2017-2018 Indiana Gators Fastpitch Tryouts
A question for the young softball parent?
Your daughter makes a team they have all kinds of talent the coach tells you he will take your child to the next level ( we have put all kinds of kids in college)
The first year you win all the time based on athletes and competitive schedule but the coach says your kid and a couple of others may be on the bubble because of skill sets and the coach is adding and constantly trying to buy other players and other coaches instead of teaching in practice
The second year a few new players from other teams you keep winning but your kid is becoming a bigger stronger athlete but same skill sets practice is the same and the coach moves your kid out of spots in defensive and offensive line up for new players with better skill sets
Third year your kid is released or ask to play on development team to help with skill sets and the coach continues the same approach new players same practice and continues to blame lack of skill sets for your kids struggling all the while bragging about winning and past success
Coaching in the young ages is critical anyone can win with athletes but when you move age groups (bigger ball 40ft or 43ft) things change as a parent you are paying for practice to develop your kid you can buy a trophy or a t-shirt, really stand back and honestly look at the practice or tryout don’t be fooled by the number of kids at a tryout look at what they teach
My question is simple are you worried about winning now or do you want to be successful later because you made the right decision long term