Pejorative Team Names by Sal Blanco
I am going to express a personal opinion that I haveshared at District 7 meetings and at individual league meetings as well as inthe coaches' courses I teach. I do not like certain team names. That is justme. I come from a different age, but I think the correct age in discussing thisaspect. In fact, I would prefer that we not have team names, but instead have adesignation containing certain aspects of identification such as a coach nameand the age group of players (e.g., "Anonymous 2003 Red").
I will use the "Rough Girls" name as an exampleor starting gauge of names I would call a pejorative name. Why not the"Charles Manson Sunday School Girls"? I have seen the name"Nasty Girls" in a tournament up north. As a father of four (4)daughters why would I want my daughter to be on a team with a name like any ofthose named?
I have no statistical evidence only anecdotal evidencethat when a team is called the "Rough Girls" they usually act bad andthink it is chic or in my day, "cool". Any pejorative word added to ateam name is my opinion not good or something to strive for or moreimportantly, protect and hold the name in high esteem.
I can tell you that behavior is the queen servant of thecause of problems (i.e., specifically the behavior of our parents, players andcoaches). Why not consider a name that is a name that pays homage to somethingof importance? A name that shows or demonstrates respect or dedication bysimple declaration of reverence to an idea or person and in this way use it asa teaching moment for the players, coaches and parents.
Consider a team name like: Undying Effort, Glory, Humility,Commitment, Courage, Determination, Perseverance, Faithfulness, Enthusiasm,Fortitude, Gratitude (for what, for just being alive and being able to playwhile other children are bedridden!), Honor, Loyalty, Obedience/Discipline,Respect, Trust, Unity, etc. Get my perspective?
The bad girls or boys will show off after a goal with unnecessary celebrationand bringing attention to themselves. The teams that are taught virtue will inthe words of the famous American Football coach Bear Bryant: "Whenyou get in the end zone, act like you've been there before." I would add,hand the ball to the referee and that is it, you already scored, why do youhave to do more than that which now takes away from the glory of the moment?
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