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My daughter is 8, and is the only girl on her basketball team. This is her first time playing organized basketball, so she isn't the greatest ball handler. Out of 9 kids on the team, she rates right around the middle talent-wise. There is one stud, and 3 that are decent. My dilemma is that the boys don't pass to her. It drives my wife and I crazy, but we keep our cool. Last week, up 14-4 in the 4th quarter, this boy threw the ball in (other team just scored) and the only one there was my daughter. He passed her the ball, and then was asking for it right back. She started dribbling and her coach started shouting at her to give it back to the other kid. The kid is a GIANT ball hog, trying to do ESPN moves (don't think he has even hit the backboard yet) and constantly asking the coach if he can shoot 3s. Now, when the coach told her to pass it back, it pissed me off, but I stayed quiet. My wife on the other hand was livid. She came right up to me (I was working the scorers table) and said I need to say something to the coach about the situation. What I am asking you is...do I say something to the coach? They are only in 3rd grade but I don't want her to think this is how it is going to be growing up. But I don't want to be that parent either. I coach too so I know what it's like to be on the other side. What say you?
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How does your daughter feel about the situation? Wahtever her feelings are should be your main concern. Do what is in your power to address her needs. Then react by doing what is right. I have a feeling the coach might be diplomatic to you then take out his frustrations with you on her.
I wanted to thank you all for your advice. I wasn't able to be at my daughters game this week as I was jumping in Lake Michigan raising $$ for Special Olympics. Good news is the wife didn't mention anything about said problem. My daughter probably doesn't care too much that she doesn't get the ball much. She goes out there, does her best, and she still smiles. I believe the coach means well, but also wants to win. I have noticed he is really hard on his kid. I'm sure things will be fine. I plan on coaching next season. I just don't like the way these kids behaved at some of the practices. The only way to make things happen is to do them yourself. Thanks again everyone.
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