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'Helicopter parents' take learning experiences away from high school athletes

Updated: February 17, 2009, 7:31 PM ET
By Gordie Jones | Special to ESPNRISE.com

Every coach seems to have a war story. They will not always share them on the record, mind you, but they can offer ample evidence as to how much high school sports have changed.

How parents have changed, as much as anything.

Did you hear about the parents who lawyered up after their kids got kicked off the team for drinking? And how the school district caved and let the kids come back?

I had a parent who got in his kid's face at halftime of one of our playoff games. ...

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