Parent’s Guide to Lake Cowichan & District Minor Baseball
Thank you for registering your child with the Lake Cowichan & District Minor Ball Association (LCDMBA). Our association has been designed to create a local opportunity for our children to be able to play the game of baseball in a safe, supportive environment where they can build their personal skills and teamwork skills.
LCDMBA is a member of BC Minor Baseball Association and the rules of all age divisions can be found at bcminorbaseball.org. BC Minor Baseball Association is a member of Baseball Canada and their information can be found at www.baseball.ca.
The success of our league is dependent on all parents being involved. Parents are required to support the program by volunteering as outlined on the registration form. Training will be provided for score keeping, pitch count, concession time and other duties as required at the beginning of the season.
Any parent that is on the field during games needs to be on the official roster and be insured for accidental injury. If you would like to assist on the field during games in any capacity, please let the executive know as soon as possible. Your name will need to be submitted to BC Minor Baseball before the season starts otherwise you cannot be on the field. This applies to all divisions above 9U [does not include Rally Cap].
Get Your Child to Practices and Games on Time
As in all sports, there are many events that your child must attend; practices, games, special events, etc. The coach wants your child to enjoy the experiences of baseball as much as possible. The coach also has a responsibility to look after the team as a whole. Start times are very important to get the most use out of field time. Ensure arrival commitments are made as requested by the coach. Late or inconsiderate members affect everyone. If your child is going to be late or miss, let the coach know in advance.
For Rally Cap [5U/7U] and 9U:
- AT NO TIME SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE DROPPED OFF AT THE FIELD AND LEFT WITHOUT A PARENT/GUARDIAN or other arrangements as agreed to by the team manager or coach. Your child’s overall safety and health is your responsibility. This applies to practices and games.
For 11U / 13U / 15U:
- Parents are encouraged to attend PRACTICES, as it’s an opportunity to see how their player is progressing in the sport, and a good indicator of their overall enjoyment.
- GAMES are fun for the whole family! Remember that parents will have regularly assigned duties to support the team during games, both at home and away.
Let the Coach, Coach
The best way to help a child achieve their goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. No one likes to make mistakes. If your child plays poorly or struggles, remember that they are still learning. Encourage their efforts and point out the positive aspects of their baseball skills, things they did well. As long as they gave their best effort, you should make them feel like a winner. You can support their development by playing ball outside formal practice and games in a fun and encouraging environment. Leave the coaching to the coach and enjoy your child by being their biggest, most positive fan in the stands. Your child will enjoy the sport more with clear division of roles.
A list has been provided for the equipment your child must bring to every practice and game. Please ask your child to ensure that they are indeed wearing their jock/jill. It is one piece of equipment that is often overlooked but is very important to ensure your child is wearing. Long pants, not jeans, must be worn at all times as the ground it quite abrasive on bare legs, absorbs some of the impact of ball hits and enables the coaches to have full practices including sliding. If your child chooses to bring a bat or ball from home, please ensure the equipment is clearly marked with your child’s name. Please also ensure the ball hat, glove and water is clearly labeled as well.
After registration is completed, the executive as a collective group create the teams for the current ball season. All players will automatically be placed on a team within their age bracket. If you feel strongly that they should play in a lower or higher age division, please submit your request in writing to the executive outlining your request upon registration, and no later than February 28th.
When there is the capacity to create more than one team per age division the teams will be built within the following structure:
- Previous player experience
- Skill level as past history dictates
- Family dynamics
- Best Intentions to create equal skill level of each team
As with any team creation, it is not an exact science as children change between seasons with their skill level and/or advance their skill levels differently throughout the season. All teams will be formed and communicated to parents by Mid March.
All our coaches are parent volunteers that have graciously offered their time to support our league and develop our players. The association does support with training and ensuring coaching certifications is obtained at required levels outlined by BC Minor Baseball. Coaches and Assistant Coaches are required to provide an updated criminal check each and every year by mid March when the teams are formed.
Coaches have received their own Coaches’ Guide to Minor Ball for Lake Cowichan & District Minor Ball outlining the expectations of the role and etc.
The coaches’ commitments are to uphold our associations’ objectives to the best of their ability.
- To provide coaching where every player improves in ball skills, understanding of the game and has FUN
- To treat all players equally and with respect.
- To ensure clear and concise communication with parents, players, and executive
- To model expected positive, respect and good sportsmanship when dealing with other coaches, officials and players of all teams.
- First point of contact with players and parents to address any concerns regarding attendance, sportsmanship, volunteer time, behavior and other conflicts
- Report all concerns with players/parents and unresolved issues to the executive to ensure resolution to the situation.
Discipline or Conflict of Opinion
The principal behaviors to resolve any conflict or concern is:
- Mutual respect and consideration
- Clear communication of the actual problem
- Appropriate time and private place to discuss after a cool down period
- Agreed upon action to correct situation
Coaches and Parents are empowered by the association to address issues as they arise with the above-mentioned principals. At any time, the concern can be escalated to the executive for further review.
As part of the registration form, it was outlined what the potential consequences when there is unacceptable behavior by parents or coaches.
“I also agree that if I fail to abide by the guidelines set out in the guide, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
- Verbal warning by head coach, and / or the executive
- Written warning which will be maintained by executive for a period of 2 seasons
- Season suspension for the involved player/parent with no refund of registration fees and potentially not able to register for next season”
Please remember that everyone is a volunteer and is trying to do their best for LCDMBA and the players.
Executive for the Current Baseball Season
|Vice President||Margaret Murchie|
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