Originally Posted by George Anderson
No, stick out this season then move on.
I really have never heard of a situation where a parent got involved like you are thinking of doing where it turned out good. Especially when the coach as you described sounds like an ass.
I disagree to some extent. The situation you described presents a safety concern. I've coached youth baseball for 12 years from T-ball through high school and have battled the modern P.C. coaching philosophy of "everyone plays every position." It's one thing in T-ball when most kids' skills and coordination are somewhat similar, but once they reach an age where their teammates can put a little mustard on their throws, it's no longer safe to put someone at 1B who is too uncoordinated to catch a thrown ball.
It's also unfair to the teammates and frankly to the players who are out of position. I'm sure those girls want to be better, and probably feel like they're letting the team down when they make errors. Why put them through that?
There is a time and place to allow kids to develop and improve - I'm all for that. But there is also an age when it's time to play kids in positions best suited for their talents.
I never emphasized wins and losses as a youth coach -- meaning my top coaching objectives are: safety, sportsmanship, learning, and fun. However, I do think it's valuable to teach strategy so the kids can get a better understanding of the game...which means they have to learn at an early age how to play to win. I always play to win, but how much of those four principles I will compromise depends on the age.
At age 12, most kids (girls and boys) can throw. Many of them cannot catch and are afraid of the ball. Throwing a ball to someone who is afraid to catch it is dangerous. Positioning someone like that at 1B is asking for a tooth knocked out.
I'd approach the head coach about this without hesitation, and I'd present it as a safety concern initially.