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FROM late night trips to sonic after practices and games, TO washing uniforms. 

You are what makes the world go around, we value our parents. All the time, money, and exhaustion put into to making sure your child has the best life. Making sure your children are fed, clothed, bathe, teeth and hair brushed, bed-time stories, school, heck just getting your child to school on time for some of us is a challenge. On top of all this you add sports......and if you have more then 1 child and multiple sports going on, Lord I am praying for you, but in the end it is all worth it, trust me. Us as parents fed off seeing the light in our children's eyes, and we will do whatever it takes to see them light up. Yes, you feel all the emotions just like your child. The JOY you feel when you see your child's excitement from pulling off a WIN. The heart ache you feel from seeing disappointment written all over their face. Wishing you could change the outcome of the final game. Trying everything to make your child feel better, but deep down you know nothing will help. You once were in their shoes......playing ball was your life, and you know nothing can take the pain they feel away. 

Stop questioning and comparing yourself to other parents. 
Some of us have it together, but to be honest most of us don't and we are all just winging it! 
Actually, we all - at any moment could be 2007 Brittney Spears.
If she can make it through 2007, We ALL can make it through BASEBALL & SOFTBALL SEASON!


DO help your kids find their own passion.

Help your kid find and pursue their own passions, rather than your own. Your child should be the one who says, “let’s go throw the ball around!” In finding and playing something they inherently love, they’ll have more fun pursuing a passion and putting in the time to improve on it.

DON’T yell “you can do it!”

This, and other seemingly-positive phrases, can sometimes create more pressure if the child isn’t able to do it, or finds it challenging to follow-through.

DO practice at home.

No one ever got any better at something by doing it only one hour every seven days. Kids are visual, hands-on learners. Find ways to practice fielding ground balls, hitting off the tee and throwing the ball in ways that they understand and find fun. Repetition is the best chance at improvement and the one-on-one time you spend with your child builds a lifelong passion for both love of the game and quality time with mom and dad.

DON’T encroach on the sidelines.

Give some space between you and the field. If your child is constantly looking for you in the stands or listening to your instructions from the sideline, her main focus is not the game, it’s you. Tell your child something like, “once you’re out there, I can’t help you. That’s your coach’s job. Focus on and listen to your coach.” Ultimately, this will help her have fun while she’s out there and focus on playing the game, instead of looking for approval from sideline bystanders.

DO be consistent with your kids whether they win or lose.

Whether your kids has a great game or a ho-hum performance, be consistent with your attitude and after-game activities. Help them learn to expect the same encouragement, tone and routine after every game, win or lose. Tell your kids you believe in them, no matter what the scoreboard looks like in the end.

DON’T interrupt the practice to get that perfect Instagram photo of your kiddo.

Watching them hit a baseball off the tee the first time can be so tempting. You want to grab that moment and keep it with you forever. Not without a zoom lens, you don’t. As much as you want to get close enough to snap the perfect Boomerang of your child’s swing, try not to interrupt practice exercises by actually walking into the field or practice space. Keep your iPhone on the sidelines where it belongs and get the pictures after practice.

DO let them show you what they can do without you.

In little league, a silent parent is a good parent. Give your child a hug and wish them good luck, and then let her show you what she can do without you!

Participation in sports by children and adolescents is associated with a range of documented physical, emotional, social, educational, and other benefits that can last into adulthood. Surveys have shown that having fun is a primary reason why children are motivated to participate in sports. These parenting etiquette tips will help you be the supportive parent you want to be on the field while encouraging your child to keep participating in a sport they love, while reaping all the long-term physical, social and emotional benefits.

Code of Conduct for Baseball Parents

Communicate with the coaches and other parents.
If your child is sick or injured let people know so that replacements can be found, if necessary. If you are frustrated with the way things are going, don't complain about it behind everyone's backs. Be direct and honest.   

Ensure that your child makes it to scheduled practices and games.
Baseball is a team sport. Other players on the squad need to be able to work with all players in their designated positions.

Own, borrow or rent proper equipment.
It puts a strain on the team if your child is always borrowing helmets, gloves, bats or catching gear.

Contribute as required financially and/or via donations.
Be aware of the financial obligations before your child signs up or tries out. Tournament fees, travel, etc. can really add up. Be prepared before the season so that the team can ensure it has enough players throughout the year.

Trust the coaches.
This one is difficult, even for me! While it is true that some coaches play favorites and may give their child more playing time in a coveted position, keep in mind that they are likely volunteering their time. Moreover, strategies cannot always be ascertained. If you are concerned about bench time for your child, let the coach know, but be respectful.

Be respectful.
This has to follow from the previous tip. If your emotions are running over, take a deep breath and wait before saying something. Respect the coaches, the other parents, all the players on the team and, perhaps most importantly, the players, coaches and parents on the other team! Don't yell at the umpires, either. Walk away from annoying fans on the other team. Model good sportsmanship for your child.

Follow rules.
If the field says that there are no dogs allowed, leave Fido at home. No Smoking? Go to the designated smoking locations.  No flash photography? Then shut it off. Things will go much more smoothly if you don't find yourself on the defensive at a game.

Be prepared.
Be sure to send plenty of water to practices and games. Include approved snacks, if allowed. Check your child's bat bag to make sure they have everything they need before arriving to a game or practice. 

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