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DAD TO RIGHTS.

ONE OF THE NICEST SIGHTS in many of our football games is a little boy in a baseball cap dogging the footsteps of his Dad, the head coach, on the sidelines.

Is there any better way for coach and son to bond, to create a memory that will live forever?

But it is not entirely without risk. Coaches often tend to take their kids for granted. ("Anything I say and anything I do is okay with my kid.")

And it's true for the most part--when you're dealing with a 10- or 11-year-old kid. But kids grow up. They become smarter, more sensitive, more questioning. They begin expecting more from their idol, the coach.

And so one morning after a big game, the coach may find a note waiting for him on the breakfast table, which may read like this:

"Dear Dad, you have always been a great father and a great friend, and the proudest time of my life has been my afternoons with you on the sidelines. You looked so great, standing tall and cool, making all those decisions in the middle of all the turmoil.

"That's how I remember it as a kid. When I look at you coaching these days, I have to wonder what happened. You appear so different. I see you raving and ranting and using language I never heard you use before. Is it the tension and pressure, the necessity to win that is doing this to you?

"Maybe I'm out of line, but it hurts when I see it out on the field or read it in the newspaper. That's not the great Dad and Coach I grew up with and of whom I was so proud.

"Forgive the criticism, but I feel criticism is better when it comes from a loving son than from a professional critic."
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Author:Masin, Herman L.
Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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