Fairfield County Captains Travel Baseball
Team Goals, Objectives, Philosophy
To create an environment where players look forward to practices and games and find joy in playing baseball that will last a lifetime. To have a positive atmosphere, created and shaped by all – coaches, parents and players. To teach the game of baseball at a higher level by: honoring the game, players giving your best effort, learning from experience and through mistakes. The goal for each team is to be as competitive as possible every time out and to improve. Our focus will be reinforcing Effort, Learning and that Mistakes are OK and honoring the game, the Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.
For the Parents:
Playing Time and Positions We will be playing in a highly skilled, competitive league. Each player will primarily play one position during the season but will also have the opportunity to play and learn a second or third position if the game situation permits. Playing time will not be even. Game situations, batting order, your son’s position and skill set and the substitution rules will impact playing time. We do strive to even out the playing time whenever possible. Please do not approach the coach’s regarding playing time during or after a game or at practice. Instead please have your son approach the coach after a game or at a practice to discuss any concerns he may have.
1) Please try to get your child to practice and games on time. We know this can be difficult at times and impossible at other times, but it’s really hard to conduct practice or get ready for a game when players continually show up late. If you know your child will be late or won’t be able to make it to a practice or game, please let the coaches know in advance if possible. During the summer season we expect your son to make Captains baseball his #1 priority to other sports or activities. Exceptions do occur but please keep them to an absolute minimum. Commitment to the team during any season is paramount, especially in the summer.
2) Please encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game and practice. Please cheer for your child during games, but try to keep from yelling instructions to them. Remember this is their opportunity to enjoy playing in the game. Much of the fun is lost if their mom or dad is always yelling instructions.
3) Please let us know if you have a problem with coaches or something that is happening. The same holds true if your child isn’t happy about something. We want to know if there is a problem right away.
4) Safety is a primary concern. Unfortunately, we can’t watch every player every second. If you see any situation that you believe is a safety concern, please step in and help. Make sure you follow up with the coaches so we know what has happened.
5) Please attend your child’s games and model the behavior you would like your son to exemplify. Show poise and confidence from the stands. Cheer for the entire team, not just your own child.
6) Please do not coach or instruct from the stands. This is the coach’s job and in fact at this age we want the players to learn the game on their own, during the game, instead of being told where and when to throw the ball, when to back up a play etc. Feedback will be given by coaches to the players during the post-game conference or sometimes with immediate feedback between innings.
7) Do not yell at officials, coaches or other parents.
8) Do not share credit for the game. Let the players play, the official’s official and the coach’s coach.
9) Please stay out of the dugout unless requested.
Note: This is not a paid to play program. All and any payments are non-refundable for any reason. A commitment to the team includes agreeing to pay any unpaid balances regardless of the player’s availability or desire to play including injury.