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Girls' Soccer Coach Goes Too Far

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Why are some coaches so consumed with winning?

Soccer Coach

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?

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
anonymous April 1, 2009, 1:00 PM

The only thing worse than coaches without perspective is parents.

Removing your child for a couple of years because of one bad man is a bigger problem.

Realist April 3, 2009, 9:27 PM

Your comparison to this coach and your son’s coach are unfair. Reread the letter that he wrote as it is obviously tongue-n-cheek. What is wrong with the world today? No sense of humor? This isn’t the first time he has sent out an email. In fact he sends them out throughout the year. It is a way to give the parents a good laugh and to keep them excited about the soccer year. Why post anything without stating all the facts?

gogreendeath April 4, 2009, 8:15 PM

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Matt April 23, 2009, 5:16 PM

Are you really this stupid? How can you possibly read that email and see it as anything other than comic genius? It wasn’t meant in seriousness at all! Get a sense of humor. Damn.

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