Good thing it was raining last night or my rec leagues meeting room would have burned down from all the fireworks. For the past 5 years the same all-star manager has been selected for my DDs age group. Very effective manager and was the first coach in our rec league to ever bring a team to state three years in a row. He asked me to be an asst coach and I had to attend the meeting as a formality.
A few hours prior to the meeting he unloads a bomb shell on me. His DD was asked to join one of our areas premier gold teams as a reserve. She is a shortstop and, in my opinion, the best all around player in our rec league. I have no doubt that given a few weeks to assimilate into the team and she will be challenging for a starter spot. As a result he was withdrawing his name from the manager selection process. I can't fault him or his DD as my own DD would jump at the chance to be on that team. Over the past 10 years the team has averaged 7 D1 scholarships from the 18U gold team. You do not pass up that type of opportunity.
Our rec league rules are very simple in terms of who can apply to be an all-star team manager: 1) Member in good standing, Yep, I paid rec fees . 2) At least Ace Cert 1, Yep I am Ace Cert 3. Other than those two criteria anyone can apply. At the urging of several people, and an endorsement from the departing coach, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. The only other person applying was a first year 14U manager. Long story short the board selected me to be manager. To say the other candidates reaction was over the top is an understatement. He proceeded on a 5 minute tirade about favoritism, nepotism (pretty sure he has no clue what that word means as I have no relations on the board) and the general unfairness about selecting someone who wasn't even a coach this season. He then kicked a couple of chairs as he stormed out. On his way out he made sure to repeat several times, "I am going to make sure no one tries out for this team".
Come to learn afterwards that the other candidate has a reputation for these types of reactions and was kicked out of a tournament last year for a similar type of outburst with an umpire. He is a good coach when under control but when he loses his temper all heck breaks loose. The board was so concerned about him that they seriously considered cancelling the 14U team if he was the only candidate. Going to be interesting on May 1st to see who comes out for the team.