I went back 20 or so pages and didn't see a thread for general rants so I figured I'd start one. I'm not really looking for an advice type thread but more for generalized venting with other coaches. I'm sure we all have those moments. I'll start with two I have. In our school district the teams (high school boys and girls) all play on one of two fields. One is a normal averaged sized field but the other is tiny. I'm talking (I paced it off one day) about 84x50. Yeah, not exactly up to par. The coaches, the players, and the refs all complain about it but the district is just ho hum about the whole situation. We tell some of the kids to be looking for shots when they cross midfield. Two scored like that last season. Shoot, even the keeper scored from his own box! My other rant deal with today's game. We showed up and waited on the other team and when they finally did show up, we found out they only had 8 players. Apparently they had a small squad to start with then had a bunch of injuries and some had a few after school commitments to take care of. We agreed to play 8 v 8 (this was on the normal field instead of the aforementioned tiny one) and for 30 minute halves instead of the normal 40. On any given day we would seriously outmatch them even full strength. Since they had no subs they pulled a few tactics I wasn't thrilled about. First of all, whenever they got touched they fell to the ground and rolled around while the others caught their breath. Luckily the refs didn't buy most of the dives. Then as the game wore on and we were controlling more of the possession, the other team started football tackling some of my girls. It was straight up linebackeresque. The funny part was that my girls popped right back up and their girls getting injured. They ended up losing one to an injury and then another which would have caused them to have to abandon the game. Instead, they stuck it out with an injured girl hobbling around the field. I understand wanting to keep it up and the desire to finish, but in the interest of health the game probably should have been called. There, there's my rant for today. Oh, and then after the game the other team was complaining we didn't play down to their level.