Manatee League Baseball Article – Re-Posted from 2013

This Post was found on David Montgomery’s Father’s Baseball League in Tampa, FL.  Please read and think about the parts that apply to the HDL.

Our Perspective:

 

We believe that there are at least 2 types of baseball programs.  One is a CLUB program (which we MOST DEFINITELY aspire to be). The other is a COMPETITION programs; which we are NOT and do not pretend to be.

 

As a baseball program, we are MOST IMPORTANTLY “friends” who love the game and want to take the field with friends who love that game as we play the game. We do NOT have false expectations about how good we are, or how good we can become or anywhere that baseball will take us. For almost all of us, those days are long gone forever and the game exists to serve our friendships. 

There are those who say that this is not “real” baseball, but as any serious student of the game can tell you, the adult game originated among friends to enjoy their friendships and get exercise.  “Blood and Guts” baseball only evolved from big egos and greed.  For us, the biggest “error” we can make on the field is to do something that insults our friends, or demeans our friends, or impairs their enjoyment of the game.

 

That is not to say that there is not a place for COMPETITION baseball where the quality of play is the highest priority (which is not the same as “blood and guts” baseball which should be reserved, if at all, for professional baseball). It is just that “that“ place is NOT “our” place!

 

Our players should not “goof off” on the baseball field.  They should have enough respect for the game and their fellow club members to take it “seriously, although not TOO seriously”. Those players with “keener” competitive instinct” need to respect the fact that not all players play for the same reason.  We ask that OUR/HDL players not only respect those differences, but also REVELLE IN THOSE DIFFERENCES and learn from those differences.

 

If any of our (Manatee) players find that they cannot enjoy these differences, then if, before our next game (and before we start games that effect league standings for which rosters should be as “final” as we can make them), we receive an e-mail (or text message) requesting a refund of their registration deposit, then we will refund their deposit less any outstanding charges. If this is you, then please do yourself AND the rest of us a favor and withdraw from the league. There are other local leagues which have the “Competitive Perspective”. Do not let it reach the point where we have to take disciplinary action which requires a lot of “soul-searching” and is NO FUN for any of us.

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I hope everyone takes this article to heart and thinks about your own personal perspective on your intentions to be a part of HDL Baseball. Players should look at the long-term benefits of being part of a great organization that has everyone’s best interests as our top priority.

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The HDL Code of Conduct:

1. I SHALL TREAT ALL PLAYERS, MANAGERS AND UMPIRES WITH COURTESY AND RESPECT, AND I SHALL EXPECT THE SAME TREATMENT TO MYSELF.

2. I WILL NOT BEHAVE IN A FASHION THAT WOULD BRING DISCREDIT TO MYSELF, MY TEAMMATES OR THE HERNANDO DeSOTO BASEBALL LEAGUE.

3. DURING THE GAME I WILL BE MIND-FULL OF THE PHYSICAL SAFETY OF MY OPPONENTS AND TEAMMATES.

Larry Rutledge

2 Comments

So true ! Thanks for that. I hope all HDL players read this. We should post this in our rules as a preliminary remark.

Thank you for digging this piece up and sharing it again!

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