This is the first time I’ve run into this with a coach and I’m not sure what to do about this. To me it’s Fall ball Time for kids to get their feet wet in the next league up without the must win pressure, to learn the new distances and increased speed of the game, and a time for last years kids to stay sharp and maybe use this to stay on for High School team tryouts. The teams get 2 practices then its game time, that fine its how its always been.
Well last game out of the blue the coach say HE is going to give the pitcher’s and catcher’s positioning signs, this is like 10 minutes before the game, telling pitcher’s what to throw catchers where to set up. Ok but what he does is to call the pitcher on almost every pitch and tell him what to throw. My son will be on the mound and you hear Dave… Dave… an array of signs fly,and this is done on just about every pitch. Same with the catcher. I couldn’t believe what he was doing, so a made some comments to Stop talking to him on the mound. It’s not just my son he was doing it to all the pitchers.
To me what should be done is for each batter send a plan to the catcher and let the catcher communicate to the pitcher. The catcher should be the one setting the location to the pitcher not the coach telling both of them each pitch. Am I wrong in this thinking? To me saying the coach is going to call the game style, gives the pitchers the message “Your doing it wrong.”
Now My son has done a lot of work with a great pitching coach brought him along nicely, and to be frank I shelled out a lot of money to get him to pitch like he does, and i really don’t want his confidence taking a hit from this or his ability to focus on the task at hand. Also don’t want him getting into the habit of not being able to think for himself.
Well I emailed the coach with my concerns and saying I don’t think thats the right way to do this. Went into that its distracting to the pitcher and causes him to lose concentration. I was basically told this is how its done in travel ball and in High school so he needs to get used to it. This coach is just a dad with the time to give and I appreciate that, i wish I had the time to devote.
I suggested that travel teams and HS team also practice from December till game day and have plenty of time to gel to a coaches way. Not to instill this after 2 mediocre practices. I suggested a few pitcher catcher practices to get things up to speed and not do this on the mound. His reply was " I don’t see where this is going."
Now I’m considered the rogue dad. he had sent around an email saying he had a complaint and if anyone else had an issue with the practices. Not sure if anyone else spoke up, I know in the stands some were upset. But put on the spot I’m not sure any would speak up.
Am I just not up to speed on things? I’ve never seen these practices from other teams we’ve played in tournaments. I see nothing wrong while on the mound “Hey you got 2 3 4 hitters up, or bottom of the order” to the pitcher. Maybe I should just apologies and shut up and let them play. With HS tryouts in Nov. I want to make sure he’s as positive as can be. As he is right now I think he has no issue making the team. I’d just like it to stay that way.