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Asking The Coach For Better Answers When Your Kid Is Cut

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This resource stems from a question submitted to the Ask PCA blog. Responses come from our experts including PCA Trainers, who lead live group workshops for coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.

"I am a mother of a 10-year-old male athlete who I signed up to play fall baseball with his friends. I received a response back from the coach saying "due to the parents" I don't have any room for him to be on my team...What do I tell my 10-year-old?"

PCA Response by Former PCA President Tina Syer

Thank you for reaching out to PCA with this question. I'd suggest you reach out immediately to the coach to ask for a phone conversation. When he says "due to the parents," what does he mean? I think you need and deserve more information. In my experience, this sort of response from a coach is unusual, and it implies he (the coach) feels this decision is not in his hands. Perhaps you ask him if there is a team manager (likely a parent of one of the players) that is organizing the roster. You may be best served talking to this person directly. Perhaps the team manager will let you know that the particular league allows only a certain number of players per team, and the team hits this number with returning players (or players who signed up first)?

Bottom line, you definitely need to better understand what went into the coach's response.

If it turns out there is not space for your child on this team, you can talk with your son about the up-sides of playing on a different team. You'll explain that (for whatever reason you are given) there was not enough room on this given team for all of the kids from his school, so you've found another playing option for him.

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