"It's not all about winning at the high school level sports, its gotta be more than that."
Sorry, but it IS about winning at the high school level.
If the coaches honestly picked the 40 best players and he wasn't one of them, sorry.
That said, we have a local high school that "carried" twin boys with down syndrome on their team.
In a "Rudy like" story they did let the two of them play on one kick-off in their last game as seniors.
I don't think that's what this kid was looking for.
My point is, at least around here, High School coaches keep their jobs if they win.
If they lose, say goodbye to the job.
If that's the case, you can pretty much bet that they are going to keep the best players, the ones that will help them win.
One of our local high schools went through 4 baseball coaches in 10 years until they got "a winner" (he's been there 4-5 years so far).
Generally you get 2 maybe 3 years and if you're not winning, see ya.
Yes, it's less at the JV and Freshman Level.
At those levels there are kids with "potential" that are on the team to get the coaching/experience to be able to move up to the Varsity.
Didn;'t sound to me like this article was talking about Freshamn and JV but maybe it was.
Even so, the kid got a tryout, his skills were evaluated and, along with 22 other kids, he was told, sorry, you didn't make it.
Maybe all 23 of them should put a class action suit together against the school so they can all be put on the team !!!
Sorry I have to disagree with the author of this thread and Scorekeeper. You do more disservice to the handicapped kid if 40 were better players than him. He is 16 years old. He can work hard to make himself even better and can make the team next year. I am a firm believer in you have to EARN your spot. If I'm the coach I would be looking for excuses for him to make the team. I think the coach did not have enough excuses.
It looks like 20 made the varsity squad which only has 2 sophomores. The other 20 must be JV; I have no idea of the mix.
Some press say he can reach 80 while others report he throws well ito the 80's. From looking at his mechanics, which are not too shabby considering, I don't believe he is reaching 80 mph. 80 MPH is not an awesome fastball for Varsity HS.
So what you are saying is the handicapped player can question the coach's decision and non-handicapped players cannot? I have seen his movement off the mound and it is not too good. Good HS squads can and will take advantage especially in Florida.
My younger son's movement on the field is not so athletic either. If my son doesn't make a squad despite his hitting skills I will know why he does not make the cut. I would have my son ask the coach what can he work on to make the cut next year. But I already know the answer.
The school in question is a 6A very large classification high school. The program's expectations are to make states every each year. Throwing 80 usually isn't hard enough at this level of conmpetition. Someone I know from the area said the kid doesn't have very good control, very little command, cruises in the upper 70's and can't cover ground well enough to field. He come up through LL until last year when coaches agreed not to bunt on him (this is why the article's writer said the kid has never had trouble with bunts). The high school coach offered the kid the manager's position along with the opportunity to practice with the team daily. The parents turned it down. They are considering a discrimination suit. The coach is considered one of the rising coaching stars in Florida. He considered resigning from all the negative publicity and national condemnation by an uninformed media. And for the record, the kid's uncle (a sportswriter) wrote the first newspaper article condeming the coach. I would say the uncle has extracted his pound of flesh even if it wasn't warranted.
This is political correctness gone wrong, It is wrong and unfair to the coach that probably thought long and hard on his decision.
In all fairness to Scorekeeper TG provided information that was not readily available.
The kid should play on a showcase team and see how he fairs in that arena. There are plenty of teams that will be happy to take his parents' money and let him play.
MyTwoSons......I said that to scorekeeper8 many posts earlier, but he chose to ignore that. You are a moderator for this site and to allow character assasination by this person, worries me. I am not as convinced as you are that he wasnt privy to this information, although you and I were not aware of it. TM
Certain people can not contol themselves after several warnings which is a shame. Both viewpoints should be presented without anger and without personal attacks.