Here’s my thoughts on the JV – Varsity thing.
JV ball is suppose to groom and ready a player for the higher caliber
of baseball that usually associated with varsity competition. JV was never
meant to be a one player grooming process, nor was it meant to provide
a holding pattern for those “going up” in the future, simply because there
wasn’t enough room on the varsity roster during the current year.
JV has a special purpose in amateur baseball, and in my opinion contains
all the necessary qualities for effective gamesmenship that’s expected
in varsity ball.
JV is usually the first introduction of what’s expected in high school sports.
I’m sure the same thing can be said for middle school and freshmen ball,
but then I’d only be guessing. In any event, JV clubs and their coaches must
have consistency with everyone participating, game after game, thus functioning
as a team, with a team mindset. In that regard, there’s nothing more frustrating
to a JV coach and his players, than to be suborindated by another coach, of which
he has no conrol over. Even worse, a JV coach whose game plan is constantly
skelltized by someone outside his jurisdiction does nothing to reinforce that
JV coach’s authority and level of confidence by his players.
I’ve seen on many occations, a JV game well underway, when a player from a
varisity team comes running across the field and says to the JV coach… “ our
varsity coach wants Jimmy Smith to come over now.” I’ve also seen where that
same situation leaves all the other players on the field for the JV club, shifting
around to fill in the hole left by losing Jimmy Smith. I’ve also seen games
forifited all because Jimmy Smith had to leave, leaving only eight players on
the JV roster.
I think that pulling a player off a JV roster just to watch or experience the varisty
“thing” does nothing for those left behind on the JV club. It promotes nothing by
a lack of confidence and camaraderie among the JV players, it shows absoultely
no respect for the JV coach and his planing and authority, and it places way too
much control and authority on the varsity coach and his staff.
I strongly believe in paying one’s dues, time-n-grade, and all that stuff. I also believe
that once someone organizes and forms a ball club – you dance with who ya brought.