By Dave Hanneman
Wow. I guess in today’s world of over-zealous, entitlement-spewing jock parents, this was bound to happen.
I was scanning the Sports Journalist website recently and came across a link to a story that ran Monday in the Toronto Star.
Here’s the link to the whole story if you want to read it:
Basically, the article is about the parents of two kids suing "the Greater Toronto Hockey League, one of its clubs and four coaches for $25,000 each because their sons were cut by the Avalanche Minor Sports Club midget junior A team during tryouts in April."
According to the complaint, cutting their kids from the team caused "irreparable psychological damage to ... an impressionable teenager and demoralized (the player) as an athlete and team hockey player with his peers." It went on to say being cut from the team "destroyed the dignity" of the 15-year-old young man.
One of the players did sign up with another team, leading the parents to claim, "Thank the good Lord that my son had the courage and strength to compose himself in his demoralized state."
According to the article, there were 17 available spots on the team. More than 70 players tried out.
The story reminded me of a situation that happened many years ago. A mother called and complained that we had not given enough coverage to her child (who was 12 or 13 at the time), after her kid, along with other young local and area athletes, had competed in a regional competition. We ran the results of all the kids who scored points, but while her kid had scored, their highest finish was something like a 10th-, 12th- or 14th-place finish.
I explained our policy, and said that our primary focus has always been on covering the 30 high schools in our area. I told her that as her child grew and continued in their chosen sport, they would likely get more print recognition on the varsity level.
That didn’t appease the caller one bit. She said (and I remember this like it was yesterday) that her child probably wouldn’t even compete in high school athletics because the kid was "at their physical peak right now!"
Kinda puts a weird perspective on things, don’t you think?