Planning sparring sessions between field houses take a lot of time and effort. The main issue is getting everyone to agree on a time and then getting people to show up. While Barry and Marlon were successful in having fighters show up at Portage Park, I was not. Tyler did not show up and had no good reason why. After waiting for a time, I called his home to find out where he was. His grandfather said he knew nothing about the sparring, but I let him know that Tyler's mother did. Also, Tyler had promised me on Saturday he was going to show up today.
I won't give Tyler another chance to waste my time nor the time of anyone else involved in sparring sessions again. If there is another session planned, and there just might be because of the Chicago City-Wide and Chicago Golden Gloves tournaments approaching, I won't bother to invite Tyler to the party. I'm done. I had a long day which started with Bible study at 6:00 AM, and I was not in the mood for Tyler's lackadaisical behavior.
I did learn some techniques and terminology by observing those who sparred and listening to what Barry, Marlon, and Marlon's coach (Marlon still competes), Jose said to the fighters. What I learned will probably be saved for whoever signs up for the spring session because the winter session has been a disaster from day one.