At the on group of any Baseball season, parents have the high expectation that their child is key to the teams? success. This to a qualification holds true. The success of the team depends on just about every player. Problems arise between the perspectives of the Parents, Players and the Coach.
We each have our very own self image that is likely quite different to how the rest of the world sees us. This applies to our vision of our children. Crushing the ball for Dad in the trunk yard is great, but it will not always transfer to the diamond. In no way should any parent expect backyard confidence to equate to on field performance. It is just a bar that will likely get knocked off the stands each and every time.
Coach?s of most experience levels will be the most qualified to put and play the players. Coach includes a ?vision? of how all of the parts will work in tandem. As a parent, we have to respect that in all degrees of play. This person stood up to take the responsibility of being Baseball Coach when no one else did.
Its a responsibility that takes a substantial amount of abuse. I have witnessed parents and grand-parents rip down a coach during a game in order to remove the weaker players and restructure the vision. His solution was quite enlightening. Every 5 to ten minutes, he rotated all the players to different positions, pitchers, catchers in addition to on and off the bench. They lost horribly, but from that moment on he was permitted to Coach the rest of the season without bleacher badger. It worked because as the ?key? players were rotated in to the ?right? position, each of them made errors from simple catching mistakes to ?why did you to first when the runner was stealing third?. He essentially had the loss (over 30 to 0) a whole community effort. As everyone was responsible for the loss, those who were coaching from the bleachers got a taste they might not spit out.
Will this tactic work with everyone? yizzly do not know, but it?s a solution that I’ll not soon forget.
Parent participation is wonderful. Become involved, get in the game. Below are a few things to keep in mind as a parent
1- Don?t arrive at the field when practice is supposed to start. If the scheduled time is 5:30, be there by 5:15. It decreases the stress of rush driving and the hour roughly of scheduled practice time is not lost on greetings and jibber jabber.
2- Be helpful, Time lost establishing the field or exercise is merely that lost. If it?s not written, ask the Coach what the plan is for the day and what you can do to help things along. Players want to do just that, play. Idle time lost while establishing another skill drill looses the focus gained from the previous one.
3- Never correct, yell, discipline or elsewhere diminish the authority of the Coach in front of the Players or Other Parents. In case you have concerns or comments, reserve time in your day to speak with the coach in private. It may be your perspective that needs the correction.
4- Respect everyone. Coach?s?, parents, umpires, players, opposing teams, it does not matter who or what they’re with regards to your team. Everyone deserves respect that will not need to be earned. Respecting others will result in others respecting you.
Ponder what it really is to play baseball. What do you want your children to take away with them when their playing days are relegated to church league. For myself I am hoping for, respect for themselves, confidence within their abilities, recognition of these limits, work ethic of practicing and the idea of working with a team and the lifelong friendships it could bring.