I think there’s a lot to growing up and handling stuff that we as adults take for granted. Youngsters have different mental and social issues than we do, not to mention hormone changes and all that. I don’t think that a youngster has the kind of depth in life experiences to make comparisons and judgments. He’s all alone out there sometimes, regardless of how many times he hears … " we can talk anytime son."
From my point of view, the pressures of competitive sports can be a heavy load for some. That load may not be visible on the outside, but somewhere along the line, it can work itself to the surface.
I don’t coach amateur youth ball - never wanted to. But I’ve learned through my work to observe and hold judgment, to firmly understand the frailty of human nature, and the composition of what makes up a personality. Heavy stuff for the adult world and I can only imagine how tough it is working with youngsters.