Great attitude to have.
I posted this in the other forum, but I opened up training to anyone who is serious about training. No strict fees. You pay whatever you think the training is worth - I am truly making it available to low-income kids or kids who have unsupportive parents.
Let’s see what kind of response I get.
Your attitude, if it could somehow be transferred to other trainers/instructors, would turn the Travel Team/Training Facility social network arrogance upside down. What I observe is these training facilities, especially baseball training facilities, are for those who can pay top dollar for their kids to make the High School team, and all others are shown the “KEEP OUT” sign. For the parents who are unable to afford the $50/$60 per hour two to three day a week instruction, plus all of the added cost to be part of an exclusive travel team, they’re left on their own to instruct their child, and are viewed as an outcast. The Caste system is very much a part of American culture. Baseball training facilities are important in social arena, so they seem very aware about letting anyone in who isn’t part of the social/in group of parents. Most parents are turned off by the arrogance shown by these parents and their kids who esteem baseball facilities/travel teams and their prized little Johnny above everything else.
My 11U son will play several games this year with our local travel teams, but will not practice with any of them. And it’s simply economics and social standing. They’ll take him for tournaments, since who wouldn’t want an 11U kid who throws mid to upper 60s and hits in the middle of the lineup with power; but they make sure you know that practicing with the team is off-limits. The attitude is “No-Pay No-Gain.” Parents are paying big $$ for their little Johnny to play, and they don’t want some other kid rising up and taking little Johnnies place in the game, especially if the other kid doesn’t pay full wages. We play alongside these families in LL, and it can become tense. They’re hoping my son diminishes (i.e. no instruction/practice time with the team) while their son improves, so their son can be the noticed. Problem with this thinking is my son wants to work hard to be the best at what he does without feeling better than anyone else.
My son is fortunate to have a father who practices with him and instructs him to be disciplined in his exercises and stretching, but many kids are not that fortunate and are cast to the side of the road. I see them all the time. Talented kids, but without opportunity and direction. And the easiest way to stay on the outside is to give your time and instruction to these other kids to make them a better player and person.
Something I’ve learned during this past year is God has granted us so much, the least we can do is give to those in need. Keep up the good work. You’re on the right path. I love what you’re doing.