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Managers and Coaches, we hope that this site will help answer any of your questions.   We have posted helpful links, documents and other resources to help you become the best coach possible. 
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Coach's Code of Conduct

The purpose of my coaching is to: 
• Teach Life Lessons Through Sports to help boys become men and girls become women of empathy and integrity who will lead, be responsible, and change the world for good. 
• I will be mindful to never shame a player, but to correct in an uplifting way. Affirmation! 
• I believe in every player. Remember, “In youth is where miracles are made.” 
• I will protect our players. I am big enough to build up, not tear down. Kids are getting attacked from many places that we don’t often see and of which we are not aware. 
• My job is to put players in a position where they can develop to their fullest potential through proper teaching and nurturing. 
• Each player is part of our family, deserves every chance to succeed and deserves the utmost respect. 
• Coaches can disagree in meetings but never in front of our players or anyone else outside of our family. Disagreements will be saved for private meetings. 
• Our players are student-athletes and we are teacher-coaches. We will hold ourselves accountable as teachers of young men and women and the lessons they need in order to navigate masculinity, femininity and life. 
• If I do not know, I will say so and get appropriate information. I won’t bluff my players! They know the difference. 
• Parents are our partners. I will strive to work with each family in helping their child succeed. “Every boy is a son, every girl a daughter to their mother and father.” 
• I will love our players and the other coaches. I will use no profanity! 
• I know the difference between shaming and coaching. No screaming, shaming, swearing, or sarcasm. 
• I won’t be afraid to apologize! We all make mistakes. When mistakes are made publicly, I will apologize publicly; when mistakes are made personally, I will apologize personally. 
• We are nurturing successful people, not just successful athletes. 
• I will treat all opposing coaches and their teams with honor deserving of true competitors. 
• I will respect all referees, officials, and timekeepers. They are imperfect and trying their best just as we are. 
• Regardless of our wins and losses, we will be successful, if we carry out the above items. 
• Because I am a role model who has the power, position and platform to make a positive difference in the lives of my players, I commit to this code of conduct. When failing to live up to our standards I will allow for accountability and take responsibility for my actions.
• Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the vicinity of any of the playing fields or where otherwise prohibited.    
• A No Smoking policy is enforced on the park premises or near children.


At MPK Pony Baseball and USA Softball, we prioritize safety and inclusivity. Therefore, we enforce a Zero Tolerance policy against all forms of physical violence, including verbal and non-verbal, as well as any actions aimed at provoking or instigating violence. Our commitment is to provide a secure and respectful environment for all participants, free from judgment.

Anyone violating this clause will face an immediate ban from the league. Continued violations will result in the permanent removal of the entire family from participation.

Coach's Responsibility

EDUCATION

Baseball is largely a game of skills. Talent is important but skills must be learned even for the most talented players. Skills are the mechanical movements your body must execute to perform a task like swinging a bat or throwing a ball. Correct mechanics are important to learn early because bad mechanics are hard to correct once a player has performed them over several years. It is very important that coaches learn the correct mechanics and drills to teach these skills. Coaches in T-Ball need to get young players started correctly. As we move up in division coaches need to continue to reinforce good mechanics, so it is important that all coaches know them. Don’t assume you know the correct mechanics, because chances are you may not. Even if you do, you may not know how to teach them. Read, watch videos, and attend coaches’ clinics to learn the correct skills and drills for teaching these skills. Have your assistant coaches and parents learn them too. They will be spending a large amount of time teaching these mechanics as well. It will benefit their child and others on your team.

GET PARENTS ORGANIZED

As noted above, there is a lot to do. Additionally, there will be the need for assistant coaches, phone numbers, score keepers, people to help lug equipment, bring refreshments, and plan the end of season party. Yet, you need to focus on coaching the team. This is what I expected to spend my time on, but the administration side can take up valuable time. You are a volunteer too, and can give only a certain amount of time, so find help. Meet with parents before practice begins and tell them you will need their help. Hand out a list of what must be done and discuss the extra things which would be nice to have. Select a team parent, he/she will be a great help. You don’t need to control everything, so accept help and delegate responsibility.

PLAN YOUR PRACTICES

It’s important to have your practices planned out in some details, to most efficiently use time, maximize repetitions, and keep the kids from drifting off. Three or four assistant coaches are helpful if you want to break the players into small groups for drills. Find someone who can pitch. Baseball is largely about batting, and batting practice consumes a large amount of practice time. Find some people who can pitch and all assistants should know the correct mechanics of swinging.

CREATE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Set expectations early. Players need to know they are expected to hustle around the field. They should not get down on other players. Outbursts and tantrums are not acceptable behavior. Players shouldn’t nag the coach about when they can bat or play a certain position. This does not mean they can’t talk, but nagging the coach is not acceptable. If you communicate this early, they will learn to understand and what to expect. Violations of rules should result in some form of consequence so, speak to their parents and let them approve the consequence. Do not ever punish poor performance. Spend a few minutes with the players at the beginning and end of practice. Go over what you intend to do, and what you expect. Take questions. Foster teamwork as a top priority. Talk about what a team is. Tell them it means that they should be buddies, on and off the field. They should not expect themselves or other team members to goof off during practice because it will cost the team. They should want each other to get better, so the team gets better.

BE FAIR

As a coach in baseball or softball, it is essential to prioritize fairness and ensure that every player on the team has a chance to participate. Embracing fairness means creating an environment where each player's skills, efforts, and potential are acknowledged and valued. It involves giving everyone equal opportunities to showcase their abilities, regardless of their skill level or experience. By implementing fair playing time policies, a coach can foster a positive team dynamic, boost players' confidence, and encourage a sense of unity and camaraderie among teammates. Striving for fairness helps create a supportive and inclusive environment where each player can develop and contribute to the team's success.

KNOW THE PLAYERS

It is important to try to spend a little time here and there individually with each player. How is school going? What other interests do they have? Who is their favorite ballplayer? Kids will be more comfortable with you if they know you care about them personally. Furthermore, you can learn a lot about how to coach a kid if you know a bit about what makes him tick. It is also an opportunity to reinforce the need to practice. You should have a general sense of the goals for each player, after a while. You should communicate these goals to the players and parents. Maybe they need to work on the batting, or their throwing mechanics, improve their footwork, or be more patient at the plate. Use this opportunity to suggest practice on their own time in certain areas.

SAFETY FIRST

Always make safety a priority. Coaches will be required to get coaching certification through T&C. These courses go over many safely issues and concerns. We also encourage you to get first aid training through the Red Cross. At young ages, some kids are not good defensively. Fly balls can be hazardous for a kid who cannot catch. You can use tennis balls initially for certain kids and urge their parents to get them up to a minimum level of skill. Dusk presents problems, and line drives, at all ages, can be deadly at sunset. Check the practice field for potential problems, glass, rocks, holes, etc. Make sure your first aid kit, ice, water, phone numbers, and a cell phone are at the field. Do not let a player continue if there is a sign of injury. Follow the rules and insist others do too. Safety gear must be worn at all times, or a player must leave the field. Warming up by light running, agility drills, throwing, and stretching should be mandatory before practice.

MANAGING PARENTS

Youth baseball can do funny things to otherwise very nice people. Parents care deeply and want the best for their child, and some will go overboard trying to get it. Many will think their child should be playing shortstop or pitcher. Others will criticize their child severely for mistakes. Some parents just do not care, and the child will have trouble getting to practices or games, furthermore they will not get any additional practice at home. You will face these issues, and there is no clear correct way to deal with them. It is the toughest thing about coaching. For the overzealous parent, be patient and explain what you are trying to do. If they want their child to play more at a certain position, I suggest they help the kid to earn it, and give them some ideas on how to do it. The critical parent needs to be dealt with more firmly. Take them aside and tell them as nicely as you can that it’s not helpful to the confidence you’re trying to build, and it has to change. If a player has trouble getting to the field, maybe you can help arrange a carpool with another parent. Sure, it is the parent’s job, but you are a team.

KNOW YOUR GOALS

Volunteering to be a coach makes you a part of the MPK Pony Baseball and USA Softball organization and we want all our coaches to have the correct motivations and goals.
What are you seeking as a coach? Did you get involved and volunteer to be a coach so your child would always play a good position? Are you coaching so your child will have a better chance at making an All-Star team? If these are your motivations for coaching, you need to check your priorities. You have goals that will interfere with your team’s success and the success of other children on your team.

The most common coaching objectives are, to have fun, to help players develop their baseball skills, and to win. Thus, your goals involve the priorities of these objectives. To coach successfully, you must know how you rank these objectives. In just what order do you rank the importance of fun, development, and winning? You need to think through this and know before the season begins. Take the following actions to better define your goals: Determine your priorities for the season. Prepare for situations that challenge your priorities. Set goals for yourself and your players that are consistent with those priorities. Plan how you and your players can best attain those goals. Review your goals frequently to be sure that you are staying on track.

More Coaching Resources

More resources on coaching guides, practice plans and coach's templates can be found under coach's resource in our resource corner.

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