Crush Goals and Guidelines
Goals of the Crush program:
Offer an environment for our players to play a sport and have fun.
Teach our players to play the game the right way so that they have success in high school and onward.
Goals of the Crush coaches:
Teach our players good ethics and behavior in practice and in games.
Teach our players new skills and further develop the skills that they have.
In games, re-emphasize what has been instructed in practice and address mistakes made in the game (be it on the spot, after the game, or at the next practice).
Guidelines for players:
Work hard at home practicing what you have learned.
Guidelines for parents:
Practice at home with your player. Spend time talking about the game and points of focus for improvement.
While at Crush games and practices, be nothing but a “a silent source of encouragement**.”
After games: talk about what was done well and mistakes that can be learned from.
** From the Matheny Manifesto, “The biggest role of the parent is to be a silent source of encouragement. I think if you ask most boys what they would want their parents to do during the game; they would say “NOTHING.”
Families that sign up for Crush can expect teams and coaches to strive towards program and coach goals. If it appears that the team or the coaches are doing otherwise, our hope is that we are notified immediately and it can be addressed. Equally, Crush coaches expect participants to follow the guidelines for players and parents. Following these guidelines means that you will give the coaches AND your player the space to practice and play independently of you - even during difficult games or instances of failure. If you do not feel like you can do this, then Crush is not the right fit.
Examples of NOT giving players and coaches space during events:
-Talking to them in and around the dugout area during games or practices (barring an injury).
-Communicating instructions (coaching) while they are on the field.
-Any form of communication with the umpires or the opposing team’s coaches.
Crush wholeheartedly supports parents working with their players, and even more so, asking our coaches what they should be working on at home (or even asking us to reinforce what is being worked on at home). However, when it comes to Crush events, the only thing spectators should be doing is cheering on the players and the team in a positive manner. Anything else comes off as either a lack of trust that the coaches can do their job or that you don’t spend enough time at home working and talking about baseball with your player - where parent-coaching should be happening.
Successful players almost always have parents and families who act in a way similar to the above Crush guidelines. Anything else only adds to the pressure and complexity of an already difficult game, which only shortens the length of an enjoyable baseball-playing future.