I have been involved in rec ball as an adult for 6 years. I have helped with various elementary school teams as well in a variety of sports. I understand the desire of some to win, but what I discovered tonight was rather sad.
Our team was merged from 2 teams last year. 7 players from each team. I was asked to be the assistant and a parent from the other team was made the head coach. I have seen favoritism and nepotism before. This is nothing new to me.
Tonight I confronted the coach in the bottom of the 5th inning, reminding him that there is a 2 inning in the field rule for every kid. 4 kids had only played only one inning. We were losing. He told me they'd play in the 6th. I suggested there might not be a 6th. He didn't care. There was no bottom of the 6th inning. This is not my first attempted conversation with him about playing time.
I caught with him after the game and asked to speak with him. He agreed. I once again, I stated that he should even out the playing a bit. He stated clearly he was all about winning (we are 2 and 8). As the discussion went further, he made it very clear his goal was to drive certain kids out of the game.
I am done reasoning with this man. I will be sending a note to our association president. I have contacted several other parents.
There is only 1 scheduled game left, plus there might be up to 4 make up games and post season tournament.
To be plain, I am depressed, angry, and frustrated.
Thanks for letting me vent.