Really frustrated in st louis hs jv ball
Anonymous asked: 10 games into spring season my son was good enough to make the team- plays on varsity teams summer and fall- benched every game only asked to run for pitcher twice.
17 kids on team - same 9 players every roster with 3 certain players being switched in n out.. All the others sit.
They have had high scores in several game which should have afforded opportunity to play some other kids. - nope.
Really frustrated. Hoping my son would talk to coach trying to wait on him.
I've asked if its bothering him, i just get shrugs but he did say yeah when scores were high and still sitting was really bothered..
Rick answered: Thank you for your question.
Truly a tough situation for everyone involved.
I am looking from the outside in, so my suggestions will be general in nature.
I think you are making the right decision to wait and let your son talk with the coach.
Generally speaking, coaches are not willing to discuss playing time. In most instances, that decision is based on what the coaches see in practice every day.
A neutral way for him to approach it would be to ask what areas the coach feels he needs to improve on, to have the opportunity to play.
He should be willing to let him know his thought process so that your son has a game plan on where he needs to improve, in his current situation.
Within that discussion, he should be able to feel comfortable in asking, when the score gets out of hand, why are there not opportunities for more players to get in the game? The program philosophy could be determined by the program head coach, and the JV coach is just following instructions.
Baseball is a far tougher game to get substitutes into than football or basketball, but you always have the ability to pinch hit someone, or enter them in a game, as you can re-enter your starters.
At the JV level, in my thought process, that should happen regularly, as you are looking at player and program development, not JV won/loss records. Not all programs feel that way.
You mentioned your son plays with the varsity summer and fall? You didn't mention what year he is in school.
How many players do they carry on their varsity roster?
On the site, there is a section on baseball mental control that may help you son as he moves forward. While the items on the list that are not controllable still exist, time spent thinking about them is counter productive.
Acknowledge they exist, then concentrate on the items over which you have control.
Armed with a list of items he should have after asking the coach what he needs to improve on to get playing time, he will be able to create a set of goals for himself (ultimately it is a roadmap of how to get from his current situation, to getting increased playing time).
It may not come about this season, as it is getting late; but the information received provides a starting point.
While having that conversation at his age, with his coach, is never easy; the coach should be more than willing to speak honestly to him and provide him with what he is looking for.
Good luck as you both move forward. Baseball is always a journey, never a destination.
I would like to hear the results of their talk.
Yours in baseball,