How to deal with "daddy ball"

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How to deal with "daddy ball"

Post  pastor tim on Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:37 am

I have a 10 year-old boy whose been playing for 3 years now. In my case I face the challenge of having a boy who excels in the sport. During the last three years he has now rushed for 49 tds - yes, 49 tds. I would strongly reflect that my son has been a humble and very coachable kid throughout his football experience. He would never seek glory or "brag" about his extraordinary accomplishments. Unfortunately the coaches are quite concerned that their boys aren't getting the glory they hoped would come by their being the coaches, in this case those who control which boys are automatically placed in the starting lineup - including that of QB. The QB's dad calls the offensive plays and is bent on a developed passing game despite the success of of the team's running game with my son. I've heard this labeled "daddy ball." It is so very destructive. Last year our 4th grade team won our league's lower division Super Bowl. That led to our being placed into the upper division - a much more competitive division. Having dealt with this now for 3 years I'm at wits' end as to how to proceed. The coaching staff now completely ignores anything I might suggest that will actually give the team its best opportunity to succeed (win), especially now that we are in the highly competitive upper division of our league. Each suggestion I make as an assistant coach is met with the assumption that it is all about my son. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I want the team to succeed and it appears that unfortunately when my son succeeds and the team wins. Instead of enjoyment - hurtful disrespect and disregard results. Likewise, their disregard has led to my son being injured due to poor play-calling and disregard for better blocking schemes. All this is clearly done in order to open up opportunities for their own boys - whether or not they are in the best interests of the team. Not a fun position for my son - or his mom and dad - to be in. Luckily, the season is coming to a close. Unfortunately I and my son have had our fill of this ridiculous behavior. he hates the thought of leaving his friends, but this isn't fun either. Daddy Ball hurts everyone! Looking for another league for next season. HELP?!?! pale

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