To the editor:
In response to the (July 8) letter about Brownwood Girls Softball: I understand that you are upset about your young family member and the fact that her team made it to district and should continue to play without the pickup players. Picking up players for district has been standard practice forever. The team is allowed to pick up three players to help make the team stronger. The competition at district and at state is far more competitive than in the regular league. The coach is doing his or her job to try to win and take a team to state and represent Brownwood, not to go win at all cost.
You are taking the wrong attitude toward all this. It is your responsibility as a parent/grandparent to encourage this young player to continue to be part of the team and do her part and encourage the other team members even if she doesn't play. Being a part of a team that wins at district and goes to state and staying a part of that team at all costs is far more beneficial to your family member in the long run than taking this negative attitude and taking her out of softball completely. If she loves the sport then she should work that much harder to get better and her time will come to be the star. You need to rethink what being a part of a team is all about.
In the real world you don't always get to play. But you can be a part of a competitive team and play a role, even if it is sitting the bench and being the cheerleader. You will find as your young family member is in school or other sports that they will compete for a position, just to play. But quitting and giving up will never get them anywhere in sports or in life. Encourage her to continue. There are many life long benefits for being a part of a team and being involved in sports.
Brownwood girls softball is a wonderful way to get girls involved in sports and has benefited my daughter for the past 10 years. I have been on all sides as a parent and as a coach. Coaching is a hard job. Don't blame the coach because he or she is spending their time and effort to be out there many many hours to help encourage and train these young players and they get very little thanks. Feelings may be hurt but character can be built if she will continue.
Good luck on your decision.