At the on set of any Baseball season, parents have the high expectation that their child is paramount to the teams? success. This to a qualification is true. The success of the team depends on every single player. Problems arise between your perspectives of the Parents, Players and the Coach.
We each have our very own self image which is likely quite different to how the rest of the world sees us. This also pertains to our vision of our kids. 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 all experience levels will be the most qualified to put and play the players. Coach includes a ?vision? of how all the parts will continue to work in tandem. As a parent, we must respect that in all degrees of play. This person stood up to take the responsibility to be 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 an effort to remove the weaker players and restructure the vision. His solution was quite enlightening. Every 5 to 10 minutes, he rotated all of 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 allowed to Coach the rest of the season without bleacher badger. It worked because because 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 individuals were 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? I truly have no idea, but it?s a solution that I am going to not soon forget.
Parent participation is wonderful. Get 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 meant to start out. If the scheduled time is 5:30, be there by 5:15. It cuts down the stress of rush driving and the hour roughly of scheduled practice time isn’t lost on greetings and jibber jabber.
2- Be helpful, Time lost setting up the field or exercise is merely that lost. If it?s not written, ask the Coach what the program is for your day and what you can do to greatly help things along. Players wish to accomplish that, play. Idle time lost while setting up another skill drill looses the focus gained from the previous one.
3- Never correct, yell, discipline or otherwise diminish the authority of the Coach while watching Players or Other Parents. Should you have concerns or comments, reserve time in your day to consult with the coach in private. It could be your perspective that requires the correction.
4- Respect everyone. Coach?s?, parents, umpires, players, opposing teams, no matter who or what they’re with regards to your team. Everyone deserves respect that does not have to be earned. Respecting yizzly will result in others respecting you.
Ponder what it 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 hope for, respect for themselves, confidence in their abilities, recognition of their limits, work ethic of practicing and the concept of working together with a team and the lifelong friendships it can bring.