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Is winning important at young age?

Sep 21, 2020
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Is this new coach any good? What kind of practice does he run? At that age the difference between 3-17 and 10-10 is sometimes just one good pitcher...
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Is this new coach any good? What kind of practice does he run? At that age the difference between 3-17 and 10-10 is sometimes just one good pitcher...
He run good practice. Organization run great winter training for each teams.
 
Sep 21, 2020
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To the OP: at a young age a pitcher needs mound time. Hopefully they are good enough to make a difference in game outcomes and if not eating innings is a good consolation to help them improve.

Overall, I don't think winning is as important as playing winning-style softball -- meaning: is the team doing things in the right way from practice to pregame to game-play and are they playing good competition? Do that and i n the end (if not immediately) you'll win your fair share of games and get better in the process even if you aren't winning tournaments..
Thank you!
 
Sep 21, 2020
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Winning is not important at 12U, except to the parents and player. More important is to go to a team where you will play and develop; good competition is a bonus.

As others have pointed out, your DD's pitching could make a 3-17 team 17-3 especially as a second year pitcher.

Does the coach of the new team have a solid reputation? How are the team dynamics? Ask to talk to a parent or two. If the team sticks together for the next season after a 3-17 season, that is a very good sign. How many girls are returning?

It sounds like you and your DD are ultimately going to have to join the 2+ hour away team, if she is already good enough to play on the PGF-level team at 10U. So the question is when to make that jump?

Right now, you have time. Whatever you decide it will be the right thing. For now.
But be sure to stay in touch with that other team. You're going to need them!

Congrats!
Thank you .
Appreciated your opinion.
my daughter really like the coach. I’m thinking at this age it’s important to develop.
Just not sure how she feel going to games and lose a lot . Will it make her lose interest in the future or not.
i’m ok either way. This’s her journey.
And we might look into something more serious first year 14u. Hopefully it’s not too late.
i just got nervous . Other parents are very serious at this very young age.
 
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Nov 30, 2018
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Marikina, Philippines
Looking for some opinions. Daughter is 11.
we left our fall team. (Horrible daddy ball inexperience coach . Going to PGF looks like a clown. Pro is there’s talented kids on the team)
We got an offer from another team that ‘s not very success in fall. (3-17)
With not winning so much team.
She will have plenty of playing /mound time. She’s a pitcher.
Will not be daddy ball . He respect her work ethics . Good winter training if it happen.
We do not have a lot of choices for teams in our area. Except if we willing to drive 2+ hours. (She also got an invite from them)
Do you think winning is important at this age? She hate losing but hate the coach who not treat her fairly more.
  • Learning/Skill Development
  • Team work/ Cooperative development
  • A spirit of Confidence
  • Enjoyment
  • Sportsmanship
  • A winning competitive spirit
  • Winning
 

RADcatcher

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  • Learning/Skill Development
  • Team work/ Cooperative development
  • A spirit of Confidence
  • Enjoyment
  • Sportsmanship
  • A winning competitive spirit
  • Winning
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Goals of skills/team development = Win

Goals for people can be a range as we see in posts.
Ranging from have fun to learn accountability.
Often it is peoples different goals that start defining the type of team people want to play on.

Best thing figure out your family/dd goal. Find a team with like minded goals.

Some people will say its ridiculous for a 10u player to want to win.
Which i do not agree with.
Because i know 10u players who didnt like their teammates goofing around all the time.
Have also known 10u kids who only want to goof around.

Which reminds me to say again.
Figure out individual goals and find a team with like minded people!
 
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RADcatcher

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Dec 13, 2019
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As a topic to discuss
When young teams dont do well...
Win/loss..
How are players going to see the results of their efforts?

If an individual youngster is trying hard on their own doing hitting, fielding and such...but teammates dont care as much.. team struggles...

What lesson does that youngster learn?

Just sharing,
Think its important to recognize where a child is at mentally and emotionally/passion on how they are involved.
Because going out and having bad team performance does not sit well with every kid.

Do think playing time is important!
Finding the right team environment maybe more important!
 
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