Monday, November 28, 2005

Getting Players on Board

I have found a tremendous resource for coaches looking to hold their players accountable to their school and teammates. Steve Dixon, the head baseball coach at Sullivan North HS in Kingsport, Tennessee, has designed a player contract to encourage players to represent their program in a positive way. I strongly recommend using this sort of contract with your team for the upcoming season. If you have any questions about this document, please contact him at:

coachd_04@yahoo.com


RAIDER BASEBALL

PLAYER CONTRACT



BY BEING IN OUR BASEBALL PROGRAM THERE WILL BE HIGH EXPECTATIONS PLACED ON YOU. THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN YOU CANNOT DO YOUR OWN THING. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE IN PLACE TO MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON AND PROMOTE THE IMAGE OF OUR PROGRAM AND SULLIVAN NORTH. IF YOU CANNOT FOLLOW THESE POLICIES THEN YOU WILL BE DISCIPLINED OR DISMISSED. IF YOU FIND THESE POLICIES UNCOOL, SILLY, OR EMBARRASSING YOUR ALTERNATIVE IS TO QUIT.

IN GENERAL : DO WHAT IS RIGHT, DO YOUR BEST, AND TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WISH TO BE TREATED.

DAILY CONDUCT:

ADDRESS AND ANSWER ALL OF YOUR COACHES, TEACHERS, AND ELDERS WITH " YES SIR, NO SIR, YES MA’AM, NO MA’AM. TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT.
GRANT COMMON COURTESIES AND MANNERS WITH EVERY PERSON YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH. ( PLEASE, THANKYOU, YOU’RE WELCOME, HOLD DOORS OPEN, ETC. )
ALWAYS BE HONEST WITH YOUR COACHES, TEAMMATES, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS.
IF NO SEATING CHART, SIT IN THE FIRST 3 ROWS OF CLASS. DO NOT SLEEP.
CONFORM TO SAME RULES AS REST OF STUDENT BODY.
ANY PLAYER FOUND USING ALCOHOL WILL BE DEALT WITH STERNLY.
ANY PLAYER FOUND USING DRUGS WILL BE SUSPENDED AND/OR DISMISSED.
WHEN SOMEONE IS SPEAKING TO YOU OR YOUR GROUP, DO NOT YAWN IN FRONT OF THEM.
HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF EXCELLENCE.
BASEBALL CONDUCT

BE ON TIME FOR ALL BASEBALL RELATED ACTIVITIES.
PRACTICE HARD AT GAME TEMPO. WE WILL NOT COACH POOR ATTITUDE.
BE PROPERLY DRESSED AND TAPED AT ALL TIMES.
SPRINT ON AND OFF THE FIELD AT ALL TIMES.
PULL FOR YOUR TEAMMATES.
BE COACHABLE.
ACCEPT YOUR ROLE. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT WORK HARDER TO CHANGE IT.
DO NOT TRANSFER BLAME OR MAKE EXCUSES. IT IS NOT ALLOWED.
DON’T QUESTION COACHES ON THE FIELD. MEET ONE ON ONE AFTER PRACTICE TO CLEAR UP MISUNDERSTANDINGS.
DISRESPECT FOR COACHES, FACULTY AND STAFF WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
BE CLEAN CUT AND NEAT IN YOUR APPEARANCE.
DO NOT SPEED, BE RECKLESS, ETC. DRIVING THROUGH PARKING LOT.
DO NOT BORROW YOUR TEAMMATES EQUIPMENT WITHOUT PERMISSION.
DO NOT THROW EQUIPMENT.
NORTH BASEBALL CAPS ARE TO BE WORN FORWARD AT ALL TIMES.
TSSAA DOES NOT PERMIT TOBACCO.
ALWAYS TUCK SHIRT IN WHEN INVOLVED IN BASEBALL ACTIVITIES.
NO EARRINGS, LIP RINGS, ETC. DURING BASEBALL ACTIVITIES.
DO NOT WHINE OR COMPLAIN, JUST QUIT.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR TEAMMATES, AND YOUR PERFORMANCE ON AND OFF THE FIELD.
ALL OF YOUR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A COPY OF THESE POLICIES. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO DISCUSS THEM WITH COACH DIXON ON A ONE ON ONE BASIS. SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE AFTER YOU HAVE READ THESE POLICIES AND AGREE TO COMPLY.



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