Thanks in advance for reading and for any guidance y'all can provide.
My son is 15, a sophomore in HS, and we live in Texas. We've been playing select ball since he was 12, and baseball almost every season since he was 4. He was never interested in playing anything else. He plays 3rd, OF, and he pitches.
He goes to a 6A high school and didn't make the team last year. I believe 84 boys tried out, and only 18 players made the team. He spent the Spring season playing 14U, and played the summer with a 15U team.
The summer season was decent. The team itself was the definition of average. The team consisted of one "pro" coach, that played baseball in HS and college, and two Dad coaches, both of whom were nice but played their share of daddy ball. My son liked the team and all the boys got along fairly well with one another.
Fall season is starting, and the team he played for "protected" 11 of the 13 players from having to try out again. My son was one of the two not protected and must try out for the team again. I called the pro coach to ask about it, and he told me that my son has all of the tools, is a great outfielder, and that he's a big, strong kid. He said what needs fixing is between the ears. For example, he doesn't take a big lead when he's on base because he's worried about getting picked off, thinks too much and second guesses himself while hitting, and if he throws a few bad pitches, fails to make any adjustments. In short, he's afraid to fail. I thanked the coach for his feedback.
After the call, I told my son about it and I believe he's still interested in trying out with them again. The problem is at his high school - he tried enrolling in the baseball program again, and they told him and other boys that didn't make the team that they have too many incoming freshmen. Sophomores that don't make the team and can't enroll in the program because they need the space for the freshmen.
That's the backstory, and happy to answer any questions that will provide more context. Here are my questions:
- Do I bother having him try out for this team again or find another? To be blunt, we spent over 2k for the Summer season in which the team did not practice, then spent more money traveling to Lakepoint Sports in Georgia for a 4 game tournament in which my son didn't even bat for 2 of the 4 games and the pro coach didn't attend to coach the team. If my son wasn't a decent player and the team had a bunch of studs I wouldn't have an issue with it, but his team as a whole only scored 2 runs in this 4 game tournament and allowed 35.
- Is there a time when you tell your son when it's time to move on? I've told him to just play rec baseball for another season. My thinking is that he'll get more reps, and I'll have more time to get him individual coaching. Plus, I figured it might build his confidence more. Well, he doesn't want to do that. He says the level of competition in rec baseball is poor and he wants to play against tougher competition. I've asked him what his goals with baseball are, and he tells me that he wants to play as long as he can.
- Do I switch high schools? If he wasn't in the program last year, I'm not sure he has much of a chance of making the team this year. The majority of the players that make up his team have played Majors level select ball from a young age.
Thanks again for your help and advice. I want to support my son in the best way that I can.