Venting so I can keep going to baseball games!
My son is a junior in high school. He's been on the varsity team at his high school as a pitcher only since his sophomore year. We got a new coach this year who apparently can't stand my kid, no he doesn't know why, yes he has tried. My kid is currently being recruited by a few college scouts and has a couple of pro scouts that keep in touch. The junior year is pretty important. Guess what? Coach told my boy he would NEVER start, NEVER close and would be lucky if he pitched even a few innings this year. When my boy asked him why the coach said, "because you are a loser".
Not exagerrating, this kid shows up early and stays late for practice, never complains, never bad mouths any coach, cheers for his team while riding the bench and is so modest none of his teammates know about the scouts. It is AWFUL to see him sitting in the dug out looking so eager to go out and pitch and watch the coach pick other boys who are no where near as good at it.
Worse part? Several of the senior boys and their parents have approached my husband and I to say how bad they feel for my kid because the coach is so mean to him. We just say, "yes, it's been a difficult year so far" because we don't talk down coaches.
Athletic director is this coaches brother--no help there. I'll just keep going to games and cheering for the team until my son quits all together, which he is threatening to do for summer ball and his senior year. There go any college scholarships..................