After reading the article in the Athletic Business E-News Daily today about a so called travel coach in Indiana who skipped town with more than $8,000, I am not left shocked but rather shaking my head. This type of thing is not surprising – it happens – in small towns and big cities. And while I don’t have all the details about this specific incident it certainly makes me ask questions – most very basic! What are parents thinking? When the parents coughed up the $675 bucks, who did they write the check to? When this coach “presented” himself last year – who was responsible to see if he was legit? Isn’t the promise of 60 games a bit extreme?
There is something to be said about being involved. Not only do parents need to step up but this is a great example of why it’s important to be in an organized program that is run by trained administrators - volunteer and/or professional). There is SO much that goes into running a high quality sports program and there are lots of resources out there to help ensure safe, positive and fun experiences for all. Instead of assuming so much, let’s demand excellence – and that starts with implementing the Recommendations for Communities.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
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