Hand had some great plays during the Sept. 15 game in Woodbridge.
From the Amity Handbook regarding sports:
“Amity Regional is extremely proud of the success of its many programs, but does not condone a “win at all costs” attitude. The purpose of the program is to ensure a positive experience for those students who choose to participate. It is also a goal to provide all student-athletes with an opportunity to learn the importance of ethical behavior, good sportsmanship, positive values and a realization of their self-worth.”
I’ve been covering Amity Sports for a couple of years and have been pretty vocal about unsportsman-like behavior.
I often observe the coaches and how they handle missed plays, losses, etc.
At half-time during yesterday’s varsity soccer game at Amity, the Head coaches brought their teams aside gave directives — what to work harder on, which players to keep in their sights, et al.
What was disturbing on this day was the way a coach for Hand cursed at and berated his team after they WON the game.
It wasn’t the head coach but this man screamed at the boys after they played their hearts out.
“All of you get the *&@# over here right now. All of you NOW.”
“We play this *&@#in game MY way. If you don’t give a *&@# then go home to your mommies.”
And it went on…
I was disgusted by his behavior and language.
I’ve heard coaches yell at their boys after losses, but I have never heard Amity’s coaches use blue language. If I do, rest assured I will let the Athletic Director know.
Cursing when you are frustrated is not uncommon, I am guilty of it myself, but when you are in a position of leadership, such as a high school coach, you have to curb it.
The boys will like and respect you more and work harder to please you.
Hand had some amazing plays and they did everything in the second half that the Head Coach asked of them during half-time. But they didn’t even have one second to celebrate their victory before this other coach went into his tirade.
In my opinion, there is no place for this kind of behavior in sports at any level.
Remember, you never know who’s listening.