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Prespective Volunteer Coaches

Coaches Corner

Registration for the 2022 season is open. Anyone interested in coaching for the BNBA during the upcoming season should register as a Head or assistant coach when registering your child/children. If you do not have a child participating, you can still coach by registering yourself through the website. Go to register to begin the process by creating an account, unless you already have, and clicking the Team Personnel tab. From there you just provide information for the account and background check, which is directed and provided by Protect Youth Sports If you sponsor or obtain one, and you wish to
take advantage of a refund of your child's registration fees (because of the
sponsorship), please do not register your child until you receive a registration code. Also, if you wish to apply for a scholarship, do not register your child until you are approved for the scholarship, and receive a registration code.

No one can be a head coach, or assistant coach without registering and subjecting
yourself to a background check. Anyone who has direct contact, on a regular basis,
with youth athletes, must be registered as a coach.

A Few Words About Coaching:

As a coach you will take on one of the most beautiful, powerful, and influential positions
a person can ever have.
Some people may call it a job, and others a profession, but in reality,
being a coach is not that at all. It is so much more than that.

By becoming a coach, you have chosen to work with young athletes. You have chosen to guide them
through the trials and tribulations of learning two beautiful games: sport and life. You are in a position
to change their lives forever, not only by making them better athletes, but better people. You are
a leader, you are a role model, you are a person who serves your athletes, and you are a person to
whom they entrust their physical and emotional well-being. Never take this responsibility lightly.

Coaching can be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. We work with young athletes
in highly emotional and public situations. We keep score, and because of that our work is often
judged week to week, even day to day, based upon the performance of a bunch of kids, how well
they play, how much they play, and where they play.

Every time we coach, our words and actions can have a huge impact in the lives of our players, both
positively and negatively. We are faced with moments of success and failure, and with calls from
officials both good and bad. Our words and actions in these situations can stick with our players forever.
The thing is, we don't get to choose which things stick, and which ones they forget, so
in everything we say and do, we have to choose wisely.

Coaching also means you will be dealing with parents. Many of them are wonderful, and will support
you and be grateful that you have taken the time and energy to teach and mentor their child.
Celebrate them and be thankful they are on your team. Others are not so wonderful. They have
unrealistic expectations for their children and the team. They will be a friend to your face, and an
enemy behind your back. They will make life miserable for their own child, and often for you and the
rest of the team as well. Do your best to educate them and minimize their negativity, and empower
others to do the same. Most importantly, be a trusted mentor for their child. Those kids need
a positive role model more than most, and it's not their fault that mom or dad has lost
the plot.

We leave a lasting impact on every player we coach.
There is no way around this; you will
influence every player you come in contact with. What will your influence be? Will it be something
positive and affirming that bolsters your athletes and serves them through life? Will it be a more
fulfilling experience for you and your players, more enjoyable, and more successful?

Or will it be something that tears them down, that diminishes their self worth, that makes them
fearful of failure, or ties their self-worth with sports success? We all mean well, but sometimes
when we are pushing to win a game, or talking to our teams after a tough loss, we say and do
things that we later regret. I know in the past I have, and I never considered for a moment that
my harsh, personal and often over the top criticism of a kid might follow him or her off the field.
But it did.

I believe that being a coach is so much more than running a bunch of practices and
organizing kids for games.
It's about connecting with your players as people first, and
athletes second. It is about being passionate, and loving the game you teach, so your players
will play with passion and love. It is about empathy, making every player feel important, and
giving him or her a role on the team. It is about integrity and consistency for kids during good
times and bad. It is about being a model of the behavior you expect from your athletes, on and
off both the field of sport and life. It is about being a teacher, not only of the X's and O's of a
sport, but about life, about optimism, about persistence, and about character. No, coaching
cannot simply be a job. It must be a vocation, a calling to a place that best suits your skills, your
passion and your ability.

You can change lives with a single word, a single pat on the back, and a single
conversation that says "I believe in you."
We need great coaches more than ever before. We need you!

Paul Thompson
BNBA Director

To help implement the ideas presented in the previous paragraphs, we have developed the
following Coaches Code of Conduct , separate from the Code of Conduct for All (click on volunteers),
but with the same objective, to help ensure the integrity of our program as well as the game of

1. Present a clean and professional image in terms of personal appearance and provide a positive role model in terms
    of personal habits, language and conduct.
2. Be honest at all times, and teach by precept and example.
3. Treat all players equitably and sensitively, within the context of their activity and ability. never discriminate based on sex,
    race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation,socio-economic  class, or any other group or affiliation.
4. Ensure my obligations are kept by being dependable, self-disciplined and responsible.
5. Keep the best interests of each player as our aim. Every human being has value, and every player on a team adds value
    to the team in some way.
6. Teach the importance of leadership on and off the field.
7. Ensure the well-being and safety of all players.
8. Teach qualities and values that exemplify an outstanding team player.
9. Encourage athletes to set reasonable goals and identify an action plan to attain their goals.
10. Challenge athletes to excel, maximize their opportunities, and perform to their potential.
11. Encourage the athletes to develop the desire to change. The desire to change is the key to growth in all areas of life.
12. Ensure athletes are held accountable for their actions on and off the field.
13. Show my commitment by teaching strategies, techniques, values and sportsmanship each day.
14. Respect the integrity and personality of all athletes individually.
15. Build an athlete's self-esteem and self-confidence by strengthening their foundation via positive attitude, desire,
      knowledge, and effort.
16. Encourage all athletes to do their best, and have fun doing it.
17. Strive to protect the integrity of the sport by being honest and play by the rules of the game.
18. Refrain from arguments in front of players and spectators.
19. Refrain from verbal or nonverbal conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, creates a hostile environment or is demeaning
      to fellow coaches or athletes.
20. Show respect for players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators.
21. Strive to make sportsmanship my #1 priority.

Coaches may want to create a Player Code of Conduct, or Team Code of Conduct along the lines
of the above Coaches Code of Conduct. This a suggested personal code of conduct for coaches.
We hope that our coaches will conduct themselves by it's precepts. However, the Code of Conduct
for All, located under Volunteers, is the code that everyone is required to abide by.

BNBA Board


Rules and Regulations

2022 in-house rules.docx

The BNBA would like to thank you for volunteering your time and services to the
youth of Bloomington-Normal and surrounding communities, as well as to this
program. You play a major role in our organization, and as such, will either be
a positive or negative influence. We hope yours is positive. Below is in addition
to the 2022 In-House Rules, both to be used as a guide to ensure that everyone
has a safe and enjoyable season.

1. Communicate with your parents. At the first practice ask for input on any special needs (medical, disabilities, etc.) of your
    players and adjust accordingly. Many parents have indicated they are willing to help in some capacity, so please keep
    them involved. You will have an updated roster with phone numbers and emails. Ask parents intending to help if they
    could help with coaching, keeping score, snacks, clean up after the game, etc.

2. Schedules will be posted to the website, any changes during the season will be posted ASAP. Please understand that
    there are several reasons why the schedule could change, and, do so at a moments notice, or take several days.
    Schedules will be posted under the Registration Information tab on the Homepage of our website, as well as under the
    Team Central/Posted Schedules tab on the Homepage. Only individuals with a BNBA account will be able to access
    the Team Central tab.

3. Please do your best to provide each player an opportunity to play a variety of positions. League rules require all players
    to remain in the batting line-up.

4. Player safety should always come first! Be sure catchers wear a cup and all the required protective gear. If any of your
    equipment becomes defective please come to the office and it will be exchanged. Any player on the team at bat who is
    in the field of play must wear a helmet, this includes all base runners, on-deck hitters and any player who may be assisting
   with coaching at 1st or 3rd in the American, National, and Major divisions.

5. Please report scores!!! The sponsors appreciate having their names associated with their sponsored team, win or lose.
    Report scores via text to 309-838-5492, or e-mail: [email protected] by 10pm the night of the game.

6. Check the website for information regularly. Please refrain from calling the office regarding weather, BNBA does not
    cancel games due to heat or predicted weather, although we may shorten them. Games that are rained out will not
    be re-scheduled until a team has had at least 2 rain outs. Please recognize that certain fields respond differently to
    rain, and that we have close to 60 teams playing on about 25 fields. Friday night/Saturday morning rains are an extra
    challenge for field crews because we have very limited time to get fields ready by 10am on Saturday morning. When late
    afternoon showers occur after field crews are finished prepping fields we rely on coaches to make the call on the
    playability of the field. With BNBA using fields that range from the far south end of Bloomington to as far north, east,
    and west as you can get in Bloomington-Normal, we can't possibly get to each field to evaluate them by game time.
7. Please have your players wear the league issued uniform. We may be able to replace the hat if it is lost, but the jerseys
    would be difficult and expensive.

8. BNBA gives each team practice and game balls to start the season. Coaches are to hold on to used game baseballs
    and turn in what you have left at the end of the season. Umpires will not be required to collect the game balls. Each
    coach should give the umpire a new ball before the game.

9. General clean-up of dugout areas is appreciated by field owners and our crews.

10. If the umpire does not initiate a pre-game meeting please take it upon yourselves to do so. This is a good time for
      introductions, review the ground rules, establish strike zone, note game start time, etc. Also, the BNBA require a coach's
      signature on the umpire card.

11. If an umpire or umpires fail to show it is more than acceptable for a coach or parent to take over the umpire duties if
     they are willing. In the event this happens the BNBA will pay that person the umpire fee! Please have the parent contact
     the office the following day.

12. Please review the rules and keep them with you at all times. The umpires do their best to interpret the rules and to be as
      fair as possible. Midway through the summer securing umpires becomes a challenge for several reasons, although the
      top concern is usually a poor experience with a coach or parent. Please keep this in mind and appreciate that you have
      umpires available for your games. Please remember it is a recreational program for the enjoyment of the players.

13. The pitching limits included in the BNBA rules are there for the safety of our pitchers. Coaches, please keep track of the
      pitches pitched in each game and per week, and these statistics should be available to the office if needed. It comes
      down to being honest and doing what's right for the kids.

14. Please recognize BNBA does not have a staff or committee on call to resolve rule disputes and the likelihood of a call
      or ruling being overturned is negligible. The logistics of re-playing a protested game is nearly impossible, and in the
      big picture not necessary. It's a game. It's recreational baseball. It's for the kids. BNBA certainly tries to make the rules
      as easy to understand and enforce as possible but nothing is bulletproof and things happen.

15. Please return equipment to the BNBA office within two weeks of the end of your season. If you have vacation planned
      immediately following the season, please make plans for another coach or parent to return the bag. If the equipment
      is not returned, BNBA must purchase new equipment and costs will go up for everyone.

16. These Rules and Regulations are by no means all inclusive, BNBA reserves the right to add to or subtract from these
       guidelines at anytime and without notice. Please check regularly for changes.



Picture Day Line Up

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Operation of Lights

For night games, turn the lights on at 7:15, before it actually starts getting dark. This will give you time to seek assistance
if the lights do not come on. After turning the lights on, do not turn them off again until the game is over, because the lights
will take 15 minutes to re-set.

Head Coaches are responsible for ensuring that the lights are turned off after their game has concluded.

Light keys are located in the field boxes located behind the backstop at each field.

Gray light box is on the west side of the field on the gray electrical box that is marked Field Lights. The key slot is on the
south side of the box. Make sure the key is all the way in the slot, turn the key, and then leave the key in the slot until
the game concludes. Please return the key to the field box after turning the lights off.

Electrical box is on the west side of the shed. Put the key in the slot to the left of the door and turn. Leave the key in the
slot until the game has concluded. Each coach will receive a light key.

Gray electrical box is located down the right field foul line with other gray boxes on a pole. After turning the lights on, hold
on to the key, and when the game is over return key to the field box.

Shepard North and South
Light box is on the east side of the building that contains the restrooms. Use the key in the field box to unlock the gray
electrical box on that building. Use the key on the chain in the box to turn the switch to the on position. Make sure the
key is all the way in the slot, turn the key and leave it in the slot until the conclusion of the game. Return the key that
unlocked the gray electrical box to the field box.

Pepper Ridge East and West
Transformer pole is located in the parking lot between the two fields at the north end of the parking lot. Slots are marked
East and West. Place the key in the slot of the field you are playing on, and leave it there until game has concluded.
Replace the key back into the field box.

Coaches, please be sure to turn off the lights once your game has concluded.


Bloomington-Normal Baseball Association

P.O. Box 3324 
Bloomington, Illinois 61702

Phone: 309-829-2129
Email: [email protected]

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