Just worked with a coach who had a young man who was an excellent teammate, attitude and effort on the field but coming from a very difficult family situation with very little guidance and was not putting forth the same effort in his classes. Coaches choices… 1) just ignore it and play him because that is someone else’s problem (not the right answer) 2) eliminate the kid from the team (last option) or 3) keep the kid with the team and just hold him out of competition until he gets his grades in order.
We need to be flexible and work with kids where they are – not lock ourselves into rules that are not good for each individual case. He is learning the right lessons in the class called baseball. That kid needs to be around his teammates and coaches more than the baseball team needs him. It is only double standards if the choice of action is based on talent.