I have a dilema. My dd started taking pitching lessons around age 8, she is 11. Earlier this year we changed pitching coaches. At her evaluation we were told she is "gifted", she has tremendous potential, she is going to be exceptional. First thought I had was is he feeding me a line, says this to all new kids to hook you? This guy is experienced and has many students, has had many go on to receive scholarships. We made the change. My daughter had a very successful season. He has advised us to hold off on travel for a while until he says she is ready. Says when coaches get a look at her they will fall all over us. She is being recruited by a couple of coaches. One coach in particular is being very aggressive about her. BUT, says she is not special just adequate. But still wants committment now. Can't understand how we were told to wait to try to get her on a team. Then proceeded to tell me what a bad reputation our pitching coach has. That he fills his kids heads with ideas that they are brilliant just to keep control of them and keep them coming to him. I have asked the pitching coach a few times about travel and he laid into me but good! To top it off, I had a friend take her daughter for an evaluation and she was told almost verbatim what I was told - gifted child, etc. It kind of makes me feel that his statement about my daughter is not that credible. I'm not sure what to think. Is this stuff typical softball politics? How much faith should I put into this coach?