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CCSA is broken

June 30, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Several weeks ago, Brien Ricci submitted an opinion critical of the Copper Country Soccer Association. A week later, he was relieved of his coaching position with the CCSA.

After asking some questions, I chose to withdraw my son from any further participation in CCSA events. This decision on my part contradicts all that I believe in and value in life.

I have coached soccer, baseball, hockey, football and wrestling over the past 35 years, and have always believed that once you join, you may not quit.

I have made it clear to my children that if we join something, we must finish the season.

However, more important than my belief that we need to follow through with endeavors we start, is the belief that all we do should be done with integrity and fairness.

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In my opinion, Mr. Ricci hit the nail on the head where the CCSA is concerned.

I have spoken to many parents with children in soccer and in almost all cases find that those parents agree with Mr. Ricci's assessment of the situation.

As a parent, I feel it prudent to avoid anyone or anything that lacks integrity and merit.

For that reason, I prefer to withdraw my son from further participation in local soccer.

I apologize to the players from his team and their parents and I am sorry if my actions have hurt you or you children.

I would also urge the CCSA board to truly examine the direction in which it is headed. Perception is reality in most things in life, and the overwhelming perception in this community is that the CCSA is broken. I hope someone has the guts to correct this situation, for at the least the children of the Copper Country.

Philip "Buck" Foltz




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