Expectations of Parents
Our league representatives spend a great deal of time year round to administer and organize this league to make it as enjoyable for your child as possible.
Coaches spend a great deal of time, give generously of themselves, and are not paid for their time. They are giving of their experience and time – please respect that sacrifice.
Our league umpires are typically high school and college students - they are not professionals, nor are they perfect. They are usually someone who loves the game of baseball or softball. They do the best they can so please respect them.
LEAGUE EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS:
- Please DO NOT coach your child from the sidelines…this is very confusing to the child. Parents that continue to abuse this, may have their child removed from the team, without refund.
- Be a supportive parent for the team and the coaches
- Communicate with the coaches in an appropriate way
- Cheer for all the players on the team
- Be a positive role model
- Be there for your child, whether successful or struggling for success
- Respect all league representatives, umpires and coaches
- Understand that the game is difficult to learn and to play
- Look for opportunities to work with your child on the fundamentals of the game at home
- Be positive and supportive, whether your team wins or loses
- Be a role model of good sportsmanship
- Never use negative comments to either team or players
- Be knowledgeable on the league rules – these can be found on this MYBS website under the Coaches or Players sections
To sign up for the RainedOut.com website – this will inform you when games are cancelled
WHAT DOES YOUR COACH EXPECT OF YOU:
- To cheer for all the players and make them feel important
- To allow him/her to coach and direct the team without interference from outside the fence
- To not question the coaches and their leadership
- To not yell at coaches, umpires, or players
- To play catch and work with your child outside of practice – this is a great bonding experience!
- To not yell instructions to your child while they are playing, this creates more confusion than it helps
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR COACH:
- To have completed all their certifications (NYSCA, Concussion Training and Background checks) before the season begins
- To communicate with parents (practice and game times, expectations, etc.)
- To be a positive role model and respect each child as an individual
- To never yell negative comments or be abusive to any player in any way
- To never disrespect any player, umpire, parent, or league representative
- To be on time for all practices and games
- To make practices fun and be creative
- To be as fair as possible to all players
- To set reasonable expectations for each player and the season
- To teach the players the value of winning AND losing
- To do their best to teach their players the fundamentals of the game
SOME INTERESTING FACTS:
On average, only 1 player off each youth league team will make the high school baseball or softball team.
Less than 3 out of every 50 high school baseball or softball players will play college ball.
Approximately 1 out of every 350 high school baseball players will get drafted by a major league baseball team.
In today’s society so much is based on numbers, so the numbers, when describing the long-range prospects of any youth baseball player go like this … For the five million children playing baseball in the United States, 400,000 will play ball in high school. Of those 400,000, around 1,500 will be drafted by a professional baseball team. From those 1,500 or so, 500 will play two seasons or less in the minor leagues. Of the 500 in the minors, 100 will reach the Major League level, with one making it to Cooperstown, N.Y. and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
So, in doing the math for all the parents pushing their little “future major leaguer”, remember their chances of playing in the major leagues are approximately 50,000 to 1 – not the best of odds…so, let your child enjoy their time playing baseball or softball. Allow them the opportunity to enjoy the experience and comradery that this game affords us all!
We are all responsible for being a positive role model for all the kids. We must be the role models in today’s society. If we eliminate the negative comments, the kids will have an opportunity to play without any unnecessary pressures and will learn the values of good sportsmanship.