7/8 Suburban Basketball Boys Coaches Conduct Unacceptable

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Rufus Chaffee

Chester, MA

#1 Feb 26, 2009
I am sure some of you have already heard or were at last night's 7/8 boys suburban basketball playoff game against Ware. There was a small skermish where a player from each team was ejected for fighting - something that I don't have a problem with as it happens in the heat of competition sometimes. What I do have a major issue with is the conduct of the Granby coach after the game, conduct I personally as a person who enjoys competition and sportsmanship to be disgusting - especially from somebody supposed to be teaching young men the correct way of conducting themselves. After the game, a game in which Granby won handily and fairly, several of our kids observed as the Ware Coach offered congratulations and the Granby coach responded "nice game looser." When our coach responded that was unnecessary he was told to "take it like a man" and he allowed the kids from his team to tell our kids to "get off our court." I may be in my 30's and times have changed but my understanding of being a man is that when you loose a game you shake the other teams hand and offer congratulations. I certainly hope this is not how you want Granby represented. I honestly feel that Granby should be forced to forfeit the next playoff game and the coach should not only be removed but call a meeting where he explains to the players and parents exactly why they are forfeiting the game. I enjoy winning as much as the next person but you do it with class and I am absolutely disgusted that my son witnessed such conduct

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