So I ran across a Facebook page where someone posted about a 6 man football game in Brown County. They posted about the way the coaches were talking to the kids. I wasn’t at the game so I really don’t know the truth. There are three things I do know about this situation.
- If it is true, it shouldn’t have happened.
- It it isn’t true, it shouldn’t have happened.
- Regardless of whether or not it happened, the people commenting on the post shouldn’t have happened.
The post alleges that a coach spouted off a lot of derogatory comments against the players during the game. From what I can gather but am not for sure it was posted by someone from the losing team. And those from the winning team are defending the coaches. And some just being butts and defending the speech coaches use in football.
To begin with, the winning team stands may not have heard the comments even if they were sitting behind the team as the coaches voice and words would carry to the other side of the field. A lot of time at games you can hear the opposing coach better than you can your coach.
Secondly, all coaches and school personnel should consider that sportsmanship applies to the coach as well as the students. If a student were to say the same thing and get ISS or in some way disciplined then the coach shouldn’t go anywhere near that line of talking. This particular coach fails to show sportsmanship on a regular basis. He will continually leave in his first string and run up games worse than the 91-0. So did he continue to show a lack of sportsmanship, it’s possible.
And something those commenting on the post have failed to see is that UIL doesn’t say sportsmanship applies just to the players. It also applies to the coaches and fans. So, if the trash talk is true, then it shouldn’t have happened. Because you see, there’s not a parenthesis after the verses dealing with always being encouraging to each other in our speech and ways that excludes football. Football, our jobs, every aspect of our life is included in these verses. Once we start compartmentalizing different aspects of our life, we allow our lives to be less than what God calls them to be. And we set a bad example to those who are watching us and our behavior to see God’s love through us. If it’s true, it shouldn’t have happened.
Posting things on Facebook that aren’t true are just unsportsmanlike as the ones talking trash. Why would you purposely cause harm to someone else? Because your team lost? Lying is clearly against the Bible. Again, the litmus test should apply, if a student would get in trouble by the school, UIL, or a parent for posting this then it shouldn’t have happened.
And for all of those who are commenting on the post. Really? Really? Read all of the above because each and everyone of you who are trying to defend the coaches are acting with the same type of unsportsmanlike conduct as the coach. And yes coaches should be held to higher standards as they are the leaders of children and should set an example that is impeccable. Not perfect, just impeccable. (In other words when you make a mistake, apologize, learn from it and don’t do it again.) As far as the wife of the coach who is commenting to defend her husband, maybe you shouldn’t. His conduct in the past has showed that he doesn’t carry to heart sportsmanship and has left one school in a lurch. So, trying to defend him on this point of unsportsmanlike behavior actually makes you look a fool and sparring for a fight which actually lends credibility to the claims. Sometimes in a confrontational atmosphere the best thing we can do is be silent and let God make those claims for us. Because he will if our heart is in the right place.
It just shouldn’t have happened.