“Respect is something you have to have in order to get.”
Glebe has an envied reputation as being one of the classiest and most respectful and respected organizations around. While we are not often a powerhouse (ours is one of the smaller Leagues in the area), ounce for ounce we have as much talent as any other League. What distinguishes us most is that we profoundly respect our players, our coaches and our umpires, and they in turn respect the game itself.
A few basic principles:
- Coaches: your job is to bring out the best in the players. When player errors are made, remember that “doing the right thing comes from experience, and experience comes from doing the wrong thing.” And normally, when a player goofs up, he/she knows it better than anybody. No great value in tirades.
- Players: you’re part of a team. Understand that your teammates have varying types and levels of talent and experience, but the only teams that succeed are those that support and encourage each other. And remember: this year’s opponent is easily next year’s teammate.
- Parents: You’ve done your greatest job by signing up your child for baseball/softball and getting him/her to practices and games. General encouragement from the stands – for great plays and noble efforts on either side – are always welcome. However, “coaching” from the stands only adds anxiety and may contradict a coach’s instructions. Forget it. And if you’re ever thinking about sharing your views on those “questionable” umpire calls, just ask yourself: What’s your knowledge of the rules? What’s your view of the play? And how ready are you to suit up and make the calls? (We rest our case.)
Glebe Little League reserves the right to bench players who are exhibiting unsportsman-like behaviour or who are being disruptive to the team. If such behaviour continues, parents will be consulted and players could be temporarily suspended or permanently dismissed from the team.