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Accountability By Teammates:

The baseball dugout is a sacred place and the rules and regulations of a baseball dugout and a baseball team are different but similar to anywhere else in the world. 

When a player dons the uniform and enters the dugout for practice or a game, different rules apply.  But upon further inspection, these rules transfer to other parts of your life.

The word accountability becomes hugely important and holding yourself accountable and your teammates accountable.

Accountability is defined as the fact or condition of being responsible. 

When each player becomes accountable for their actions, a team is formed and the results are usually positive.

What should a player be accountable for?

  1.  Being there – on time.  Nothing can bring a team down more than when they cannot count on you being there
  2. Know the signs:  games are won and lost on signs more often than many realize.  It comes from a lack of attention.
  3. Pick up your teammates:  This game is about much more than your own statistics and accomplishments.  Get excited for your teammates.
  4. Think about your teammates:  Understand that your actions and words can positively or negatively affect their actions.
  5. Calling out teammates for lack of effort or concentration.  This is a tricky one and usually should be handled by coaches at a younger age.  But as ballplayers get older, calling out teammates becomes a part of the team.  Understand that if you do call out a teammate for a lack of hustle – you better always be hustling.  If you call out a teammate for missing a sign – you better not miss a sign.
  6. It comes down to expecting the best out of yourself and in turn, expecting the best out of your teammates.

Accountability is important in baseball, relationships, families, and life. 

I wish you the best in holding your teammates accountable

Until Next Time,

Chad

Baseball Relationships

Enjoy the relationship

Every baseball player or coach will eventually take off the uniform and walk away from the field.  It is a long, lonely walk and one that we try our hardest to put off as long as we can.  Our thoughts run back to those earliest stages of the game filled with dirty uniforms and giggles with your friends in the dugout.  Let me tell you; that feeling never changes.

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

~Rogers Hornsby

This game is about the relationship; the relationship with the game, the relationship with your teammates, the relationship with your coach and the relationship with your parents and friends who spend their Saturdays in the stands watching us.

Every player who has walked away from this game will tell you about the relationships.

The relationships with the grass as you stretch in the outfield.  The relationship with the way the dirt is kicked around under your feet in the batter’s box, on the mound, or in the infield.

The relationship with the baseball:  The way it feels in your hand when you flip from hand to glove.  The way your little hand tries new grips that you hope will turn into a wonderful curveball.

relationship with your baseball gloveThe relationship with the glove:  How you mold it and fold and bend it into perfection and pound it with excitement, disbelief or anger.

The relationship with your bat:  How you might tape it or spread pine tar across the handle and the way it feels in your fingertips with or without your batting gloves.

The relationship with the dugout: Only a baseball player knows that dugout and what goes on in that wonderfully dirty space that is only for you and you teammates.  The dugout will tell stories.  Some will be good and some will be bad but those stories stay within that space.

The relationship with your uniform:  Every player wears their uniform in their own way to fit their own style of play or attitude and the freedom of that individuality is allowed in a game where everyone is wearing the same outfit.

I can go on and on about the relationships in this game.  But the long and short of it is this; enjoy this beautiful game.  Enjoy every aspect of it.  Enjoy the lessons that it teaches you even when you don’t want to listen.  Trust me: baseball, like your mom, will continue to try to teach you the lesson and eventually it will sink into your heart.

I love this game and always will because like a good friend, it was and always will be there.

Until Next time,

Chad

 

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