I’ve been around the game now for 40 years, and it seems that there are two camps. One camp designates who the starters are and puts together a rotation of sorts - at the youth level these have to be very flexible of course - and the other camp waits until game day to tell the kids who’s playing where.
Now I don’t have a problem with the latter for position players. Most of them understand who is the starter, who is the backup, and are typically prepared to play on short notice as that’s the nature of the beast. But I’m of the opinion that pitchers need to know when they’re scheduled to pitch in order to get their work in (bullpens, long toss, etc.) without over-taxing their arms. What do you folks think about this? Should a u14 coach make the players aware of who is starting the next game (or two), or should he play it close to the vest? And should I, as the father of a pitcher, be apprised of when my son is going to pitch, or should I just be pleasantly surprised come game day?
Another related issue is that when the kinfolk know what day the son/grandson/cousin whatever is pitching, they can make arrangements to come watch. Is this asking too much at this level?