As the parent of a youth baseball player, you are committed to making your child’s sports experience as rewarding as possible. Jacksonville Beach Baseball offers some tips on participating as a volunteer in our local league, as well as ways you can help develop the concepts of character, courage and loyalty in your baseball player.
Be aware of threatening weather. Practices and games should be stopped immediately at the first sign of lightning and shelter should be sought immediately.
Your child’s coach should contact you via phone/email regarding the postponement or cancellation of games. Occasionally, the umpire is required to call a game prior to its completion. When this occurs, your child’s coach will inform you about make-up dates.
Teach children the dangers of talking to and accepting anything from strangers. This includes someone who may offer to play “catch” with them or to give them a ride home.
Tell children to report any stranger who approaches them. Make sure that at least one adult remains until all children have been picked up from practices and games.
Give your child a code word to use when you have someone else pick him/her up. This way your child will know not to go with a stranger who does not know your code word.
Do not put the names of players on uniforms or openly on equipment. This will prevent strangers from being able to convince children that they know them.