to scream and holler at the refs for what he thought was a foul.

He wouldn’t stop, so the refs gave him his 2nd and well deserved technical foul. The rules now require him to leave the gym, which of course he refused to do. A team parent even came out of the stands to take his place as the coach, but he was not going to leave.

The refs warned him several times and then waved their arms in the air indicating that the game was now over. They called the game.  Those 3 minutes the kids were hoping to play were now gone.

At this point no one cared about the score; they just wanted their kids to finish the game. They all paid a league entry fee for their kids to play and that is what they wanted, even if it was 3 minutes.

What a horrible example for these kids. They were having fun. They didn’t care about someone hitting the floor.

What an enjoyable game stopper. Way to ruin the fun!

Now let’s talk “good” coach:

Paul Harasha started a club baseball team called Tempe United that does more than play baseball.

As a father of two boys, he caught the vision that he could use baseball as a platform to influence the lives of kids in a powerful way. So, not only do they play baseball, but they also every month offer their services to helping the poor and needy.

That’s right, they go out and feed the homeless and learn the affect that they can have on others who are in a hard spot.   Wow!

So after taking infield practice and some batting practice, they put down their baseball gloves and put on serving gloves, they put their catching mitt in the gear bag and put on an oven mitt.

Oh, and by the way, they learn to play hard too. Just because they are nice boys doesn’t mean that they don’t play a mean game of baseball. They work hard and they play to win. They just understand the value and importance of sportsmanship, character and the privilege to serve.

Ok, so which coach do you sign your kids up to play for?

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