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Bloomingdale Baseball & Softball Association

The 2024 Season is Underway!

Tips for Parents

You may have heard horror stories about the overbearing baseball and softball parents and coaches. A good experience for your child begins with us; the parents of each player. Our job is to make playing youth baseball and softball more enjoyable, and make each season a rewarding learning experience for the kids. After all, it's for the kids.

The Board of Directors would like to share 10 Best Practices on how to make this a better experience for you and your child. These ideas will help make the next few months more fun for the children, more enjoyable for you and a whole lot easier for the volunteers.

Best Practices

1. Work With Your Child

Few things are more satisfying than spending a few evenings each week playing ball with your kids. Not only does this provide quality time together, but it also helps your child enhance their skills. The better your child plays, the more they will enjoy the experience. One day, they will fondly look back on these spring evenings spent playing catch with mom and/or dad.

2. Get Involved With the BBSA

Our program operates on a volunteer basis, and we welcome all the assistance we can get. Any contribution you can make will benefit all the kids, whether it's helping at registration or tryouts, scorekeeping, preparing fields, umpiring and more. When your child sees how important this is to you, they'll understand its significance as well.

Our board members contribute in various ways, including field preparation, scheduling, scorekeeping, umpiring, managing equipment and uniforms, operating the snack bar and fundraising. There's a role for everyone who wants to help.

3. Show up for Games and Practices

In today’s busy world, juggling schedules can be challenging, but this is about your child! We've noticed that some parents who never engage in their child's baseball/softball experience—just dropping off and picking up without attending practices—often miss out. It's only a couple of times a week, a few months out of the year!

It can be frustrating when parents who never watch practices (and don't understand the coach's philosophy) question or criticize decisions during games. Most people wouldn't skip work and then critique their boss's decisions about the company, yet some do the equivalent with their child's coach.

4. Respect the Rules

This is one of the most important lessons players should learn: if you disagree with an umpire's call, it's crucial to keep your opinions to yourself. Umpires never reverse their decisions, regardless of how loudly a parent may protest. Arguing with an umpire is disrespectful, and it's important that players are not exposed to such behavior.

Players need to understand and accept umpire calls, even if they believe the call was incorrect. Dealing with calls that don't go your way is a fundamental aspect of both the game and life itself.

5. Don’t Create Pressure

Nearly every parent dreams of their child becoming a major league star, but it's important to remember they are still children who should enjoy the game for what it is. Avoid placing unrealistic expectations on them. Instead, offer positive encouragement and be supportive whenever they need you. Often, children may lack certain skills in their early years but can develop and excel later on.

6. Losing Is a Normal Result of Competition, Help Your Child Learn To Accept It

No one enjoys losing, but in team sports, there's always a winning and a losing side. Teach your child that it's not about them losing individually, but rather the team losing collectively. Explain that on that particular day, the opposing team simply played better. Emphasize that there's always another opportunity, and the key is to learn from setbacks.

One of life's important lessons is that we often learn more from failure than success. It's ok to analyze why the team didn't succeed and how they can improve for next time. However, it's crucial never to assign blame.

7. Have Fun

Baseball/Softball should be a positive experience for everyone: kids, coaches, support staff and parents. Winning is nice, but losing is inevitable. Being a star is fun, but being a bench player is just as important.

8. Don’t Panic if Your Child Is Injured

While our sport is generally considered non-contact, there are instances where players may collide or experience non-contact injuries. Safety is a top priority for everyone. If your child sustains an injury on the field, it's important to allow the coach to manage the initial response.

In many cases, the injury may be minor, and the player might recover quicker if the coach handles it without immediate parental intervention. The coach will assess the situation and call you onto the field if necessary, especially in the case of a more serious injury.

9. The Program Only Gets Better if You Volunteer

We can’t stress this enough ... VOLUNTEER ... we need you! Some people refuse to give their time, yet are quick to criticize. If you can’t be part of the solution, don’t be part of the problem. If you feel something needs to be changed, get involved so that you can change it.

10. Speak up if You Think Your Manager Is Not Being Fair

One of the most frustrating things for a Board Member is to have a parent come up to us after the season and say, "Great program, but my kid's manager kept doing something that really bothered me." A manager/coach cannot address problems if they don’t know the problems exist. Don't assume others know you are unhappy because they may have no idea. The coaches can’t resolve problems that they unaware of. 

The majority of coaches will welcome your input. These volunteers are putting in a ton of effort and very much want every player to have a good experience. If you don’t see any changes after speaking with the team manager, speak with your Player Agent or another Board Member. Your issue will be dealt with promptly.

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Bloomingdale Baseball & Softball Association

PO BOX 89 
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108

Email: [email protected]

Bloomingdale Baseball & Softball Association

PO BOX 89 
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108

Email: [email protected]
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