Letter to our t-ball parents.

Dear Parent(s):

I wanted to take this opportunity to share my goals for your child and the team this season. Youth t-ball can be an exciting and fun opportunity for your child to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.

With this age group, I have 5 primary coaching objectives which I believe are equally important.
1.Help your child develop the skills necessary to be successful at this level and to prepare your child for next season.
2.To have fun and have the kids develop a love for the game.
3.Learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
4.Give positive reinforcement based on effort rather than results.
5.Provide a safe and healthy environment for all the kids on the team.

For this age group there is a drastic difference in skill level among the kids.  I want to give the kids an opportunity to play a number of different positions and I’ll make sure each player gets a chance each game to play in the infield for a couple of innings.

Parent Expectations
1.Please try to get your child to practice and games on time. I 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 me know in advance if possible.
2.Help out with team volunteer opportunities. We have a number of items that require parent help.
3.Get involved in playing t-ball with your child. This may be helping out with at practice or playing catch in the yard on days we don’t practice. Kids love it when their parents get involved. Repetition is also crucial for skill improvement. There simply isn’t enough organized practice time for the kids. They need to work on the skills they learn at practice at home also.
4.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.

I’m looking forward to a fun and rewarding season. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me.


Ken Smith


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