There have been lots of threads about whether to talk to the coach, when to talk to the coach, etc. We have never talked to a coach about position or playing time, but think it may be needed this weekend. Seeking input.
Son is sophomore playing on a not very good spring team (remember, Iowa has summer baseball).Son is a pitcher/catcher/third base.
Coach is a dad who we don't really consider a coach so much as the guy who keeps enough order that the kids can have a team. He's not a baseball brain, to be blunt. Son is respectful of his position, listens to what he says, but doesn't change anything about what he does without consulting either his varsity coach or the longtime youth coach that taught him the game.
Last night he came home from a two-hour practice and said he spent most of it catching for just about every pitcher on the team. Second catcher showed up late for practice and caught two pitchers — my son and another. His arm didn't hurt so much as his legs were about dead.
This morning, husband and I were discussing after son left for school and it suddenly hit us that we start a series of weekend doubleheaders on Saturday and it is conceivable that this coach would have our son catch one game and try to pitch the next (or reverse).
To be honest, he's done it before for his youth team, but 1--he wasn't throwing as hard and 2--we trusted that coach to put our son's health first and 3--that coach knew his abilities far better than this coach does.
My husband said "if they try to do that, I'm going to the dugout and telling them it's not happening." I said, no you won't cause that's not what we do.
The question is — should we?