Tips For Minor Ball† Parents
Written by a parent, for a parent.
Work with your child. There is little more satisfying than going out at least one evening a week and playing ball with your kids. This gives you some quality time together and helps your child improve his/her skills.† Some day your child will look back fondly on his/her summer evenings spent playing catch with mom and/or dad.
in your local League. Minor Ball is run on a volunteer basis and anything you
can do to pitch in will make the League run more smoothly.† This in turn will help all the kids.† Ideas vary from volunteering to coach or
becoming an assistant coach, to scorekeeping, to joining the Minor Ball
Association.† Teach kids that you care!!!
Criminal Record checks are required by the GBMSL & our insurance carrier on all
coaches. Please don't take this as an lack of trust but rather look at it as a
positive, that we want to look out for our kids.
Different coaches have different philosophies. Some believe in having players play all positions, some want players to become good at one. Some coaches place more emphasis on winning, others stress having fun.† It is IMPORTANT to remember that your child's coach is not being paid, he or she is working for the love of the game and the kids. Let him/her be the coach! Don't argue and criticize if you think your child is being treated unfairly (as parents, it is natural to be very protective, but most coaches aren't discriminating). If you think there is a problem, discuss it with the coach AWAY from the ball field; chances are that you will see their point of view. The important thing is not to make an issue in front of the players; along with baseball, they are learning to work as a team and to respect authority and experience.
Show up for the games AND the practices. In today's busy world it is sometimes hard to juggle schedules, but you have signed your child up for a team sport that requires a minimum number of players in attendance BEFORE the game can begin!† Even tyke games can be forfeited due to lack of players.† If it is impossible for your child to play, please show courtesy by phoning the coach and letting him/her know this in advance.† In this way, the coach can call up a player from a lower division to replace your child rather than forfeiting the game at the last minute when most others have already made the effort to arrive.†
Arrive early.† It is imperative that the players arrive at least 15 MINUTES EARLY to EACH game so that their names can be added to the roster and they can be arranged in the batting order.† This also allows the players a chance to get warmed up and to practice before the start of the game.† This holds true all the way down to Tyke, where learning to catch and hit are still a major aspects of the game itself!†
Respect the rules! This is what the kids need to be learning. If you don't agree with an umpireís call, please keep it to yourself. If there is a team rule that bothers you, or if you think there is a serious problem, take it up with the coach or a League official on your own time, not your childís.
Don't create pressure. Many parents dream of their child becoming a major league star, but these are only children. Don't expect more than they can deliver. Give positive encouragement and be there when they need you. Besides, a child in early years may lack certain skills, but may surprise you by blossoming later on. Don't fight nature or the kids.
Itís OK to lose!† No one likes to lose, but the nature of a team sport is that one team will always lose. Teach your child that he/she didn't lose, that the team lost, and further, that they lost to a team that just happened to play better that day.† Its okay to analyze why the team lost and how they can do better next time, but remember, it's never okay to place blame.
Have Fun!!!!! Little League should be a positive experience for everyone: kids, coaches, support staff, and parents. Winning is nice, but losing is inevitable. Being a star is fun, but being a bench player is just as important. Take the opportunity to enjoy your child's childhood, and to teach some important life lessons!!
Alone At The Plate
He pulls on a
helmet, picks up the bat,
and walks to the plate, "gotta hit and that's that."
starts to yell, the game's on the line,
last inning, two outs, the score's nine to nine.
"Go get it," Mom wrings her hands,
coach hollers, "hit it," but alone there he stands.
made in seconds such as this,
but he's just a little boy, what if he should miss?
this game's ended and he's little no more,
will he remember the outcome or even the score?
No he'll have
forgotten if he was out, hit, or a run,
he'll only look back on his friends and the fun.
So cheer this boy
on, alone with his fate;
help him remember with fondness this stand at the plate.
time wisely and help in his quest
to be a hitter with confidence and always his best.
And when the game's over, this boy can stand tall,
for you've helped him prepare to give it his all!