Re: Some Little League advice really needed!!
As a Little League coach, I can tell you that most coaches do not last unless they have some kind of good repetoire with the parents. I am sure the coach enjoys winning the games. And if this team is beating the tar out of everyone, he may have a lot more time on his hands to teach your son on a 1 on 1 basis vs going over all the same drills that the team is likely growing tired of.
As a coach, I find it to be a whole lot more helpful when a parent can tell me what his son has expressed interest in learning about the game. This coach should be no different. As vatican stated, he should not be a coach if he can't handle a parent's concern about their son.
I would understand brushing off concern of a child not being able to play exactly where he wants every game. But this coach has a duty to the parents to instruct them to be a ballplayer. That goes with the professionalism involved as well. I know that is a big word for 3rd graders to comply to. But it is a part of life to be courteous toward others. And having fun and learning the game of baseball should be fun for everyone involved.
If I were you, I would honestly tell the coach about your son's condition and let him know that he has to address the team in order for the laughing to cease. The coach is supposed to know how he would approach that situation and should be able to handle it on a professional level without making a mocary of the whole thing and without having to tell the rest of the kids about your son's condition.
I guess the worst part about this situation is that the coach has not stopped the whole thing on his own. Which could make you feel like he is not one to take care of business. But someone who cares about teaching the game of baseball should have the deasancy to address a serious concern as this. afterall, this is supposed to be a fun and big part of a child's life. And if the coach doesn't see it that way, then he shouldn't be a coach.
Last edited by David Cubbedge; 06-09-2006 at 07:31 PM.