Saturday, May 3, 2014
Pincher Creek Minor Baseball Association statement about recent events
A situation arose with the Junior team this last week and it quickly escalated due to inappropriate use of the social media. The board has discussed the incident and decided to release a statement. The PCMB board made this decision in order to fully inform the public and hopefully put a stop to all the negativity and perhaps get back to what is important, playing baseball.
There are two sides to a story and by now, we hope most have heard them both. The board, as well as many of the parents on this team feels it is important to stand behind the coach involved. It comes down to respect an all parties, respect for the sport, your team and your coach. Playing on a team is not a right just like having a job is not your right. A person has to want it and perhaps even earn it, it is a privilege and sometimes people forget that. Of course we want all kids to play, but we also want them to respect/appreciate being on a team, and for the people that volunteer their time to ensure that privilege.
Each team has its own rules/guidelines, whatever you choose to call them, just like each employer has their own rules or each teacher has rules for their classroom. It is important we teach our children this early and explain that you may not agree or like the rules, but if you want to play, work or be in the classroom, you must abide by them or there will be consequences. Its called respect.
This coach has had the same rule for a number of years now as many boys will attest to. It was not a way to single out any player or force his will on anyone. It was in his words “respect for the sport, the team and yourself.” He did not ever say how short it had to be, “just make an effort”. Every boy on the team did just that because they want to play baseball except for one. He said “No”, right from the start. No explanation until days later when all the wrong actions were already starting to take place. Every situation is resolvable when dealt with in the appropriate channels. The parent in this situation knows very well what these channels should have been but she chose not to use them and instead manipulated the situation using social media. This is totally unacceptable if not only because it sets a terrible example for our children. There was no respect in this situation whatsoever.
The board believes fully in the coach’s values and expectations for these boys.
This isn’t a form of bullying or power tripping. It is a case of setting up expectations for a team and expecting everyone to try to live up to them.
Pincher Creek Minor Baseball Executive