DD’s 12U team recruited a full team of 12 players last fall and worked all winter (twice a week). However, since March the team has had 21 different players in games.
If the coach felt the player wasn’t good enough, he recruited another player. The players that had been with the team from the start either sat on the bench or were booted off the team for not being good enough. Several times a player was crying in the dugout because they wanted to play and were disappointed a new player was taking her time in the field and plate. There have been occasions where the coach recruited a player for a single tourney and longstanding regular players sat.
4 of the original 12 players have been removed. 2 to 3 others are seeing diminishing playing time.
It is true, we are a little better team. But at what cost? (Most of) the kids on the team clearly understand if they do not produce now, they may be out of a position. There is a sense of unease for them. I wonder if the coach is preparing for the 14U team next year by bringing players and trying them out.
There has been a lot of good with the team. The players enjoy each other and parents are terrific. On balance the coach knows the softball x’s and o’s.
I understand there could be some healthy replacements for problem players (or nutty parents). But the coach’s confrontational style and easy willingness to discard 11 and 12 year old children that are committed to the program is troublesome.