still relatively new at this.
my girl is a 10yo playing on a 10u club team as a 9yo. (feb birth date)
they are a feeder team for the organization that boasts some very competitive travel teams.
we came to the team late, but we were given a couple of tryouts and were taken on as an infielder.
these kids are still learning the game, but it is a functioning full fledged team. my kid has some experience and is naturally athletic. she started the first 2 games as the shortstop and did well. she then played 2nd, 3rd and 1st and again did well, at least as well as any of the other players. she played the whole games as well. and they won most of them.
now she finds herself spliting time in right field. and they have been losing. mostly because of bad infield play.i want to say her time has been reduced because she hasnt been hitting, but the player she splits rf with is a good hitter, so that makes no sense.
my kid is the fastest runner on the team. she has the quickest hands, and by far has the greater range at any of the infield positions. she is also the most mature playmaker. her arm is decent. she always hustles. certainly she makes miscues, but she also makes plays no one else does. so why has she been bumped? the current 3rd baseman cant reach 1st base with a throw. the shortstop falls asleep on plays, the 2nd baseman is erratic, and the firstbasemen just misses catching throws sometimes. so its not just me seeing my kid as better than she is.
anyways, my daughter, just when she was getting into a rythm that looked like she had found a home and was growing as a player, all of a sudden finds herself decaying in rf. none of the coaches has said anything to me about it. but its painfully obviuos something is up. and yes, 3 of the current infielders have parents that are coaching or on the board of directors and/or have other kids on the top travel teams. but they were all there when we were starting at short, too.
now this team itself doesnt play into the fall. but the rest of the org teams do and have try outs in aug. they have a pony 10u team and 11u and 12u teams that she could try out for. different staff for each of those teams, but i dont know their needs . i know my girl would play harder and better with older kids instead of down like she maybe doing now. but it doesnt seem feasable she would be benched on her current team and be able to make the older squads.
i must say the organization is a good one. the players and parents are good folks and the coaches all seem nice, competent, and love the kids. but i am going to send my girl to play in the rec fall league. and maybe wont be back with her current team next season. its kinda sad. we got a month left, so we shall see. but i am not optimistic.
so how does one evaluate the reality?