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  1. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    LOL - yup you must have missed that day in Daddy Ball coach training. :-) My middle son, a very good hoops player, all through 5th-8th grade travel ball used to tell me how much more playing time he'd get on every other team in the league or how much fun it must be for those kids on other teams...
  2. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    Yup, it's so common I think of it as the price for getting volunteers. Baseball is the worst when there is a manager and 3 assistant coaches and their kids hit 1-4.
  3. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    Ha! That's funny. One of the best coaches our travel basketball club has seen had a kid who was probably the 12th or 13th best player at his grade level in 7th and 8th grade. He had a really good tryout and made the A team in 5th grade, then dropped to B in 6th (and the A team coaching was a...
  4. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    Got it. I don't blame you. I thought you meant more like you were done because of that, no matter what. It sucks how badly our youth sports system is broken. So many people who have so many interests other than what's best for the athletes/kids.
  5. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    You should try saying something like "My kids played T-ball and has grown up watching American baseball, so this cricket stuff comes easy to him". I'm sure that would help.
  6. Heinie Wagner

    Can I do a bit of recruiting for a 10U AAU baseball team for the upcoming season? (RI/Southern MA)

    I didn't mean it like that at all. Sorry I wasn't more clear. My point was that if he's only playing one sport, that's going to end and probably sooner than if he was playing multiple sports. There are a lot of good reasons to play more than one sport, if you're going to play year-round...
  7. Heinie Wagner

    Can I do a bit of recruiting for a 10U AAU baseball team for the upcoming season? (RI/Southern MA)

    "post script: my kid has played soccer baseball and hoops. he hates soccer, and is meh on hoops. Winters, we end up playing all weekend in an indoor baseball gym. his choice." 50/50 at best he's playing baseball when he's 14. Why not make an adult decision to have him try MORE other stuff now?
  8. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    "I decided at that moment I was done coaching and am." That sucks that your ref decided not to do his job. I've made that "I'm done" decision more times than I can count, but I can't stop until my kids are done (youngest of 4 is in 6th grade). It's such a great opportunity to spend time with...
  9. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    I love Brian McCormick. He should be 1000% more popular. I hope he gets better at promoting himself and getting more credibility. He has such great ideas, if he were only a former high level player or coach.
  10. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Parent Stories

    Sadly, in any sport, almost no parents and very few youth coaches have ever read a rulebook, much less had any officiating training. As a coach, I try to explain to parents at the beginning of the season and a couple of times during the season that it's only going to hurt our team if they yell...
  11. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    Exactly! And it ALWAYS escalates and then the offensive pushes off a bit to equalize the advantage the defense is getting and now the referees are making up their own rules instead of enforcing rules as written. Credit the NFHS for making these rules and making them points of emphasis a few...
  12. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Ref Stories

    I refereed youth rec games when I was in Middle School through HS as a volunteer. I cared a lot more than most of the adults I see now getting paid to officiate games and I did a much better job because of that. Don't get me wrong, there are adults who get paid and do a great job, they're just...
  13. Heinie Wagner

    Soccer - moving a kid up

    Excellent point, I'm coming from a hoops, not soccer side of this. To some extent you need exposure to the right people to make this happen, but if your kid is that good, people who stand to benefit financially from having your kid play for them will find you.
  14. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    They'd rather play with CONES on the field than on a slightly larger field (and maybe add a player)? Seems like it could have been a good opportunity for the 3/4 players to see what a 5/6 field is like. On the other hand, I'm impressed Rec coaches put that much thought into it :-) (even if the...
  15. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    Wow, threatening to try to hurt an 11 year old? That was dumb. He leaves your team and you want to hurt him? Yikes! Good for the school and youth football for firing him and making sure he's not involved anymore.
  16. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    I'd add that parents are unrealistic about what their money should buy in a youth sports program. If you're paying $500 for basketball for a uniform, 20 practices and 20 games and you expect professional coaching, you don't really understand much about what costs what.
  17. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    5v5 baseball would be so awesome. Everybody hits 5 times, everyone plays all over the field. Much more efficient and effective use of time. But parents want to watch kids play a "real" game. My wife (who was a D1 hoops player) convinced the youth hoops program in town to have the younger kids...
  18. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    ABSOLUTELY! Swimming too and not necessarily competition, just get in a lake or pool and move around a lot.
  19. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    Sorry to hear that but I know exactly how you feel. I'm on son #3 (10 years old) and I play catch with him in the yard, throw him pop ups etc, but I have no desire to coach or help out with a team. Baseball is the worst. It brings out the worst in coaches, maybe because the coaches have so much...
  20. Heinie Wagner

    Worst Coach Stories

    Very wise words, I'd even go up to age 11 or so. Nobody is going to be very good if they only play the sport at practice/games, get them to love it and they'll be doing it on their own and getting better - leading to more fun!