Taking one on the chin like that is a tuffie … no doubt about it. And seeing how the youngster hasn’t had much in the experience department, dealing with such a thing, I’d suggest to let it ride.
Besides, what’s not known, is the impact something like that has on everyone else on the club , coach(s) included. Some of these people can be crude when it comes to things like this. Your son could be experiencing some flash back from others. Heck, even some wise guys at school that aren’t even on the club - it happens.
It’s kind of difficult to project what he should be doing right now for future’s sake, and talking about can just rub the pain in a little deeper.
However, the important thing to watch for is his involvement with the team in total and his part “if” ever called on again. Is he being singled out for this experience? Is he the “whipping boy” for the next thing that goes wrong, even by others. Does his coach(s) have an understanding of the limitations of youth? I could go on, but you get the idea.
In the final analysis, as if growing up wasn’t hard enough, stuff like this can pound a guy into the ground like a cheap ten-penny nail. I know I’ve seen grown men deal with stuff like this and it doesn’t get any easier.
Just try to take things one day at a time, be there for your boy, without qualifications … well, maybe slamming doors and stuff are bit over the top, … but you get the idea.
You son is very, very fortunate to have a dad that cares more about his boy, rather than the win, win, win record that comes with braging rights. Very fortunate.