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Parent Expectations

Excerpts from the Matheny Manifesto (http://mikematheny.com/#manifesto)

Mike Matheny is the manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Prior to becoming a manager, Matheny played for four different teams during his 13-year Major League career.

The Origin

Mike was asked to coach a youth baseball team and wrote a series of conditions he demanded before agreeing to be with the team. The document was quickly shared virally across the country, at the youth level, high school, college and beyond….and became known as the “Matheny Manifesto.”

The Philosophy

It is about respect, ownership, self motivation and no-nonsense sportsmanship, that all go into the definition of CHARACTER displayed on a playing field. Mike wants to share it to help players, parents and coaches know how best to work together.

Top 10 Highlights

  1. The main goals are: (1) to teach these young men how to play the game of baseball the right way, (2) to be a positive impact on them as young men, and (3) do all of this with class.
  2. We may not win every game, but we will be the classiest coaches, players, and parents in every game we play. The boys are going to play with a respect for their teammates, opposition, and the umpires no matter what.
  3. My Christian faith is the guide for my life; I have never been one for forcing my faith down someone’s throat, but when the opportunity presents itself, I will be honest with what I believe.
  4. I believe that the biggest role of the parent is to be a silent source of encouragement. I will be putting plenty of pressure on these boys to play the game the right way with class, and respect, and they will put too much pressure on themselves and each other already. You as parents need to be the silent, constant, source of support.
  5. Let the record stand right now that we will not have good umpiring.  The boys [or parents] will not be allowed at any time to show any emotion against the umpire.
  6. I have taken out any work at all for you except to get them there on time, and enjoy.  These boys need to hear that you enjoyed watching them and you hope that they had fun.
  7. A large part of how your child improves is your responsibility. The difference for kids at this level is the amount of repetition that they get. As a parent, you can help out tremendously by playing catch, throwing batting practice, hitting ground balls, or finding an instructor who will do this in your place.
  8. If it sounds like I am going to be demanding of these boys, you are exactly right. I am definitely demanding their attention, and the other thing that I am going to require is effort. Their attitude, their concentration, and their effort are the things that they can control.
  9. Next to playing time, [batting order] is the second most complained about issue, or actually tied for second with position on the defensive field. I will give them a chance to learn and play any position that they are interested in. [However,] we are going to put the boys in the position that will give the team the best opportunity.
  10. The boys will be required to show up ready to play every time they come to the field.  There is not an excuse for lack of hustle on a baseball field. From the first step outside the dugout they will hustle.

We encourage you to read the full Manifesto with your sons and understand that while TACA and its coaches are not perfect, we have a passion for the game of baseball and want the best for your son.  We will do whatever we can to provide a strong Christian example so that they grow as young men and players.

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