U12 boys competitive: Perhaps I am just venting, so thanks for letting me do that. The head coach appears to have lapsed into a pattern. He will not give a compliment to any of the players. All he does is yell at them or criticize them if they make a tactical mistake in games or at practice. Of course, my kid plays on his team. The last time he gave him a compliment, after try-outs or course, was one time last summer during a tournament. “That was a good play.” And he is the type of player who plays up on the state ODP team and regularly receives compliments on his play from the club DOC and ADOCs. More than once, the referee has come up to him after a game to compliment a play he made. This lack of positive comments applies to all the kids. There is a midfielder on the team who not only makes absolutely unbelievable plays, but plays with 100 percent effort at all times. I don’t recall that boy ever receiving a compliment in 2 years. Not even “that was a nice touch.” His dad says the negativity is weighing on the player. Do you think there is any good way to drop a hint that a little positive coaching might be a good thing once in a while? Or do we just ride out the spring season and look for a better situation next year? FYI, I have a bench pass and am there all the time, so I haven’t missed anything.