Dear Parents

This is a letter I would love to give to my current softball parents but could never imagine actually sending…

Dear Parents,

Get ready! It’s here! That’s right – softball is back! Even though we have been in full swing since September, and practiced inside for the past 4 months, spring is here and before you know it (with weather cooperation) we will be back on the fields, swinging bats, fielding grounders and fly balls, and running around the bases with the sun in our eyes and fresh tans on our skin complaining that it is too hot to play ball.

Over the past 8 months we have watched each of your girls grow leaps and bounds with their softball skills. Everyone is throwing more accurately, swinging harder, making more contact at the plate and running faster. We have given the girls plays and signs and each girl knows where to go in every situation regardless of where they are playing(well, mostly every situation – we all know that there are those few new plays we can never prepare for). We are proud to say that each girl is working hard to become better not just at softball but also as a person.

With all that being said, there are a few things we would like to remind you of before we get back to games:

  • Every girl will get an opportunity to show us their skills at practice. We will work with all of the girls on skills they need to perfect. Every girl is different and we may need more time to work with your daughter on different skills. Please be patient – game time is not the time to work on these skills.
  • We believe in your daughters, that is why we chose them to be a part of this team. Please try to keep comments about other players to yourself. We ask your daughters to pick each other up in the dug-out and at practice when teammates are down on themselves. Please try to do the same at home and on the opposite side of the fence. Even though you think that they cannot hear you, they can.
  • Please keep your drama at home. Game time, practice time, down time is not “the time” for you to argue back and forth with another parent or your child.
  • As coaches of this team, we have only two things on our mind – winning games and improving your daughters’ skills. We do not have hidden agendas nor do we only want our daughters to play. Playing time is based on skill, effort and attitude not on who the parent is.

Lastly, we would like to remind you of the following:

Sportsmanship is an expectation. Let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the officials officiate and let the spectators be positive.

Thank you again for all of your support over the last 8 months and we look forward to a spectacular spring season.

Sincerely,

Coach Frank, Coach Kelly, Coach Dan & Coach Tom

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6 thoughts on “Dear Parents

  1. I think it is perfectly acceptable to send that. It’s a message that parents really need to hear.
    My favorite:
    Let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the officials officiate and let the spectators be positive

  2. I wish you would send it- parents need to hear it sometimes. My favorite was “Even though you think that they cannot hear you, they can.”- Kids are always listening.

  3. Kelly, this is a great letter! I think you should totally send it. I wish someone had sent a similar letter to the parents on my son’s basketball team. The comments I heard made about the coaches and even some of the children were unthinkable. You’d think adults would know better than to act like children, but I guess sometimes even adults need to be reminded of why they’re there- for the children!

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