Little background about me, I am a great student and my main sport is tennis( 3 year varsity player soon to began my 4th year in the Spring). But my problem is regarding my school's varsity basketball team. I have played for 3 years now starting JV year as a sophomore and now 2 years on Varsity(I did not make the freshman team). However I have lost the respect of my varsity coach. My reasons: 1. Constantly doubts team competence and effort 2. immature and emotional 3. shows favoritism 4. Doesn't care about how actions impact others 5. Fails to develop players 6. Criticizes players who barely play/affect the game. He would probably blame some random Miami Heat bench player rather then Lebron James for losing the NBA title. 7. Pulls Bench players out immediately for mistakes, while allowing starters with equal ability to play through them. For example a bench player will score 12 points one night because he played well in limited minutes, but won't even touch the ball two days later. Its very hard to get going and loose in limited minutes especially with the stress that you might get taken out for making any mistake. 8. No other job, can't get away from high school basketball, spends 24 hours creating scouting reports and practice plans, talk about pressure to win. 9. The success we have isn't worth the unhappiness of being on the team About 8 guys actually decide the game, but its hard to figure out why they play so many minutes when equally talented players sit and the team loses (we're 8-12 and have lost winnable games). In fact, one of those 8 players got expelled and the other didn't make grades till now. And I repeat they aren't even better than the next guy. Also, those 8 players lack leadership and are as immature as the coach, both fail to see any unhappiness on the team too. I am one of those bench players, I am also one of three team captains. I believe in order to be a leader one must play and so I believe I cannot lead this team effectively. But there is one thing I can do. I can stop this cycle and refuse to play. I'm a likable player on the team so I know it would send a message. My dad fears it will affect my West Point chances because it is quitting but I feel he already quit on me. But I think this is a great way to be true to myself and actually demonstrate some leadership for the juniors on the team who see the injustice as well. What do you think?