Thursday, March 16, 2017
No Effort, No Privileges
Last week, Ariel asked if I could set up some sparring sessions for her. I was going to call some of the coaches when I realized that it's just about the end of the winter session. Also, Ariel hasn't been in the gym since that day, and she had not been there for several days before that. I made the mistake of making that effort for Tyler a few weeks ago; it was a waste of time. Tyler has basically dropped out of the program along with most of the others.
What I have to let parents and youths alike know is if the youths don't do much of anything in the gym, they will not be allowed to do anything at all in the program. Boxing is not a sport where people can do things half-assed or not at all and expect good results. I'm not going to let people enter competitions or spar for that matter just because their names are on the attendance list.
I'm already wondering whom of the few who have already signed up are going to "forget" to show up in April when the spring session begins. I learned to expect that out of some of the adults at Loyola Park each session. I thought the kids would act differently, but no. No-shows are now viewed by me as signs of a lack of consideration, a lack of commitment, and poor time management. I won't make phone calls to find out what happened because I have better things to do with my time. My time is better spent working with the ones who bother to show up.