The Sporting Club Lament
The Greenway Giants, like most sporting clubs across Australia, is a volunteer organisation. We are all unpaid volunteers, who share an interest in playing sport and seeing our kids play and enjoy sport. We go to enormous lengths to try to share the workload around, however due to work and family pressures, sadly fewer and fewer parents each year make themselves available to assist.
With this in mind, please enjoy the following Sporting Club Lament. If you feel moved, let the Club President know that you would like to help make our club stronger in the future by taking on a role.
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
From a coach’s point of view, the enemy of every training session and pre-game warm-up is time – there is never enough time available to get everything done that you would like to do as a Coach.
What makes training and game days frustrating for coaches is having players turn up 10-15 minutes late, requiring an Assistant Coach to be pulled away from the rest of the team to warm up the latecomer.
Please ask your Manager what time you are expected to deliver your child to training sessions and games, and arrive five minutes early. It is good for the team, and a good life lesson for your youngster.
Support & Encouragement
One of the unique features of Baseball and Softball is that the playing field is designed to allow spectators to be a part of the action. This often leads to great excitement, which other Australian Summer sports simply cannot match!
With this proximity, however, comes the need for restraint and responsibility. Support and encouragement of all players on the team, and for great plays by the opposition, is something as a club we encourage. For a spectator other than the parent of a child to identify and acknowledge improvement and good play might just be the one powerful memory that child has of the season.
Apart from teaching our boys and girls a valuable life lesson about fairness and good sportsmanship, it also leads to even further improvement and competitiveness of the team.
Questioning Umpires Calls
Q: When is it appropriate for a parent or spectator to question an umpires call?
A: Never – if you would like to discuss an Umpire’s call, address it to your Team Manager or Coach. One of the things that as a Club we do is to teach our players to respect opposition Players, Coaches, Managers and all Officials involved in running the game. There will be no tolerance for players or spectators undermining this teaching objective.
A Child’s Perspective on Unacceptable Parental Behaviour
Ever wondered what children consider to be unacceptable parental behaviour at a Baseball or Softball game? Dr. Darrell J. Burnett, a PhD in clinical psychology and a member of the Little League Board of Directors in the U.S.A, summarised the top 10 things that children say they DON’T want their parents to do on the sideline:
- Don’t yell out instructions. During the game I’m trying to concentrate on what the coach says and working on what I’ve been practicing. It’s easier for me to do my best if you save instructions and reminders for practice or just before the game.
- Don’t put down the officials. This embarrasses me and I sometimes wonder whether the official is going to be tougher on me because my parents yell.
- Don’t yell at me in public. It will just make things worse because I’ll be upset, embarrassed, or worried that you’re going to yell at me the next time I do something “wrong.”
- Don’t yell at the coach. When you yell about who gets to play what position, it just stirs things up and takes away from the fun.
- Don’t put down my teammates. Don’t make put-down remarks about any of my teammates who make mistakes. It takes away from our team spirit.
- Don’t put down the other team. When you do this you’re not giving us a very good example of sportsmanship so we get mixed messages about being “good sports.”
- Don’t lose your cool. I love to see you excited about the game, but there’s no reason to get so upset that you lose your temper! It’s our game and all the attention is supposed to be on us.
- Don’t lecture me about mistakes after the game. Those rides home in the car after the game are not a good time for lectures about how I messed up — I already feel bad. We can talk later, but please stay calm, and don’t forget to mention things I did well during game!
- Don’t forget how to laugh and have fun. Sometimes it’s hard for me to relax and have fun during the game when I look over and see you so tense and worried.
- Don’t forget that it’s just a game! Odds are, I’m not going to make a career out of playing sports. I know I may get upset if we lose, but I also know that I’m usually feeling better after we go get a pizza. I need to be reminded sometimes that it’s just a game.
(From Playbook for Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Help Kids Get the Most Out of Sports. The Gatorade Company)