I would like to think that all coaches are created equal and that they choose players that are not only talented, but put the ‘extra’ work in after the normal practices. However, we all know that this is not common with School Politics and favoritism to specific athletes.
First some background, My son is 12 and is already throwing in the low 70’s (both 50’ and 60’) with a 4 seem, nasty cutter, change and curve. For a small player he has very quick hands and while he is a line drive hitter for the most part, he was able to produce 15 HR’s last year and hits around .450.
His travel coach (who has a son on scholarship to a D2 school and whom he coached) sees his talent and does not hold him back when other travel teams offer him a chance to play in tournaments. (He has been invited to play with several other travel teams last summer and this coming summer). Now that he is in Jr. High, he will be trying out for the modified team. He is worried that with all the hard work and hours he has put in to focus his skills that he is going to be overlooked because of politics and favoritism.
I tell him he needs to “stay the course” and everything will work out. That his talent and performance will be proven when he is on the ball field. Is this true? Do coaches at the Jr. High and HS level really choose their players based on talent and the work they put in? Or am I feeding him a lie when I tell him that, and come to find out in the spring that he gets overlooked because someone has the coaches ear and/or is lining the boosters pockets? I am just curious as to what others have done or seen in their experience.
Thanks in advance for the feedback.