Hey, guys, sorry for the OT post. I don't initiate many such threads, hope you can be tolerant, this is the most likely group I contribute to where folks could offer decent advice.
What is the situation like in typical Little League and similar baseball leagues in the US and Canada? Do you have 9-year olds being blackballed by high level people, pressure groups of parents dictating terms to coaches (and that being tolerated by the overall management levels, with the same people on multiple levels?).. and mediocrity being awarded with loyalty and hard work penalized?
Little league is not very strong here in Ontario, but their list of rules and so on looks pretty well thought out. I don't know how well they are implemented. Presumably as America's national sport, all the possible problems have been encountered and dealt with. Or perhaps not. What's your opinion?
Unfortunately, the situation seems a lot murkier (unpleasant, vicious etc.) in C*BA/S*BA. I'm just wondering if this is a function of the level (AAA) of the sport my kid has been playing and the ambitions of parents (and thus widespread, and something I have to deal with or get out), or if it's a specific failure of the organizations in this geographic area-- where hockey and soccer more dominate the landscape.
The organizational structure of these groups is on a par with pre-war Iraq in terms of concentration of powers (and possibly some of the personality types as well).
My knowlege in this area is quite limited- I've avoided both the sports and most dysfunctional organizations.
Any comments, advice etc? Thanks, guys, this is really gnawing at me.
Best regards, Spehro Pefhany