Originally Posted by George Anderson
If I was the coach and someone came to me with a safety concern about their kid I would gladly listen but if you came to me and expressed concern about the safety of another kid then I would question what business it is of yours to be concerned. If there is a safety concern such as playing on the field when its lightning or playing without proper equipment then contact the league officials, but to confront the coach because you think someone elses kid might get hurt fielding ground balls at second base is over stepping your boundaries IMO.
Bottom line is the scenario the OP gave of the coach leads me to believe it is best to steer clear of him. I know rotten coaches well and he sounds like one.
I don't know enough about the coach, team, players, and other parents to truly assess this specific situation. Best I can do is compare it to similar circumstances that I've dealt with.
If this coach is genuinely unbending and not approachable, then yes, let it be and just suffer through the brutal play. Also, I was under the impression that the OP had assumed an assistant coaching role, which in my opinion warrants addressing any safety concern. (My concern is more for the girl playing 1B who cannot catch, not the middle infielders who cannot field.)