My 7-year-old DS plays soccer, and a couple of situations happened today that I have questions about:
1) There was a boy on the other team who was doing lots of trash talking -- saying things like, "You guys suck, we're totally going to beat you" and, "Haha, it's already 2 to nothing, I told you we'd win!" in a really nasty tone. I know some amount of trash talk just goes along with team sports, but at 7 years old, really? The boy's position happened to be close to where I was sitting, so I heard what he was saying but it didn't appear that either coach heard anything. Do you guys experience this, and how do you handle it?
2) DS's coach isn't the greatest. He's not awful, but he's not a very good communicator so the boys are often confused during practice and the coach gets annoyed when they don't understand the plays (I don't even understand the plays -- the way he coaches is very confusing and I usually can't tell what it is he's wanting the boys to do). He doesn't say anything mean, but he often says (in an exasperated voice) stuff like, "Johnny, you should be in the middle like we practice every week" or, "Take a shot!" [boy misses] "...orrrrr you could just miss completely." So, yeah. Not screaming in their faces or calling them names or anything, but just not really nice, you know? Am I being too sensitive about that kind of stuff? He's volunteering (which I really appreciate), and it's his first time, and I'm sure it's really hard, so I'm trying to cut him some slack.