Re: Some questions on this ND tragedy
I think the responsibility for this falls on the coaches 100%.
Think of less dire circumstances, an athlete never wants to tell a coach he can't play due to injury. That's why the good coaches take it out of the athlete's hands and refuse to let them play and make an injury worse.
In this case, the kid wouldn't want to admit to the coach(or video coordinator whomever his immediate boss was) that he couldn't or wouldn't do the job, especially because he was afraid. 99 times out of 100, the thing doesn't fall down and the kid would feel embarrassed because he refused to do the job. That's why the coach has to be the one to say "no one's going up there."
The sad part of this, as with most young people in a similar less dire situations, the disappointment would likely be less than he had feared. If he had said something to the coach, I'm guessing the coach would have looked up and realized that he'd never want to put the kid at risk and accomodated.
But again, because the kid was so eager to please, he put himself in harms way, and the coach has to be proactive enough to keep him from doing that.
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