East County Little League

Parent's Corner

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Parent Participation

Many responsibilities exist beyond the normal team level commitments that make East County Little League function smoothly. Parents are what make the program a quality experience for all our children. East County Little League can only be as good as we, the parents, make it. Following are some important volunteer areas that are required during the season.

  • Concessions
  • Field Preparation and Maintenance
  • Fundraising
  • Game Scorekeeping
  • Volunteer Umpiring Help

Find more information on volunteering here.

Parent Support

Parent support during both games and practices is critically important to the success of the league. Be supportive of the team by ensuring your child attends each practice on-time. Be a positive role model during games, whether you are a manager, an assistant coach or simply a spectator. Finally, please keep the following in mind:

  • Always be positive and enthusiastic
  • Show your child positive reinforcement
  • Observe practices and games to learn proper techniques to practice with your child
  • Encourage your child toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game
  • Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory
  • Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team
  • Let the managers and coaches do the coaching
  • Let an umpire be the umpire

Recognize that the umpire is the closest to the play and that each umpire will "call them as they see them". The umpire is often a volunteer parent who has assumed a difficult, but necessary, role.

The Role of the Parent

Parents play a very important role in helping to shape a positive experience for the players, coaches, umpires and other parents! To help you understand the key role parents play in East County Little League, the following excerpt was taken from the Official Regulations and Playing Rules of National Little League Baseball: "The parents of millions of Little Leaguers, combined with their youngsters, league officials, umpires, managers, coaches, auxilliary members and countless volunteer agencies including sponsors, represent an imposing cross section of this nation. Parents should accept the fact that they must shoulder the responsibility and take initiative to make the local program successful. Little League is not a club in which membership implies baby-sitting benefits and entertainment privileges for your children. Practically speaking, Little League is an adult, volunteer work project constructed, supervised and assisted by parents who desire to make its benefits extend to their children. Each parent should join in the total effort. There is a place and a job to do for all. The burden of operating the League should not fall on a few. The parent who shirks this responsibility cannot, in turn, expect others to assume the burden."

Parent Concerns

If you have concerns about anything regarding your team or the league, first talk to your manager. If your concern is not resolved, then contact the Baseball Player Agent or Softball Player Agent or other appropriate board member listed on the Contact Us page.

The Little League Parent/Volunteer Pledge

I will teach all children to play fair and do their best
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players
I will respect the decisions of the umpires
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game

Youth Sports Parent Code of Conduct Preamble

The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character."

I therefore agree:

  1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
  2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
  4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
  5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or sporting event.
  6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
  7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
  8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
  10. I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
  11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
  12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  14. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
  17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.

Tips on Establishing a Coach-Parent Partnership

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