Generally most youth softball teams are made up of 10-12 players. Maybe more maybe less give or take a player or two, Regardless of size the individual personalities that make up every team are critically important not only to the success of the team, but to the individual development of each player on the team. When you are lucky enough to have an entire team buy in and endear the teachings and philosophies of the program the chances of success grow exponentially. If the individuals on the team endear each other the chances of success become even greater. Granted adolescent, pre-teen, teen drama is a cold hard reality that every coach has to navigate. In most cases it is prudent for the players to work these minor situations out on their own. I have always believed it helps them build independent problem solving skills.
However, What happens when a player is introduced to the team or a small clique of players within the team completely up ends the productive process created within the program. The reality is you have a major problem. Is there a team utopia that exists ? Of course not, but there is a very big difference between teen drama and outright mayhem. obviously we need to keep sight of the fact we are talking about children. However, only so much chaos can be endured before the team comes off the rales, and suffers the ultimate fate of dissolving entirely. I have seen this many times before and often it could have been avoided, albeit not without tough discussions and hard feelings. Hard difficult times are inevitable. Take the time to plan your approach before they even happen. I have always believed hard times make the good times even sweeter.
2. So now it happens. You have rotten egg/eggs.
Be mindful it doesn't take a basket of rotten eggs only one. One player can overturn the apple cart and ruin a perfectly good thing for everyone. Your task is to be vigilant and do everything in your power to avoid a complete meltdown.