The following player expectations are not numbered, or put in any particular order of importance-they are each important and should be read and understood.
Where "You" and "I" Fit In: Being a member of the Somerville High School Baseball program may require you to be unselfish at times. Players are expected to understand and abide by the following priorities: Program First, Team Second, and Players Third Communication: The coaching staff will model open and honest communication at all times. Players who have an issue with a coach or another player will be expected to communicate their concerns as soon as possible. The first attempt at handling concerns will be between player-player and player-coach. If the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of both parties, parents will then be contacted. Student-Athlete: Playing baseball here at Somerville High School is a reward for achieving your highest potential in the classroom- you are a student first and an athlete second. The Pioneer Way: Players are expected to know and be accountable for demonstrating the principles of The Pioneer Way on and off the field. Respect: Players will show respect at all times for each other, the coaching staff, opposing teams, parents, fans, umpires, other students at Somerville High School and the community at-large. In addition, players will respect themselves by eating properly and getting plenty of rest. Positive Attitude: Players will be expected to be open to learning new techniques and skills. Players will also understand that every member of the team plays an important role in the success of our program, whether you are on the field or serving a role in the dugout. Commitment/Dedication: Players will be expected to exhibit commitment and dedication both on the field and in the classroom during the entire season. What you do on the field; you do in your life. By learning and exhibiting these important character qualities during your four years at Somerville High School, you will be better prepared for life outside the fences or our field and this school. Sportsmanship: The tenet of good sportsmanship is an important part of the baseball program here at Somerville High School and you will be expected to model it at all times. We will encourage and support our teammates and we will respectfully and graciously acknowledge opponents- win or lose. Teamwork: Baseball is not an individual sport. Our success on the field will be measured by how well we play together as a team, not as group of individuals. You will be expected to support and encourage your teammates, and in return, you can expect to be picked-up by those around you on the days you are not at your personal best. Work Hard: You are expected to come to practice and games willing to give 100% at all times. Giving your best effort at all times does not require you to be the best player on the team. In fact, it has nothing to do with your baseball skills. You will be expected to run hard on and off of the field, to hustle between drills at practice, to run out "routine" balls and to hustle back to the dugout after striking out. Be Accountable: You are expected to be on time for all practices, games and team functions. If you are going to be late, or miss, contact a coach by telephone as soon as possible. You are expected to keep the commitments you make to your teammates and coaching staff throughout the season. You are also expected to be responsible for communicating all necessary information to your parents. Dressed to Play: It is expected that when you walk out of the locker room or dugout you are ready to practice or play. That means that your shirts will be tucked in, your hats on straight and you're not wearing any jewelry. In addition, you will wear, or have available, all appropriate pieces of your practice or game uniform or equipment. Behavior: How you behave on and off the field is a direct reflection of you and the baseball program at Somerville High School. You are expected, especially when wearing a part of the Somerville High School uniform, to behave as gentlemen. You are expected to think before you act and to understand that all of the choices you make have a consequence, whether intended or not. You are expected to obey all rules and laws of the school and the community at large. Vacations: The high school baseball season always coincides with spring break. Please be aware that there will be baseball games and practice that week. Please be advised about traveling and missing games as they may result in loss of playing time and possible loss of game time. Zero Tolerance: Following team rules and expectations is a requirement for playing baseball at Somerville High School. Players who violate team policies and/or expectations for behavior will be subject to immediate consequences, including dismissal from the team.
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