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  • Writer's picturekeya Collins

Dear Fans….. Let’s Talk

Let’s discuss your dedication to supporting our team the way you do. Let’s talk about your commitment to attend most, if not all, of our home and away games. The fire you have in your eyes, when you’re cheering us on and yelling at the Referees, is unmatched. Your over the top game day paraphernalia, is eye catching. The enthusiasm and admiration you have for our team, is next level!

Then there are you not so pleasant fans…the bleacher coaches, who “know what’s best for the team”. You yell “you suck!” from the stands, and show little to no appreciation for the players who are playing their hearts out. Keep in mind, most of these players are still 18-20 year old minors; who are being cursed at and belittled by adults! If they are struggling to follow plays given by their Coaches, what on earth makes you think they will listen to you!? These are also the fans who confidently say “they would have won the game had the Coach taken my advice”.

Lastly, there are the “All Day I Dream of Sports” fans. The ones who don’t mind approaching the Coaches and their families while they’re at dinner, shopping, the movies, etc. to discuss the pros and cons of the season. The ones who will call and attempt to get the Coach fired, at the end of a tough and unrewarding season. As a Coach’s Wife, I want to tell you to “kick rocks”, but instead, I smile, wave, and stay in my lane. Trust me, no one keeps up with their wins and losses like the Coaches.

Coaches know when their time is coming to an end or when they have more time. The last thing they need is unsolicited pressure from their fans. Imagine someone coming to your job, demanding that your boss fires you. Sounds insane right? So instead of taking it upon yourself to tell the Coaches how to do their job, use that energy and become a courageous, enthusiastic, sports fanatic. Be the fan who cheers and encourages the team on; win or lose!

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