Clearly, there are some cases where a bad call changes the final score of the game. But the poll question makes it seem like this is a common occurrence.
More generally, I would credit the team that gets the most hits and allows the fewest hits.
The player may well have been upset, but in my experience, it is the parents who get more exercised about slights and perceived slights against their future Jocelyn Alo or Montana Fouts.
I am pretty sure that we have participation trophies these days to keep the parents satisfied. From a...
In cases like this, parents need to get involved. A couple of times, we mowed our high school field before a game - couple of push mowers and it actually doesn't take too long. If if the field is dry, get a hose an water it. Should it have to be that way - maybe not, but we just wanted the...
Can't say how it is for men's sports, but NIL for women's sports is part beauty contest as well. Just look at the Cavinder twins in basketball - not the best players by any means, but maybe the most successful at the NIL game.
Building on Cannonball's comment, I feel bad for anybody who pursues sports for anything else than love of the game/love of their team. Sports isn't the same as a job you don't much like but can fake your way through the work day.
High-level softball is a more fun to watch than high-level baseball. The games are faster in all respects. I enjoy watching MLB from time to time, but nothing really compares to the NCAA softball conference championships and playoffs.
Worth noting is that peer-review and approval of academic papers is life and death for professors who are generally expected to publish research papers and win research grant money. Sports awards don't determine a players playing time on their own team..
At not inconsiderable risk of being naive, I would say that if a player is playing softball for the awards (other than winning their conference or a national championship), then they are missing the boat as are the parents of the player.
For me, there was nothing better than seeing my daughter...
This is the first time I have seen the death of somebody you care about put on the same level as "There are all kinds of reasons to miss practice these days: a family trip planned 2 years ago, my grandparents are in town and I haven't seen them in forever, a Church service during the week...
Unless there is more to this story than is presented here, that coach should receive a written reprimand from the athletic director.
Any coach who puts a game ahead of a funeral for a family member has seriously misplaced priorities.