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    Quote Originally Posted by sad627 View Post
    I realize it is the kids decision whether or not they play, but the reasons for NOT playing seem so ludicrous to me!!

    Okay, I'm done! Not so sure I feel better about it yet though!
    I keep hearing that by not playing these girls are being selfish and doing things the wrong way, etc., etc. I have never heard of anything more presumptuous in my life!! How dare you. Perhaps, I don't know, but perhaps these girls want to focus on ACADEMICS during the Spring semester. Perhaps they have fallen out of love with softball. Perhaps they still love softball but could use a break before travel ball begins. Perhaps a million and one other reasons that are none of your business. But you know better. They somehow OWE it to you or your DD and the dear old school to play, eh?? Reprehensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29dad View Post
    Apparently you have never heard of charter schools, homeschooling, or other alternative forms of education. Our DD is homeschooled and is not allowed to play high school sports unless she takes a certain amount of credits at the school, which, of course, would defeat the purpose of homeschooling. Is that a good enough reason??
    Reading this post & especially the one you posted right after - Seems like you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder, 29dad.......

    And if your school doesn't have enough girls to field a team - You are S.O.L.!!!
    But neither that reason or any you posted has anything to do with a girl DECISION NOT to play on HER school team.

    And your last post really leaves me scratching my head.....If a girl can not keep up with high school work in the Spring. Then I don't want my daughter taking on the load of playing college ball & trying to earn a degree that will be the success to her future.......So problem solved.

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    29dad ... pretty sure that if a girl is home-schooled that the college coach will find this to be a good reason. Most of us don't think about that when we talk about girls not playing in high school ... we are thinking about those going to a school and deciding not to play. The most common reasons you hear for this was that "our coach doesn't know what he is doing", or "politics". Those reasons are probably going to make a college coach wary ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29dad View Post
    I keep hearing that by not playing these girls are being selfish and doing things the wrong way, etc., etc. I have never heard of anything more presumptuous in my life!! How dare you. Perhaps, I don't know, but perhaps these girls want to focus on ACADEMICS during the Spring semester. Perhaps they have fallen out of love with softball. Perhaps they still love softball but could use a break before travel ball begins. Perhaps a million and one other reasons that are none of your business. But you know better. They somehow OWE it to you or your DD and the dear old school to play, eh?? Reprehensible.
    I believe that the disagreement with EVERYONE and you is that you are trying to justify why a girl is NOT playing HS ball but still wants to play college ball. I might be out here on my own, but NONE of the reasons above seem to be valid if you WANT to play college ball IN ADDITION to their college course-load. In NO WAY should softball ever come before school, I think we all agree with that, but exactly how long do you think a college coach would continue to talk with any player after this back and forth.....

    College coach:"So I see you didn't play your senior year in HS. Can I ask why?"

    Recruit:"I wanted to take a break before my travel season started."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29dad View Post
    Perhaps they have fallen out of love with softball.
    ... Then they shouldn't be concerned about playing in college. You should want to play in college. Academics + Athletics is too much of a burden if your heart isn't in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29dad View Post
    I keep hearing that by not playing these girls are being selfish and doing things the wrong way, etc., etc. I have never heard of anything more presumptuous in my life!! How dare you. Perhaps, I don't know, but perhaps these girls want to focus on ACADEMICS during the Spring semester. Perhaps they have fallen out of love with softball. Perhaps they still love softball but could use a break before travel ball begins. Perhaps a million and one other reasons that are none of your business. But you know better. They somehow OWE it to you or your DD and the dear old school to play, eh?? Reprehensible.
    Wow! Sorry I stepped on your homeschooled toes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29dad View Post
    I keep hearing that by not playing these girls are being selfish and doing things the wrong way, etc., etc. I have never heard of anything more presumptuous in my life!! How dare you. Perhaps, I don't know, but perhaps these girls want to focus on ACADEMICS during the Spring semester. Perhaps they have fallen out of love with softball. Perhaps they still love softball but could use a break before travel ball begins. Perhaps a million and one other reasons that are none of your business. But you know better. They somehow OWE it to you or your DD and the dear old school to play, eh?? Reprehensible.
    Thats a problem if you want to play college ball, if a girl gets as far as a meeting with a college coach and he/she asks why she didnt play high school ball I would leave out "she needed a break before travel season" and "she wanted to concentrate on academics"

    Coaches are very concerned with kids balancing academics and sports, its one of the main reasons to play high school ball. Also college ball is a job, from the 1st day of classes to the last, its going to be about softball in the majority of your free time, from 2 or 3 a days, 6 am conditioning, to many a weekends spent fundraising for the team. You have to love playing softball to go through what those girls do.
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    I would like to hear some GOOD reasons why a girl who has interest in playing college ball would not be playing high school ball?????
    Apparently you have never heard of charter schools, homeschooling, or other alternative forms of education. Our DD is homeschooled and is not allowed to play high school sports unless she takes a certain amount of credits at the school, which, of course, would defeat the purpose of homeschooling. Is that a good enough reason??




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    Easy big fella....homeschooling is a good excuse to not play HS ball. BUT if you are a softball player, you want to play softball in college, you attend a HS that has a softball team, and you decide NOT to play on that softball team...you had better have a damn good excuse why you didn't play when the college coach asks you why. They Do NOT care about stats or avg on the HS team, but they DO care about why an above average softball player (which every college player must be) wouldn't be willing to play for their schools team. Bad grades? Bad attitude? Unable to adjust? Doesn't like the coach? Problem parents? There are good reasons but there are also bad reasons and the bad far out number the good. With the thousands of players available to them, a bad attitude or uncoachable player is something they want to avoid at all costs.
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    I reread SAD627's original post and found no mention about the girls that quit wanting to play college ball. Just why would they not want to letter at a varsity sport if you are good enough too. There's probably a lot of reasons some good and some bad. I've found it very interesting over the last 4 years that I've been a member, how many conversations always go to recruiting or college softball. I think we were talking about H.S softball.
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