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From the stands: playing vs. winning

Playing time vs. Winning the game

Which is more important: playing lesser-skilled players (and possibly losing), or playing more-skilled players (and possibly winning)?

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Experienced all parts of the game, in the stands as a parent of a player, coached travel, high school and college ball. I also give pitching lessons to several kids in the leagues and tavel teams in the area.

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  1. Joann Rodarte
    February 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    When my daughter first started it was all win, win, win. Now that she is in the 14′s I say, let the lesser girls get their share of game time in friendlies and play the better girls at tournaments. Or, mix the girls for they could learn to encourage one another and be patient.

  2. Bob C.
    February 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    I think it is important to differentiate what is a “win” and what is a “loss” which often the silly score has nothing to do with anything. In the bigger picture of things, you can learn much more by losing than by winning and learning is always a win.

  3. Ana Hitzel
    February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Everyone on a team should be ready and that happens by getting in the game. If a kid was not good enough to play for a team why were they picked up to begin with?

    Wins come when a TEAM gives its all. You can’t have a true team with the same kids sitting on the outside looking in. “Lesser skilled” players can become “more skilled” players when given playing time and feeling they are contributing to the team. Which BTW also creates an all pulling together mentality which leads to winning. JMO

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