So this year I coached my dd's rec 10U team. I was given 14 girls on my roster. We went 17-0 on the season. 14 of our games only lasted 4 innings due to the 10 run rule. Every single girl sat out at least 1 inning a game( except my P). Every single girl played at the very least 2 innings a game. Still overall none of our girls played very many innings due to the 17-2 and 15-5 type games we played in.
I have a girl on my team who was the 2nd youngest. Only person she was older than was my dd. I heard rumblings from my wife and from other parents that dad didnt like the innings their dd was getting and thought she should be in the infield most of the time. ( She played about 6-7 innings at 2B out of 15 games she was at). She was our 3rd 2B and so she primarily played OF but was given the experience of playing 2B in games and always got reps their in practice. She also had the teams 11th best BA. She pretty much either hit a double or struck out. Not a great OBP. She is a great kid. Fun to be around, solid work ethic and has potential to be a good little player. However, going 17-0 we obviously had a good amount of talent and most of it was older or more experienced than her. She truthfully was scared to play infield first half of the year and we worked her into being comfortable. Next year I have no doubt she will start for her team in the infield when she plays with girls her age.
Fast forward to present time. 3 of my girls had vacations planned and didnt play in All Stars with us. One of them, was my best 1B, my 2nd best C and my 4th best P. She is also 5'6, 150 and hit about .450 on the year. Then, my dd was only league age 8 and wasnt allowed to play with us for All Stars because of that. She was one of my top infielders, my 3rd best P, my best bunter and one of the teams fastest....... and despite being the teams youngest........one of our top 2 team verbal leaders.
Now we are in All Stars with 10 girls on our roster. ( Without 2 of my top 5 players).Had our first game and won by 10 run rule in 4 innings. The girl whose parents had complained all year started at RF and played 2 innings. I subbed her out in the 3rd to get our 10th player her minimum amount of innings for the game( 2 innings). After the 4th inning, I planned on putting the original girl back in and having her finish at 2B. Like I mentioned we 10 run ruled them and had a 8 run 4th inning so the game ended. After the game the player cried and I had a talk with her that she did nothing wrong and that she was scheduled to play 2B and go back into the game because she deserved it. After I spoke with the team mom comes to the dugout and starts asking if we even need her because I dont play her and she didnt play at all this game. I replied by explaining that our sub needed a minimum amount of innings and that her dd still landed up playing 2 of the 4 innings. She continued to argue with me that she didnt play 2 innings at all and that she might not come to our next game.
I let a day go by and had one of my AC's call to talk about what had happened. No reply. I tried calling today. No reply. Had practice this afternoon..........girl not there. So if this girl was in fact pulled by her parents.........we are now down to 9 girls on our roster, with only 2 P's and a HUGE target on our back from our regular season dominance.
Im really upset about the situation. Mainly because the girls on my team deserve to have a chance and with only 9 girls Im not sure we can win district. Now dont get me wrong we are good enough to win. However if one little injury or illness happens we are done! Thats some big risk. I feel like thie girls might be getting their great season and chance at going to state hijacked by a dad ( who I have heard thinks he is God's gift to baseball coaching) and a mom who I thought was with us as a team( not as an individual). Plus their dd deserves to play too. She worked hard all year and if they in fact pull her from the team, she will now be playing NO INNINGS and wont have a chance to win either. Im really bummed for my girls. This means a lot to them and I really hope this young lady is with us still. Like I said, I really like her, she adds to our team and she deserves to play with us. My girls at least deserve a shot to finish their work. Cross your fingers for my girls. Really bummed out and hoping for the best.