Baseball Utility Travel

Welcome and Mission Statement
Welcome to Baseball Utility Travel baseball club. I’m thrilled to be a part of the development of your son both as a player and as boys becoming young men, and young men becoming men. Our Code of Conduct goes over a few of my expectations for you and your child and I want it to be considered strongly before signing a contract to play for our organization.



Mission Statement

Development. Our mission statement could end right there. We are about developing your child into the best player he can possibly be at the age and skill level he is currently at. Striving for that on a year to year basis you will see the growth of your child both on the field and off the field. Nothing, including winning will ever trump the development of your child, period. All of this being done in a positive environment that promotes maximum growth.
 
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
Both Players and Parents:

We have high expectations for our players so please have an understanding of these things before you sign your contract.

Player Conduct and Responsibilities

Be on time. On time is not on time. 15 minutes before we start any activity and that’s ready to go. If you are going to be late call or text your coach. Spikes on, uniform on, belt on, hat straight, Shirt tucked in, pants not sagging. You can rock your hat backward at the mall, I do myself, but on the field it’ll be straight with no hair showing out the front. Take pride in how you look. Umpires are going to miss calls, get used to it. If you show-up an umpire on the field you will promptly be taken out. I don’t care if he blew the easiest call ever, we will play with class. When you fail, which you will, act like you’ve played the game before and you understand that failure is a big part of this game. If you decide to put on a show after you strike out or make an error a replacement will be sent in without hesitation. The same will take place if you hit a pop up and don’t run it out as hard as you can. We will sprint on and off the field as if we were running from the cops. We want you to learn some responsibility so carry your own bag, have your own drinks, and remember your equipment. Control the things you can control and this will be a great experience. Things players can control: Attitude, effort, preparation, hard work and dedication. Things they can’t: Umps, crappy fields, crappy weather, umps, umps, where you hit in the lineup, and much more. And umps….



Parent Conduct and Responsibilities

Have your player on time. I get it, there is work, traffic, other kids to other practices, so please communicate that to your coach. Umpires are going to make bad calls please understand that. It is not your job to communicate with them, you will directly affect your son and our team if you take that matter into your own hands. We’re teaching our coaches how handle them with class, and how to get on them when necessary. You are free to ask your Manager or coach 24 hours after a competition about playing time and spot in the batting order, just be ready to hear something you might not want to hear. Like he’s coming up short or he’s not playing like we expect him to. Again you are free to ask questions but do not come at us with other players stats or trying to compare to others, etc. Let us coach your kids. Any type of reaction you have after a game should wait until the next day to be discussed so emotions can calm down. You found a great group of coaches so please let us do that. During the game cheer…. Yep that’s it, cheer. Please avoid cues like “throw strikes” or “come on.” You can replace those with “you got this bud” and “here we go.” Please stay away from the dugout during the game. Of course if your player is hurt we want and need your help. Trust in us to coach them properly. Our coaches will work on not over coaching so please just cheer and it’ll all be fine. I want your child to gain some responsibility so please do not carry their bag and bring them things to the dugout. If it is absolutely necessary then give whatever you need to the closest person in the dugout and clear out. We do not want to lose a great kid due to the Parents actions, but it’s a possibility. Do not call or text me during your games about your kid and playing. I do not have the necessary information to answer your questions. You need to learn that this is out of line and out of bounds. Absolutely do not approach a coach in the dugout, after a game, or in the parking lot. Please wait until the next day to handle your issue.

Lastly, after games please tell your kids that you are proud of them and you enjoyed watching them play. Baseball will suck the life out of a growing child because it is a game of failure. They do not need to get into the car after the game and hear how they went 0-4 and made 2 errors. Our coaches will handle that part of it and very rarely will it be in the heat of competition or after. We will take care of those types of conversations in practice and training sessions, the correct avenue for learning.

The perfect parent will support their child during the game by cheering and giving them quiet confidence. This is proven in sports psychology. A poll of some 300 players were asked what they would like their parents to do or say during the game and the overwhelming results were nothing and cheer quietly.

This entire thing is about the kids and their growth. You have a huge role in it. Please take that seriously and we will work together to make them the best possible players and people they can be, thanks.

We will have seminars on how to be a better baseball parent. Some have mocked me or made fun of that in the past. We take it very seriously. If you don’t think you as a parent can lose a roster spot for your child then you need to pull your head out of the sand!

These are things you need to know before you enter our organization and I hope that you understand that it all goes back to our mission statement. Development, nothing will trump it and everything we do is in the name of it.

Sincerely,


Brad Mumma