On the flip side, maybe all the adversity helped build character. Within three months of joining a non daddyball/buddyball team, DD verballed with a pretty good D1 mid-major.
Last edited by #10; 12-05-2018 at 07:29 PM.
Eric F (12-05-2018)
We are very happy with the coaches of my DD's team. IMO, they do an excellent job managing playing time for the whole team. They also do a good job with balancing keeping everyone competing for their spot, and giving players the game reps they need to develop and display their skills.
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Well, so much for tryouts today. DD was showing off with a friend at school today seeing who could jump to the 4th rung of the monkey bars. DD made a jump for the 4th bar and caught it briefly before her hands slipped off sending her flipping around and landing directly on her right shoulder. Doesn't seem to be limiting her range of motion, but it is tender. Team is having open practices thru January so we will try again next week assuming her shoulder is better. I'm hoping it is just a bit bruised, but she says the pain is deep inside the shoulder which is what has me concerned.
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Good for her by the way, kids need to be kids. Stuff happens.
In 2nd year 10U, our first player to hit a ball over the fence was the tiniest little thing on our team. There is a bias though, true enough.
As a coach's wife I would say look at individual coaches before you write them off just for having a daughter on the team. There are positives and negatives to it, and to the coach NOT having a daughter on the team. We've had both. Not all parent coaches are daddy/mommy ball coaches. DD's going into her 5th year of travel so we've had all kinds of coaches, and the blatant daddy ball coaches have been in the minority and have mostly been assistant coaches, not head coaches. My DD has to earn her position twice as hard as other girls, is more likely to get passed over for praise, etc., just so DH can avoid even the appearance of daddy ball. You have to be careful with blanket judgments because you can miss out on some really great teams. One our worst seasons was with a coach with no daughter on the team (they can be great too - just pointing out they can also present problems).
It's certainly a juggling act for us with our DS playing travel lacrosse in the spring/summer and the height of softball season for my DD at the same time. Luckily when it's football season in the fall, not much softball gets in the way besides a few random tournaments.