Parent Code of Conduct
Narrows Baseball Club
The side benefits of sports include giving participants a good opportunity to learn how to work and get along with others, take good risks in a public arena, learn to set and achieve goals by developing positive work habits, learn how to succeed and fail with dignity, and to develop friendships outside the immediate family unit that can last a lifetime.
Competitive/developmental baseball programs have a difficult time achieving their established goals without support of the parents/guardians and/or family members. Giving of one's time, money and energy while understanding the objectives of the program are required. For these reasons, the parents/guardians agree to the following:
- Parents are responsible for ALL actions of their player(s) at non-club sponsored off-field activities at away event(s) or, if parent(s) is/are absent, the legal aged adult person that the parent/guardian designates to legally supervise and have responsibility for the player. This designation should always be in writing.
- Refrain from undermining the coaching staff's efforts to develop your player's skills and abilities level of baseball in order to help them reach their maximum potential to play this game at a high level of competency by “coaching from the sidelines".
- Refrain from second guessing the coaching staff's decisions regarding your player's playing time or positioning on the team.
- Do not enter or be in the immediate vicinity of the team's dugout or playing field during a game with the intent of communicating with your player. The staff will maintain control in the dugout and on the playing field. You may be asked to leave the area by the staff if necessary.
- Release your child to the coaching staff and the team.
- Accept the decisions and judgments of the coach and officials and always remain in control of your emotions and opinions.
- Accept the results of each game and not make excuses.
- View the game with team goals and your player's individual goals in mind at all times. Do not criticize your player or other team players for their play on the field. Physical errors are part of the game.
- Encourage your player to keep their perspective in victory and defeat and not say or do anything that will make their player feel as though their self-worth is tied to playing time or the outcome of their play on the field or the game itself.
- Accept the goals, achievements and roles of your player.
- Allow your player to work their own way out of troubling dilemmas without looking immediately to their parents to do it for them.
- After the game, give your player their space and time alone if they want it. Be a good listener if need be. Accept the fact that there will never be such a thing as a "perfect game or season".
- Any issue concerning your player may be addressed with the coaching staff at an agreed upon meeting. Contact will not be made immediately prior to or following a game or club function when emotions are at their peak.
- The Baseball Director may be contacted if you cannot come to a mutually acceptable understanding with the coaching staff.