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OP here. thanks for the advice. he's definitely going on the class trip, so that's not in question. the only question is whether to come clean with the coach. there is no need to say anything yet because the borders may not even open by then (it's closed right now). but if the trip does happen, it's probably going to coincide with the playoffs, which I suspect will set him off. my kid wants to stay with the organization through high school, so he doesn't want to get kicked off the team or go into a permanent dog house. the other option is to fake an injury. the coach does not know about the class trip and there are no other kids from his school with this organization.
Set a good example for your kid and be honest. Teach your kid how to handle situations like this in the right way.
100% be honest with the coach. If he has a problem with it then too bad. What are you going to lie, and then have your son come back with a tan in the middle of march from being in the warm sun of Costa Rica for a week? Not to mention there is no doubt your son will want to tell his friends about the trip and ultimately the coach will find out.
This is an absolute no brainer to just tell the coach the kid is going on a school trip. I also would tell him sooner than later that your son is planning to go on this trip. This way if the coach acts like a jerk the rest of the season you have plenty of time to find another team and aren't scrambling after playoffs/before tryouts to go somewhere else.
OP last time here. good call. I'll wait for a few weeks though because 1) the trip still may not happen and 2) in case if the coach is reading this board, I want his memory to fade a little before getting hit with a "so hey my kid needs to go on a class trip to Costa Rica"