We have been with the same coach for 2 seasons. Had my dd on 3rd all season (leftie) until All-Star tourney time when we picked up a few other girls from other teams. He put my dd in right field (perfect side of the field for a leftie). She saw plenty of action and was glad to be there b/c she could get the ball back in field. She is now on 1st. She has been to pitching lessons (as the coach knows) and he has yet to put her on the mound. He has warmed up with her, worked with her at practices, etc., and still won't play her in that position. IMHO as a parent, I would let it run its course. The coach will let you know when he is ready to "notice" her. Some coaches do not do well at the whole "praise" thing - patting your child on the back. Sometimes that is left up to the parents. Also, depending on the age group, the outfield REALLY isn't a bad place to be sometimes - our age group gets more action out than they do on the in field! Good luck!