Wednesday, March 9, 2011


The coach of Youngest's soccer team fired the co-manager and me tonight, replacing us with last year's manager/treasurer. He didn't, of course, put it in the words of "you're fired." Rather, he said he spoke with the league president and it was agreed that it made more sense to have one manager and one assistant manager. Because, you know, co-managers never work out really and it would be great if we took on the big tasks of fundraising and helping it that manner.

"What do you think of that?" he asked.

I'll tell you what I think of that. You're a couple of f#$kers who so totally f#$ked up last year's management and are now being found out that you're trying to cover your asses.

I told him I was offended. I told him it was reprehensible how the money situation was mishandled last year. And I said no way.

So he said, "So you prefer to be the sole manager?"

And I said I wasn't saying that.

"The reason we were excited the two of you would be co-managers is we knew a lot of the tasks that weren't done last year would be done," he said.

"But your excitement has waned," I said.

And then I said, "You know what, if the coach gets to dictate who is in what position, then you've made it clear what you want."

I stood up and walked out. I stopped over to talk to one of the league pooh-bahs, and I told her what had just transpired and that I had essentially told them to "F#$k off."

My former co-manager called and said the league president wanted to talk to me and wanted us to continue to be co-managers and would I please, please, please come back.

I ranted for awhile, calling the coach and last year's manager/treasurer co-conspirers who got busted. And I said the league president was clearly complicit. And under no circumstances would I do it.

I know the real reason this happened. I was a whistleblower, going over the coach's head to get the league to intervene regarding the money from two years ago which was never spent and is now a huge bone of contention among the parents.

This? This is a group of nine-year-old boys who want to play soccer. With totally f#$ked-up parents.

I told Pete I wanted to go back and grab the registration form and not go through with this.

But I have a nearly-nine-year-old boy who wants to play soccer.


mayberry said...

That bites. I'm really sorry.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Grrrrr! I wonder if you used the same choice words of response that come to my mind?! :-) Why do I hear this same theme replayed so often... kids who just want to play, and parents who ruin it for them all. Kid sports have become the worst example of adult sportsmanship I know, and it's tragic. Maybe we should ban all parents from being anywhere near such activities, much less involved with them, and let the kids be kids. It really couldn't turn out any worse, could it? I wish there was another option for your son to play elsewhere, it's not his fault that the adults are acting like a bunch of bratty kids. SIGH

Patois42 said...

The coach, the league, the co-manager, the bastard snake of the manager/treasurer from last year went into overdrive after I left. Repeated calls from all parties (except my friend the co-manager) have been pleading on their part and anger and refusal to budge on my part.

Sophie, I LOVE your idea of no parental involvement. Sign me up!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

I wasn't involved in sports as a kid, but I was involved in a Masonic youth group for girls and, same thing, the adults fucked it up for the girls. In fact, that's one of the reasons said organization is dying in my home state, because the adult advisers have made it about them and not the girls. Sad. Sorry, hon.

That Uncomfortable Itch said...

The drama of youth soccer is intense, eh? I dread every season and secretly hope my daughter will join the chess club instead of soccer. Good luck with it.

Tara R. said...

I've seen the shady side of sports too. it's a shame the parents can't just let them play.

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

Unbelievable. Not that I don't believe that this has happened to you. Just, cannot help being amazed whenever I hear stories like this.


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