The tryouts are scheduled, field positions are elected or assigned, the bullpen tryouts are scheduled and everyone doing the best to make it. Call it tryout camp, appointments in the gymnasium, or whatever – every player is trying hard to be the best that they can.
For some, it’s their first year, for others – who didn’t make the cut last year, it’s their chance for a spot in the sun. And then you have your returning veterans who appreciate an honest shake based on effort and ability.
Ok – the youngsters are going through the drills, they’ve been on time for every session, their trying to juggle homework, grades and everything else just to make your club.
But wait – this is not for every one. You know you have a few seniors that have been with other sports and those sports will be ending just in time for the start of your baseball season. So, just before or just after the cuts, five guys show up in the locker room, suit up and start bullpen practice. Their tossing next to guys that have been grinding it out since day one. The look on the senior’s faces says they have a guaranteed spot.
So what? These guys are seniors – it’s their last year to play – their all stars – champs – the school’s best athletes. Hey, as a coach you know how the game’s played……it’s all about winning – right? Besides, the winning or losing label is not going to leave with the kids that are passing through your school/program… that label is going to stick with you.
If you’re a first time coach, don’t buy into that scenario. Just remember what you got into the coaching experience for. Your kids and you deserve no less. I know the politics can be sticky in some schools/programs… but, run a clean show.