From 11u through 14u, my son played with some bad teams.
How bad? Consistently lose 2 of 3 and half of the losses were blowouts.
Now, he wanted to play with his friends. And, it was the last couple of years on the small field and first couple on the big field. No harm done. NO ONE was coming to see those 11u to 14u games except for friends and family.
(8u to 10u were strong teams. And, 15u to 17u were super strong teams. Just about EVERY teammate from the 15u to 17u seasons is committed to playing in college somewhere after HS.)
But, as a spectator, it wasn't fun from 11u to 14u. The only chance at a win was if they were playing someone who was equally bad. And, at times, your thought going into the game was "Are we going to get to play a full game or is this going to be another mercy contest?" (Nothing worse than having one game on the tournament schedule, paying $10 to get in, and then having your game called after 4 innings because you're down by 15.)
Looking at various colleges at various levels, there are some programs out there that seem to struggle pretty consistently like those bad teams that I mentioned. I am not going to call out any schools by name. But, there are some where almost every season they are only winning around 10 to 15 games all year. And sometimes they post seasons where they are winning less than 10 games. And when you look at some of the game scores, there are contests where they are getting blown away.
As a spectator of those bad youth teams, it really wasn't a fun feeling going into games knowing that you needed a miracle to win and there was a good probability that you were going to get trounced. And, I'm sure - each season, after a while - some of the players weren't looking forward to taking the field.
Anyone have any experience or insight on this situation at the college level? If the program struggles this badly, does the fact that it's "college baseball" wash away the consistent losing and frequent beat downs? Or, does the consistent poor team performance situation take away from the pleasure that's supposed to come from playing and watching baseball?