There's that word, again. Commitment. Websters defines it as "a pledge or promise; obligation." It's a concept that parents have become slack in teaching their children. And, it's a concept that, when ignored, can bring a team down. It is disheartening when a travel ball coach pours his/her time and energy into a team, teaching and reinforcing the fundamentals of the game, only to have a parent take their child and walk away. Just walk away, with no regard for the rest of the team, the coaches... or their own child, for that matter. Hoppng from one team to the next, the child gets the message that, when something doesn't go her way, it's acceptable to just leave. No explanation necessary.
What happened to commitment? Only one team can win the game. If your team doesn't win, dust off your cleats and work harder next time. Don't blame the coach, another player, or yourself. It's a team effort and, well, you know... there is no "I" in team.
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi