Finally a Legal Precedent- Crazy Parents Beware

One of my readers Laura McNally supplied this. Hopefully some father who has kids playing in tournaments every weekend in Canada will be next.

Children’s ‘Exhausting’ Schedule Leads to Loss of Father’s Custody Rights
Vesselin Mitev

New York Law Journal
March 17, 2010

The father of two Long Island junior tennis prospects has been stripped of custody by a New York state judge who found their rigorous training schedule to be “overly burdensome, exhausting and completely unacceptable.”

The Cavallero brothers — Giancarlo, 10, and Jordy, 5 — were required to leave school early to spend six hours a day at tennis practice and play tournaments on the weekends. Giancarlo, with five junior tournament wins before turning 10, was likened to a young Andre Agassi in a 2007Daily News article.

But in a ruling last week, Acting Supreme Court Justice Norman St. George of Nassau County found the “grueling” training regimen had left the children “constantly tired, regularly late to school … and their tennis appears to be negatively impacted.”

After a four-day custody trial, the judge awarded sole custody to the children’s mother, Maria Pena, and ordered the father, George Cavallero, to undergo anger management counseling.

The case is Cavallaro v. Pena (pdf), V-00390-09.

12 Responses to “Finally a Legal Precedent- Crazy Parents Beware”

  1. When did it become a parents duty to not let kids be kids? Such a shame. Thanks for sharing Coach Boyle!

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    I think an hour a day as a general rule is plenty. Kids need a range of activity. I have no problem if my daughter does an hour of hockey and an hour of soccer on a non school day. One hour a day on scholl days works.

  3. Mike,
    I completely agree, especially when parents are the driving force. When you recommend no more than an hour per day, would you limit the kids if they really wanted to, say, work on skills or simply play their sport for more than that, assuming no pushing from the parents?

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Funny, I would completely disagree. We try to get our athletes out of overconstructed footwear. I think footwear support may be the problem, not the answer. Check out the book Born to Run. Heels or Shocks are a bigger problem than Uggs.

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