Parents best practices
TJ Taylor is quoted as saying: “You have goals every time you play a game. Why not set goals before each practice. Make practice your own game, against yourself – and win it!”
Parents with any sport, this quote rings clear. Little League Baseball can be one of the most negative sports. If you really think about it, every time your player comes up to bat or a ball is thrown to them that they miss possibly causing a run for the opposing team, a missed pop fly, etc in their mind a negative experience is created. I realize some of you are awaiting phone calls with your players team placement, however in the back of your mind, please take the following suggestions as encouragement.
Here are a few best practices:
1. Practice makes perfect. Don’t set them up for failure! Make every effort to have your player available at every practice.
2. Work with them, throw balls, have a simulated batting session in your home, take them to a batting cage, PRACTICE.
3. Words of encouragement when negative experiences occur. Your Manager and Coach will be the first one your player encounters, they should always provide words of encouragement, cheer them on.
4. These are young boys and girls, like any kid they will likely forget a hat, belt etc. Help them prepare for each game.
5. Let the kids have fun!
6. Leave the players alone while they are on the field and in the dugout.
7. Leave the coaches alone.
8. Leave the umpires alone! He/she has a tough enough job managing the game.
Most importantly, GET THEM TO PRACTICE! If your player cannot make it, use common courtesy and let the coach know. Many volunteer coaches are taking off work early to hold practices. If you leave your player at practice, remember your coaches are not baby sitters. Please return at your scheduled time for pick up.
Volunteering is an important part of the experience. Green Run Little League looks forward to a warm sunshine filled winning season with many positive and rewarding experiences created for all.