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Thursday, October 15, 2009

How Do You Treat Umpires?

By Chip Lemin

Hello Coaches,

You probably know by now that I like to promote good sportsmanship, and player, fan in the game of youth baseball. There has never been more demand for proper conduct in youth baseball than today.Youth baseball coaches should consider themselves as statesman of the game.Youth baseball gets a black eye by the poor choices of a small majority.Please, as a youth baseball coach,please up hold the honor and integrity of our great game by setting strong examples for players,spectators,and umpires by.....

Don't be a bench jockey. This includes constant riding of the umpires,along with any personal comments about them or other players,coaches, or fans.Sounds like common sense.Well, some coaches need a refresher course.

Make sure you know the rules of youth baseball before you run your mouth. I will have further articles on some common rule disagreements coming up in later articles,along with a site to access for rule information.

Please limit discussions with umpires to the rules, not challenging the judgment of the umpire.

Coaches shall actively use their influence to enhance sportsmanship by their athletes and spectators.

Before and after contests, rival coaches should meet and exchange friendly greetings in order to set the correct tone for the game.

Contest umpires will be treated with respect and supported by the coach.

The coach shall not indulge in conduct which will incite players or spectators against the umpires.

Public criticism of umpires or players is unethical.

Coaches should develop and promote a spirit of cooperation among the baseball family, including sponsors and any person connected with the program. Baseball is a game of fun, designed for enjoyment of youngsters, not to be a hobby for adults coaching them.

Youth baseball needs every coach,player,fan, etc.. to conduct themselves in a civil friendly fashion. Even if opposing side is not. Do not allow your team or fans to be drawn into any type of interaction that is not in the best interest of youth baseball. I know I am giving a lecture here, but it is vital to the continued growth of this great game. Think before you act. I'll do my best this year also.

Thanks Coach Chip

Hello My name is Chip Lemin. I'm a long time youth baseball coach who loves to promote this great game of youth baseball. Promoting sportsmanship in this game of youth baseball is something that really needs I feel. I have a free e-course that will give you some solid coaching information along with great help on the inter-personal relationships we must have to be good youth baseball coaches.

Things such as parents, travel baseball, getting parents to help out, how to communicate better to parents and players, just to touch on a few. This course will help to organize practices like an elite coach. How to motivate players and other coaches with your positive attitude. It really is not very hard to be a great coach when you know what to do. Best of all you will learn how to have fun with these great kids that you have the privilege of coaching. Do yourself a favor and check it out, it's free,you will get 1 part every couple of days in your e-mail. Coaching can be fun and rewarding if you have a plan in place first, and you have an idea what you are doing.


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Have a great day, Nick