Posted by Steve Lincoln, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:09 am
Tassajara Valley Little League – Majors Division
The A’s improved their record to a league-leading 4-1, with two wins last week. Hunter Morse pitched a complete-game shutout, beating the Yankees 10-0. And Matthew Knoedler and Eddie Kudey combined for a 7-5 win over the Cardinals. Top hitters were Max Michalczik, Johnny Cygan, Matthew Knoedler, and Mitchell Nicco.
Posted by Others are thinking it, but few speak up out of fear, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm
Dear Danville Weekly,
I am writing this letter in hopes to expose the politics that are happening behind the scenes within the Mustang Soccer League. Our family is not in the “Good ole’ boy network” therefore our children have to work 4 times harder to prove themselves, and then are still left disappointed as to the decisions that are made. Please print this letter so that all other parents are aware, and hopefully, Mustang will make some changes so that the tryouts are based on the talent and skill of the children, and not on “who knows who”. If Mustang chooses to not change their ways, hopefully, this letter will make other parents aware of the situation and will give the parents a clear understanding so that they can make clear choices as to what is the best option for their children. That may involve moving their children to another league such as San Ramon, or changing sports totally. If their children are wavering between several sports, having the politics exposed may provide some clarity and they may choose to join the swim league, softball/baseball team, etc. Personally, after experiencing years of unfair tryouts, I say RUN! Run as fast as you can to another league or another sport in order for your child to receive a fair chance and to save their dignity.
I wish to remain unanimous because I do not want my daughter or son to “labeled” or “defined” for anything other than their athletic skills. They go to tryouts, and they fight hard, because we have instilled in them that nothing is given to them and that they don’t have a reserved spot on any team. Even if they were on a Gold team the prior year, we still expect them to go to tryouts and give it their all. Someone can easily come to tryouts and work as hard as they do, and have the same skills as they do, and they need to work for their position. Which, in my opinion, is how it should be!
Here recently, I have observed and have confirmed that several team coaches from last year have continued to train their teams from last year, even though, they will be the coaches making the decisions at tryouts. They are training the same age group that they will be coaching. How can they remain unbiased? In my book of ethics, this is unfair. I have one child that is impacted by this, and because of friends being on those teams that continued to practice, they already know that they have a huge advantage. Decisions on upcoming teams should be based on the tryouts, and nothing else.
Secondarily, from past experience, there is special treatment given to some players, but not others, in regards to playing multiple sports. We were told that in Div 1, there must be 100% commitment when it came to the time restraints of practice, traveling, etc, as well as the financial commitment. Our children were not allowed to play any other sports during soccer season because we told them it would not be fair to their whole team if they missed practices because of other sports. As the season quickly started, we realized how untrue this statement was. There were several people we know whose children were on swim teams, or played on a traveling baseball team. Our children are committed to their team and their sports, and yet, other children who have the same skill level as our children, but yet split their time between multiple sports are given better opportunities. This angered me because it took positions away from our children who were 150% committed and just as qualified if not more qualified than some of the others.
Once again, I say, "Run" away from Mustang Soccer. Find a league who supports you and your children athletically and mentally.
Posted by SportsNetworking, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm
I would suggest that parents of athletic children read the multitude of postings listed under Danville Weekly Town Forum topic "Business Ethics and Youth Basketball".
Although the comments refer mainly to basketball, they could just as easily apply to Mustang soccer as well.
No doubt, children are indeed being discriminated upon by coaches in this community via ol'boy networking and blatant conflict of interests.
Parents must speak out to curb abuses.