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FATHER VOWED TO BE CALM AND FAIR WHEN HE TOOK OVER HIS SON'S TEAM
William Tapply
November 19, 1984
"So how's the team look?" I asked my 11-year-old son when he got home from his first basketball practice.
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November 19, 1984

Father Vowed To Be Calm And Fair When He Took Over His Son's Team

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When I told my wife, she grinned. "The Stork Man strikes again," she said.

"Something like that," I admitted.

As a coach, I decided, I would first do all I could to see that the kids enjoyed the game. Second, I'd try to teach them some basic things about basketball.

So I made my resolutions:

1) All kids would get equal playing time, regardless of ability.

2) I would encourage, not criticize, them.

3) My players and I would never argue with officials.

4) I would treat Michael the same way I treated the other players—no better, no worse.

5) I'd have no heroes on my team—and certainly no goats.

6) Winning, if it happened, would be treated as a pleasant by-product rather than the central purpose of the game.

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