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New Lenox, IL

#1 Mar 13, 2012
Daddy Ball season is in action
its insane

Downers Grove, IL

#3 Mar 13, 2012
All these travel leagues and the insanity that goes with it. When I was a kid, you played in the towns little league program. The 12 yrs had an all star team and they would play some other towns at the end of the year in a tourney or two. They you went on to play babe ruth baseball league from 13-16 with the all star team again playing tourneys at end of year. Then 16-18 there was one or two traveling teams and if you were good enough to make it you played, if not so be it. And when I say traveling teams I mean the south suburban area, not all over the US. These days you have 9 year old kids on 15 different travel teams going all over the country. It has gotten out of hand. But I guess thats just my opinion. But paying several thousand dollars and more for a kid to play baseball is crazy.
Way to Go

Greenwood, IN

#4 Mar 13, 2012
Why live in the past? Are you still driving around in that 1972 Pontiac station wagon? Kids today are offered so much more than we were growing up. The good news is...you now have choices. You can choose to keep your kids in the "in-house league" or move on to travel. I think the travel organizations in this area are great! Our kids are offered so much more than we were growing up and why not take advantage of it? Yes there's travel, but most of it is within a couple hours from home, and 3-4 overnight trips at most. Does it cost a couple thousand dollars? Yep. So what. Should we invest that money in PS3 and plant our kids on the couch? If it's about the money for you, then that's probably a good option for you! If you concerned about packing the old station wagon and spending $100 to fill the tank to travel a 100-miles to watch you kid play in a weekend tournament, then go ahead and open that pool and be careful not to spend too much money on the old heater bills this year!
Mike

Mchenry, IL

#5 Mar 13, 2012
Way to Go wrote:
Why live in the past? Are you still driving around in that 1972 Pontiac station wagon? Kids today are offered so much more than we were growing up. The good news is...you now have choices. You can choose to keep your kids in the "in-house league" or move on to travel. I think the travel organizations in this area are great! Our kids are offered so much more than we were growing up and why not take advantage of it? Yes there's travel, but most of it is within a couple hours from home, and 3-4 overnight trips at most. Does it cost a couple thousand dollars? Yep. So what. Should we invest that money in PS3 and plant our kids on the couch? If it's about the money for you, then that's probably a good option for you! If you concerned about packing the old station wagon and spending $100 to fill the tank to travel a 100-miles to watch you kid play in a weekend tournament, then go ahead and open that pool and be careful not to spend too much money on the old heater bills this year!
Travel teams have become overpriced inhouse teams. When travel teams are everywhere, they're not elite. It's not an accomplishment to be on them anymore. Overzealous parents have ruined it. They should be socking that money away for college instead of thinking the travel team is going to land them a scholarship. Let the kids all play in house teams and have fun. Some kids will excel and be the stars. Other kids will need a larger challenge which may justify a travel team. The way it is right now is a joke. You're kidding yourself if you think your kid is special because he's on a "travel" team.
Way to Go

Greenwood, IN

#6 Mar 13, 2012
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>Travel teams have become overpriced inhouse teams. When travel teams are everywhere, they're not elite. It's not an accomplishment to be on them anymore. Overzealous parents have ruined it. They should be socking that money away for college instead of thinking the travel team is going to land them a scholarship. Let the kids all play in house teams and have fun. Some kids will excel and be the stars. Other kids will need a larger challenge which may justify a travel team. The way it is right now is a joke. You're kidding yourself if you think your kid is special because he's on a "travel" team.
Not sure where I said my kid was special because he was on a travel team. All I'm saying is that some kids actually enjoy the whole travel experience. The 16-games played in-house may not be enough for some kids. I do agree that the travel league talent has been watered down over the years, but the reality is, if you are willing to spend $2k, you can probably land on some team. But I will say the kids in travel ball are learning much more than we did playing rec ball at their age. As long as the kids are enjoying themselves, and the parents are willing to spend the money, what's the harm? Is my son a better player because he plays travel ball? Absolutely. More games, more practices, more reps. Does this guarantee high school or college play? Absolutely not. I don't have the parent goggles on.
Dumb Dumb

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 13, 2012
its insane wrote:
All these travel leagues and the insanity that goes with it. When I was a kid, you played in the towns little league program. The 12 yrs had an all star team and they would play some other towns at the end of the year in a tourney or two. They you went on to play babe ruth baseball league from 13-16 with the all star team again playing tourneys at end of year. Then 16-18 there was one or two traveling teams and if you were good enough to make it you played, if not so be it. And when I say traveling teams I mean the south suburban area, not all over the US. These days you have 9 year old kids on 15 different travel teams going all over the country. It has gotten out of hand. But I guess thats just my opinion. But paying several thousand dollars and more for a kid to play baseball is crazy.
How many in house kids made the freshman baseball team at west.........2 how many at Central 2.......
Dumb Dumb

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 13, 2012
Way to Go wrote:
<quoted text>
Not sure where I said my kid was special because he was on a travel team. All I'm saying is that some kids actually enjoy the whole travel experience. The 16-games played in-house may not be enough for some kids. I do agree that the travel league talent has been watered down over the years, but the reality is, if you are willing to spend $2k, you can probably land on some team. But I will say the kids in travel ball are learning much more than we did playing rec ball at their age. As long as the kids are enjoying themselves, and the parents are willing to spend the money, what's the harm? Is my son a better player because he plays travel ball? Absolutely. More games, more practices, more reps. Does this guarantee high school or college play? Absolutely not. I don't have the parent goggles on.
I love the parents who kids suck posting because they failed.
Way to Go

United States

#9 Mar 13, 2012
Dumb Dumb wrote:
<quoted text> I love the parents who kids suck posting because they failed.
Hahaha...if you only knew!
Mike

Mchenry, IL

#10 Mar 14, 2012
Way to Go wrote:
<quoted text>
Not sure where I said my kid was special because he was on a travel team. All I'm saying is that some kids actually enjoy the whole travel experience. The 16-games played in-house may not be enough for some kids. I do agree that the travel league talent has been watered down over the years, but the reality is, if you are willing to spend $2k, you can probably land on some team. But I will say the kids in travel ball are learning much more than we did playing rec ball at their age. As long as the kids are enjoying themselves, and the parents are willing to spend the money, what's the harm? Is my son a better player because he plays travel ball? Absolutely. More games, more practices, more reps. Does this guarantee high school or college play? Absolutely not. I don't have the parent goggles on.
Don't you think $2k to play on a watered down team is steep? The harm is that the majority of those families don't have a dime saved for college. Priorities are messed up. The coaches for travel are the same ones from rec. so they're not getting better coaching. Have them all play in house, add a Sunday league if you really need to, and let natural competition take over. If daddy's star doesn't get to pitch he starts his own team. Parents need to quit playing their games and let the kids play baseball.
Really

Calumet City, IL

#11 Mar 14, 2012
Dumb Dumb wrote:
<quoted text>How many in house kids made the freshman baseball team at west.........2 how many at Central 2.......
Whats your point? They all started at in-house at some point in time. Its not about in-house or travel, its suppose to be the best are chosen. Is that what happened? Hmmm
Way to Go

Greenwood, IN

#12 Mar 14, 2012
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>Don't you think $2k to play on a watered down team is steep? The harm is that the majority of those families don't have a dime saved for college. Priorities are messed up. The coaches for travel are the same ones from rec. so they're not getting better coaching. Have them all play in house, add a Sunday league if you really need to, and let natural competition take over. If daddy's star doesn't get to pitch he starts his own team. Parents need to quit playing their games and let the kids play baseball.
Who am I to say how much parents should pay for their kids to play travel ball? And I can't say whether or not the're putting money away for their kids education, it's really none of my business. I would also disagree that all travel teams have only rec ball volunteer coaches; that has not been my experience. In addition, most travel teams offer training with highly qualified trainers who have played at the collegiate level or higher. Do I think travel ball talent is watered down? Yes, but I don't see that changing. The bottom line is that travel ball is the only way for kids to stay competitive. There's a better chance of a player making it at the HS or college level if he plays travel ball. And if the kids are enjoying themselves and the parents are willing to "front the money," who cares. Play Ball Boys!!!
Really

Chicago, IL

#13 Mar 16, 2012
What kind of tool starts a post like this, getting off on putting kids pictures up and ripping them. Whats next loser, you going to post the torture of animals.
Really

Mokena, IL

#14 Mar 17, 2012
Really wrote:
What kind of tool starts a post like this, getting off on putting kids pictures up and ripping them. Whats next loser, you going to post the torture of animals.
Well get ready its that time of year again!
Deez

New Lenox, IL

#15 Mar 17, 2012
Deeezz nutzzzzzz suck it
Bill

Mokena, IL

#16 Mar 17, 2012
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>Don't you think $2k to play on a watered down team is steep? The harm is that the majority of those families don't have a dime saved for college. Priorities are messed up. The coaches for travel are the same ones from rec. so they're not getting better coaching. Have them all play in house, add a Sunday league if you really need to, and let natural competition take over. If daddy's star doesn't get to pitch he starts his own team. Parents need to quit playing their games and let the kids play baseball.
The parents are just as bad in house as they are in travel. Perhaps they all need to remember this is their CHILDS game NOT theirs and let kids just play ball!
joke

Mokena, IL

#17 Mar 21, 2012
What is with all the dads who coach their sons travel baseball team and their football teams? I was at the fields last week and got quite the chuckle out of that. You might think your helping your kid but maybe they would actually enjoy being coached from someone else. Maybe instead of you thinking he needs your help(with every darn sport they play) the kid might actually rise to the occasion knowing daddy isnt there to make sure he has a position.Some of these guys have to be on every "board" and coach every team he plays for. Its so sad. I know that they volunteer but the reason others dont want to (run for a board position) is because its such a good ol'boys club on both boards.Give your kid a chance to prove he is good enough at least at one sport. I bet he would surprise you.
Boys Club

Streamwood, IL

#18 Mar 21, 2012
joke wrote:
What is with all the dads who coach their sons travel baseball team and their football teams? I was at the fields last week and got quite the chuckle out of that. You might think your helping your kid but maybe they would actually enjoy being coached from someone else. Maybe instead of you thinking he needs your help(with every darn sport they play) the kid might actually rise to the occasion knowing daddy isnt there to make sure he has a position.Some of these guys have to be on every "board" and coach every team he plays for. Its so sad. I know that they volunteer but the reason others dont want to (run for a board position) is because its such a good ol'boys club on both boards.Give your kid a chance to prove he is good enough at least at one sport. I bet he would surprise you.
If daddy wasn't the coach or on the Board I am sure the kid would be on the bench. Daddy ball makes NL go around. What an effing JOKE!
Really

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 22, 2012
Boys Club wrote:
<quoted text> If daddy wasn't the coach or on the Board I am sure the kid would be on the bench. Daddy ball makes NL go around. What an effing JOKE!
Wow, hey cementhead grow up. You are such a loser, is your kid on the bench? If not , why so bitter? Without parents coaching, we would have no teams, leagues, organizations etc, does daddy exist.. yes. but not to the extent that you tards keeping posting about.
Jealous

Valparaiso, IN

#20 Mar 22, 2012
Really wrote:
<quoted text>Wow, hey cementhead grow up. You are such a loser, is your kid on the bench? If not , why so bitter? Without parents coaching, we would have no teams, leagues, organizations etc, does daddy exist.. yes. but not to the extent that you tards keeping posting about.
They are so jealous and bitter that it's getting the best of them. When is a parent being involved a bad thing? Only to someone who isn't willing
or hasn't been approved to coach. You see the same people coaching different sports because they are the ones willing to put the time and effort in to so it. Stop worrying about the volunteer coaches and put some extra time in with your own kid and maybe they will be off the bench or on the 1st string of football.
Volunteer

Calumet City, IL

#21 Mar 22, 2012
joke wrote:
What is with all the dads who coach their sons travel baseball team and their football teams? I was at the fields last week and got quite the chuckle out of that. You might think your helping your kid but maybe they would actually enjoy being coached from someone else. Maybe instead of you thinking he needs your help(with every darn sport they play) the kid might actually rise to the occasion knowing daddy isnt there to make sure he has a position.Some of these guys have to be on every "board" and coach every team he plays for. Its so sad. I know that they volunteer but the reason others dont want to (run for a board position) is because its such a good ol'boys club on both boards.Give your kid a chance to prove he is good enough at least at one sport. I bet he would surprise you.
"Good ol' boys club?" Yep, thats right. Good people working their butts off so their kids and your kids can play organized sports in this town. You need to spend some more time at some of these board meetings,(and nobody getting paid a dime) and see the agravation and time they spend on this stuff. Putting together fundraisers (parents bitching about it) to raise money for quality fields, equipment, uniforms, etc. And then they have to offer an incentive to parents (its called a volunteer fee) to get them to volunteer their time to help out and then give them their money back, THATS PATHETIC!
If you sign your kids up for a sport you should be prepared to volunteer some time to help out. So yes they are "good ol'boys", if they didnt volunteer to step up and help out, trust me, others don't. "Good ol'boys" as you call them work very hard every year just trying to convince new people to step up and help out because some of the "good ol'boys" would like to be done.
So yes, its daddy ball and proud of it.

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