Tribe it must run different here. My kids all played for the town when they little. You pay a fee and everyone got equal playing time or close to it. I swear the town football was the worse. They had practice every night except Friday. Then there was Saturday practice and Sunday games. The older boy's were okay with it but Noah only did it for a year. It was just too much for him and he was almost in tears; and fighting with me every night about it. Not to mention I had to coach bitching at me because Noah was moaning at every practice that he broke his arm, leg, back, eye brow, etc, etc. It was a nightmare. On top of that you had to sell 150.00 worth of candy or just buy it outright for 100.00.
It was BS.
Oh and that coach that was always bitching and me and hinting that Noah should just quit the team, however I was adamant that he had to finish what he started. His son is on Noah's team now and I have never once heard him ( the Dad) cheer for Noah or say good job. Granted Noah was a pain in the butt but still.
I do understand that Liz. That is more competitive, and they can even win a sport's scholarship, but a park. I had a friend who lived behind me whose son used to play baseball with my oldest son. She knew how it was out here. She moved to Georgia, but she said at the park where her son played there they rotated every game, so ALL the children get to play.
My son was good. He always made All Stars, at least for the last 3 or 4 years he played, but I would watch those coaches and, like you said some of the parents, and they were beyond ridiculous. I don't know how grown men can take the kid's money and never let them play. It is to learn there, and it's a game. I know it's a man thing most of the time. This coach said, "You women just want to see your little darlings play! Sexist ass! You damn skippy! EVERYONE wants to see their own kid play. Did he think we were breaking our necks to get our kids to practice on time to watch HIS kid play?