Barrington Youth Association Softball Registration

The Parent/Guardian of the above named applicant consents to participation by the applicant in this year’s Barrington Youth Association (BYA) baseball/softball program and hereby assumes all responsibility for ordinary hazards and risks arising out of or incidental to the activities of said program. Signer agrees to hold harmless the Town of Barrington and its participants in the BYA to all claims for any injury.

Payments to BYA are non-refundable as we have to order uniforms and space on teams is limited. In extreme cases of injury, BYA may elect to refund registration fees on a case by case basis.

MEDICAL RELEASE FOR BARRINGTON YOUTH ASSOCIATION

I, the undersigned, state that I am the parent, legal guardian or custodian of the minor indicated above.

For this minor, I hereby authorize the coach of my son/daughter to see that emergency medical care is given at the hospital most convenient to the accident. The hospital may administer such emergency treatment as may be necessary for the preservation and health of the child. It is my intent by this consent to include the administration of drugs, anesthetics and applications of any medication which circumstances may require on an emergency basis.

Permission for Photographs/Video of Players.

This permission is for your child to be photographed and/or video taped while participating in BYA activities for use on the website or other media articles (players will not be identified by name).
The BYA is looking for volunteers in the following areas. Please check areas that you are able to assist us. Any help at all is greatly appreciated.

SNACK BAR COOK: We need a group of people willing to cook in the concession stand. This would involve cooking on the grill and would most likely be a commitment of once every 2 weeks or so. This would end up being about 4 times during the season. There will always be a board member present to assist in the set-up, cooking, and closing. Also, sorry, we can't accept volunteers under 18 to cook in the concession stand.

FIELD CLEAN UP AND MAINTENANCE: We have planned a field work day for a Saturday in late March. We will be repairing bleachers and cleaning up the fields. Please bring rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows.

COACHES/MANAGERS: Several teams need coaches, assistant coaches, and managers.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Barrington Youth Association aims to promote a safe, positive, and respectful environment for everyone from our affiliated towns to enjoy the sports of baseball/softball.

CODE OF CONDUCT
We—the Barrington Youth Association (BYA), its coaches, the players and their parents—have a responsibility to promote high standards of behavior in the game of baseball/softball. The BYA has designed this code of conduct to ensure baseball/softball can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.

Remember, youth sports are a time for players to develop their technical, physical, tactical, and social skills. Winning isn’t everything. Play your part and help enforce the BYA’s Code of Conduct as a parent and spectator.

1. Leave The Coaching To The Coaches
You have entrusted the care of your player to these coaches and they need to be free to do their job. If a player has too many coaches, it’s confusing for him/her and his/her performance usually declines.
2. Support The Program
Get involved. Volunteer. Help with fundraisers, take a shift at the concession stand, become a coaching assistant, or anything to support the program.
3. Be Your Child’s Best Fan
Support your child unconditionally. Do not punish your child when they perform poorly. Your child should never have to perform to win your approval.
4. Support And Root For All Players On The Team
Foster teamwork. Your child’s teammates are not the enemy. When they are playing better than your child, consider it an opportunity to learn.
5. Do Not Bribe Or Offer Incentives
Part of a coach’s job is to motivate. Leave this to the coaching staff. Bribes will distract your child from properly concentrating in practice and game situations.
6. Encourage Your Child To Talk With The Coaches
If your child is having difficulties in practice or games, or can’t make a practice, encourage them to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a team player. By handling the off-field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game—preparation for, as well as playing a game.
7. Understand And Display Appropriate Game Behavior
Remember, your child’s self esteem and game performance is at stake. Be
supportive, cheer, and be appropriate. Also, appreciate good baseball/softball/, no matter the source: If the other team makes a phenomenal play, say something.
8. Respect The Game
Respect the authority of the coaches and the umpires. Do not heckle or direct negative comments to the umpires. In many cases, the umpires are young adults and this is part of their opportunity to mature and grow—be supportive.

Finally, let the players play. While winning is nice, it is not the sole object of the game. Testing players’ skills and giving them an opportunity to improve and mature is far more important.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS
To help set these boundaries, it is highly recommended that parents follow the guidelines below:
• Be on time for games and practices. If you are going to be late please inform the coach.
• During games feel free to support and cheer the players and team. The
atmosphere should always portray that of a ‘YOUTH GAME’.
• During practice, try to give your child the freedom to train with their team.

THE 24-HOUR RULE
If you have a question for the coach concerning an incident with your son or daughter that directly relates to a game, you should wait 24-hours before calling or E-mailing the coach. This helps defuse potentially emotional situations.

Comments after games should be positive and constructive.

Also, please allow coaches time to respond to your questions. All BYA coaches are volunteers and not full-time employees. If you feel your concern is not being properly addressed, please contact a member of the BYA Board of Directors.

UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
Unacceptable conduct will not be tolerated by the Barrington Youth Association. This includes:
• Berating or directing degrading remarks at players, opposition coaches or
umpires
• Not following the 24-hour rule
• Using foul language
• Coaching from the bleachers
• Any use of tobacco or alcohol products during games, tournaments or practices anywhere on the BYA Facility will result in immediate suspension, if involved with a team, and/or asked to leave the facility for the day. If there is a second offense the individual will be asked to come in front of the BYA Board of Directors and potentially suspended from the BYA fields for the remaining season.
• Any adult who verbally or physically abuses a manager, coach, umpire, or player during or after a game, will be asked to leave the premises. If this happens during a game and the individual(s) do not leave, then the team they are there with will forfeit the game. If it happens after a game, the individual(s) will not be allowed to come back the team’s next game.
If it is brought to the BYA Board of Directors attention that a parent has been involved in “unacceptable behavior,” that parent will be asked to meet with the Barrington Youth Association Board of Directors and consequences deemed appropriate for the situation by the Board of Directors will be executed.

ROLE OF THE PLAYERS
The Barrington Youth Association exists to promote the appropriate development of baseball/softball skills, strategies and tactics, as well as help players enjoy and learn from the game in physical, mental, social and emotional areas. Remember that the coaches are here to help you—be respectful of this and always give your best.

Remember to thank your parents for giving you the opportunity to play for the Barrington Youth Association, as well as the support they show by watching your games and driving you to and from practices.

Here are some traits you should follow:
1. Practice Is Essential
Practice is essential to your development. You must be prepared to work hard at every practice, and do your best to be on time.
The time before practice and games is an important part of your development. Use the time to your advantage. Warm up before you get to the field, and while on the
field waiting for the coach, work with other players, rather than standing around.
2. Take Care Of Your Equipment
Brush your cleats off if they are covered in mud, rather than throwing them in your bag and leaving them until your next practice. Make sure you have your glove, it is clean and you are properly dressed to play. Make sure you r uniform is regularly cleaned, and your shirt is properly tucked in.
3. Take Care Of the facility
Anyone climbing fences, throwing rocks, climbing on the roof of any building or structure, fighting or engaging in any activities detrimental to other people of the BYA Facilities will be asked to leave the premises. If they’re a member of a team, they will be suspended from their team’s next game.
4. Be A Good Sport
Maintain good sportsmanship throughout games and practices. Remember to shake hands at the end of the games with umpires and the opposing team.
5. Ask Questions
The coaches are there to help you. If you don’t understand something the coach does or says, don’t be afraid to ask the coach why he or she said or did a certain drill or method.
6. Learn From Real Games
Watch baseball/softball on TV or at a live event. Take time to watch games and see how the game is played at the highest levels. Pick out favorite players, watch and try to emulate those players.
7. Be A Role Model
Represent yourself, your family and the association every time you play, practice, or travel with your team.
8. Take Your Education Seriously
No matter how much you love baseball/softball, your education is more important. Make sure you earn the right to play for the Barrington Youth Association by always doing your very best at school. Parents and guardians have, in the past, taken away baseball/softball from players that are not doing their best in school. Don’t let this happen to you.

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