Question for coaches - from parent
Poster describes DD as an average 12u player and since she wants to become a pitcher, it's suggested that they find a 12u team for her, because she needs circle time in order to develop. Almost everyone here agreed that she needs to be pitching in games, not waiting around to get an inning here or there.
If Maksoftball wants to protect the coach, that's fine, and I understand why - he's a swell guy. My perspective is different, though. We've got a big softball community out here and for the most part, instructors don't coach teams. It's been tried, but tends to turn out badly, because every other coach - whose students may have been seeing those instructors - are now going to assume that the instructors will be trying to recruit the best students to jump over to their teams instead. Call it paranoia, but it's in the best business interests of an instructor NOT to coach a team.
Mak what age is she? Started Live pitching last fall?? If she just started live pitching last fall why would you put her with older girls? Maybe the coach might had seen something and gave her a chance and she hasn't developed like they thought she would. I know it's tough but maybe a blessing.
Just a thought.... would you not call a coach an instructor??? Momo I understand your point...
I think I understand your point regarding the coach/instructor thing. He's been around for 25 years now so he knows the business. And it's probably why he has 3 other coaches on board with him. He doesn't make the sole decisions, and I do believe they do a good job of co-coaching. They had 17 girls on this team, and still managed to make every girl feel included. Now pitchers, that's another story...he had only one GOOD/STRONG bracket pitchers, and 4 up-and-coming pitchers that needed more mound time. The coaches tried to keep these pitchers happy, but with my dd being the newest/youngest, she got the last straw, AND we knew this going into it.
Anyway, I get the instructor thing, and quite honestly, I will be happy going back to just him being the instructor and no longer a coach. LOL. We are getting to a point to asking if we can "graduate" to a better instructor...just a matter of time that she will be ready for him.
17 on a tb team? They must be very convincing if you're willing to have 6 on the bench every inning. Do your fees cover coach expenses and income? I'd check the books to see if my money was being used as expected.
With family schedules I could see maybe 15 or so on roster for a travel team. 17 does seem a bit extreme in most cases.
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I would start off by asking for a refund from the team. 100% refund. Amount of games played is irrelevant. The lack of respect that this move demonstrates is terrible. It is doing nothing but establishing bad ethics from all perspectives. I hope you DD can see past the mess and realize that a commitment works in both directions.
The expense you will incur trying to find a new team, and the time to do it, as well as uniforms and such.... get a refund.
It will be hard to continue on a team where she feels a lack of confidence and trust.