You are a representative of Somerville High School and a member of the baseball program; therefore, act accordingly.
We believe there are four areas of importance in order to achieve success:
1.Demonstrate Sportsmanship- Act like gentleman before, during and after the ball game.
a.Humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
b.Treat opponents with respect.
c.Abide by the rules of the game.
d.Respect the decisions and judgments of the umpires without argument.
e.Exercise self-control at all times.
The greatest opportunity for sportsmanlike conduct arise where there are the greatest opportunities for unsportsmanlike conduct.
2. Striving to Win/Striving for Excellence- Although winning is important; it is not the sole purpose for your involvement in our program. Playing to win, within the rules and the spirit of the game, is what we expect. The will to win, is not nearly as important as important as the will to prepare to win. You are not a “loser” as long as you have given your all, both mentally and physically and have performed to the best of your ability. Winning must be kept in perspective. It should never be encouraged at the cost of sportsmanship, discipline, integrity and respect of the game, opponents, and umpires.
3.Striving for consistency- Consistency is the most accurate gauge for personal and team performance, the ability to perform to the best of your ability day after day throughout the season. A team that is consistent will come out victorious most of the time.
4.Commit yourself-Commitment is a willingness to work hard due to your devotion to your teammates, team goals, and self-improvement. Teamwork is nothing more than everybody being committed to each other’s success.
SOMERVILLE BASEBALL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES GAME CONDUCT
Always hustle on and off the field.
Concentrate on the game. Know the situation at all times.
Keep conversations to a minimum. All discussions should be about our task at hand, the game.
No talking to spectators.
Encourage our players.
Each inning charts are to be monitored.
Players not in the game should retrieve foul balls at home games.
Pick each other up between innings- gloves, catchers, outfielders, equipment
POST GAME CONDUCT
Shake opponents’ hand.
Base running circuit
Pack up all team equipment.
Clean out dugouts.
Pack personal equipment last.
Stay away from the trainer’s room unless you personally need to be seen.
Adhere to their rules.
See the trainer before games and practices.
CONDUCT ON THE BUS
Remain seated with no horseplay.
Keep volume of conversations low.
Comments yelled out the bus are prohibited.
Keep head and hands inside the bus at all times.
We walk to and from the field as a team.
A.Uniform worn properly. Keep it clean, wash it after every game.
B.When in uniform, on the bus, or at practice hats are to be worn forward.
C.Pitchers are to have their jackets on them at all times.
REPRESENT THE SCHOOL AND PROGRAM IN A FIRST CLASS MANNER
PRACTICE AND GAME ATTENDANCE
Players will be prepared with all necessary team and personal equipment.
Players will be on time to practice and games.
Weekday home games, players are required to be on the field to start warm-up at 2:55.
Weekend home game times will vary.
Weekday practices, players are expected to be at practice 15 minutes before scheduled time.
All practices are on a timed schedule and will begin on time.
If for some reason you will be late or absent for a practice or game, you will need to speak to me directly. Avoid third person involvement.
Missing games or practices because of proms or graduation parties are not permitted. If a player does miss without contacting the coach the decision will be made among the coaches upon their return. Remember you made the commitment at team tryouts. We expect full 100% commitment.
We will practice and play during Spring Break, all players are expected to be in attendance.
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