Chad and Joe,
It is easy to take shots at me on here. I have never done that to you and will not now. Anytime you want to discuss face to face feel free to let me know. You both know I am not hiding and am willing to talk to anyone in regards to the sport of wrestling.
Not sure where you get that I am taking a shot at you on this topic? But if playing the role of martyr helps your psyche, so be it. And since you bring up the face to face meeting.....the last (and only) time we met face to face, I got a clear sense that you were not all that willing to talk with me regarding the sport of wrestling. Maybe I am just to sensitive, but if a serious discussion about the state of the coaches association was planned, that discussion would last more than 10 minutes and not be held standing in the middle of a pig barn.
I have a problem with posters going after kids and moderators who allow it to happen.
I have read and reread Mr. Lovejoy's comments and he has even taken the time to highlight all instances which could be construed as "going after" this wrestler. None seem inconsistent with what occurred on the mat and, as I stated in a previous response, Mr. Lovejoy's frustration is clearly much more pointed at the officials (I happen to agree with him) and the post match exchanges (of which I have no knowledge so I won't comment but there seems to be genuine disagreement about these events).
Turning the accusatory spotlight on opponents in debate situations is an age old technique to avoid answering tough questions directed at you. By accusing me of letting posters "go after kids" you are questioning my integrity. If you have a specific post that you would like me or any of the moderators to review please let me or them know (there is a link where you can "Report to moderator" on every post, it will be reviewed and an explanation will be provided.
So far you have accused me of attacking you and allowing kids to be attacked on this message board. Both of which I dispute. I have a difficult time taking people seriously who engage in this type of behavior.
You both have been very critical of those who have volunteered to serve, I hope both of you will consider to run for one of the offices and continue to make improvements to the organization.
I have been very critical of the organization and its structure, this I admit unashamedly. I have also been critical of those who seem to think the status quo is fine and dandy in the organization when membership peaks at under 50% of the schools. Just because people volunteer, it does not absolve them of any criticism. And to let those who care know, I did join the IHSWCA, I volunteered my time to come with some very simple ways of improving the structure of the organization, presented them, and heard nothing back. When I asked if my ideas had been reviewed, discussed, etc., you told me you were busy.
Hiding behind the volunteer cloak does not work. If we want to keep time cards on amount of hours spent volunteering to promote wrestling in Indiana, I am willing to play that game. However, I'm not sure what it would prove. The problem is with the structure and those unwilling to make changes to the organization. The mere fact that there are two ELECTED offices for the entire state should make this blatantly obvious. Hell, the 8th grade class I teach has 5 elected student council reps for 92 students.
Despite my general disgust with the way the organization is structured, I still volunteered my time to help in the planning of proposed team state dual meet. So please don't try to paint me as keyboard warrior who is unwilling to help.
You are both entitled to your opinions and can run your website anyway you choose. I will admit to disagree with both of you on a great many things. For one, I do not often agree with what you post and what you allow to be posted on this website.
Thank you for entitling me to my opinion and entitling Joe the ability to run his website the way he chooses. I am glad we have your blessing. It is unfortunate that so much time is spent accusing and defending instead of improving.