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Oct. 19, 2017 — Yet another violation of The Third Law of Field Hockey

One of the tenets that this site has adhered to for two decades is the following:

Players play. Coaches coach. Officials officiate. Spectators spectate. Administrators administer. Any time someone takes a role outside of their expertise, it constitutes an imbalance in the entire order of the sport.

One side effect of the pay-to-play culture that has infected many youth sports in recent years is that the parents feel like they are the donors in a political campaign. In other words, they feel so invested in the process that they feel as though they have veto power over decisions that they should never, ever be making.

The latest event that has made the news is the situation of Marq Mellor, a former U.S. men’s national team player who lasted about two-thirds of the year coaching Lincolndale Somers (N.Y.) before being forced out by a group of overzealous parents.

Thing is, the forceout took place during a rough point in the Tuskers’ season, when they had to play Mamaroneck (N.Y.) and Shrub Oak Lakeland (N.Y.) in consecutive outings. Before that stretch of play, Somers was 6-4 and in the hunt for a sectional tournament berth.

Somehow, I’m not sure this was the right move on the part of the Somers administration — not just from an experience standpoint, but when it comes to respect. What kind of arragonce goes it take to believe that a player with 100 national team caps and an Olympics under his belt isn’t a good enough coach? What conceit!

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