Baseball is a game with its fair share of unwritten rules (don’t swing on 3-0 with a big lead, place your bat gently on the ground and run fast after a home run, don’t celebrate too much after striking someone out, etc.), and it can be difficult for a parent who didn’t play much past little league to help his son navigate the baseball world. So, hsbaseballweb, I come to you for advice.
Where should a player’s loyalty lie if there is a conflict between the HS coach and travel coach when it comes to practice scheduling, coaching advice, training programs, or anything else?
Argument A: travel ball coaches are better qualified and better connected. Their advice is better, college coaches respect their opinions the most, and they have the most power over the player’s destiny. Travel ball coaches take priority.
Argument B: high school coaches are quasi-volunteers with no profit motive who only have the player’s pure best interest at heart. The high school’s team-oriented atmosphere is the closest analogy for preparing to be on a college team. The travel ball coach is just a hired gun to get some instruction and game in the off-season. High school coaches take priority.
What does everyone think?