Originally Posted by vbactivist
I would have a serious problem with a school or any organization not allowing my 14 year old to walk herself home. I am surprised more people don't have a problem with that in your husband's case. I can understand the coach expecting the kdis to be off school property before he can leave, but HOW they get off school property is nobody's business, IMO.
I wouldn't... but then again, my HS 15 years ago had the same requirement. In our case that was because to get off campus you had to cross a major road, which was a huge liability for the school. Did I walk home a few times anyway... yeah, but I got in trouble each time when my parents found out. The school entrance was at the top of a hill on a bend, and people drove like maniacs on that road. It's the same where DH coaches, and every other school I've seen a rule like that exist in. In DH's case it's a major 4 lane highway I wouldn't want to try to cross this road on foot... let alone have my I am invincible HS age student do it.
The same rule about coaches being there until all players were picked up existed when we played ball 20+ years ago... for the same reasons, the roads outside our little grass and tree surrounded bits of heaven called ball fields were main roads, and I didn't live in the city. My gf's league also has the same rule and their fields are in the middle of a resedential area, however, her kids would have to walk along a very dangerous, narrow, windy, no curb road to get home. It's a safety issue. Now I can see you not having a problem w/ it if it was say a neighborhood ball field in a subdivision, but if the majority of the kids come from miles away it's the responsibility of the league or school to put rules into place that protect the majority to the best of their ability... exceptions to these rules make things very murky for coaches. How exactly are they supposed to keep track of who is allowed to do what? Trust me, they have enough to keep track of. If you give your kids instructions to sneak off and pretend they're walking home that's on you... but I think the coach should get something in writing that states your child has your permission to walk home so that both the coach and the leagues collective butts are covered.