This is an oldie but a goodie. Thought I should give a little update.
My son got a great coach this year. We've had this coach before, and my son really likes him, as do I. He has it all together, and he knows what he wants to do and how he's going to do it. The coach and his assistant have been around for a lot of years and are very well respected.
Of course, as luck would have it, Complaining Mom's son is on this team too.
However, I KNOW this coach can handle complaining mom. In fact, when I saw that the son was on my son's team, I thought 'this is going to get gooooooood.' He tells it like it is.
Of course, the mom probably won't have anything to complain about with these coaches; like I said, they're awesome. We had a parent meeting and they made a lot of good points. One of the things that was key was that the one coach said that a player will not play certain positions until the kid has demonstrated the ability to be able to handle that position. In other words, playing that position has to be earned. Bravo!
The coach even touched on the volunteer aspect, and said that everyone HAS to volunteer; it's part of the league. He wasn't mean, but matter of fact, that volunteering is a requirement.
I've known the coach for several years, and we've had a lot of good talks. I told him later (in private) that this mom likes to complain a lot, but I told him that I knew he could handle her. He chuckled and said that if I didn't notice it, the whole meeting was basically a preemptive tactic to stop that type of thing before it ever got started. I got it. And man, if she complains at all, she should just quit the sport, b/c her kid is on a team with the best coaches out there, and if they aren't good enough for her, nobody will be.
This should be really interesting.