Muscle Baseball 12U: Code Of Conduct

Wednesday, October 21
Parent Code of Conduct

Please keep in mind all Parents have signed these Documents. 

CODE OF CONDUCT

* Sportsmanship and fair play are essential to all sports. Children learn by example. Therefore parents, coaches, and spectators need to exemplify the highest level of sportsmanship and fair play.

* We agree this is a game for the children.

* Parents will make certain that their children show respect for all players, coaches, umpires, league officials and spectators.

* Parents will inform the coach of any disability or ailment that may affect the safety of their child.

* Parents and Spectators shall support the players, coaches, and umpires.

* Parents and Spectators shall NOT coach or officiate from the stands. Please let the coaches coach and the umpires call the game.

* We recognize no one is perfect and umpires will make mistakes. Please do not question an umpires call, leave that to the coaches.

* No Foul language. PLEASE DON’T DO OR SAY ANYTHING THAT COULD EMBARRASS THE TEAM OR A PLAYER.

* Parents and Spectators will treat ALL players, coaches, umpires, other parents and spectators with respect.

* Parents and Spectators will respect the opponent and avoid any confrontation with opposing players, coaches, umpires and spectators. NO HECKLING.

* Spectators will stay off the field at all times.

* If you have an issue dealing with the team please pull a coach off to the side before or after the game only, not during the game. Please keep in mind other players and coaches will have family and friends in the stands so please be mindful when speaking.

*** DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT OF THE VIOLATION IT COULD RESULT IN YOUR CHILD BEING REMOVED FROM THE MILFORD MUSCLE BASEBALL TEAM WITHOUT REFUND OF DUES PAID. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS GAME IS FOR THE CHILDREN AND LET’S NOT DO ANYTHING TO TAKE THE GAME AWAY FROM THE CHILD.***

I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO FOLLOW THE MILFORD MUSCLE BASEBALL TEAM CODE OF CONDUCT.

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 Dear Parents,
In an effort to make our 2010 season a successful and pleasurable experience for everyone involved, the Milford Muscle coaching staff would like to make a few additions to the Parent Code of Conduct. As the initial Code of Conduct document emphasized, showing respect for the players, umpires, coaches and league officials is vital for teaching our kids the true meaning of good sportsmanship. Our actions will directly impact how those around us ultimately view the Milford Muscle Baseball Team, as well as the entire city of Milford.
Additionally, we would like to point out that this experience will differ somewhat from the typical Little League experiences of the past. Specifically, as it relates to playing time and fielding positions. We have decided to go with a 12 player roster, so this means that 3 players may be on the bench at any given time. The coaches will award playing time based on each player’s talents and abilities. The top 9 players will start each game and play the majority of the innings.  The remaining players, who are non-starters, the coaches will make their best effort to get those players into every game. Positions played by each player, again, will be decided by the coaches and based on each player’s talents and abilities. Each player will be fully evaluated at all positions over the course of our winter training sessions, so this will not be an arbitrary decision based on a short evaluation period.
The Milford Muscle roster is filled with extremely talented athletes, and each parent would like to believe that his or her child is among the most talented of the group. However, the team coaches are responsible for fielding a team that will give us the best chances of winning. Unlike Little League, where it’s all about each child being treated equally regardless of talent and ability, the competitive world of elite travel team baseball places winning at the top of the list of priorities. Don’t misunderstand us. Having fun, learning good sportsmanship, and growing as athletes are all on that list as well. But again, winning and representing the city of Milford is the priority here. Your child may not get to pitch, or play his favorite fielding position. He may bat towards the bottom of the batting order or get fewer at bats than some of the other players. That’s just all part of the game.  He may be relegated to one of the non-starter roles. Please respect the coaches and their decisions related to fielding the most competitive team. Do not lobby for playing time for your child. Please do not ask for your child to play a position other than the ones we feel he is best suited to. Please do not ask us to move your child up in the batting order or to get him more at-bats. This will only serve to create an uncomfortable atmosphere and everyone will suffer for it. Please print & sign this document, then return it to Jerry as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Walt, Dave, Jerry and Jim.