Is Politics Ruining Billings Youth Baseball Programs?
Baseball is the all American past time. We love to watch it on TV and on our local ball fields. When it comes to coaching, what makes a good coach and at what point did politics become a part of the game of who plays and who doesn’t?
Being the mom of a avid baseball player, who deals with the disappointment of the game, has opened my eyes. The old saying “it’s not what you know it’s who you know” is very true in local baseball.
I know the age old argument of “you’re just mad because your kid didn’t get to play”, or “the coach volunteers his time and if you think you can do a better job why aren’t you out there?” That is not what my point is. What I am saying is that you have to question, when a player has a great season in the field and at the plate (according to the stats kept by the coach), and yet they are passed up because no one recognized their name.
How about the player who is talented and dedicated, but rides the pine because the coaches kid wants to pitch, catch or play short stop, despite the fact that their athletic ability leaves a lot to be desired.
What message does it send when a coach, volunteer or paid, tells a player of any age that they are not good enough? I will be the first to admit that we all want our kids to be in the game. But I will also be the first to admit that if my kid isn’t cutting it, than my child should be taken out and someone else replaces him.
I may be way out in “left field” on politics hurting the game, but I don’t think so!
Could it be that “money talks and talent walks?
What do you think about the local Youth Baseball leagues in Billings? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section!