I am coaching a 9-12 YO LL team and we are off to a rocky 0-3 start, the last two games being blow-outs. I am on Staten Island, NY (not from here though) and baseball is taken very seriously and is even political. As an outsider (from California) in a strange land, I feel that the administration used the good ole boy network and kept certain teams together, while throwing mine together with the left-over/late registration kids. First off, I realize how cold that sounds, and normally I would not have a problem with coaching kids new to baseball (since my skills are not advances.) The problem is that I have some kids on the team who just do not understand the sport; where positions are, how to throw/catch, the basics while I have some that can play well. These kids expect that when they throw the ball to a kid in the same colored shirt, that they will be able to catch it. Some of them just duck. I know these are coaching challenges that we can fix, but the parents are grumbling already because we are winless. I have 15 kids (too many) that about 5 of them should not be playing in this division (I am afraid to put them in the infield in case of injury) but I have to play them all.
The biggest issue is that, other than my son, no one else on the team has pitched. My son can be streaky and cannot be expected to pitch all the time. I have tried to develop some 9 year olds without much success.
I need help please!
Sorry for the ramble…