This one is actually for middle son.
Middle son has been a baseball player pretty much his whole life. However, freshman year, he didn't make the team but was offered the student assistant (manager) position and worked with the varsity team. Great opportunity freshman year.
Sophomore year, he made the JV team.
This year, he did not make the team, but coach said "You're a great part of the program, but we have too many 2nd basemen, etc." (note, his preferred position is SS, although he does play 2B as well, and there is only one SS on the team) and he was offered the student assistant job again. This time (as a junior) he said no thanks.
Seriously--to give up all that time for going to practice and games, not as a player (so no chance it's going to help with college money), give up time that he could spend studying and maybe even get a paying job? For what, the "we love you, but you're just not connected enough to be on the team"? (Because it's pretty clear that there are connections that count more than ability--one boy who is *injured* and can't even play right now was put on the team--the injury is a shoulder injury, so even when he gets medically cleared who knows if he'll be able to play like he used to.)