Well even though I agree with expectation in sports, expect players to make plays, expect them to be foused and expect them to be team players and that there should be consequences to failing in those actions. My disagreement with the coach mentioned are that calling a player out and embarrasing him in front of his team mates only generates blame for the one singled out and worse team unrest. I would imagine that this is some of the activities that gets 11 yr old kids to eventually quit baseball or a particular sport all together. I have had conversation with parents that feel that it’s important for their kid to have that discipline level in order to be the best at an age. I disagree that this is “required”, and I don’t think this makes me a patty a** love feaster, or maybe it does.
I agree with team discipline, I also agree with the need to focus and concentrate on the game but it’s a process that takes their entire life to get to. That focus builds in certain athletes, there are players that don’t go the travel ball team route, or the AAA and major games route, there are players that just play rec ball and still make the high school team and start Varsity with travel ball parents asking, “who the heck it is this kid” and “where did he come from” and even worse “why should he be starting over my kid, he didn’t play anywhere good”.
My history is that I have 3 kids, 2 HS players, 1st played AA ball and that was good enough for him, 40 games a year before HS and became a excellent HS lefty pitcher, stopped playing his senior year to focus on going in the Marines. 2nd played single A and rec ball, 20 games a year and enjoyed it fully, now plays C team HS ball and is considering that next year he wants to focus more on Chior and his Cullinary studies. 3rd player is going to be a Freshman next year, plays Major, pitches, plays everywhere except short, center and catcher, 5 or 6 spot hitter and wants to play 75 or more games every year. He doesn’t just want to play HS ball but wants to start on JV or V as a Freshman, it’s what he wants, but it’s what he wants.
Discipline and especially phycological discipline can have very negative results in the long run, I like seeing my kids play baseball and I encourage them fully, but a player should want to be “pushed” to be better, at 11, what do they know. All they know is I want to be good, I want to have fun and winning is fun. I am sure that my post will start a whole new firestorm of “psyco parents” vs “let the kids have fun” debate but my thoughts are that parents should allow their kids to develop their baseball over time and not live through what we thought our baseball experience could have/should have been.