The Bubba-tude is what I like to call small town male coaches' attitudes towards life. They feel they are above...well, everything. This is a rant, so you might want to bail now, before it gets ugly.
Let's start by saying that this town is a map dot. Everyone knows everyone and everything about everyone. This is why I don't understand why the other high school in town chose to contact Coach D about scheduling changes, instead of me. In fact, I spoke with one of their track coaches the day of the charity b-ball game, so I KNOW he KNOWS I am the head coach. Anyways, apparently, he changed the girls only track meet to yesterday. He did, however, contact Coach D and leave a message for him about the change. Why did he contact Coach D? One will never know. Then, being the organized man that he is, Coach D put the note in his truck and forgot about it for about 3 weeks. This all came to a head when I asked him to call and confirm today's meet (which was really yesterday). Then it was a "Oh Crap" moment. At that point, it was too late to get a bus and let the kids know to get their uniforms. Words can not explain how angry the whole situation made me. First off, I was mad at myself for not calling MYSELF and confirming on Friday. I should know better than to depend on someone else. I was mad at the other coach for not contacting ME, considering I am the HEAD coach. See, the Bubbas stick together. Obviously, I was mad at Coach D for not doing the responsible thing and giving ME the message right when he received it, OR he could've put the message somewhere besides the trash dump he calls his truck.
We all know what a nightmare this track meet scheduling has been for me. Three other thorns in my side are the dates the county gave teachers for professional development. We also received a memo notifying coaches that there is to be NO practice or game on those dates. Being the rule follower that I am, I did not schedule anything for those dates, even though it is causing us to miss 2 meets. You can imagine my surprise when I found out that softball, tennis, AND baseball were refusing to conform to the rule. None of these coaches are choosing to cancel practice or games for those dates. Hmmph. This also bothers me for a couple of reasons. I want to respect my principal. I like him; he works hard, and we have a good working relationship. With that being said, I would LOVE to attend a track meet or two more this season, especially since we've had recent scheduling drama. Nevertheless, I am teacher first, coach second. So, professional development it is. My problem with the other sports refusing to cancel is that at least they have the liberty to host HOME competition, so why can't they just rearrange? We have no working track, so we are left to the mercy of other schools. Why wouldn't you do what the superintendent of schools asks you to do? Why would you refuse to perform your duties as a classroom teacher? I'll tell you why- Bubbas think they can do whatever, whoever (yes, I did go there), whenever they feel like it.
Phew, it feels good to get that off my chest.