Thank you Ellabella for posting--that was really quite informative.
I have a question about something you said though.
He sometimes didn't like kids because of their parents.
But this really isn't the kid's fault. They didn't pick their parents and they can't help how their parents behave.
I really feel sorry for these kids. I occasionally watch my dd's practice and there are 2 parents who watch every practice. They are the ones yelling to their kids, and their poor kids look up at them constantly during practice to brace themselves for the comment from the peanut gallery. I frequently hear the said parents berating their kid in the parking lot or after a meet. Like the kid doesn't feel bad enough already if they didn't do well at a meet.
And I am new to this whole thing but I am wondering. If the kids are coping a bad attitude, rolling eyes, not listening to coach, etc., should they be in the gym? Are they really interested in it?
I don't know if my dd is a favorite or not. Her coaches treat her well, but they treat the other girls well too. My dd is interested in doing gymnastics, having fun, and getting better. Therefore, she does what coach says. She might cry because the conditioning hurts, but she doesn't get mad at coach or cop an attitude. She does it, tears and all, and she is happy the day when she can do the work without hurting.
Great thread--so interesting to listen to others' experiences.