Who’s fault is it when a fencer loses a match? Here are your multiple choice answers:
- The parent
- The coach
- The ref
- The opponent
- The child
- All of the above
There is a correct answer here, and we all know it.
It’s not your fault that your child lost the match, after all it’s not your job to do everything for them but to facilitate them doing things for themselves. It can’t be the coach’s fault, though of course it is the coach’s job to offer your child training and support. Might it be the referee’s fault? Sometimes refs do make bad calls after all, so the ref plays a role. The opponent is a huge factor of course, but it’s unfair to say that it’s their “fault” that they won, that’s what they were supposed to do!