Parents and Coaches (Ancaster Baseball)

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As members of Ancaster Baseball it is our responsibility as coaches, umpires, volunteers and parents to ensure a happy, safe and secure environment for all of the children. The ideals of sportsmanship, fair play, camaraderie and just plain fun can only be maintained by all of our efforts to leave the game on the field with the players. Membership in the league is contingent on all of us adhering to the principles of respect and dignity for all and setting a good example for the children.

The operating executive of Ancaster Baseball are always accessible to hear your concerns and suggestions to make our league better. The following guidelines will help for us all to understand the basic philosophy of the league.

Managers and Coaches:

1. Reflect an understanding of the age group they supervise.

2. Are aware that they are an example to those with whom they work.

3. Demonstrate that they have an appreciation of the philosophy of Ancaster Baseball, and cooperate with others in making the program of mutual benefit to all youngsters.

4. Show by example, that they respect the judgment and the position of authority of the umpire. Instill in their players a respect for authority of adult leaders in the game.

5. Exercise their leadership role adequately but leave the ball game in the hands of the players.

6.Within the regulations of their own league and of Ancaster Baseball, provide an equal opportunity for each youngster to participate in every game.

7. Encourage their players at every opportunity.

8. Familiarize themselves with the home background of the youngsters and their families.

9. Instill a desire to win and to improve, striving to impart as much baseball knowledge as possible to each player.

10. Encourage good health habits, good grooming and care of the uniform.

11. Are instrumental in shaping acceptable behaviour patterns whether the team wins or loses.

12. Know the playing Rules and Regulations of Ancaster Baseball and are able to interpret them correctly. Play by the rules and adhere to their intent, instilling in the players a respect for the rules of the game.

13. Are cautious and use sound, reasonable judgment in a protest situation.

14. Have had an opportunity to participate in a preparatory training program concerning their responsibilities before being assigned to their position.

15. Have knowledge of first aid and safety.

Spectators and Parents:


1. Through well planned and organized efforts parents are made aware of the Rules, Regulations and philosophy of Ancaster Baseball.

2. Are positive in any criticism of the program and are willing to volunteer their services to improve it. Present their opinions and criticisms to officers of the league in a constructive manner.

3. Clearly understand the tryout system and the method of player selection.

4. Demonstrate that they recognize the effort expended by the volunteer personnel by refraining from unsportsmanlike conduct and "grandstand" managing.

5. Realize the umpire is closest to the play and that each umpire calls them as he or she sees them. The umpire is someone who has assumed a difficult but necessary role.

6. Recognize that Ancaster Baseball players are children, not professional players, and need encouragement, not criticism.

7. Applaud good plays; ignore errors. Encourage a greater effort, initiative and hustle. Congratulate the winner; encourage the loser. Enjoy the game for what it is.

If it isn't fun. . . . It isn't Ancaster Baseball.
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