Parents are a important part to the development and success a player has in softball. They are vital in the recruiting process as well. Positive reinforcement and pushing your child will only make them a better player. I want to offer a few words of advice and lay some ground rules as we go into our 2017/2018 season.
* Show up to practice, tournaments, and fundraisers. Life can get in the way sometimes, but it shouldn't get in the way often. You will have to sacrifice your time to benefit your child. There will be times you may need to travel. Its hard work supporting a child with a dream.
* Try to remain positive. Your child will beat themselves up after a mistake or a loss. A parent adding onto it will not fix anything. It will just make things worse. I am a parent myself and this one is hard, but if you can get to the point of not " car coaching" it will make your child learn to self process negative events and respond to them.
* If you disagree with the coach please don't share it with your child. They are a product of their environment. They will take on your attitude toward the coach and it will cost them their spot on the team. Instruct them to show maturity and learn to talk to the coach and see what advice and solutions they have.
* Take private lessons. To me if your desire is to play at a high level this is an easy one. It doesn't have to be a big name instructor. Find someone your child responds to and really learns from. You will see results if you have the right fit.
* Please be realistic with your players ability. Just because you think she is D1 doesn't mean that is the case. My advice is focus on the Academics. That is what all of this is about anyway. You can be the best ball player in the world, but if you don't know " come here ' from " sick'em" you aren't going very far anyway.
* We will have a zero tolerance policy in effect this year and from here on out. That means any disruption to what we are doing you will be removed from our roster. Fussing outside of the fence will lead to you being removed as well. That goes for fussing at coaches, umpires, or the other team. We are volunteers, and there are people doing work for your child that no one else has done up to this point. Coaches aren't always right. We make calls that win games and we make some that lose games. We don't need your opinion on it. If you feel you should share it then we will give you the opportunity to leave and start your very on successful softball team.
* The dugout and field is off limits without the coaches permission. Don't bring them water, snacks, gear, or anything else. Should have been done before they enter the fences. Teach them to be prepared when they get there.
* Missing mandatory practices will lead to removal. As mentioned above life happens, but it shouldn't happen all the time. Miss practice you are not a part of the team.
* When we have a fundraiser there will be a minimum amount set for each player. They are responsible for that amount. Lesser amounts are not accepted and we will determine you didn't participate. Anything over the amount can go toward your tournaments dues ort anything you and the coach agree on.
* If your child decides to be disrespectful to a coach. team mate, opponent, umpire, or anyone else while they are on our watch we will remove them from the team. Don't be surprised if we send your child out to you.
* Every player in our organization will be expected to try out every year. There was some confusion there this year, and for that I apologize. I don't personally believe in handing a playing anything that hasn't been earned. My goal is to keep girls in Classics jerseys as long as I can, but it doesn't always work that way.
* Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I wanted our coaches to focus on their job of coaching, not handling issues with upset players and parents. Understand by contacting me doesn't mean you keep your spot, but I will view it as the responsible way of handling things and we will discuss it. I am very coach friendly though.
It will take us all to make this work the way it needs to work. We had a ton of positive happen in year one, and we had some negative. We have spent the off season focusing on correcting the negative. We will learn from year to year, and we will improve. Make your focus about the end game. Keep it about the players not just the player.