Originally Posted by Erman
Was at Zonals this week and it's coaching. Every kid from one section within the first 4-5 points accused his/her opponent of "cheating". Not just questioning calls but "cheating". Then they would forget points causing arguments and one "forgot" the game count. It was pathetic.
One of the kids who was getting hooked badly just told his son to hit it in. Meaning , hit with big margins on the lines and let the kid make the mistake and breakdown. As soon as his opponent cussed, flung his racquet or complained about the pain in his ( insert body part) you'd know it was over. Lots of bad feelings and a coach from one of the sections was screaming at a parent about being a loser, another dad was encouraging his kid to get "this kids autograph after you kick his butt".
Just weird stuff. One of the girls on the team screamed at her dad and told him to quit saying she was playing like a "f***ing p***y".
Brad Gilbert must be really proud that his Winning Ugly is the bible on some junior sections and coaches.
Which location was this?
It was pretty calm in Omaha (except for rain delays). A few dust ups, but not anything more than a typical monthly sectional ranking tournament.
It was a great event. After matches on Saturday, my kid was playing cards with two kids he had beaten & one kid who beat him (& a couple of other kids).
Maybe Zonals gets worse as they get older?