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2013-05-03 06:28:36 AM
When I played football in high school our coach would always tell us to keep working because we would pass out before we die, so therefore it was safe and we had nothing to worry about. And then this story broke. Our coach told us he wasn't going to tell us that anymore. Seems like he would have known about the risks of this kind of stuff earlier, but I guess not.
 
2013-05-03 06:47:01 AM

Bontesla: Who the hell makes content unavailable for mobile devices?


People that don't like them?  Incorrectly setup websites that disable mobile access rather than set it up.
 
2013-05-03 06:53:12 AM
When I was in school, my wrestling coach made us run outside, in shorts, in the middle of winter as a punishment. We didn't run to the media. And this was in 2002
 
2013-05-03 06:55:20 AM
That happened to me in gym. Coach had us play crab soccer on the basketball court. We gathered at the end and I said 'what do I do about this?" and showed him a square inch of skin hanging off my palm. He told me to tear it off, so I did. That's how I got in good with the old-school coach even though I wasn't on the football team. For all the good that did me.
 
2013-05-03 07:02:59 AM
Unimpressed
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2013-05-03 07:06:12 AM

Tellingthem: Seriously, after after the bruises, cuts, smashed fingers, etc from football practice these kids would have been down for the count.


After you had a cut or a smashed finger you probably had it cleaned up or looked at.  They were crawling over a dirty rough track with blisters.


Fark France: This isn't really that bad. We did the same thing when I was in high school 3 years ago. I played football and threw shot. Hanging under the bleachers during three-a-days in the summer was what we did during breaks. If we threw rocks onto the track, we had to crawl around on all fours until every single pebble was picked off of it. It was a rubberized track surrounded by gravel. There were rocks everywhere. Sometimes we had to push the field house like a sled. It had stucco walls. My hands were torn up. Quit if you don't like it. Discipline is important in a sport. Stuff like this instills it. Throwing shot was a cakewalk because we could do anything we wanted. The track team lost almost every meet due to a lack of respect for the coaches.


So do your hands may have had thicker calouses that would make this a little different?
 
2013-05-03 07:08:02 AM
We were skipping practice a lot and after a particularly bad showing at a meet we got punished. Up the ladder down the ladder. Run 1 mile, 3/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1/4 mile, 200m, 100m, 50m, then repeat it all back up to 1 mile. If he thought you weren't sprinting or running your absolute fastest for each segment he kicked us off the team.

/CSB
//learned our lesson though
 
2013-05-03 07:10:21 AM

Mimic_Octopus: no one is ever, NEVER, sick for one day


Really? Could have sworn that a few months ago I was completely down from an ear infection + fever for one day, but that the next day I was just fine. Maybe you're not as healthy as you think.

Also, people comparing this to what they had to do in the military are morons. These kids didn't sign up for the military.
 
2013-05-03 07:12:45 AM
The worst part about the story is that these dumb coaches are teaching these kids that "crab walks" are bear crawls.


Great Janitor:
Blisters aren't a big deal.

Those aren't just blisters.
 
2013-05-03 07:13:13 AM
We had to do those a lot, but on a reasonably clean, flat gym floor, not some nasty outdoor(?) track.

To those unconcerned about the kids' injuries, there are continuing to be more and more incidents of minor injuries infected by resistant bacteria, leading to brutal infections, resulting in long term treatments and amputations. Something we never really worried about 30 years ago.
 
2013-05-03 07:16:48 AM

Mimic_Octopus: QT_3.14159: I think the workout is a great idea and a good punishment (though I'm not sure it should apply to someone with a Dr's appt).  Next time they should just supply work gloves for those who do them.

first of all, no kids really need doctors appointments. it is just some bullshiat excuse to skip something.  if you are sick, you go to a doctor and miss a week. no one is ever, NEVER, sick for one day, and you dont go to doctors unless you are sick, really sick, not just flu or cold.   That said, if this biatch really had a reason to go to a doctor, WHAT THE fark IS SHE EVEN DOING AT PRACTICE ? damn, western civilization is turning, has turned, intoa bunch of whining pussies.


Bullshiat, dude. Trust me. Kids need meds sometimes for a chronic condition (say, ADD like me), get blasted by a fever for a day where the school won't let you go in, they get the shiats from crappy school food, you name it.

Where's your MD from?

/ Doctor
// Boxed and played football
/// fark bleacher runs
 
2013-05-03 07:17:14 AM
We had to play soccer like that......when I was 7
 
2013-05-03 07:22:50 AM

Dear Jerk: That happened to me in gym. Coach had us play crab soccer on the basketball court. We gathered at the end and I said 'what do I do about this?" and showed him a square inch of skin hanging off my palm. He told me to tear it off, so I did. That's how I got in good with the old-school coach even though I wasn't on the football team. For all the good that did me.


Not quite the same.  The damage from crab walking around a track is much worse than n a smooth court.
 
2013-05-03 07:27:49 AM
this is the same school that made the news a while ago for suspending 30 or so seniors for a post-it note prank. not bad making the news twice in one year for a tiny country school.
 
2013-05-03 07:33:18 AM

JungleBoogie: They did this for half a mile. On a cinder or concrete track. Probably not those college tracks with the rubberized surface. Regardless. Totally unacceptable to f••k up someone young teenagers hands like that.



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They've shown a blister.  The kid got a blister.  At a practice.
 
2013-05-03 07:33:19 AM
The funniest thing is that these kids are saying how much these coaches care about them. Guess what?  They don't.

As with most coaches, these are people who had a tough time in college, so they went the education or teaching degree route. This is just a job to them and they hate it. Most probably spend a good portion of the day thinking about what might have been. If they were smarter, if they had gotten better grades, etc.
 
2013-05-03 07:37:58 AM

RogueLeader: You're mistaken, the blisters and dirt affected both hands.


Wow, so both hands were affected by dirt.  Fire the entire coaching team, then.
 
2013-05-03 07:39:58 AM

Fano: 180IQ: So... What the hell is a "bear crawl"?

That's what I wondered, then I decided their sadistic Asian coach actually meant to send them to Dunkin Donuts.


+1
 
2013-05-03 07:50:22 AM

marius2: Damn kids need to toughen up their hands.


 Apparently, they don't work at all down there.
Too busy fappin'.
Well, they can stop fappin now.
 
2013-05-03 07:51:15 AM
Love the aging jocks in this thread. We get it, you were a tough as nails bad ass in your day, and coach really loved you. Kids these days, etc.
 
2013-05-03 08:04:31 AM
While I think making the kids do their bear crawls around the track was a bit harsh (that rubberized track stuff hurts!), so is asking the coaches to resign. We were warned that missing practices would result in some kind of punishment, whether it was extra repeats, or being ineligible to compete in the next meet, but some kids will always be drama queens and slackers. Although, punishment for a doctor's appointment seems rough, perhaps she didn't warn the coaches that she'd be out? If she just told them, "Oh I had a doctor's appointment," the next day, it's understandable that they might not believe her.

Next time, make the kids do their bear crawls up and down the football field, and warn the coaches that punishments should be reasonable. No permanent damage was done, their hands will heal.

/our favorite punishment was when the soccer coach made his guys run our cross country course for losing a game
 
2013-05-03 08:04:56 AM
What's wrong with bear claws? They're delicious!
 
2013-05-03 08:12:16 AM

Nabb1: Bontesla: Who the hell makes content unavailable for mobile devices?

Works on my iPad


Now I remember why I have you farkied as red.
 
2013-05-03 08:15:52 AM
The only way this could be bad is if it involved real bears. Other then that, man up nancy boys.
 
2013-05-03 08:17:52 AM
1/4 mile is a long way to bear crawl.

next time, i want to see them quadrupedal it.
 
2013-05-03 08:18:49 AM
Lol @ the wusses on fark equating this to sociopathic and psychopathic behavior. Way to lack perspective, fatty.

Track kids were once proud that their sport was other kids' punishment, and in this case it looks like the kids still are.

Its the parents who are going on a derp fest because little billy got blisters. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD BLISTERS!!! I guess they never bothered to look at their kids' feet after hell week. Or are todays little snowflakes too precious to have a hell week anymore?

Used to have to do cliff sprints at Oley Valley if anyone ran track in pa. Ill take BLISTERS over being covered in cuts bruises and vomit. Not to mention being unable to walk right for a few days. But we also were champions in our region for years in a row thanks to that cliff, and to this day I have calves and quads that don't quit.

If you are going to whine that some blisters from exercise are abuse, you have absolutely no sense of perspective to what real abuse is and are a pretty shallow uninformed human being.
 
2013-05-03 08:20:03 AM

liam76: The worst part about the story is that these dumb coaches are teaching these kids that "crab walks" are bear crawls.


They're not. Crab walks are belly up. Bear crawls are ass up. Backwards bear crawls, what these kids did, are bear crawls moving backwards. Feet first. Which is way worse on the hands.
 
2013-05-03 08:20:19 AM

JungleBoogie: Hands are pretty important. For stuff like writing and typing. Building stuff. They haven't been used for walking for millenia.

They did this for half a mile. On a cinder or concrete track. Probably not those college tracks with the rubberized surface. Regardless. Totally unacceptable to f••k up someone young teenagers hands like that.

I can understand punishment, so make them miss a meet or run extra laps. You know, with shoes on.

Half a mile of that. Young teenagers. That's extremely poor judgement on the part of the coaches.


HOLY SHEEIT THERE ARE SOME BIATCHES UP IN THIS THREAD.

BLISTERS FARKING HEAL!  THESE KIDS WILL SURVIVE!

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ROWERS LAUGH AT YOUR WEAKNESS.
 
2013-05-03 08:21:32 AM

scubamage: Track kids were once proud that their sport was other kids' punishment, and in this case it looks like the kids still are.


I've never seen a bear crawl event at a track meet.
 
2013-05-03 08:21:38 AM
I would be interested to see video evidence of how the people making "snowflake" comments reacted to being punished for failing to be in two places at once.   The article clearly says at least one of them was at a meeting making arrangements for the schools prom.

Because they'll be whining like the little biatches they are.
 
2013-05-03 08:22:23 AM

SmellsLikePoo: JungleBoogie: Hands are pretty important. For stuff like writing and typing. Building stuff. They haven't been used for walking for millenia.

They did this for half a mile. On a cinder or concrete track. Probably not those college tracks with the rubberized surface. Regardless. Totally unacceptable to f••k up someone young teenagers hands like that.

I can understand punishment, so make them miss a meet or run extra laps. You know, with shoes on.

Half a mile of that. Young teenagers. That's extremely poor judgement on the part of the coaches.

HOLY SHEEIT THERE ARE SOME BIATCHES UP IN THIS THREAD.

BLISTERS FARKING HEAL!  THESE KIDS WILL SURVIVE!



ROWERS LAUGH AT YOUR WEAKNESS.


EXACTLY! Obviously this wasn't a farm school. These parents would explode. Kids are tough, so is the world. Some scrapes and bruises do in fact make you a better person.
 
2013-05-03 08:23:57 AM

Fano: 180IQ: So... What the hell is a "bear crawl"?

That's what I wondered, then I decided their sadistic Asian coach actually meant to send them to Dunkin Donuts.


/keyboard...
// owed
 
2013-05-03 08:24:38 AM
In this thread: Plenty of idiots that don't have kids, and therefore don't fully understand the consequences of these actions.

The coaches should be fired, and anyone telling the kids to man up should have their heads examined for brain damage.
 
2013-05-03 08:26:30 AM

HotWingConspiracy: scubamage: Track kids were once proud that their sport was other kids' punishment, and in this case it looks like the kids still are.

I've never seen a bear crawl event at a track meet.


Making runners run 2 laps as punishment. Yeah, that'll make a difference.

Here's a hint: runners don't mind running. Most of them do it on their own outside of track. Using something someone enjoys as punishment isn't a very good approach.

As for the kida being two places at once: did they have proof? Or are we taking a kid's word with no proof.
 
2013-05-03 08:27:19 AM
My soccer kids are younger than these guys, but my rule is that I don't make them do something I won't do with them. They run laps, I run laps. And last season I somehow ended up with every hyper kid in the district on my team. I ran a lot of laps.

I found that this policy prevented whining, made parents happy, caused kids to respect me as a coach, and got my ass in great shape by the end of the season.

So, coaches. Down on all fours. You want these kids to bear crawl, you first.

I got no respect for beer belly, yell from the sideline coaches who are in it to relive their HS glory days.
 
2013-05-03 08:27:34 AM
If my kid got those bruises and blisters I'd call the coaches and chew them out but I would not get them fired.

I doubt they realized that the kids hands would get hurt bacause theyre idiots, but it probably wasn't intentional. And your kid isn't going to be able to whine to Mommy and Daddy all the time.
 
2013-05-03 08:29:03 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: When those scabs come in, I bet they could give a handjob that would scrape the warts off my shaft.


That caused involuntary coffee-spitting. You are a sick boy.
 
2013-05-03 08:32:11 AM

Vaneshi: I would be interested to see video evidence of how the people making "snowflake" comments reacted to being punished for failing to be in two places at once.   The article clearly says at least one of them was at a meeting making arrangements for the schools prom.

Because they'll be whining like the little biatches they are.


Team sport mothafarka.  You made a commitment to be there to work with your teammates.  It is called PRIORITIES.You  are expected to follow through, live up to expectations!  You are letting your teammates down if you do anything else.

And if you don't show up, don't whine like a biatch to your mom & dad that you got taken out of the relay, or you are just benched.  A physical punishment for missing practice, how is this something new?
 
2013-05-03 08:34:59 AM

mainstreet62: In this thread: Plenty of idiots that don't have kids, and therefore don't fully understand the consequences of these actions.

The coaches should be fired, and anyone telling the kids to man up should have their heads examined for brain damage.


Also in this thread: self righteous toolbags who think their way of parenting (being overly protective and trying to cover kids in bubblewrap) is perfect and everyone else is wrong for thinking a few scrapes isn't really a big deal.
 
2013-05-03 08:35:05 AM
All I'm seeing here is some kid didn't know better than to do bear crawls with so much weight on the heel of her hand.  Sure, the track's surface probably wasn't as kind as grassy football and soccer fields, but that's not a job losing factor.  If you're doing a lot of push-ups  or at "front leaning rest" position for an extended period of time, and are not evenly distributing your weight on your hands, but rather just bracing yourself on the heels, this is gonna happen.
 
2013-05-03 08:38:08 AM

scubamage: HotWingConspiracy: scubamage: Track kids were once proud that their sport was other kids' punishment, and in this case it looks like the kids still are.

I've never seen a bear crawl event at a track meet.

Making runners run 2 laps as punishment. Yeah, that'll make a difference.


Maybe you can think a little out of your comfort zone on this, I'm confident that you'll see there are other options.

Here's a hint: runners don't mind running. Most of them do it on their own outside of track. Using something someone enjoys as punishment isn't a very good approach.

There is a difference between discipline and punishment, but shiatty coaches probably can't see it. One will help, the other will get you suspended.

As for the kida being two places at once: did they have proof? Or are we taking a kid's word with no proof.

Yeah if they were lying they should be water boarded.
 
2013-05-03 08:39:50 AM

mainstreet62: In this thread: Plenty of idiots that don't have kids, and therefore don't fully understand the consequences of these actions.

The coaches should be fired, and anyone telling the kids to man up should have their heads examined for brain damage.


What sports did you participate in?  Competitive crocheting?
 
2013-05-03 08:44:51 AM
The most outrageous things about this article are that the journalist quoted a student explaining a bear crawl as 'like this' and the fact that the web designer managed to create a mobile experience worse than those of pages that don't let you scroll once they load.
 
2013-05-03 08:47:27 AM
I got no respect for beer belly, yell from the sideline coaches who are in it to relive their HS glory days.

Indeed.


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2013-05-03 08:49:47 AM
High School football.  Every damn day after school.
 
2013-05-03 08:52:25 AM
SmellsLikePoo:

And if you don't show up, don't whine like a biatch to your mom & dad that you got taken out of the relay, or you are just benched.  A physical punishment for missing practice, how is this something new?

The biggest load of crap about sports these days is that if you bench a kid in high school, you can get sued for jeopardizing their college recruitment status. If you bench a kid in college, you can get sued for jeopardizing their pro-recruitment status.  Coaches can't do anything to discipline their players these days without some risk to their jobs...
 
2013-05-03 09:02:41 AM

JungleBoogie: concrete


Pretty sure it is rubberized. That is why their hands were so black like they have been handling tires. If you look at the school's website you can see that it is still a very dark track. Asphalt would become ashy or grey fairly quickly.

LMGTFY: http://www.ihigh.com/cascadecadets/gallery_52495.html
 
2013-05-03 09:04:29 AM

Semantic Warrior: SmellsLikePoo:

And if you don't show up, don't whine like a biatch to your mom & dad that you got taken out of the relay, or you are just benched.  A physical punishment for missing practice, how is this something new?

The biggest load of crap about sports these days is that if you bench a kid in high school, you can get sued for jeopardizing their college recruitment status. If you bench a kid in college, you can get sued for jeopardizing their pro-recruitment status.  Coaches can't do anything to discipline their players these days without some risk to their jobs...


YUP.  When I used to coach, I outlined all team policies for the kids on day 1, and made the parents agree to them as well just to cover my ass.  Fast forward to middle/end of season and I decide to sit one the kids and not let him race because he missed a critical team practice without any notice to me.  In rowing this is particularly unacceptable because if you are missing one person, you can't even row the boat.  I decided to swap the kid out for someone who was there everyday.

Lo and behold... I get a phone call from the head coach telling me my decision has been overruled and the slacker kid who consistently missed practice would get to row anyway.  Of course the boat did poorly, but more importantly, how is this kid EVER GOING TO SUCCEED IN LIFE?
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To all the people complaining about the coaches actions, I hope you teach your kids how to follow through on responsibility & commitments.Otherwise their high school years will be the peak of their existence and it will all be down hill disappointment from there.
 
2013-05-03 09:15:00 AM

Great Janitor: And the nerfing of the next generation continues...

Oh big farking deal, a couple of blisters.  One day I screwed up at home and set my right hand on fire (magic trick gone wrong).  My parents gave me some aspirin, then yelled at me for an hour.  The next day they handed me a safety pin, told me to pop the blisters, put some band aids on my hand and not to be late for school.

Blisters aren't a big deal.  You made a commitment to your coach to show up to all practices on time ready to practice.  It's May, even by January you should know that the coach expects you to be on the field on time ready to practice and if you aren't going to be there you should at the very least let him/her know and you should also know what to expect, punishment wise, if you are late or not ready to practice.

I remember hearing a speech by a former high school football coach named Art Williams.  He said that when he coached, if he heard another player say the word "can't", then that player got paddled.  And he was proud of that paddle.  And if a player heard another player say the word "can't", that player got to paddle the player who said "can't".  He bragged about how you could not invent a word game or trick any player on his team into saying the word "can't".  Now we have coddled little children who whine when their coaches punish them when they fail to live up to the commitments which they made.

When I was 17, I was on a school trip one weekend.  I was part of the JROTC and we were doing an orienteering meet. This one weekend in November, in the middle of the woods, I slipped down a hill and put my foot into a hornets nest.  I was stung 27 times.  I did not finish the course that day.  It was a two day event.  That night my parents offered to drive the couple hundred miles to pick me up, but I declined.  Yes I hurt.  Oh fark did I hurt that night.  I stayed that night in the hotel with my fellow friends and cadets, and the next day, knowing that there was zero chance at placing I still ran the course.  Even being in pain (not as much as the day before) I ran through the woods and completed that course.  That Christmas I received plenty of shirts advertising for a team called the Hornets, a plastic model of a Hornet fighter jet, rubber hornets and some toy bees.  These kids, if they complain about some blisters, if they went through what I did, probably would have called up their parents, crying and asking to come home.  Me, I stuck it out and got a sympathy pass to second base that night in the hotel.


Go on.......
 
2013-05-03 09:20:20 AM

sendtodave: J. Frank Parnell: Exercise hurts.

Well, OK.  Sure.

Then the question is "if excercise hurts, should kids have to do excercise?"

Because that is advocating hurting kids.


Ok, let's think about this.
1.  These may or may not be 'kids'.  When I did track, it was all four grade levels together.  If they do theirs the same way that means that these kids are anywhere from 14-19 years old this late in the year.
2.  The job of parents, authority, leaders is NOT to make people feel good about themselves.  My first priority as a parent is to ensure that my kids can survive on their own by the time they're 18.
3.  Have you ever worked out or done any weightlifting?  That crap hurts.  It also builds more muscle, and makes you stronger in the long run.

I don't necessarily agree with this method (doing it on grass would have been fine).  Either you trolled me pretty good, or you're advocating 'kids' never having to do anything that's too hard or that they don't want to do.  Grow up, suffer in silence, and learn that there are times in life where you're going to have to deal with assholes.
Later on, you can Saran Wrap their car, slash their tires, etc...  if you're so put off by it.
 
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