So, my son is getting ready (in 1/2 hour) go try out for the Murray Hill Little League team. Last year ( I think it was) Murray Hill went very far in the championships.
Anyway, this is his first year playing baseball, so we're all kind of nervous. We spent hours at the batting cages last night. Its amazing what kind of a dissadvantage he has because he's so old to begin playing. (he's 9).
Apparently, they take this sport even more serious than his football league is....and they're damn serious!
Anyway, I'll let y'all know how it goes.
Throw me back bitch, throw me back!
Location: Under a sheet of ice, you know, from Global Warming!
Well, just keep in mind, he can't go pro for a few years, so with enough professional coaching, he might catch up! With what they ar epaying pro's these days, might be a good investment in a retirement plan!
sounds like he needs to play catcher with that mentality. i'm from columbus GA our LL won the world series 2 yrs ago and another thing from GA one it last year. baseball is pretty much a way of life around here bc it stays warm most of the year so we can play pretty much year round, and when it is too cold, we have indoor facilities kids cna use. but i'm sure son will love it. baseball is a very mental sport so even though he may be a little behind on skill level from starting late, if he can pick up on the mental aspect of the game he'll be just as good if not better than the other kids
I've been coaching LL for a little over tens years now. Some coaches do give the sport a bad name and you should approach them and let them know how you feel about things. If you cannot, speak to the league president about the issues. Chances are that you are not the only person who has noticed a problem.
Bottom line, everyone (parents and coaches) sign an agreement to behave. If that agreement is not honored then it's actionable. There are some coaches that are great at what they do but lack people skills. Sometimes, you need to be patient to see how they work out.
I recently got back into coaching a couple of years ago because an assistant coach was acting like an idiot. He had the kids wrestling (yes I said wrestling) in the outfield while the manager and league president were on the other side of the field talking business. A few of the other parents (including myself) became concerned when we noticed 75% of the kids jumping on each other's backs yelling ans screaming.
So I approached the assistant coach and politely asked him what was he doing. His reply was that he was showing a couple of kids on his wrestling team a few moves. When I mentioned to him that a few of the parents (including myself) were concerned that the players were getting out of control and a couple of them came back to the bench complaining of injuries he became beligerent. I further offered to help him play catch with the kids and his reply..."you want to help...you caoch the team.. I quit". Just like that...4th practice into the season and the new assistant coach quits and walks off the field (only to haunt us at every game afterward).
I knew the league president so I decided to walk over to explain the situation. As I started to tell him the details he became infuriated at the assistant coach's behavior. I offered my help to make up the difference and he asked me if I wanted to coach.... I said yes in a nano-second. It was admiration of mine to get back into coaching and I would have preferred a less than adversarial way to do it but here it was.
My point in all this: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING....SAY SOMETHING.
I will add one thing: The biggest thing that bothers the crap out coaches is when they get hounded to put someone's kid in a certain position.....That is the coaches job to figure out. Leave the coaching to the coaches or YOU become a coach and make your contribution on how you would like it to happen.
We've had similar situations in Football and trust me, I'm not one to keep my mouth shut if something is going on that is going to intentionally harm one of the children. I understand (especially with football) that this is a full contact sport and injuries will and do happen. Thats not the kind of "harm" i'm talking about. I'm speaking of the disregard to a childs safety because of coaching technique and/or the coach simply not paying attention.
I have had instance to go to the league president only to find out I was like the fourth person to call with the same concern.
I've NEVER been the type of parent to say "play my kid here" or demand that he play a certain number of minutes during the game. The league has rules about a minimum number of plays and as long as that is met, i'm fine. I respect the coaches and would never second guess their decisions unless I see a disregard to safety.
I honestly believe coaches in competitive leagues (no matter the sport) have the hardest job! And they're not even getting paid for it. I respect them greatly!
Throw me back bitch, throw me back!
i love the parents that say start my kid, put him here, let him pitch, blah blah blah. every coach i know would start the begining of the season, with something similar to this "this is my team, my rules, i've got other coaches to help, we dont need parents trying to run the team. we're here to have fun and to teach these kids about baseball, if you have any problems with that, i suggest you ask the league to trade your kid" the dad of the worst kid on my team my 11yr old season came to our head coach AT HIS WORK one day and said i want my kid to pitch and i think you should let him. the coach knew it was a bad idea but he let the kid start the next game and left him there until his dad came over and begged him to pull him. i believe we got run ruled that game. lol