You abhor it? It's done ALL THE TIME. Do you know how much money it took to have a college coach notice your child? I have heard numbers in the thousands of dollars. It's a business like any other and college recruitment is an entire industry on it's own (just google college recruitment)<quoted text>
I abhor the thought that those who feel the need to financially patronize a coach, teacher, or instructor in hopes of advancing the son or daughters career.
The policy committee is looking at revising the amount of "gifts" a teacher may accept, just what constitutes "reasonable" is in the same category as "fair" compensation. Not that any coach, teacher, or instructor could be influenced by the acceptance of such gifts regardless of their amount or frequency, but why take the chance, let us remove all temptation.
Our parents run on a volunteer basis, PeeWee Football, Select and Saturday Basketball, Select and Youth Baseball, LaCrosse, Select and Youth Soccer, etc. Some parent coaches are good and some are not so good, just like the paid coaches we have throughout the system.
"You can't afford to pay a recruiting service or consultant $1,000 or more, but you need help.
Each year thousands of student athletes and parents market themselves to college coaches. Some are very successful, some are not. It's not a difficult process if you have a road map and the basic resources to give your student athlete the best possible advantage. Regardless of the type of college sport, the process is the same - you have to get noticed to get recruited!"
As far as "select" sports goes. Most of the "select" teams around here are glorified daddy ball. There are teams 30 minutes south that IF you make the team you are all but guaranteed a scholarship to some college (might be Sinclair, but a college none the less). These organizations also have coaches that are paid (I overheard one group talking about a select assistant (not head) coach making $3,000 for the 3 months of work. The coaches also do NOT have children on the team and usually have been doing it for years. I also know that some of the "select" teams around have coaches that "pay" themselves.
Remember, this is a country founded on and driven by capitalism (the all-mighty dollar). At the end of the day that's what it's about (unfortunately). If you think it's bad now imagine what will happen if/when the pay college athletes!
Right or wrong is moot. The fact is that (just like the camps at the H.S.) it is done all the time around this country. It may not make it right, but it is the norm that is sports in this country and some parents (wrongly) feel that in order to compete and give their child the best chance possible they have to play by those rules.
Finally I can't imagine that a student giving the teacher an apple is something you'd like to see go away. This is a staple found in movies for ages (including A Christmas Story, one of my favorites) How far do you go? Should we not have our kids smile or acknowledge educators outside the classroom or wish them a happy birthday?