Sunday, March 29, 2015

Let our voices be heard

From page A6 | March 11, 2014 |

By Andrea Glasgow

Nancy Peterson, this is for you.

Your statement in Friday’s paper, “may we become sensitive to and forever mindful of those who have not yet discovered the strength of their voices,” has moved me to find my voice.

Having met you and your husband and driven your son to volleyball games last year, I tell all spectators in this circus that you and your family are truly a class act and justified in your actions. The Davis non-volleyball community does not know the extent of the matters.

Do they know that your daughter was moved up in volleyball and played at a high skill level for several years prior to the events? So why would she be cut now? The independent conclusion was retaliation. So now your family is supposed to work this out? Unbelievable!

It will be Davis’ loss now that you have resigned, Nancy, but maybe our superintendent and other members of the Board of Education can do what is right. But if not, you most certainly would win a lawsuit. As you indicated, Nancy, there is real fear about approaching a coach due to an air of superiority and known consequences; why else is this story so one-sided and the only people speaking out are Julie Crawford’s “star” players?

Unfortunately, this superiority can be learned by our young teens and used against each other. I doubt the slashing of your daughter’s tires was a coincidence, and it is another example of retaliation.

Now, a glimpse at my story. My son played on the boys volleyball squad last year. He had chosen not to play for coach Crawford this year. While he was new to the team, he played recreationally weekly and loved the game. He rarely missed full practices. One week he came down with a flu virus. When I look back, it could have been H1N1.

I emailed Julie and told her that my son was physically drained and that he would miss one week of practice. He told me the following week that Julie told him that he was expected to come in and watch practice that week. Really! Does a coach believe that a player is going to learn as much by sitting and watching when he isn’t feeling well?

This type of intimidation does not put the health and welfare of our children first. Nor should a parent fear ramifications for legitimately dismissing a sick child, nor should a child fear being benched for being sick for a week. This is just one incident in a long list of perceived code of conduct or ethical issues.

Let me state, however, that there are many wonderful coaches in Davis. They are respectful to both parents and players, and I thank them for taking on the huge responsibility in coaching our kids. But we must challenge anyone in direct contact with our children who has taken his or her power to another level.

Our little town does need to find its voice in this issue. I encourage anyone with past or present incidents with coach Crawford to email our superintendent and Board of Education. I have nothing to gain or lose by submitting this letter, just a hope that future sons and daughters can play volleyball in a different setting.

— Andrea Glasgow is a Davis resident.



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