That's a great response, good for that parent, few parents would risk the coach holding that against their kid.Another parent email.
Due a numbers crunch we ended up expanding the rosters on a couple of our Div 1 teams. The Div 2 teams were eliminated due to lack of players. Not all of the Div 1 coaches were thrilled having extra players added to their rosters. One of them sent an introductory email to him his team and made the statement that it is a big roster and playing time will need to be earned and that it will not be even time. If you have a problem let me know and we can discuss it and bring club officials in if required.
No surprise he got a response: "Please email before all road games if my son will be playing or not. We are not driving to the game if he isn't playing".
A couple years ago, we had a coach say we shouldn't automatically put 10 players on our travel basketball rosters. If we only had 6 or 7 girls who could play at that level, then that's all that we should take. I asked him if he'd want to personally absorb the costs of having 3-4 fewer girls on a team. He thought that was absurd, why should money factor in? and no, we were already too expensive, he wasn't willing to play any more.
It was like he thought gym time, referees, league fees, equipment etc were all free.