Why are some coaches so consumed with winning?
Momlogic's Julie: This week, the coach of a soccer team for 6- and 7-year-old girls resigned after receiving criticism for a season-opening e-mail sent to parents.
Michael Kinahan had sent an e-mail in which he said "losing is for losers" and encouraged parents to feed their daughters "undercooked red meat."
Kinahan, who dubbed his team "Green Death," said the e-mail was meant to give parents a "chuckle."
This hit home for me. When my son was in kindergarten, he was on a little league baseball team that was led by a fiercely competitive coach. This is a guy who would go to other teams' games and "take notes on the players" so he'd have "ammunition" when we faced that particular team. No, I am not kidding.
I have seen two coaches almost come to blows after a "bad call." And these are 4- and 5-year-old players they're coaching!
The whole experience seriously soured me on team sports for a year or two. This year, we let my son play baseball again -- but in a different league that's more focused on fun than the final score.
Why are some coaches so crazy about winning?