My brother Cameron played baseball for the WAC recreation league since he was about 4 years old.
He's 13 now and wasn't able to play this year.
I thought recreation league was supposed to be for everybody. As in, anyone can play no matter what.
Recreation leagues are supposed to be learning leagues. They are supposed to be where you can have fun, meet new people, learn, and WIN! In this case, after my parents had already signed up my brother, they received a phone call stating that not enough 13-14 year-old boys had signed up to warrant having three teams so the WAC was going to hold tryouts.
When I heard about this, I was baffled. This is a recreation league, not a high school team! You shouldn't have to try out!
My mom and I took my brother to tryouts. While we were there, my mother was talking to another parent who had no idea his son was there to try-out as he had already been to a team practice! Basically, these coaches had already picked their teams BEFORE try-outs! I found this to be complete idiocy.
After tryouts, the coach said he'd call us. So a few days later, we received a call saying Cameron didn't make either of the two teams. He was so hurt! I was upset seeing him upset because it wasn't fair at all.
A few days later, I heard from my friend that her brother didn't make it. Nevertheless, they didn't get a phone call. They just got their check back in the mail. As far as I know, none of the players on my brother's team from last year made it.
However, from what we've heard, the LaBrae Athletic Club didn't have enough boys to make a 13-14 year-old team so some of their players came to Warren and ended up on our WAC 13-14 year-old teams! Therefore, we could have had three teams.
I've supported my brother since he started playing baseball. He might not be the best, he might not be the worst, but he plays with heart. Many coaches had told my parents over the years that they wish their whole team were made of Camerons. He loves baseball and the game.
I am not disgruntled, but I am disappointed in how this whole circumstance was handled. This is an example of adult politics being thrown in the faces of 13 and 14 year-old boys!
The Powers That Be at the Warren Athletic Club should take a good hard look at how they handle such a situation in the future.