LONE RIDER: Group 4 boss Mick Schmiedel is known for calling it how he sees it, and has done so again – taking ‘lazy’ parents and ‘soft’ kids to task.Plain-talking Group 4 president Mick Schmiedel has bemoaned the dramatic drop in junior league players graduating to the senior ranks in the region –and has laid the blame on “lazy” parents and “soft” children.
With the league heartland in danger of becoming awasteland in the under-16 and under-18 ranks, the former long-standing player, who is aveteran administrator and coach, said parentsneeded to get “off the couch” and get their kids involved in league.
“I put the blame, and they won’t like this, squarely at mums and dads,” he said.
“I think a lot of mums and dads have just got too lazy now to take their kids to training or go down to the footy to watch.
— Mick Schmiedel (@Mickysch68) June 13, 2017
“They’drather sit at home or … God knows what they’re doing.”
Schmiedel, who coaches Collegian Warriors’ first grade and under-13 sides, also unloaded of kids –telling them to harden up.
He said years ago if a player“got a spray”from the coach he“took it on the chin”.
“Now (it’s), ‘I’m not copping that. I’m going to another sport. I don’t deserve that’,” he said.
CONCERN: Leading league figures say the lack of junior players entering the senior ranks is hurting the region’s premier competition, First Division.
“Well, you probably did deserve it. You’ve been a little sh**at training, you weren’t doing what you were told, deal with it … And that’s the problem we’ve got.
“Personally, I think we’ve become such a cotton wool society that we’ve got to be so careful of people’s feelings that we don’t want to upset them.
“Hang on. Little Johnny has been a sh**of a kid, so I told him to pull his head in or he’s doing laps. Andhe goes home crying because the coach was nasty.”
Schmiedelsaid the situation was so dire there were only three under-16 sides and four under-18 sides this season.
“So that tells you there’s not a lot (of players) coming through,” he said. “I think there’s only four (under) 15 sides at the moment.”
He added: “The thing with sport in general is we’re competing in a market that everyone wants, and you’ve got rugby union and you’ve got AFL going strong and soccer going strong, basketball’s strong.
“So we’re all trying to dip into the same player pool … which makes it difficult.”
Northern Daily Leader