I just had that moment I many times read about here but NEVER thought would be something I would hear from MY DD. After the third year on a third different "A" TB team my DD says "Dad I am just not having fun in SB anymore and want to quit."
Quickly, first year of "A" TB was nepotism, too many pitchers, & youth that pushed my DD out of the pitching rotation. She ended up dejected and looking for a new team. Second year was a pitching motion change required after an injury. DD struggled to get it back and the season was not long enough for her to get it back. Then this year with a promising third team only to have other teammates in-fighting create an atmosphere where my DD just could not focus (ya, I know, DD has ownership in her own focus...., but the environment was exhausting with one of those combatants being her catcher).
I feel bad cuz I provided her these "A" travel team opportunities. I guess I just could not see in advance the unique troubles that were inherent in each case. (Hindsight I think I maybe should have seen these risks). I have this nauseating feeling that I am responsible for her current state.
The most frustrating aspect is that, even with the daddy glasses off, my DD has exhibited some amazing exhibitions of talent & skill. She blew the doors off batters at national all-star games and shut-down arguably the best team in the state. If she didn’t have all this potential I would just let this go but it’s just too difficult after all our investments.
Any words of wisdom from any of you that have “been there and done that”?