The EBSA Mission
To teach Evanston's young people the skills, values, and just
plain fun of baseball and fast pitch softball. We have been
Evanston's main youth baseball and softball program for
almost 60 years.
We believe that community baseball and fast-pitch softball
should be open to all boys and girls. Our no-cut programs
ensure that all registered players will have the opportunity
to fully participate. We believe that ability to pay should not
be a factor and so offer financial aid to all who need it. We
believe in the value of participating in multiple sports. We
make every effort to keep the game in perspective, insisting
that players, parents, coaches, and umpires treat one another
EBSA Parent Guidelines
1. Are encouraged to attend as many games as possible to cheer their team and also acknowledge an opposing
team's exemplary performance. There is no place for abusive or derogatory comments directed at any
participant, umpire, and/or other spectators.
2. Should allow the coaches/managers to handle any questionable play and/or decision by the umpire. It is not
the parents' prerogative to question the umpire's decision, and this type of conduct could very well jeopardize
your child's team.
3. Should refrain from interfering with the coaches or managers during playtime since their undivided attention is
directed to the game and your child's safety. Choose a convenient time to speak with the coaches or
managers before or after the game or during a lull or break in the games.
4. Are encouraged to assist with practices, snacks, field preparation, and scoring. A parent's help is critical to
the team’s overall success.
5. Should assure their child attends practice on a consistent and timely basis. The coach/ manager must be
apprised of any absence or tardy attendance.
6. Are encouraged to be positive. If possible should practice baseball skills with their child to contribute to a
successful season/performance. Outside repetition of the basic skills is important. Remember, children
perform at different levels; therefore, criticism should not be based on performance but rather on attitude.
Encourage a positive attitude toward the game and the participants. With the proper attitude, improvement will
EBSA Player Guidelines
1. Represents his/her family, team, EBSA baseball and the City of Evanston on and off the baseball field.
2. Conducts his/herself in a polite and respectful manner at all times.
3. Considers school work, academics a top priority, and will do their best to be a successful student.
4. Makes a commitment to their team to do their best on the field.
5. Must respect and obey their coaches and follow their instructions.
6. Must do their best to attend all team practices and meetings.
7. Must respect their teammates, opponents, and umpires at all times.
8. Must take care of team equipment and wear/ maintain their uniform with pride.
9. Must always display good sportsmanship during and after the games.
10. Play like winners, and don't play only to win.
EBSA Coaching Guidelines
A leader who:
|•||Maintains a positive attitude. |
|•||Respects all team players, umpires, opposing coaches/managers and parents. |
|•||Resolves problems in equitable, fair, and civil manner. |
|•||Assures that each player who exhibits a commitment to his/her team by attending practices and games on a consistent basis has equal amount of playing time. |
|•||Challenges each player to reach personal and team goals, and assures that the team is as skillful and competitive as their capabilities will allow. |
|•||Teaches the team to play like winners and not think of the game of baseball as winning or losing. |
An organizer who:
|•||Involves parents in practices to supplement coaches’ instruction/supervision.|
|•||Involves parents with concession stand assignments, team snacks, and team events, such as batting cage and sporting events.|
|•||Facilitates communication between parents, players, and coaches/managers.|
A role model who:
|•||Refrains from using abusive, derogatory language, especially in the heat of competitive play.|
|•||Is sensitive to the player’s mental, physical and emotional character – the whole person.|
|•||Acknowledges the umpire’s authority, uses tact and good judgement when questioning an umpire’s interpretation of the rules, doesn’t argue with the umpire’s decision at the plate and/or in the field.|
|•||Acknowledges the skills and extra effort whether it is exercised by their team or the opposition.|
A person who uses common sense regarding safety and health considerations:
|•||Assures that his/her players are property trained to avoid injuries during offensive and defensive plays, such as turning towards the catcher when a player thinks he/she may be hit with the ball, and teaching proper sliding techniques.|
|•||Assures the playing fields are free of dangerous materials (glass, rocks, etc.) and that bases are secured. |
|•||Assures that a safety or first aid kit is available during all practices and games, and that his/her players have liquids to drink (their own or a team cooler), especially during hot weather.|