Not to get into specifics but anyone have some stories about crazy softball parents?
I've seen too many "runaway players."Have you ever seen the "Runaway Player"? That is the player that has a parent that can't be happy anywhere?
I'm sure most coaches think; "we're different. We can fix the problems they've dealt with in the past." Only to end up with an angry parent when they head off to their next team.
I think it would be a great study to see how softball players that played for 10+ travel teams in their youth years do as high school players. Do they continue playing? Get burned out? Turn into the college players that their Dad talked about at the t-ball games?
This is hilarious..I would have loved to have been there for that first story.My wife has coached for the last 10 years or so, so I have a lot of them, but my favorite was a Dad showed up to a tryout (his daughter had not been offered a spot on the team) with a written "contract" that said his daughter would pitch at least half the games every weekend, play in the infield when she wasn't pitching and bat no lower than 5th in the batting order. I think his daughter was 11. My wife and her assistant laughed because they thought he was joking, he wasn't.
My next favorite is a Mom who's daughter was a few years younger than the age group my daughter played at approached my wife at a tournament and told my wife she was interested in moving her daughter up because she was too good to play with her age group. She proceeded to pull a chart out of her purse that showed Jenny Finch's pitching speeds at different ages and compared what her daughter's speeds at the same age. She told my wife that her pitching coach told her she was the next big thing in Ohio. She was 10 lol. And when we went to watch her and clocked her, her speeds where 10-15 mph less than what the mom claimed. And she gave up 6 or 7 runs in three innings, against her own age group.
Pitchers parents are the best. Even the ones who aren't "crazy" are crazier than almost all the other parents on the team.
Good for you for not kissing their a$$. Too many coaches would have told them exactly what they wanted to hear and then been shocked when things didn't work out.This is hilarious..I would have loved to have been there for that first story.
Coached a 13-year old Babe Ruth team that went to the BR World Series in Williston, ND in 2013. The following year we had a few "travel" players join our rec league in hopes of making the All-Star team and have another chance to advance to the WS. Our team was stacked but truly needed a better SS and leadoff hitter. One new player fit our needs perfectly. He was selected to the team. On picture day, the parents stopped us in the parking lot to discuss their son's role on the team. We (coaches) were pumped to have him and had planned to have him as our regular SS, leadoff hitter and use him for some pitching if needed. We were stunned when the parents demanded that he "never leave the field". We explained that we finished 5th in the country in the World Series the year before and our entire team was returning and how much we were looking foward to having their son on the team...thought he fit in well, etc. Knowing darn well that the kid would definitely never leave the field! However, we certainly were not going to tell them that or make any type of ridiculous guarantees. Needless to say, they elected not to play. People are nutty.
Hey, as a parent of a pitcher that's not always the case, in my book pitcher and catcher parents are usually the best In fact the worst parent on my kid's team she was affiliated with the most was the little speedster that played CF. Her dad thought that we should only play small ball and if the coach didn't send daughter for a steal on the 1st pitch he was in the ear of the coach yelling about the need to keep the gears moving and putting pressure on the other team's defense. Of course he was quiet when daughter would fail to hit the cutoff for the 100th time allowing runners to move up a base.Pitchers parents are the best. Even the ones who aren't "crazy" are crazier than almost all the other parents on the team.
I try to be the fun coach. Sometimes it works, other times, not so much.I also was bothered by the "no fun" coaches that ran their team like a platoon of soldiers.
As discussed in the thread, dad jokes are great for 10U & 12U especially for circle visits when things are not going well. At 14U things change and I never figured out how to communicate with those girls.I try to be the fun coach. Sometimes it works, other times, not so much.
After watching the youtube parody video about a "bad" coach, I used one of his lines for the huddle breakup. I said, that team over there is pretty good, but we are gooder. Then I went into the chant, "gooder on three." A few kids loved it. The others...not so much. Got a couple strange looks from the other coaches too. People need to watch more youtube.
I can imagine. I'm coaching 12U right now. It is a fun group and they are still "young". Once they hit those teenage years, I'm guessing it will be quite a bit different. Not sure I'll be ready for it.As discussed in the thread, dad jokes are great for 10U & 12U especially for circle visits when things are not going well. At 14U things change and I never figured out how to communicate with those girls.