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Team Loyalty

posted Feb 2, 2011, 11:52 AM by Dante Sabatucci   [ updated Feb 2, 2011, 12:14 PM ]
Question:   My son has played for the same coach for two or three years along with his buddies and has given my child opportunities to pitch even though he hasn't performed very well.  The coach has a gruff personality but definitely not mean.  He wants to go back into the draft his year because of the coach but I feel that he owes the team something since they have stuck with him when he wasn't doing well.  What do you think?

Answer (from Coach Dante):  I don't think he owes the team anything but I do think he should stay with his current team for several reasons.  The reason I don't think he owes the team anything is because it's a year by year commitment.  The team doesn't have to bring him back and vice versa.  However, changing teams does not guarantee a better team or a better coach.  Most likely, he will end up on a younger team which means he would have less support at defense.  If he ends up with an older team, they probably already have their pitching staff so he may not even get to pitch.  As an outside observer, I think it would be unwise to leave the team.  Of course, it's possible that it would work out for the best and it may be something that you allow him to decide for himself once you give him all of the things to consider.  This may be a good opportunity to learn that 'the grass is not always greener' or this may be an opportunity to exert parental veto power. I will not weigh in on that subject because they pay you the big bucks to make THOSE decisions.  I hope this answer helps.   Dante
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