Food Fight Suspension: Football Glory or Character?

Dear Editor:
I am intrigued by the comments made by one of the parents of
a

starting player

for the undefeated freshman football team that was suspended due
to a food fight caught on film by the newly placed security cameras
at Gilroy High School.
Dear Editor:

I am intrigued by the comments made by one of the parents of a “starting player” for the undefeated freshman football team that was suspended due to a food fight caught on film by the newly placed security cameras at Gilroy High School.

Despite the fact that the player knew and admitted fault, the parent was angry for the punishment. The parent felt it was unjust and too harsh of a punishment especially in light of the fact that their child was an important player for the football team.

Assistant Principal Greg Camacho-Light should be commended for his comments and actions regarding the young player’s suspension. However, I feel that the leadership from the coaching staff is lacking.

One of the hardest parts of high school football coaching is motivating young student athletes. To do this effectively, the coach has to foster an understanding of the relationship between training, practice and performance. He must encourage the student athletes, provide structured training and help them gain the self-discipline necessary for success and excellence on the field and off.

Isn’t part of high school athletics teaching young men and women the discipline, the character and self-motivation for a successful future after high school and into college? When does a perfect record or winning season supersede a young man or woman’s character development? Is it coaching egos?

I believe that most parents would rather have a successful college graduate who understood the relationship between hard work and success, one who is ready for the real world armed with character and self-discipline that he or she learned through high school athletics, than a “Friday Night Lights” high school has been.

Joseph C. McMurray, Gilroy

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