Everyone has been through this. A player not playing up to their ability. Most of the time it is a player who doesn't think they are good enough to do something and doesn't make the effort. Little Miss K is different. First off she comes to first practice and declares that she is the best player on the team. After a few minutes she did amend it to the she is one of the best players. She does have ability but she is a drama queen. She told her mother that the other players aren't serious when the play and she wants to switch to another team ( this is a rec team). On defense she stands legs and arms crossed when we tell the girls to get softball ready. She will not listen to the coaches at all.
After sweet talking her through 9 games I had enough. After she came off the field after the top of the 1st I took her to the side and asked her when she was going to start to play? I have to pick 3 girls for an all-star game and with her attitude and her lack of hustles she wasn't going. She is the oldest girl on the team (10-12) and the other girls look to her to be a leader. I have 2 12yo, 2 11yo and the rest of the team is 10. She was demoralizing them. Told her that all the other players are playing the best they can, when is going to stop fooling around and play the best she can? Then I told her to get back on the bench and play. Her response, she quit the team!
A bad attitude spreads like cancer. In a way I feel bad if I hurt her feeling, but now I am glad she is gone. I feel I handled it right.