On the excessive threat of relationship myself, I bear in mind the nice scene from the film “Community” (1976) the place the late actor Peter Finch, taking part in a information anchor who hit his breaking level in coping with every part happening within the nation, goes off script and tells the viewers the next:
“I need you to stand up proper now. Sit up. Go to your home windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell — ‘I am as mad as hell and I am not gonna take this anymore!’ Issues have gotten to vary. However first, you’ve got gotta get mad! You have to say, ‘I am as mad as hell, and I am not gonna take this anymore!'”
Sound acquainted? Perhaps a little bit like what we’re going by means of now? The problems that provoked Finch have modified, however the anger is rising to the identical stage.
It positive does resonate with me.
For the sake of this column, I’ll contact on highschool athletics, and highschool athletics alone.
Late final week, the phrase got here down that prime college sports activities are being pushed again as soon as once more. Dec. 7 was the primary date for sports activities to renew, however now they’re “postponed.”
That is rubbish.
Membership sports activities proceed, usually utilizing highschool amenities for apply. It is also getting extra constant for these native membership groups to journey out of state for tournaments and are available again advantageous.
But that is misplaced on decision-makers.
With highschool sports activities, a minimum of the youngsters had Dec. 7 because the carrot to level their hopes towards. Now that’s gone and who is aware of when they may have one other hope to cling to, if one even arises.
So, the place can we direct our anger?
It isn’t the Pleasanton Unified College District, as they’ve their palms tied by the Alameda County Public Well being Division.
In my coronary heart of hearts, I consider PUSD would like to see the youngsters competing. They commonly hear from upset dad and mom and know what it could imply to Pleasanton. Highschool sports activities have at all times been one of many materials that makes this group nice.
California’s “do as I say, not as I do” mentality is creating a scarcity of credible management within the state and that’s trickling all the way down to the respective counties.
What at all times has me “as mad as hell” is when individuals sitting behind desks make life-altering selections for others who’re out making an attempt to reside life. Now, it’s affecting our children.
I’m not alone with these emotions. Dad and mom are getting upset, as are the coaches.
The coaches really feel they’re swimming in quicksand and are attempting to push again. Many coaches are working collectively in a brand new group known as the West Coast Teaching Alliance.
James Logan Excessive College soccer coach Ricky Rodriguez is the driving power behind the WCCA, a corporation that now has over 500 members. They rely not solely highschool coaches as members, however band administrators and center college coaches as effectively.
For Rodriguez what is occurring at present runs deep.
“For me that is private,” Rodriguez mentioned of the shutdown of each colleges and athletics. “I see the impacts of youngsters not having the ability to go to high school, not simply academically, however socially as effectively. Loads of youngsters are struggling.”
Rodriguez, a 2003 graduate of Washington Excessive in Fremont, has been working conditioning camps at Logan for 15 weeks with 100 student-athletes. In that span, they haven’t had one participant take a look at constructive.
“I do know some individuals suppose we’re working round unorganized,” Rodriguez mentioned. “However that is not the case in any respect. We spend 40 minutes each single day checking the youngsters in, taking temperatures and ensuring they’re all protected.”
Within the day and age the place peoples’ motives are questioned commonly in hopes of discrediting a standpoint, most coaches stand above reproach. Highschool coaches don’t tackle any place to earn money however do it for the nice of the youngsters
“We ask a lot of our student-athletes, like homework, learning and apply when it is common occasions,” Rodriguez mentioned. “In occasions like these, we have to go to bat for them — they deserve it.”
The WCCA wants your assist.
“We are able to solely accomplish that a lot as coaches,” Rodriguez mentioned. “If the dad and mom ship emails or name the (decision-makers), it could actually actually assist.”
For extra info on the WCCA and tips on how to get entangled, please contact Rodriguez at [email protected]
Editor’s word: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports activities author for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact him about his “Pleasanton Preps” column, electronic mail [email protected]