Friday, April 18, 2014
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Don’t denigrate dads who coach

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

Davis

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  • Local BallerNovember 14, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Very well written, Adrienne. In my baseball career I learned much more from the coaches that coached because they loved it (i.e. parents that worked full time jobs and coached after work), than those who did it to supplement their salary. I played for Kevin Keefer and personally thought he was a very poor coach and an even worse leader, but that of course is my personal opinion. This new baseball academy reeks of a money grab, now that Mr. Keefer has a son playing minor league baseball to add to his resume. I also question the use of facilities that are paid for and maintained by taxpayer dollars being used to generate profits for a privately held business. Will the baseball academy be paying a monthly rental fee that will be returned to the general fund?

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  • JackNovember 14, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    I have always felt that differences of opinion are an important attribute for any group and that discussing these differences will make a group stronger. Everyone has an opinion and expressing it can be good. Regarding the Davis Baseball Academy I have to ask everyone, "What is best for kids? Will this allow more kids to play baseball more often? Will it allow more than 12 Davis players to be on any age group travel ball team?" Young players need touches in games and practices in order to get better. Kevin is offering this as well as expertise in coaching and several decades of baseball experience at all levels of play. What is best for kids should be the thought. Kevin will put in his time, resources and effort to bring year round baseball to Davis. The Academy will allow players and families to be part of something that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do. I am also so pleased to see that Davis Academy is not "poaching" Little League to do this, as noted in the article, but rather will work in parallel. Kevin has been a strong supporter of Little League and our community and I believe this will be apparent in DBA as well. As a side note, thanks always to Bruce Gallaudet who did a good job with the article; he too seems to always have the lens of what is good for kids in mind.

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