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RG48.2 Are coaches proxy parents?

November 24th, 2007 by dk

There’s been plenty of talk about whether coaches should have allowed Dennis Dixon to play with a bad knee. Maybe yes, maybe no. They had to lie to the other players and to the media to pull it off, so maybe that tips the balance. But Dixon is 22, and his parents were informed. Or so we’re told, by people who have already admitted lying to us. OK, hard choice. But then look down. The football coach for Jefferson High School allows his players to begin each game with a war dance that the rules forbid. They do it anyway, take the 15-yard penalty, and then the game begins. Aren’t coaches supposed to tell the players how the game is played? Aren’t the coaches supposed to be there when the players need to be reminded that it’s only a game? Doesn’t every parent entrust their children to a proxy parent when they play a violent sport like football?

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  • 1 Will Nov 29, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Too much blab on this one already in the RG. Be fresh.