Question I am in a dilemma as to the advice I should give my son. He is torn about what he should do? He currently plays baseball for a 14U select team. There has been an announcement for tryouts for the Summer Reserve Baseball team at the HS where he will be a freshman next year. Do I tell him to go ahead and tryout as this is where he wants to play HS ball -if he makes it, it could be letting his current team down because of the Reserve team schedule. Or tell him NO because he made a commitment to his current team and he will have to wait until next year to tryout for the Freshman team?
Answer He'll need every advantage he can get to play HS ball. I'd let him try out and see if he makes the cut before you worry about conflicting schedules. If he doesn't, he'll know what he needs to work on and have a year to fix any problems. If he makes the team, there's a possibility that he can play for both with only minor conflicts.
Problems with coaches, players, other parents? Don't know the difference between A, AA, and AAA Little Leagues? Participation team or competition team, what's the difference? Can you get a home run without hitting the ball? How about tournaments?
I've been a baseball-mom through over 45 seasons of spring, fall, and tournament Little League Baseball teams. My sons have been invited to play All-Star games, High School, and College Baseball. We've had some of the best coaches available and some of the worst. I'd like to save other parents some of the agony that can be found in organized sports.
Education/Credentials I'm the mother of three girls and three boys who play baseball, the wife of one husband who has coached over 22 seasons. I'm a baseball mom. I know what to do, and when to do it.