Linus is very small for his age and extremely weak. He can not swing a league regular bat (-3). Yesterday it was 95 degrees in the Nati and Linus fainted. The opposing catcher caught him before he hit the ground.
A club that I was on had bat boys… two to be exact. The kids were a very nice addition to the compliment of the club. In addtion, they both had limitations due to their age and lack of maturity. And when they ran out to the field to do their thing… the crowd would go…“Ahhhhhhhhhhh…”.
It was cute… all warm and fuzzy… got a lot of good press… right up until a shot was drilled foul into our dugout, struck one of the kids smack in the bottom of the jaw, fractured it in serveral places, knocking him squarely into the concrete dugout wall. the kid spent the next five years (I was told) with reconstructive surgery, a miserable quality of life during that time, and emotional problems that I’m sure linger to this very day.
The club ended up avoiding legal matters due to certain conditions…three players, myself and two other coaches who tried to help the kid avoided legal matters due to certain legal matters, the chief umpire and his crew avoided legall matters due to certain considerations, the club, league and it’s officals got terrible press for the next three years… and still would have if they still existed.
Look, the bottom line here is… kids depend on adults to think for them… not with them. A coach’s role is that first and foremost. Doing a kid a favor by letting him or her “being in there”… for the sake of experiencing life just like all the other kids … has it’s limits. In the case that I just outlined above… since every other team had bat boys… why not ours… was great… right up until the selection process and the decisions that were made after that.
From the sounds of it, you have little or nothing to do with the club’s management, and the day to day functions of its operation. And from the sounds of it, your consern it honest as it is sincere. It’s a shame that’s as far as it goes. I say this because this kid’s parents, legal guardians, or “others” have little or no honesty or sincere interest in the boy’s quality of life issues that you have. What’s even more disturbing… from a coaching standpoint… is that the adults that COACH THIS CLUB share the same lack of quality of life issues for this boy… AND THE REST OF THE KIDS TO BOOT. If you have a son, daughter, or relative on this club… I would seriously consider how THEIR playing environment is conducted.
I know doing the right thing is never easy… and I know courage is a thing that a lot of us preach to our kids… but at the same time as adults we’d just rather not get involved in certain matters. This situation … I’m sure… is a lot more in the experainces than in the read here… so you’ll have to follow your heart on this one. And by the sounds of it… this kid is looking for someone with heart…