Don’t denigrate dads who coach

By From page A12 | November 17, 2013

The following is an open letter to Kevin Keefer:

Kevin Keefer, you don’t know me, but having boys that play baseball, I have heard your name and seen you in action. I know the Davis Baseball Academy will fill a gap in Davis and I hope it is very successful for you.

That being said, I am the wife of one of the “daddyballers” and while I understand the need for you to advertise your new business, doing so while degrading the coaches who volunteer their time to help the kids improve certainly isn’t the best way to go about it.

Davis is a small town, the baseball community is even smaller, and at one point or another most dads have volunteered their time to coach their kids. You have likely just managed to insult a very large segment of this small group of people.

These “daddyballers” dedicate an incredible amount of time to their teams and as they aren’t paid they can keep the costs down so that everyone can afford to play. My husband spends hundreds of hours over the season, at the expense to our family, so that the kids on his team have a place to play and each and every one of them has made improvements. The cost to play on his team is a fraction of what it is on a club team, or a team that has paid coaches.

They have done a very respectable job in tournament play this season, and have been competitive in every single game they’ve played.

Conversely the 11U team you are getting paid to coach has lost every game they’ve played and, to my knowledge, most of them have been complete blowouts. I don’t bring this up to try to belittle your coaching as I know you are good at what you do, but more so to point out that your implication that “daddyball” is always inferior is wrong.

“Daddyball” doesn’t need to have a negative association with it, and kids can still be on competitive teams getting “quality coaching” and beating club teams with dads who know what they are doing.

Adrienne Difuntorum


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