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Dan Woog
May 17, 1982
I've coached soccer since 1975. I've worked with youngsters from eight to 18. I've produced, at the club level, five outdoor and two indoor state championship teams, two New England champs and one Eastern U.S. runner-up. I've organized and chaperoned soccer trips in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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May 17, 1982

A Sobering Thought For Athletes: By Their Teachers They'll Be Taught

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But my biggest frustration with regulation 10-145a-22 stems from the alleged reason for its existence: safety. A certified teacher is not necessarily an expert in first aid or sports medicine. A broken leg needs a lot quicker attention than a dangling participle.

When I was first informed I could not continue coaching at the junior high level, where I had coached without incident for several years, I called a friend—an English teacher who could no more coach a soccer team than I could fly to Jupiter.

"How would you like to coach the soccer team?" I asked.

"Are you kidding?" she said. "I'm not qualified to coach at all."

"Oh yes you are. You're more qualified than I am," I replied.

"I'd put a kid out there and he'd break his leg," she countered.

I doubt it. But if she did, the state of Connecticut might not care. The letter of the law would have been served.

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