Q: My son is a perpetual benchwarmer on his soccer team. I’d like him to have more time on the field. Should I ask?
A: Yes. Talk to the coach–after you make sure your son wants more time and is OK with your stepping in. At the meeting, say how much your boy enjoys the team. Add that he;s hoping to play more, and ask how he can work toward that goal. Some coaches just won’t use weak players: if this is one, find another team.