Coach Cropp's Apology Letter
By Neil Gray
August 23, 2005
I would like to applaud
Coach Cropp's recent letter to Sitnews. Although it sounds like
he had a valid case in his actions toward the officials in the
Juneau game, I applaud his apology, although it may not have
been needed. The apparent actions by the other team sound to
be totally out of line and uncalled for with total disregard
for good sportsmanship. On top of that, the officials inability
to see that situation for what it was is totally out of line.
I did not see the actions, and am going on only what I read.
However, my experience last August with Coach Cropp and Coach
Ashcraft when the team played Francis Parker High School here
in San Diego, leads me to believe he explained exactly what he
saw to the "T".
Other letters in support of Coach Cropp tell exactly what I saw
of the staff and team here last year. As I was broadcasting
the game back to Ketchikan, I saw a team of only 14 (?) players
giving it their all and never giving up even though they were
outmatched by Francis Parker. In case you haven't heard it yet,
those kids gained the respect of the entire F.P. fans, coaches,
players, and even the officials. They didn't quit.
Yeah, Coach Cropp, you probably
deserved to be ejected. But you supported your kids in a situation
that shouldn't have gone unnoticed. It might boil down to what
kind of schooling or training the officials go through before
the season starts so they can recognize situations like that,
and what to watch for. Baseball does it... It's not only the
coach's job to protect the players, referees officiating the
game also have to take responsibility.
Lakeside, CA - USA
open letter of apology By Richard S. Cropp - Ketchikan, AK
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