The Ten Commandments Of A Christian Baseball Parent

The Ten Commandments Of A Christian Baseball Parent

This year we will be examining how to be a Christian Baseball parent. Each month we will feature one of the commandments in an article. Hopefully each of us will take a closer look on how we can be a better Christian Baseball parent for our players. It is up to us as Christians to change the culture of youth baseball by modeling the attributes of Christ in all aspects of the game. In December of this year you will have the ability to sign the Christian Baseball Parents Pledge and hopefully post it on your refrigerator for all to see. Join us on the journey to being a better Christian Baseball Parent!

The Ten Commandments of a Baseball Parent
Thou shall make baseball fun
Thou shall always be encouraging
Thou shall not coach from the stands
Thou shall not belittle players, coaches, or umpires
Thou shall ask the coach for drills you can do to help improve a deficit area of baseball
Thou shall find something positive from each game or practice
Thou shall model and teach good sportsmanship
Thou shall have realistic expectations
Thou shall enjoy baseball experiences with our players
Thou shall always strive to live up to the standards of Christ

13 comments (Add your own)

1. Mike McHugh wrote:
Should be the 10 Commandments of any and all parents, not just Christian Parents! There is nothing more important than the happiness and education of the next generation!!!

Thu, March 15, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

2. Melissa Harvison wrote:
I think it is great that a baseball coach sent a link with this article around to a faculty and staff of his school district. I do hope he is practicing the message that he is sharing. For so often I hear stories of how the coaches bash players and curse and kick and scream and show very inappropriate behaviors. Behaviors that classroom teachers would be fired for, yet coaches are allowed the liberty to act and behave in some down right un-christ-like behaviors.

I have witnessed and agree that parents often time are terrible examples for their children and the rest of the community. However, like teachers, coaches should lead by example.

I must say that while my son played football at GCHS, I never heard of any un-christ-like behavior and I appreciate Coach Ainsworth and his staff for keeping thing in order. However, since he finished in 2003, I have heard kids (on more than one occasion) say how one former coach did use cursing to do his job. That is not acceptable. I understand being angered by kids that will not listen, I teach kindergarteners. The bible says to be angry and sin not.

I would just like to encourage all - parents, students, teachers, coaches, staff, and administration, to live for Jesus Christ on the field and off the field, on the job and off the job day in and day out. Many eyes are watching, but most importantly, God is watching.

Thu, March 15, 2012 @ 1:22 PM

3. Paula Shoultz wrote:
I think that is a good article; however, I must add my comment in regard to Melissa's comment. You can demean and embarrass students in other ways, too. I often hear from some of my former students how they have been made fun of and made to be the "butt of jokes" because of where they were from. This is totally unacceptable to me and certainly doesn't exhibit a Godly attitude toward others. I question the intent of such humilation from these adults who are suppose to be setting examples to our children.

Thu, March 15, 2012 @ 3:16 PM

4. wrote:
Students look up to us and we are suppose to be (good and Christ-like) role models. If we are setting bad examples through our actions, then we are setting these students up for failure (not just in school, but in everyday life). Be a Godly example, not an ordinary or bad example. "My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God's sight. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls." James 1:19-21

Fri, March 16, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

5. Current Coach wrote:
The reason teaching/ coaching is so tough is the lack of help we get in teaching these to kids and learning as parents. Let me go through this list and see what I mean.
(All from this year)

1 and 2 -- I have several kids that refuse to ride home with parents for that reason. One child told me his dad was embarrassed by him. One of the saddest things I have ever heard.
3. Had one almost get escorted out the other night. He didn't understand why his son wasn't playing defensively. (Son was the DH)
4. Game was stopped for a short time last Tuesday night. Someone had to tell the opposing coach and umpire exactly what they were thinking. (this happens every night)
5. We look for reasons to BLAME EVERYBODY instead of looking for a solution to a problem.
6. The most consistent thing on the list that is ignored.
7. When a parent acts a fool in the stands, it teaches the kid the wrong way to act, but can embarrss the kid more. Had a kid in tears earlier this year because of this. (Dad's 1st game and was the child's 3rd year to start).
8. A parent came to me earlier this year and asked what her child's chances were of playing college baseball. She was wiling to pull him off the team if I said his chances were not great. I told her, "Let's take it one step at a time. We need to make sure he gets through the 8th grade first.
9. How can a child enjoy anything when they feel no support. (See above) (Sometimes the most support can come from a teammates parent. I noticed the other night while players were being called out, certain clicks of parents were only clapping for certain kids.
10. Our children need to hear about Christ EVERY DAY. Our kids do at practice, but some never hear from it anywhere else. Saddest part of all.

Fri, March 30, 2012 @ 10:43 AM

6. Steeph wrote:
It sounds like the patrnes in your team need to do some work. Each one needs at least a ball and a glove for practices. Plus they have to talk to the children at home about the basic concepts of the game and practice catching and throwing in the backyard or at the park at least a few times before the season starts.My son has finished this T-Ball season here in California (it started back in February) and it was kind of a challenge, after all he was the only autistic kid in a regular team of kids who were REALLY good (because they had been practicing with their patrnes since they were little). But even my son showed a lot of progress and learned (more than he cared to) about the game.

Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

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Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 7:26 AM

8. Nick Brawn wrote:
My 13 year old son just played one of your teams in Yakima Washington, Your team caught our attention by having a prayer with our team after the game. What a great witness your team was! Great Job ! I came to this web site and found these Ten Commandments of Baseball, I think they are great and i will spread the word about these to my friends in baseball. Thank You

Sun, May 27, 2012 @ 9:59 PM

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Fri, February 1, 2013 @ 8:17 AM

10. Michele Martin-Donna wrote:
How can we hold parents and coaches accountable when they are not following the commandments above? When Christians demonstrate the worst of youth sports? Where do we go within the FCA?

Sun, July 6, 2014 @ 10:35 PM

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