Welcome to Kids First
June 17- June 23, 2013
NEW THIS WEEK:
Hit, Pitch, and Run Information: Due to the inclement weather, the Hit, Pitch, and Run did not get completed. Tee ball teams did not get a chance to participate or get their picture taken. PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN ON JUNE 25TH AND JUNE 27TH. June 25th: Flames and Sam's Best Brands. June 27th: Camelot Knights.
In addition, we are making arrangements for the players to still participate in the event, either at practice or prior to a game. Courtney Sexton, the organizer of the event will be getting in contact with each coach to make arrangements for completing the hitting, pitching, and running portions of the event. All awards will be given out as part of the End of Season Party on July 20th. Thank you.
NEXT FUNDRAISER: ST LOUIS CARDINAL GAME. AUGUST 6TH. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND SPEAK TO A COACH FOR TICKET INFORMATION. TICKETS COST $20 AND KIDS FIRST RECEIVES $7 FROM EVERY TICKET PURCHASED. WE WOULD LIKE ALL OF OUR PLAYERS TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO WITH THEIR COACH TO BUSCH STADIUM. WE ARE HOPING EACH PLAYER CAN SELL AT LEAST TWO TICKETS, ONE FOR THEMSELF AND ONE FOR A PARENT.
WE WILL NOTIFY ALL COACHES WHEN FORMS ARE DUE. ALL COACHES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FORMS TO DISTRIBUTE TO THEIR PLAYERS. IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE ONE OR NEED A NEW ONE PLEASE SPEAK TO YOUR COACH.
Minors Tournament: Per Kids First Policy regarding rain out procedures during tournament play, The Fielders and Devil Dogs will use regular season game on Thursday to determine who advances to the championship game in the tournament. The championship game is being scheduled for either June 19th or June 21st, depending on the winner of the Devil Dog/Fielders game on Thursday. Regular season games are being utilized to finish the tournament to ensure that their is no disruption in the regular season schedule. Thank you for your cooperation and for your patience regarding this matter.
MINORS AND MAJORS DIVISION: The rule regarding BALKS is being revised and will be added to the rulebook soon. Once added, the ammendment to the rulebook which will include rules regarding balks will be sent to each umpire and coach. Until the new rule is posted, we will continue to utilize the no balk rule that has been enforced by the umpires. The rulebook on the website will be updated to include the balk rule and all previous ammendments for downloading. The amendments will also be posted separately so everyone can view the changes that have been added since the rulebook was initially posted. This is for the benefit of any parent who may want to download the rulebook.
Remember....Put the kids first! This is not Major League Baseball! Respect the coaches and the umpires. Give your kids PRAISE and encourage them to do their very best, without putting to much pressure on them. We all need to remember....it's just a game.
Welcome Message from Kids First President.
Hello, my name is Dan Rhodes, and I am the president of Kids First Sports. I would like to welcome each of you. I encourage you to continue reading to find out more about the great things our program has to offer. Again welcome, and I extend my best to each of you and your family; and hope you will consider participating in our program. Kids First philosophy is really very simple. We put the needs of the kids FIRST and put less emphasis on the attributes of winning and losing. Our objectives are to help your child:
- Acquire an appreciation for an active lifestyle
- Develop social skills with other children and adults
- Learn to manage success and disappointment
- Learn good sportsmanship in baseball and in life
- Learn respect for others
The ultimate criterion we use to judge the success of our program is this – Is the boy or girl a better person as a result of his or here experience in our program?
The real objective of Kids First is not to create more leagues, or make more money, but to make our program more qualitative – to make it a better, more wholesome and enriching experience for our youth. Has the player learned some lessons and acquired some habits and attitudes, which will make him or her more effective in his/her future work, a better parent, and a finer citizen? Compared to this criterion, such factors as the number of games won or lost, the leading hitter and pitcher, the league championship, tournament play, etc., are all very minor considerations. This objective is exceedingly difficult to attain. Most people believe participation in baseball is a fine thing for youngsters. However, baseball is not automatically a desirable experience. It may be, under the right circumstances, but under the wrong conditions it could be detrimental. We do not want teams learning more undesirable habits and attitudes than desirable ones. The league will strive to instill positive attributes in each of our players by teaching them to:
Win and lose graciously,
- Be loyal, cooperative, and courteous to opponents and umpires,
- Accepting of players regardless of race, creed, ethnicity,
- Considerate of those with lesser ability,
- Develop self discipline
- Subjugate selfish desires for the good of the team
While our players are striving to excel and acquiring the skills of baseball, they are also learning many habits and attitudes in regard to themselves and others, which are extremely important to their future success and happiness. Playing ball with Kids First provides all of us an excellent opportunity to teach far more than pitching, hitting and fielding.AND FINALLY…When adults put the best interests of the children first, and leave their egos and concerns about winning on the bench, young people will learn positive lessons. Lets all work together to make 2012 the best season for all involved and relay a positive message to our kids. Let’s remember to put the KIDS FIRST.
Again thank you for your interest. I encourage you to continue to look over our website. It is very informative and should answer any questions you may have regarding our program. Beginning in October 2011, our calendar of events will list upcoming tentative registration dates, as well as all other relevant dates for the 2012 season. Please revisit the website periodically for further updates. If you have any questions, please email us using the mailbox link on the left hand side of the page. All inquiries will be answered in a timely manner. Hope to see you out at the field this summer for the 2012 baseball season.
Daniel Rhodes, President, Kids First Sports, Inc.