Originally Posted by westiemom
I have always had issues with the "making the team" mentality at schools. Please let me brag on my son.... a high school teacher and coach. His position is that if you come to practice and work hard, you will be in on at least one play in a game. Yes, they lose some games but his win column is longer than his lose column. Better than that, his team feels cohesive and there is no A team/B team/C team rivalry. Managers are considered part of the team. In fact, I take pictures of all the games and then his wife and I make some books for each player. My son gives the photo souvenirs to the players at their end-of-season banquet and he writes to each of them. Those books are in college rooms and are prize possessions. I am proud of my son!
That is awesome! Ari and Taylor are really enjoying being managers. They said that when they were cheerleaders, they would cheer, but they really weren't "into" the games. Now, they cheer and really get into it. They get to go to all the away games, which they didn't get to do as cheerleaders. They are getting to know the "popular" girls on the team and one of them actually spent the weekend with them this weekend. Ari really has no desire to be "popular", but is enjoying making new friends. Both of the girls are getting to do some practicing with the team. Mostly they shag balls, but since there are only 8 on the varsity team, they will play with the two extra players so that they girls can scrimage a bit. The girl that hung out with them this weekend said, "You come to all the practices and games and you are there as much as the players. That makes you part of the team." Yay!