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Posted - 07/11/2019 :  09:44:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My son is going in to his sophomore year. He also plays travel ball. He is an average hitter great defensively at multiple positions and a very good pitcher. He is saying he wants to maybe be just a po going forward due to some conversations with friends and coaches. I am firmly against this because i think he is wasting other talents and i think due to his age it is unnecessary at this point. He is not happy about me not supporting this. What are the thoughts of other coaches or dads who's kids took the po route?


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Posted - 07/11/2019 :  21:08:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is this for high school ball, travel ball or both? My son goes to a high school that has tremendous ball players at all 3 levels. He is a very good ball player-hits well, plays the corners well and is a second/third round bracket pitcher. The young men on JV and Varsity that play first and third are unreal. He knows to make the high school team he may have to go PO but would only do so for high school ball. He would rather be on the team in any role than not. His status on the travel team would be the same and he would largely play every game. Guess it depends on what your son's goals are.
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Posted - 07/12/2019 :  10:14:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He wants to be PO for both high school and travel. He has already been told he is going to start at SS for JV most likely. Travel team he picked up with is pretty stacked at MIF. im going to speak with that coach and see what his role could be if doesn't po.
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Posted - 07/19/2019 :  13:09:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
cbro, I don't understand.

First off, you can tell him that it's not HIM that chooses when he is a PO, it's the coaches. If he goes and tells the JV coach he is a PO then the JV coach won't have any faith in him at ant position. He should play where the coaches want him to play, or he will soon not be playing at all.

Secondly, if he does decide to go the PO route that's his choice. At 14u you shouldn't be having a say in his baseball. As a dear friend once told me, "A parents job is to drive the car and write the checks, that's it". Bottom line, this is HIS dream and HIS team. If you try to force your will on him it won't go well for anyone.

Thirdly, again, I remind you that at 14u you have no business talking to the coach unless you feel there is a health issue such as overuse. At 14u if you continue to talk to the coaches like you have some say in how they use your son then you will be labeled as THAT parent, and you are doing more harm than good to your kid.

Been there, seen that, sold the t-shirt at the garage sale last week.
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