Rules are rules, but sometimes you really need to bend them, don’t you think?


1 Response to “Rules are rules, but sometimes you really need to bend them, don’t you think?”

  1. February 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    One of our friends from NJ sent me a story about a high school athlete and I was kind of shocked to read the story and thought you might find it interesting.

    Tara Schwitter is a very talented, multi-sport athlete at Immaculate Heart Academy in NJ. She plays soccer and basketball and excels at both. She is a true Division I Soccer prospect and was recently invited by The University of Miami to come down to Florida to a soccer showcase during the Christmas/New Year break. This is clearly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young athlete to get valuable exposure and so she was faced with a difficult decision.

    The problem is this. She is a valuable member of the basketball team, in fact she is captain. Her school has instituted a strict policy which prohibits students from missing a school game or practice for a club or travel team event. Bottom line…if you miss, you’re off the team, period.

    Understandably, this young girl and her parents made the decision to roll the dice and make the trip to Florida. Upon her return home, she was informed that she was no longer a part of the basketball team.

    While I am all for discipline and commitment, many people might find themselves puzzled in this case. I personally have my own opinions but I’d like to get some ideas as to how you feel about the way this was handled. Are there options? Is it best to have hard, fast rules that apply to everyone all the time? Are there gray areas when it comes to young athletes and discipline or does that just open the door for criticism of the coach?

    Situations like this arise all the time where it isn’t so easy to decide on a single punishment that fits a single crime.

    Let me know what you think.

    Coach Tony

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