My son has played travel ball for a while now, once he hit HS he had to try out for a new 15u summer travel ball team as the old organization only went to 14u. He made a few teams, didn’t make a few others. We chose one we thought would be a good fit, however we have come to find out the roster is now at 16, with 9 of them from the same (different than our) high school team.
We were told in parent meetings that everybody will not get the same playing time. And thats fine. He was used to sitting out here and there before, so I assumed with that many boys he would sit out couple of innings at a time.
First tournament came this weekend. They played 5 games, total of 36 innings and my son and 5 other boys never played. Not once. The same core of 10 played, even when ahead by 6 runs. And him waking up at 6am each day of our holiday weekend to drive an hour each way to another game he sat and watched..
I was not told when we signed up and spent $1800 that he would be a fill-in. My husband wants me to wait till next weekend to see if they play him before talking to the coach, but the tournaments are just getting more competitive and further away (I.e hotels and more expense..)
As a realist I don’t see him playing unless there are MANY injuries if at all. Do I pull him and demand some money back (not that I think I will see any)? I would rather put him in local rec ball and let him play than have my son deal with this disappointment. He is dejected and I am trying to stay upbeat, but I am irritated.
Also, I know my kid should talk to the coach about it first, and he will, but he is a quiet kid and it is not his strong suit. I mean the coach didn’t say 2 words to my kid the entire tournament. Not a word.