We signed DD up for T-Ball. She's 5 and quite a bit distractable. When we went in to pay the registration, I told the coaches that she will probably spend more time in the outfield running in circles and chewing on the ball than playing. They laughed and said that all kids are like that.
Well, practice starts and DD is doing pretty much exactly what I told them she would. She sits in the outfield and picks grass or rolls around or plays with the dirt of the field. She does hit the ball pretty well and knows to run the bases. She doesn't pay much attention to what is going on...definitely she's not what would be considered an "asset" to the team, but she says she likes playing, so she plays.
She happens to be on a team that won the championship last year, so all returning players are quite good. Even the new players are much better than DD. Or at least they act like they are paying attention better.
This morning was the first game. It lasted 4 innings (quit early because another team was scheduled to play). It was a home game, so the other team was up to bat first. DD was not allowed in the outfield saying there were too many players on the field. Then when it should have been her turn to bat, she couldn't because she wasn't on the field yet. Second turn in the outfield and again, she was not allowed saying there were too many players. Then again when it would have been her turn to bat, she couldn't. Third time in the outfield, they tried to get her to go out and she screamed and cried and wanted me. She was so upset that they wouldn't let her play that it just ruined her entire mood. So of course then she couldn't bat. Fourth time in the outfield I talked her into going, but yet she didn't want to and used the excuse she had to pee to get out of it. Again, not able to bat. Game over.
I know it's a competitive sport and all, but HELLO...it's freaking T-Ball! I know my daughter isn't the best player, but all today did was turn her against the game. If I had a doubt in my mind that they will not do this again to her next time I wouldn't be as upset...they may wait until the last couple of innings to do it instead of the first because I did tell them why she was acting like she was, but I'm betting she'll be pulled out at some point of every game when there's "too many players."
How in the world is she supposed to actually get to the point to be a good player if they don't give her decent playing time? IMO, she should be on that field and as many times up to bat as the best player on the team, not kept out intentionally for 2 straight innings on the first game snowballing it to where she didn't end up playing at all. Again, it's freaking T-Ball...and they were told what she would do and laughed about it...before we paid the $200+ so far for this freaking sport!
Admittedly, I very well may not be seeing straight about this. I see how upset this made my daughter and I'm in that angry mother lion mode that wants to rip apart those that upset her.
Am I right to be upset here or am I completely over-reacting?
Answer by Kellyjude1 at 5:47 PM on May. 14, 2011
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Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on May. 14, 2011
and btw.... $200 is dirt cheap if that is a competitive sport. We pay $2,000 a child for competitive soccer and we have THREE kids!!!
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