LRC Note: Please link to original sources if you can. The initial Hartford Courant article has much more info. We also made the title more descriptive.
Coach was 100% right. Kid joins track team, is a pain in teh butt, selfish and quits mid-sesason.
The HC wrote:
"It's got to involve learning life lessons. And those life lessons have to be about teamwork and commitment and discipline. And understanding that you have to get along with people. Respect for one another. You don't have to love everybody on the team but you have to show them respect. There's nothing in my opinion more important than the team."
According to Cohen, the conflict surfaced with a runner who was on the team previously, whom he would not identify. Although the runner participated last year, Cohen said he did not have a good attitude and did not finish the season.
"I told the athletic director I really didn't want him on the team given his history," Cohen said. "The AD suggested I ask the kid what's changed. So I approached it with him. Basically the answer I got was 'nothing has changed, I've paid my participation fee [$175 at Simsbury], I can run.'
"There was nothing about, 'I want to help the team, I want to become a better runner.' It was only about, 'I want to run.' I said, 'Well, I don't think that's good enough. And so I'm not going to let you come out for the team.'"
So you'd think once you quit, you were done unless you made amends/apologize for quitting.
But know the kid pays his fee and shows up and the coach says, "What's different?" The kid says "Nothing."
The coach correctly assesses, "We've done this before. I don't want you on the team." The AD says, "You have to let him be on the team."
Coach says, "No I don't. Good bye."
Here is the link the OP linked to