Duckie's cheer squad is made up of girls aged 6-8 (grade 1 - 3); there on 30 on the squad. It's a big squad but there are three coaches, 5 team moms and the cheer coordinator spends a lot of time with us since her only daughter is on the squad. So they have a competition coming up next month and some of the girls just aren't getting the too complicated (in my opinion) competition cheer and dance. So what does one of the coaches do? She insists on keeping at it... over and over again until SHE is so frustrated that she throws her papers on the ground and announces "I quit". Some of the girls were struggling were doing their best and the other girls, frankly, were bored and fooling around. That's what happens when you push younger kids too hard. So one of the other coaches looks at me and says "The girls! Get them playing a game!" and she went after the other coach that lost it. The third coach commented that she thought the girls were being horrible... I said "No, they're hot & tired and doing their best." She dropped it. So the girls finish their game (duck, duck, cheerleader) and got back into lines and the rest of the practice was fairly uneventful. But I called the coordinator today because she needed to know what happened. At least half the girls' moms told me tonight that their girls didn't want to come back because it's not fun anymore. I assured them that I would do everything in my very limited power to make things better. The coordinator came and ran practice tonight and the girls had fun. I've divided the girls into three sub-squads as of tonight so that those that need extra help get it and those that know the routine don't distract the others. I hope it works. So anyway... what the heck is the matter with people? These kids don't join to be made to feel horrible. It makes me very angry... and those adults won't like me when I'm angry.