I have been in deep thought for about a week now trying to figure out how something that was so important to my son and to
me and my extended family could have been taken away for no good reason.
So I thought I would do some reading on the school web site and I found some things that I wanted to share with the community
In the athletic hand book it states that ( The
major objective of the program is to provide wholesome opportunities
to develop from their experiences favorable habits and attitudes
for social and group living in a democratic world ) I guess
after playing basketball for Rising Sun for seven years they must
have figured he had enough opportunity.
In the Statement of Purpose it states
The purpose of the high school athletic program is:
1. To improve the image of the student athlete.
2. To strive always for practicing and playing for excellence.
3. To ensure growth and development that will raise the number of individual participants; that will give impetus to increasing
attendance at each contest; that will build up gate receipts.
4. To provide opportunities that will allow the program to serve as a laboratory where students may cope with problems and
handle situations similar to those encountered under conditions prevailing in the contemporary world.
The laboratory should provide adequate and natural opportunities for:
Physical, mental, and emotional growth and development.
Acquisition and development of special skills activities of each students choice.
A focus of interest on activity programs for student body, faculty, and community that will generate a feeling of unity.
It all sounds real good doesn't it? This is
just a small portion of what's in there, so can someone tell me how a
makes policies like this could let a new coach from out of town
come in here and cut all 4 seniors from the basketball team
for not communicating with him through the summer. I have tried
many times to communicate with the coach and after 8 days
I finally got my talk, I guess maybe he should be cut from the
team if that is his standards to get to play on this team.
I tried to relate to him on a caring human level, told him how
hard my son has worked to get stronger and faster and how he
was looking forward to his senior basketball season, how he has
also taken this opportunity away from my wife and I along
with most of all my 73 year dad who loves to come to the games and
watch his grandson play basketball. It was a complete waste
of my breath. He has not only done an injustice to these 4 boys
but in my opinion has put some of the boys who are still playing
at risk of injury, by putting them up against boys much bigger and
My son is the fifth generation in my family to
attend school at Rising Sun and play sports there, my dad was a school
member for many years so my family has a lot of ties to this
community and I couldn't think of living anywhere else. But this
whole thing has put a really bad spin on how we think about the
school at this point!
The school board has also denied us the chance
to speak at the school board meeting, someone needs to remind them who
them in and why, nothing speaks louder than the voice of the
public as for me and my family we will not be attending any basketball
games in Rising Sun as long as they allow this coach to do what he
is doing to these young men and this community.
As a final note under school board ethics the very first one at the top of the page is.
(THINKING ALWAYS IN TERMS OF CHILDREN FIRST)