Sorry for the hiatus. Not too much bad parenting behavior over the winter except for the celebration of hits in box lacrosse. Nothing like prison ball boarding to crack collar bones.
We are just past primary private high school recruiting season with most schools. Lots of drama there.
Spring league lacrosse for high schools, elite and AAA leagues as well as rec have brought out laxhole feelings and behaviors that have been stewing like chili for the past six months. Masks are coming off, if they were ever on for some parents, and the feeling of liberation and freedom of expression is in the air.
Referees have new rules to follow, or not, and from the comments, they have not updated their prescriptions. Shot clocks are popping up for the younger folks which is exciting, and stressful.
Story of the week:
A viral video feeds the flames of jealousy.
A great young attackman has a play worthy of highlights----starting at X, he fakes a pass to the cutter that was so good, it took in everyone. The defender turns toward the cutter and the attackman casually jogs in for a lay-up. One of other "quiet camera" parents shares it, so it's not a brag video from the player or from his dad. The club picks up the video and posts it on their Instagram feed. It's picked up from then to thousands of views and likes. Good publicity for the club and the kid. Show it at his draft party for college.
And then it happens, the text from a laxhole parent of a teammate to the player's dad complaining that HER son taught the move to HIS son, and its disrespectful that he should get all the notice and credit. The dad was clearly shocked because he neither recorded it or shared it.
But wait, there's more. At the next practice, the OTHER parent of the teammate approaches the dad and asks him to step away so they can chat. The dad thinks, hey, this parent is clearly going to apologize for the other parent going over the line. But no, this parent doubles down and wants to make it clear that they really want an apology and a sharing of the credit publicly. That the dad should do the right thing. That is really wasn't cool and they weren't being good teammates. Wow.
Every crop of lacrosse players probably think they invented the "fake pass" trick. If done well, it is a thing of beauty and will bring a smile to your face. Really, it was invented many generations of 19-year cicadas ago. I think it was in the American Pie lacrosse scene. My guess is that its as old as the game.
The real lesson is that Laxholes should search "fake pass trick" which will show hundreds of videos, and then hit delete before sending...