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The Frustration Mounts [Nov. 5th, 2006|08:54 am]
Odyssey of the Mind for Coaches and Coordinators

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[byrlakin]
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I am very close to disbanding my team. Every week when they come in I ask what they have done, and week after week I get the same response: nothing. None of them have done ANYTHING! I am not going to use the general funds and pay $70 for them to attend competition if they have nothing to present. The team decides on the tasks that need to be completed and then everyone chooses what they want to work on, either by themselves or in groups (and sometimes both). The problem is, nothing is getting done. It's always, "Oh, I forgot" or "I didn't have time". Well guess what? This isn't my team!

I tell them that my role as their coach is to help them get organized, make a schedule, and keep them safe. My role is *not* to help them make the stuff. Could I make their script, costumes, and props? Yes, and it would turn out smashingly. Am I going to? Heck no! I have offered to schedule extra meeting days, but when the day comes no one shows up or maybe only one person comes. This is ridiculous.

This week I am going to tell them that they have three weeks to show me some significant progress or they will not be going to competition.
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[User Picture]From: breathesymphony
2006-11-05 05:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is crazy....my kids are the exact opposite. We have to tell them we can't schedule extra meetings because as coaches, we have other obligations (and can't do 7 days a week!). I think you are absolutely right- give them an ultimatum.
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