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Lamorinda Baseball Academy

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Mission Statement: Develop quality youth baseball players with a nucleus from the Lamorinda area, or reasonably close proximity, who learn sound baseball techniques through superior training in a fun and competitive atmosphere while aiming to teach lessons in baseball that mirror important lessons in life. We maintain that the character of our players is as important as their athletic abilities.

Club Goals:

  • Seek committed volunteers who love the game of baseball.
  • Surround ourselves with experienced and well respected coaches.
  • Establish teams in ages 9 through 14.
  •  Develop an operating plan that allow coaches an ease of entry and exit.
  • Always stress fun in baseball through enthusiasm and the proper approach to the game.
  • Align our fundamentals in sync with local High School Programs or generally accepted standards.
  • Foster a love for the game.
  • Develop lifelong fans of the game.

Team Goals:

  • Work on the 'team quality' while striving for team success. IE. Including every player in the process!
  • Stress player development. If we do this right, wins will become a byproduct of our hard work and something we emphasize less.
  • Provide excellent baseball instruction.
  • Learn advanced baseball skills.
  • Do our best to ultimately prepare our players for High School baseball in as many positions where they can have the most success.
  • Try to rotate a variety of players without compromising the competitiveness of our teams and their success.
  • Strive to adequately communicate player expectations to both players and parents.
  • Prior to each spring season we will invite all players and parents to a group meeting to outline our Club’s program, policies, and expectations. Additionally we will stress our Player Code of Conduct and LBA Policies with all players to encourage an LBA image.
  • We play and practice hard.
  •  We hustle on and off the field.
  • We stress emphasize our approach and perform by our standards.
  •  When using parent volunteers, we seek those who are ‘team centric, positive, and who will represent LBA well.

Manager Goals & Responsibilities for ages 9-14 (unless team is managed by staff instructors):

  • We will conduct one to two weekday practices and at least one weekend practice on non-tournament weekends.
  • Coordinate with staff instructors and compliment the instructor’s activities with your players.
  • Manage games unless managed by staff instructors.
  • Be responsible for team equipment.
  • Schedule tournaments.
  • Collect your respective player fees. (Note: Fees shall be approved by LBA Board)
  • Stress player development.
  • Provide excellent baseball instruction.
  • Communicate to parents and players.
  • Do your best to rotate a variety of players without compromising the competitiveness of your teams.
  • Do your best to adequately communicate player expectations to both players and parents.
  • We will conduct pre-season meetings to adequately outline our program and its goals and expectations.
  • Each manager shall speak to his or her players after each game in the form of a game wrap-up, discussing our level of play, and how well we achieved LBA objectives as young men or women.

 Team Administrator:

  • Maintain Team book tournament book and all team records.
  • Schedule tournaments.
  • Serve as an email administrator/coordinator to the team as directed by the manager.
  • Assist manager with team communications.
  • Assist in organizing any team functions, carpools, etc.

 Player Development:

  • Strive for a fluid approach to players playing multiple positions. Perhaps there are games that we can offer players other positions to play where the team can still succeed and each player can get exposed to other positions. This may not be during tournament championship games but in pool play or scrimmage games.
  • Use practices, tournament pool play & scrimmage games to encourage more of these opportunities.
  • Strive to communicate with our players and assist them during challenging times. A player who hits last in the lineup is as important as the player hitting first.
  • Consider batting all players during pool play where tournament rules are applicable.
  • Do our best to ultimately prepare our players for High School baseball in as many positions as possible.

 Policies toward Players who are struggling:

  • Our policy is that every player who is on the team deserves to be on the team!
  • We offer extra practice times or workouts. This may be at a player’s expense.
  • Do our best to get them in game situations to work through their struggles.
  • Reach out to a struggling player as much as possible.
  • Communicate and make sure our players know what is expected from each of them.
  • Reach out to parents and make sure they understand what both parties can do to cause improvement.    

 

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