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Quakertown, PA

#1 Oct 18, 2010
any thoughts?
Kid in QYBA

Blandon, PA

#2 Oct 18, 2010
Don't get me started on this one. This message could easily take 1-hour to write.

I am moving my son to Upper Perk this coming Spring. He knows kids that are playing over there that did play at QYBA and indeed they enjoy it much more.
Enlighten us

Trenton, NJ

#3 Oct 18, 2010
Kid in QYBA wrote:
Don't get me started on this one. This message could easily take 1-hour to write.
I am moving my son to Upper Perk this coming Spring. He knows kids that are playing over there that did play at QYBA and indeed they enjoy it much more.
Don't keep it all to yourself. Let's hear it.
Former QYBA Parent

East Brunswick, NJ

#4 Oct 18, 2010
I moved my son over to UPYBA for Fall ball as he wanted to experience a different league. Well as the season is drawing to a close and playoffs are coming, he already told me that he is staying at Upper Perk for Spring and thereafter. He has no interest in coming back to QYBA. As he put it, the play is much more challenging and coaches are better at teaching.

I am not going to say bad things about QYBA, but if you want your kid to learn more and experience better baseball, goto UPYBA.
No politics, no BS, just better baseball
Not So

Green Lane, PA

#5 Oct 18, 2010
Former QYBA Parent wrote:
I moved my son over to UPYBA for Fall ball as he wanted to experience a different league. Well as the season is drawing to a close and playoffs are coming, he already told me that he is staying at Upper Perk for Spring and thereafter. He has no interest in coming back to QYBA. As he put it, the play is much more challenging and coaches are better at teaching.
I am not going to say bad things about QYBA, but if you want your kid to learn more and experience better baseball, goto UPYBA.
No politics, no BS, just better baseball
As a parent who left UPYBA let me just say there is absolutely politics and BS. And as long as there is youth sports with daddy's coaching there will always be politics and BS.
Keep It Real

Southfield, MI

#6 Oct 18, 2010
Politics and BS are part of life. As a long time coach and dad of two sons who played through QYBA and QMFA my advice is to relax and enjoy the time with your kids. Is politics and BS part of the deal? Yes, but don't lose focus on why your there in the first place - a positive experince for you kids.

Have fun! And maybe even get involved in the political process... I did!
qtownres

Perkasie, PA

#7 Oct 18, 2010
Keep It Real wrote:
Politics and BS are part of life. As a long time coach and dad of two sons who played through QYBA and QMFA my advice is to relax and enjoy the time with your kids. Is politics and BS part of the deal? Yes, but don't lose focus on why your there in the first place - a positive experince for you kids.
Have fun! And maybe even get involved in the political process... I did!
The political process you speak of ruins kids spirits. Unless your a coach, no matter how good your child is they get screwed.
Part of life

Trenton, NJ

#8 Oct 18, 2010
qtownres wrote:
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The political process you speak of ruins kids spirits. Unless your a coach, no matter how good your child is they get screwed.
As a previous poster put it, politics and BS are part of life. The sooner they realize that and learn how to deal with it, the better off they'll be. Maybe that's not the way it should be, but that's the way it is. Plus, I find it hard to believe that every child except the coach's kids are getting screwed no matter how good they are. Most parents want their child to play every inning of every game and that's just not possible. They also want them to pitch even though they have trouble making the simplest of throws, play catcher even though they are afraid of the ball or play shortstop even though every ball goes through their legs. A lot of parents think their child is better than they actually are. I also find it hard to believe that there isn't any of that going on in every youth athletic league in America.
QYBA has experienced phenomanal growth the last couple years. They had about 1/3 of their 660 spring players return for Fall Ball. I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement because there is. It is a volunteer organization. Not all the volunteers are very good but I won't say anything bad about people who donate their time, effort and sometimes money to help the kids. If you think you can do better, please volunteer.
My experiences

Newtown Square, PA

#9 Oct 18, 2010
Neither of my kids' parents ever coached. When our children had natural talent and worked hard, they played most of the game. When they goofed around or were not as skilled as their peers that year, they didn't play as much.

We had coaches and witnessed parents who value the win more than anything and others' valued the well-being and growth of the child more than anything. We were pleased with the balance of each type in our coaching teams. When we thought there was not enough of an emphasis on safety or well-being, we spoke up, things changed, and our kids continued to play in the frequency that was dictated by their skill in comparison to their peers.

Some of the top athletes that went onto great heights also had parents who never coached, but they were active and starting in every local league.

Our kids did not play sports to subsidize their college education or fund our retirement. They played what they wanted to play and we made sure it helped to shape happy, healthy, and productive adults.

I would agree this is the same in every community.
your opinion

United States

#10 Oct 19, 2010
parent wrote:
any thoughts?
Parent: you started this thread so what were you expecting people to say? Did you have a positive or negative experience at QYBA?
gettinby

Macungie, PA

#11 Oct 19, 2010
I love the parents who have opinions about what should change but aren't willing to get in there and actually make change- that org does the best it can with what little volunteering they receive. The negative parent's kids are also the ones running to the car after every practice rather than help rake the field, they don't encourage their kid to clean up equip, police their trash, or say a kind word even when another child is obviously struggling. I have yet to meet a coach down there that refused a parent's offer to help- even if its for snack bar, field clean up day or some non coaching related assistance. The year my kid was on the championship team in minors I remember sitting in a lawn chair while the snow came down watching the coaches film our children throwing pitches and fielding to get a handle on where improvement could be had. Research, donate, show up, contribute. Some of the best folks in Qtown roam those fields. If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.
Cathy

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#12 Oct 19, 2010
gettinby wrote:
I love the parents who have opinions about what should change but aren't willing to get in there and actually make change- that org does the best it can with what little volunteering they receive. The negative parent's kids are also the ones running to the car after every practice rather than help rake the field, they don't encourage their kid to clean up equip, police their trash, or say a kind word even when another child is obviously struggling. I have yet to meet a coach down there that refused a parent's offer to help- even if its for snack bar, field clean up day or some non coaching related assistance. The year my kid was on the championship team in minors I remember sitting in a lawn chair while the snow came down watching the coaches film our children throwing pitches and fielding to get a handle on where improvement could be had. Research, donate, show up, contribute. Some of the best folks in Qtown roam those fields. If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.
Well said. I could not agree more. Your comments are great and I hope others are listening.
gettinby

Macungie, PA

#13 Oct 19, 2010
Cathy wrote:
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Well said. I could not agree more. Your comments are great and I hope others are listening.
I only add what I experienced as an active volunteer- politics are in everything we do these days- it opens the forum for discussion- hopefully with productive results.
The BB Coach

United States

#14 Oct 20, 2010
I've been a head coach for many years, at all levels (Little League, Travel Teams, High School, etc.) and within QYBA. QYBA, like any other youth sports organization, has its strengths and challenges. It is easy to sit back and take pot shots. However, getting involved to make a difference takes some work. Instead of complaining, get involved and make a positive difference. If you think Upper Perk and the others organizations don't have issues, you're kidding yourself.

I've umpired at QYBA for a number of years and I've only seen improvement in the coaches and parents. Are they perfect, nope, but heading in the right direction. Youth sports are about the kids having FUN and teaching the fundamental skills (baseball and life lessons)...this is unfortunately forgotten too often in many youth sport organizations. Win at all costs is all that matters for many. QYBA strives to put the FUN back and teaching fundamentals. Unfortunately many parents have dilutions their child is the next Ryan Howard...the odds of making it to pro-ball are one in 10,000 to 20,000. Trust me, I know. I was once offered a pro-contract by the Brewers. I was only the second player in 25 years who played in my Little League to get a chance (500+ kids/year...you do the math). Good luck on little Johnny making it to the Majors. Instead of this "win at all costs" approach, focus on teaching the kids life lessons (ex. win with compassion and lose with dignity).

Again, you want to make a difference, get your butt of the bleaches and get involved to make a positive difference.
Hmmm

United States

#15 Oct 20, 2010
The BB Coach wrote:
I've been a head coach for many years, at all levels (Little League, Travel Teams, High School, etc.) and within QYBA. QYBA, like any other youth sports organization, has its strengths and challenges. It is easy to sit back and take pot shots. However, getting involved to make a difference takes some work. Instead of complaining, get involved and make a positive difference. If you think Upper Perk and the others organizations don't have issues, you're kidding yourself.
I've umpired at QYBA for a number of years and I've only seen improvement in the coaches and parents. Are they perfect, nope, but heading in the right direction. Youth sports are about the kids having FUN and teaching the fundamental skills (baseball and life lessons)...this is unfortunately forgotten too often in many youth sport organizations. Win at all costs is all that matters for many. QYBA strives to put the FUN back and teaching fundamentals. Unfortunately many parents have dilutions their child is the next Ryan Howard...the odds of making it to pro-ball are one in 10,000 to 20,000. Trust me, I know. I was once offered a pro-contract by the Brewers. I was only the second player in 25 years who played in my Little League to get a chance (500+ kids/year...you do the math). Good luck on little Johnny making it to the Majors. Instead of this "win at all costs" approach, focus on teaching the kids life lessons (ex. win with compassion and lose with dignity).
Again, you want to make a difference, get your butt of the bleaches and get involved to make a positive difference.
Pro-Contract with the Brewers? Sorry to hear that. So you were "offered" a contract. Yet you did not actually play for the Brewers, but a contract was offered.
In a nutshell I interpret this as:
You were offered a contract. Milwaukee realized they made a mistake as you were not that good. So you did not MAKE it to the Majors as you did not actually play.
OK then

Mays Landing, NJ

#16 Oct 20, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
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Pro-Contract with the Brewers? Sorry to hear that. So you were "offered" a contract. Yet you did not actually play for the Brewers, but a contract was offered.
In a nutshell I interpret this as:
You were offered a contract. Milwaukee realized they made a mistake as you were not that good. So you did not MAKE it to the Majors as you did not actually play.
This is just a jackass reply - another reason so many people avoid this forum.

QYBA is a great local youth sports organization
mjk2

Broomall, PA

#17 Oct 20, 2010
My experiences wrote:
Neither of my kids' parents ever coached. When our children had natural talent and worked hard, they played most of the game. When they goofed around or were not as skilled as their peers that year, they didn't play as much.
We had coaches and witnessed parents who value the win more than anything and others' valued the well-being and growth of the child more than anything. We were pleased with the balance of each type in our coaching teams. When we thought there was not enough of an emphasis on safety or well-being, we spoke up, things changed, and our kids continued to play in the frequency that was dictated by their skill in comparison to their peers.
Some of the top athletes that went onto great heights also had parents who never coached, but they were active and starting in every local league.
Our kids did not play sports to subsidize their college education or fund our retirement. They played what they wanted to play and we made sure it helped to shape happy, healthy, and productive adults.
I would agree this is the same in every community.
I totally agree. My kids were played in every sport according to their efforts and abilities. Sometimes their performance was great and they played a lot. Sometimes their natural abilities were not there and they only played a little. They had fun either way and learned to play for the "team". The problem is the parents that think their child is going to be the next prodigy.
These coaches are volunteers. Give them a break, support them, talk to them one on one if you feel there is an issue and by all means, get them a gift certificate to somewhere nice as a thank you for all the time devoted to your kids.
99% chance YOUR kid will not be a professional sport player SO let them have fun.
The BB Coach

United States

#18 Oct 21, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Pro-Contract with the Brewers? Sorry to hear that. So you were "offered" a contract. Yet you did not actually play for the Brewers, but a contract was offered.
In a nutshell I interpret this as:
You were offered a contract. Milwaukee realized they made a mistake as you were not that good. So you did not MAKE it to the Majors as you did not actually play.
Another intelligent response. Just shows your part of the problem.

If you must know, I got hurt.
wanting to coach

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Oct 29, 2010
I recently moved into the Quakertown area from the other side of Philadelphia and was looking to coach or help out in some way. Does anyone know how I would go about this? I don't have any kids as my fiance and I just purchased a house (we're only 25 so hopefully not for another couple of years will the kids come haha. I love the game of baseball as I have played it my entire life - just looking to try coaching and help young kids learn the game.
Thanks.
Good for you

Trenton, NJ

#20 Oct 29, 2010
wanting to coach wrote:
I recently moved into the Quakertown area from the other side of Philadelphia and was looking to coach or help out in some way. Does anyone know how I would go about this? I don't have any kids as my fiance and I just purchased a house (we're only 25 so hopefully not for another couple of years will the kids come haha. I love the game of baseball as I have played it my entire life - just looking to try coaching and help young kids learn the game.
Thanks.
Go to www.qyba.org
Next board meetings are Mon, Nov 15, 2010 7:00p to 9:00p
and Mon, Dec 20, 2010 7:00p to 9:00p at the clubhouse next to the Major League field.
They are always looking for good volunteers. Thank you for wanting to contribute.

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