Thou Shall Not Coach from the Stands

Thou Shall Not Coach from the Stands

Thou Shall Not Coach from the Stands

Our third commandment for a Christian Baseball parent is: Thou Shall Not coach from the Stands.
The one voice our children must be tuned into in playing the game of baseball is the coach. When we allow our children to play on a team, we must entrust them totally to the coach when they are between the white lines. It becomes mass confusion when we take it upon ourselves to coach from the stands. As parents we are not always in the know to what the coach is telling our players in the dugout. When we yell out to our child to play differently or to take a different position, we may indeed be telling them to do something the coach has told them not to do. Can you see how confusing that might be? Our children want to obey us and the coach! The authority during the game must be the coach.

It is so important that we allow the coach to do his job with our support and lack of coaching from the stands. We want to have the best possible experience for our children when they play the game. Positive supportive cheering for our team and yes the other team is what we are to do when we attend a game. Allow the coach to make corrections and to well… coach without our voice being heard from the stands doing the same thing.
Get to know your child’s coach. Take a few moments after a game to thank them for the time they spend teaching the game. Most coaches are not paid in youth leagues and coach because of a tremendous love for the game and kids. High School and Middle School coaches are compensated but not very much for the amount of time they put into their teams. During season a High School coach will spend more time with your children playing for him than his own children. Ask your child’s coach how you can support him and be there for him. A simple thank you goes a long way!

The words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount ring true, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” And everything includes the game of baseball and not coaching from the stands while showing appreciation for dedicated coaches!

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