Do your due diligence

Parents that sign their children up for travel baseball have a specific reason. I’m curious as to how many parents actually know “why” they sign up in the first place. Are you looking for better coaching, or perhaps just wanting your child to play with their peers? Do you want your child to play against better competition or did you want them to play travel so you can brag to your colleagues that your child plays “travel ball”? If you are uncertain as to why you are playing, shouldn’t you figure that out first before you select a team?

I see so many parents complain, pout, yell, and criticize coaches and programs over something they could’ve prevented if they actually took the time to pick the proper situation based on their goals. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to do your due diligence before selecting? To make sure that coaches are qualified to teach? Would you ever order something off a menu at a restaurant that you’ve never been to before, not know what the ingredients are, and then complain to the server that you didn’t like it? Far too many parents are enrolling their children in programs without any idea of what that programs principles or philosophies are, and are upset when it wasn’t “what they thought.” I don’t want this to sound like I’m entirely blaming parents, there are some coaches out there that will just tell you what you want to hear to get you to sign up. This is unfortunate.

As a parent, you need to do more to make sure your decision is mapping your ambition. If you are looking for better competition look for a team that plays in higher caliber tournament. If you are looking for instruction, don’t sign up for a team that doesn’t practice. Figure out what your ambition is and then find a program that fits. Please stop jumping from team to team because it’s “not what I thought it was.” Do your homework and pick a team only after you figure out your purpose of playing in the first place.

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