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Thread: Leave Team After Fall Ball?

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    Re: Leave Team After Fall Ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by sofballermom View Post
    Thanks everyone for your responses, but I was more wanting to know if my daughter will be "black balled" if we make the change after fall season. As we all know the softball world is a small one. As her parents, her dad and I are pretty torn. We have never allowed one of our kids to quit a team before. Coaches, would you pass on a girl if you knew she had left a team after fall? She is 14u, 2nd year.
    No one likes anyone leaving once tryouts are over! But there are reasons & it does happen. It happens often after fall ball.
    If your reasons for leaving is the team overall is more ahead of the curve then your DD presently is - then all will understand. Maybe the commitment your DD has isn't the same as others on the team. A coach would much rather have a girl leave in October/early November, then to find out she is unhappy & quit later into winter or even Spring.

    Like it or not, in a few weeks, there will be many players looking for new teams. Happens every year.
    There are those who's parents are never satisfied no matter what - believe coaches know who they are! But there will be those who are on teams at a little higher level than they are ready for. And there are those who after a couple of months realizes they are on teams not going to challenge them.

    I have experienced it all. But if everyone is honest, it should work out for the best for ALL involved. This time is much better than doing something in the Spring & leaving others out in the cold. My 2 cents!

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    Re: Leave Team After Fall Ball?

    If a coach sees that someone has switched teams every year, that is an indicator that there is a good chance you are going to have an unhappy family on your hands. Switching once is not a big deal. Switching every year indicates a family that might be hard to please.

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    Re: Leave Team After Fall Ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olentangy Joel View Post
    If a coach sees that someone has switched teams every year, that is an indicator that there is a good chance you are going to have an unhappy family on your hands. Switching once is not a big deal. Switching every year indicates a family that might be hard to please.
    It can also be a sign of bad luck, or poorly timed vacations. A team breaks up, you end up as the older kid on a younger team, you age out and can't move up, your mom plans a vacation right in the middle of tryout season so you feel compelled to accept an offer you otherwise wouldn't but know you move on in another year, etc.

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    Re: Leave Team After Fall Ball?

    We left after fall season, it wasn't an easy thing to do. We wondered how it would look to others but knew if we stayed for the duration it was going to hurt her love of the game. At first we did get a lot of questions as to why we left and knew plenty couldn't figure it out until they saw what was going on there. Then the ones who saw things first hand all said we made the right decision. This was definitely a learning moment for us, now we try and do our homework on the team and coach before we make our decisions. Just make sure leaving is the only way to solve your issue. If you leave for the wrong reasons there will be backlash.

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