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Recognize These Parents on Your Baseball Team?

Parents on your baseball team

Recognize These Parents on Your Baseball Team?

I asked several seasoned baseball parents to read Coach Dave Season Two: All-Stars before it released to the public last week. One question I wanted answered was, “Do you recognize these parents on your baseball team?” In most cases the resounding answer was “Yes! On practically every team!”

  • A Danny Counce who cares more about his son’s playing time than the overall coaching strategy.
  • An Alex Nelson who doesn’t come around much but makes up for it by being overly present when he comes around.
  • A Dean Ford who probably played baseball at a higher level than anybody else at the park but remains remarkably quiet and in control.
  • And, of course, a Gary “Rooster ” Hamilton who, in addition to the most intriguing nickname of the bunch, has a gift for speaking first and thinking later.

I wanted to share a key moment from early in Coach Dave Season Two when Rooster has already had enough of rival coach Fletcher Brandt’s involvement with the Southburg All-Stars. See if you recognize these parents on your baseball team.

A Pivotal Parent Meeting

Rooster could stay silent no longer. “The solution is simple. Send Brandt packing. If he takes his son with him, so be it. We can win without either one of them. I thought this was a bad idea from the beginning. I told you guys this wouldn’t work.”

“What do you guys think we need to do at the parent meeting?” I asked.

Dean Ford spoke up quickly before anyone else could interject his thoughts. “I think our best course of action is to follow Coach Dave’s lead. He’s a young guy and inexperienced at this sort of thing, but his track record with overcoming disagreement with his coaching methods is pretty good if you’ll recall.”

Rooster’s face flushed as he remembered the time he had tried to offer his services as a base coach during a scrimmage game, only to be rebuffed by the young coach. Only later had he seen the benefit of letting the players learn base running instincts by scrimmaging without base coaches. That wasn’t the only time he or the other Scarlet Knight dads had disagreed with Coach Dave’s coaching. Dean was right; Coach Dave’s coaching strategies were always well thought out and purposeful toward teaching his players the game of baseball and building their character along the way.

“Look, guys,” Dean continued, “you know my past with Fletcher Brandt. He only cares about one thing—winning. If he had been in charge of this team, we would have politely declined Bryce’s invitation to play for him like we’ve done in the past. But Coach Dave is a young man of integrity who cares more for the boys than he does about wins and losses. I think I might understand what he is trying to do here, but I’ll save my thoughts until I hear what he has to say at the parent meeting. Speaking of the parent meeting, I think Coach is motioning for us to meet at the pavilion. Are we all agreed to follow Coach Dave’s lead?”

“Agreed,” we answered.

Your Team, Your Turn

Recognize any of the Southburg parents on your baseball team? Does your parent group follow the lead of the coach, even when you don’t understand everything he is trying to do with the team?

Find out how Coach Dave and the rest of the all-stars handle the tension between their coaches and their very different approaches to the game. Coach Dave Season Two: All-Stars is available now through Amazon. Click here to order.

About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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