My son has played in league baseball for 4 years now. I understand there is a need for rules. Everything has rules. It would be mass chaos without them. There are many different leagues. Dizzy Dean, Pony, Little League. Each with their own sets of rules.
I started thinking. Who are some of these rules for? The adults? The good of the kids?
We have come across switching from league to league rules. My son was told he had to play at a certain league in order to be on a competitive baseball team because the team was based on kids from a dizzy dean park. He had previously played several years at a pony league. He really wanted to be on this competitive team so we switched leagues. He was banned from playing all-stars that year. The rule states you cannot switch from pony to dizzy dean or vice versa. So he sat out of all-stars when he would have been voted on the team. How does that rule make sense? Isn’t league ball for kids to actually play baseball? Why should the child not be allowed to play all-stars?
Now that the competitive team went another direction he switched back to pony where he’s always been. That is his home field. It’s much closer to home which only makes sense. Now here is where it gets funny. National rules state my son can play all-stars this year even though he switched but regional rules state he has to sit out another year of all-stars. I don’t understand this.
He is moving to a field closer to home by 15 minutes. In order to stay at dizzy dean we drive farther, have to pay extra money for a recreation card from the city because we don’t live there. Why can’t kids just play where they are comfortable, feel they fit in with the kids and are happy?
Why are we keeping kids from playing a game they love? Isn’t this supposed to be for fun? For building confidence? Why are we keeping kids from developing their game and competing? When has this become more than a game for kids?
I know we can’t be the only ones running into this problem. Allot of kids play baseball here year round. I don’t think any child or parents should be forced to make a decision to stay somewhere that is farther away, more money and if you leave your child cannot play all-stars for a year. Now my son is not allowed to play all-stars for two years. I think it’s time the parents of kids being affected do something to change these rules. Let the kids be happy. Let the parents go somewhere they can afford and let their kids play baseball. Game on.