So - we're at Kidlet's game on Saturday. This is probably the only one hubby will be able to go to, since he works Saturdays. But, he left work early to come see her play. We're sitting there, having a good time, yelling encouragement, and generally embarassing the crap out of her. It's the second half of the game, and the ball's just been kicked out of bounds. All the players on the field are huddling around the sidelines, waiting for the ball to be kicked back into play. Kidlet is slightly in front of a boy from the opposing team. From where we sat at the other end of the field, we could tell they were talking back and forth. Suddenly, we see his arm dart out and smack her on the ribs.
Hubby and I saw her say something back to the kid, and I guess she didn't like his response, because she then turned around and PUNCHED the kid in the shoulder. Actually, it wasn't so much of a punch as she brought her fist down on his shoulder.
Whistles blew and out came the red card.
My daughter. Red carded.
I was so proud.
I know it sounds strange, but Kidlet is about the meekest, mildest, most unassuming child on the face of the planet. She won't say 'shit' if she's stepping in it. She's very emotional, and is more likely to go cry in a corner than fight back.
But not Saturday. Nope. She defended herself. The boy, it turns out, actually punched her in the ribs. Of course HE didn't get red carded. Nope. Just my kid. Stupid refs. So, she's suspended for one game. We lodged a complaint, stating that they should both be suspended, since they both struck each other. However, the refs seem to be blind when it comes to things like that, especially since our team has made alot of noise as to the unfairness of who plays whom. There wasn't enough girls for an all-girl team in our town, so we had to go co-ed. As it turns out, there are only two boys on our team. The rest are girls. We thought we would be playing only other co-ed teams.
It seems our league consideres boy/girl teams co-ed. Logical. However, they also consider ALL BOY teams co-ed. And guess what the majority of teams we've played are? You guessed it - all boy. The team we played Saturday had the most girls on it that we've played so far. Three girls. That's it. The rest were boys.
So, the coach, the assistant coach, and some of the parents have been lodging complaints with the league. And it was evident Saturday that the league is fed up with us. Most of the fouls were called on our team, and the fouls that should have been called on the opposing team "weren't seen" by any of the refs. SO FUCKING CONVENIENT.
We've given Kidlet permission to quit the team. I hate that it's come to that, and we're actually hoping she'll stick it out, since there'll only be about 6 games left for her to play (after her one game suspension). But I wouldn't blame her if she does quit.
How can we teach these kids good sportsmanship with rules like that?