I disagree with you 100 percent. My job is to help mold these kids into responsible ethical adults and to help other club sponsors to do the same. If a person is selected by a company as a field/pro staffer they then become a direct representative of that company. It is that companies responsibility to choose the proper people and it is the staff members responsibility to act in a proper way while representing the company. When they are on the lake fishing a tournament wearing a jersey with that company name across the front they are a reflection of the company.
The problem is that the staffer fishes the same small lake as my students. These kids look up to the field/pro staffers. If I steer my students to join a team with a local pro/field staffer from the same company fishing the same lake they will begin to look up to that person. I ethically cannot do this to young impressionable kids. That would defeat everything I am trying to accomplish with them. We have enough problems teaching these kids the proper ethics on the water.
I do not want to do anything that would influence them negatively. As far as the McCain products - My statement has nothing to do with their product. I got to feel some of the rods a few weeks ago and they felt like very good rods.
So you have approached the company with your complaint or is this the first place that they are going to hear about it?
I'm assuming that you are teaching your kids that there is a proper time and place for airing your grievances and steps that you should take... Hopefully, you've taken these steps and aren't just publicly bashing a company and your kids are watching this site.....
Might have just been some cool cat wearing a McCain jersey, not an actual pro-staff member. You don't really think that everyone wearing a Skeeter jersey is sponsored by Skeeter do you?