Ds is at school in NZ so very much rugby orientated, all the sporty kids play rugby.
Ds is fit as a whippet (can walk miles, cycles etc) - but not team sporty so he is on the football team instead. They are a pretty rubbish team and none of them really want to be there - but the school has a policy that you at least try a team sport for a season.
They have 2 coaches who are excellent.
That's the background. Ds has managed to find some enjoyment in the game and now looks happy to be on the field and even kicks the ball sometimes!
His friend however has refused to even go on the pitch. He cries and holds onto his mum's legs - has invented every medical condition going and has not played for the last 3 sessions. His mum is very stressed about it. He has played games before this and been made player of the day etc.
The coach, the manager of the team and the other parents have all variously tried to jolly him along and get him on - but he isn't having any of it.
If you were his mum would you just call it a day and find something else for him to do on a Saturday, or would you think that it is a blip given that he played earlier in the season?