Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 11 May 1994 15:21:28 -0800
First of all, thank you to everyone who sent me their comments (and for
sending them via personal mail).
Second, after talking with another parent, and asking my son some very
pointed questions about fairness and who should play where/when, I've
decided to combine some of the advice. Interestingly my son had some fairly
surpising answers to the questions I asked. He suggested a couple of players
should play in the outfield, and I asked why. He didn't respond with because
they can't play anything else, he responded -- because they can catch fly
balls better than anyone else and that they play that position the best. Why
can't adults see the world through a childs eyes, I'll never understand!
Anyway, I'm not going to quit, although I sure felt like it last night and
today! I'm going to:
a) meet with the boys prior to the game and attempt to get some frank
answers as to whether
or not they're having fun and want to continue as is.
b) make a modification in the first inning where a couple players could play
the infield in a
safe position, and if they make errors, we'll take the lumps. I'll
make modifications each
c) have a parent/boy meeting after the game where I lay my cards on the
table and get feedback
from them on how they feel the team is doing.
I'm hoping this process seeds positive outcomes, as I can safely say no other
coach in this league would go to this extent to address the problem. I did
talk to another coach and his response was, 'Tough...let that parent pull the
kid -- you're probably better off!'
Thanks again, and I will post the outcome on Friday!
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail:
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