Biggest Dislike of Travel Softball

Discussion in 'Rants 'n Raves - open' started by Strohbro, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. tankerlab

    tankerlab Member

    That it ends!!! What a fantastic journey!!! Softball has given SO MUCH to my daughter!!! Free college education, memories, see the country, mini vacations, meeting new friends, winning Championships, learning the game, playing the best competition, the recruiting chase! Learning responsibility and that hard work pays off! So there was a worst part... when it ended...
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  2. her mom

    her mom Member

    yes, I am not a fan of the wristbands. All it is is a distraction from that team to their opponent. Just play ball. forget #239 239 Lord. All that tells me is you are afraid you could lose and want to take up time. If your girls cant win the good ole fashioned way then they don't need to play.
  3. JoeA1010

    JoeA1010 Active Member

    Wristbands properly used definitely speed up the game. I've coached for 20 years. I've used wristbands for the last four or five years. First, we don't give a signal when no signal could be put on or it's obvious there will be no signal, which is probably 75% of the time. When we do put a signal on, I simply flash three numbers (2-2-1 for example) and the hitter and runner(s) take maybe a half-second to check the signal. That's quicker than me going through a signal system with my hands. Of course, I immediately know the signal I'm going to give as soon as the previous pitch or play ends, so I'm not delaying things looking at numbers trying to figure things out.

    We miss maybe one or two signals per year with the wristband system in a 50-game season. That's not bad at all.

    Back when I coached travel ball, 8 a.m. games was my least favorite thing. I don't miss those at all.
  4. Ohio USSSA Pride 05

    Ohio USSSA Pride 05 New Member


    Showcase before 16u
    Players not being taught fundamentals especially correct throwing mechanics
    Timed games
    Female Pitchers held to restrictions that the male pitcher are not held to
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  5. coachjwb

    coachjwb Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting about the wristbands, Joe ... everyone accuses me of being biased on the subject, but perhaps they'll believe a college coach ... again, the keys are a good system, and proper use.
  6. MaddKennaMax

    MaddKennaMax Member

    Stay to play for sure but the one that really gets my blood boiling is the tournament that doesn't allow the girls to keep their HR balls. Don't give me the crap excuse of "we only have 2 balls per game" That's a load of crap. For an entry fee of $700-$1000 per team you can surely afford more softballs. If the kid hits it, they earned it.
  7. clv6963

    clv6963 Member

    Coaches who oversell their team so you join a team thinking you're getting one thing and get something totally different.

    Gate Fees. I already paid once... and paid a lot... for my kid to play.

    No coolers. If your food is good, I'll buy it anyway. If it sucks, let me bring my own in.

    Coaches/players/parents that don't respect the game and each other.

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  8. clv6963

    clv6963 Member

    Yes!!! I always carry my own TP
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  9. clv6963

    clv6963 Member

    What I love is how they try and make it sound like you're getting some big block discount. Um.... no Sharon.... this Hilton is the same price on Expedia.
  10. clv6963

    clv6963 Member

    I love what you said about coaches not coaching anymore. AGREED!! If a player is willing to do extra practice/instruction on their own, thats great. It shows their dedication. But when they are with their coach, they should be learning as well - not just going through the motions.
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  11. BHaines

    BHaines New Member

    Stay to play and no coolers. When it is 98 degrees outside, you can bet your bottom I am bringing a cooler with water and ice for my players to use to wet their cooling rags and keep my players hydrated.
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  12. mamoneyoh

    mamoneyoh Member

    The number one gripe..... Rain!

    Stay to Play hotels that cannot accommodate the influx of guest. Our last Stay to Play hotel ran out of towels and we had to ask for toilet paper. The staff was overwhelmed but incredibly nice.
  13. #4mom

    #4mom Member

    Coaches not wanting to coach, but be a manager!

    Daddy Ball/Favoritism

    Belittling, threatening, and downgrading the girls

    Not spreading the wealth, if one gets a ripping for doing something then that should be standard if someone else does the samething.

    Build them up instead of knocking them down!!!
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  14. 1stbasecoach

    1stbasecoach Member

    The drama for sure, and parents that scream about rules they don't know.
    Wristbands are awesome and if you are slowing the game down you are using them wrong.
  15. Stay to play!! Ridiculous!
  16. ENeale

    ENeale Member

    Love it when parents or coaches blame td’s, they 99%control the games not the venue (coolers and grills) you want to blame them stop asking from for more games. Stay to play, you can easily pick out a organization, if they play “showcase” which is bs, you will pay more! If they play good quality tournaments you pay a bit more, you play rec all star you play less! My current team is playing 11 tournaments and payed $700. Coaching is good not college level, good tournaments not “showcase” but lots of games. Everyone plays, I did my research looked around and got the team that fit us!! So do the work, look around and don’t settle, ask any td “showcase” is a scam. If they say otherwise they want your money! If a team says “showcase” well you decide..... all I can say is you ask your dd’s to work on the field, you do the work off the field! #loveofsoftball
  17. josie

    josie Member

    TDs who use online brackets who don't update the brackets during the tournament! If you can't do it, have someone else do it....
    (I will help ya! )
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  18. dannyboy

    dannyboy Member

    Getting subs when your entire team is there. Maybe you're not the coach you think you are when you need to go get "better" talent.
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  19. Packrat

    Packrat New Member

    Stay to play is a big scam just talk to a hotel owner this week and he said that he has to pay them $10 per day for every room he books. He said that he doesn’t have that much markup in the rate and they told him to change more for the rooms. Said it the biggest scam out there. Not just with softball but every sport they all do it
  20. ...and I will continue to say DO NOT have to book through the tournaments website/links at these tournament. I have played multiple stay to play tournaments each of the last 7 years, and have never booked through their link. I was only questioned by 1 TD.......when I told him I booked on my own he wanted to charge me the extra fee. I told him they guaranteed lowest rate,,,he of course agreed. When I showed him what I paid on my own and for my families he walked away and we continued to play.
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