As we start the 2013 campaign, you have to wonder if politics still exists in this day and age. I’m here to tell you, without a doubt, 100%-YES! I have never been at a loss for words, and what I have to say may come as no surprise! Does being part of the Booster Club help your kid’s chances to make a team? That is the question of the day! This is for the parents who, knowingly or not, try to play the old taboo: “Booster Club Ball!” Are you serious? Yes, most Booster Clubs are very beneficial to the health of the program and the support they give is invaluable! Without a booster club great programs couldn’t exist! They do a lot of stuff which takes the pressure off the coaches. However, there are some parents who try to take advantage of the system in hopes of getting a leg up for their kid in that program!
Whatever happened to the old school motto: “The Best Player Plays, No Matter What!” It’s hard not to take it out on the players when there are parental distractions, and trust me; it happens on every team and at every level! Can you blame a coach for cutting a kid? Trust me; the last thing I want is parents second guessing what I do as a coach. I can imagine that being a high school coach is no different! Without a question, I believe that every high school coach is underpaid and deserves a higher stipend! With coaching his team and dealing with all the parent drama, his job is not an easy one!!! One thing is for sure; there is no perfect system! But, come on…cutting kids because of their parents faults is just not the right thing! As coaches, we must do what is right, and play the players that should be on the field! We know this in our hearts! At the end of the day, karma will always play a big part in what we do! The bottom line here is – whether you’re on the Booster Club or not, every kid should be an equal on tryout day! The programs that win are the ones that play the best kids no matter what!
Good luck to all in the 2013 Baseball Season! There are so many great programs in the Houston area! Let the games begin! And always remember: “If you hit you don’t sit!”