On the excessive threat of courting myself, I keep in mind the nice scene from the film “Community” (1976) the place the late actor Peter Finch, taking part in a information anchor who hit his breaking level in coping with all the pieces occurring within the nation, goes off script and tells the viewers the next:
“I would like you to rise up proper now. Sit up. Go to your home windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell — ‘I am as mad as hell and I am not gonna take this anymore!’ Issues have gotten to vary. However first, you have gotta get mad! You have to say, ‘I am as mad as hell, and I am not gonna take this anymore!'”
Sound acquainted? Possibly just a little like what we’re going via now? The problems that provoked Finch have modified, however the anger is rising to the identical degree.
It positive does resonate with me.
For the sake of this column, I’ll contact on highschool athletics, and highschool athletics alone.
Late final week, the phrase got here down that top faculty sports activities are being pushed again as soon as once more. Dec. 7 was the primary date for sports activities to renew, however now they’re “postponed.”
That is rubbish.
Membership sports activities proceed, usually utilizing highschool amenities for observe. It is also getting extra constant for these native membership groups to journey out of state for tournaments and are available again fantastic.
But that is misplaced on decision-makers.
With highschool sports activities, a minimum of the youngsters had Dec. 7 because the carrot to level their hopes towards. Now that’s gone and who is aware of when they are going to have one other hope to cling to, if one even arises.
So, the place will we direct our anger?
It’s not the Pleasanton Unified Faculty District, as they’ve their palms tied by the Alameda County Public Well being Division.
In my coronary heart of hearts, I imagine PUSD would like to see the youngsters competing. They recurrently hear from upset mother and father and know what it might imply to Pleasanton. Highschool sports activities have all the time been one of many materials that makes this group nice.
California’s “do as I say, not as I do” mentality is creating a scarcity of credible management within the state and that’s trickling all the way down to the respective counties.
What all the time has me “as mad as hell” is when folks sitting behind desks make life-altering choices for others who’re out attempting to dwell life. Now, it’s affecting our children.
I’m not alone with these emotions. Dad and mom are getting upset, as are the coaches.
The coaches really feel they’re swimming in quicksand and are attempting to push again. Many coaches are working collectively in a brand new group referred to as the West Coast Teaching Alliance.
James Logan Excessive Faculty soccer coach Ricky Rodriguez is the driving pressure behind the WCCA, a corporation that now has over 500 members. They depend not solely highschool coaches as members, however band administrators and center faculty coaches as properly.
For Rodriguez what is going on presently runs deep.
“For me that is private,” Rodriguez stated of the shutdown of each colleges and athletics. “I see the impacts of youngsters not with the ability to go to highschool, not simply academically, however socially as properly. A whole lot of youngsters are struggling.”
Rodriguez, a 2003 graduate of Washington Excessive in Fremont, has been operating conditioning camps at Logan for 15 weeks with 100 student-athletes. In that span, they haven’t had one participant take a look at constructive.
“I do know some folks suppose we’re operating round unorganized,” Rodriguez stated. “However that is not the case in any respect. We spend 40 minutes each single day checking the youngsters in, taking temperatures and ensuring they’re all protected.”
Within the day and age the place peoples’ motives are questioned recurrently in hopes of discrediting a perspective, most coaches stand above reproach. Highschool coaches don’t tackle any place to earn money however do it for the great of the youngsters
“We ask a lot of our student-athletes, like homework, learning and observe when it is common instances,” Rodriguez stated. “In instances like these, we have to go to bat for them — they deserve it.”
The WCCA wants your assist.
“We will solely achieve this a lot as coaches,” Rodriguez stated. “If the mother and father ship emails or name the (decision-makers), it could actually actually assist.”
For extra info on the WCCA and the best way to become involved, please contact Rodriguez at [email protected]
Editor’s observe: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports activities author for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact him about his “Pleasanton Preps” column, e mail [email protected]