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Yesterday I was leading our young boys as a substitute playing coach into battle against other team.
My team consisted from me and boys at age 9-10. Opponent team sent four boys aged 13-15.
I would like to know what do you think about the attitude they displayed:
The opponent boys had loud comments to themselves/each other like "Oh come on, this underdog can never harm you", "He plays nothing", or even against me "It is a shame to lose against a defender", so easy ball" (against my full power loop) etc. Even the coach and parents of the opponent boys were verbally degrading me and my boys during play.
For example the strongest from the boys was called after first set by his coach and he told the boy "How can you play so badly with stupid defender? He has no right to win! You are far better than he is why do you do so stupid things. Your topspin is much stronger than defenders can handle. And this loser is a particularly weak defender"
And this was throughout the entire teammatch. (I won 11:2,11:1,11:0)
To make things clear this was the lowest local League so I was there only to ensure 4 points (the team match is played 4x4 players each to each +2 doubles.) I was completely no match for opponent boys despite them being very well trained compared to rest of the League. They were much stronger than our boys though. I did not have serious problems but my boys were mostly beaten into submission. One of my boys told me in tears during pause between sets "I do not know what to do he smashes my smashes back."
From observations I saw it is basically true opponent boys had much better loops in terms of raw power and raw spin than our boys.
Though I was irritated by the psychological offensive from the opponents. One of them even set up a situation where he had a matchball against our best boy forced out high ball and yelled "I will kill you loser" before he smashed the ball directly into the boy who attempted to move backwards but only ended up falling on knees due to balance loss in the fast movement.
Even when the opponent boy was going to shake hands with my boy during the handshake he dominantly forced the boy's palm up placing his own hand on the to like Donald Trump and forcing the boy to remain kneeling and squirm in pain. I even took a sort of medical break in order to comfort him afterwards.
Throughout the matches I have seen similar behavior from all the opponent boys trying to humiliate my boys.
Also,their coach clearly supported this behavior the SAME PERSON though insisted that during the beginning lineup all players have to stand at very strict attention (even reprimanding one of my boys that he stands slightly behind the line) and during introduction required all players to perform a step forth on calling their name and say " HERE!!" as if they were soldiers.
Is this normal in your opinion? Even at world level nothing like this occurs. Also the contrast-the coach on one side requires soldier-like behavior and obedience(even from opponents) but on the other side he verbally teases opponents and has the boys do the same.
What do you think about this behavior?
This behaviour sounds terrible. I think it is something that you need to take to someone higher in authority such as the organisers of the event or league. There should be a process that you can undertake to get some action.
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