​​PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS
Acceptance into the NCDB program comes with expectations by the NCDB staff and coaches of both the players and parents:

OF PLAYERS:
  • We expect players to arrive at tournaments and practices on time with shirt/jersey tucked in, hats on straight, and pants not drooping. Once issued, players should wear team branded practice gear. In the event their practice gear is dirty, they may wear some other appropriate apparel for practice so long as it does not contain the name or logo of another team or organization.

  • We may not win every game, but we will be the classiest team in every game we play. Players will play with respect for your teammates, opposition, and the umpires no matter what. Players will not be allowed at any time to show any emotion against the umpire; they will not shake their head, pout, or say anything.  If a discussion needs to be had with an umpire, the coach will handle it.  If a player can’t accept this, they can’t play for our organization.

  • Players need to be committed to the game; know why they want to play baseball and what they want to accomplish in the game.

  • Players should focus on the process of playing the game rather than the outcome of performance; players must understand that they cannot control the outcome, but they can control the process.

  • Players should learn and get better every single day. Remember, you get better or worse, nothing ever stays the same.

  • There is not an excuse for lack of hustle on the field. Players will hustle at all times. If players do not hustle and run out balls, they will not play.

  • Do not make excuses. If a player messes up, he must accept responsibility, learn from it, and move on. Players should never make excuses as to why something happened. They are accountable for their thoughts and actions.

  • Players must keep your emotions under control. They should play baseball passionately and aggressively but never lose their cool. Throwing helmets, bats, tantrums, pouting, and tears are unacceptable actions.

  • Players should be a great teammate by treating their teammates with respect and offer positive encouragement on and off the field.

  • Players must have the discipline and work ethic to make sure they are successful on the field and in school. If they don’t succeed in school, they won’t succeed in the NCDB program. It will be a waste of our time if we help them develop into a player that is talented enough to play in college but they can’t get into a school because of poor academic performance

OF PARENTS:
  • We expect parents and their guests to conduct themselves in a first-class manner and demonstrate respect for other team families, the opposing team and their families, and the umpires no matter the circumstance.  Poor behavior will not only put a parent in a negative light, such actions also reflect negatively on the NCDB brand, our teams, and our sponsors.   We’ve all been at tournament where we’ve heard other team parents and fans say things that make them sound like classless idiots.  Unfortunately, such boorish behavior is part of sports but it will not be part of our organization.
 
  • Please do not as valets or bellhops for the players.  Players are responsible for packing their own equipment bags, keeping track of their equipment, and carrying their own gear.  Younger players (8-11) with multiple bags for additional equipment (i.e. catchers gear) can get a parental assist carrying one of the bags.
 
  • Let the coach’s coach and the player’s play.
 
  • During games, do not approach or otherwise distract players in the dugout or on the field except for emergency situations only.
 
  • Remember that this is ALL about the players and the best thing parents can do to be an asset for the organization, team and their son is to be a silent source of encouragement.  Parents don’t often realize that they are the ones that unknowingly put the most pressure on their son.
 
  • Let the player’s learn to communicate.  If there is a question of the coach or organization, allow the player to make an effort at first communicating the question or issue.  Too often today, kids only communicate by text and their ability and skills to directly engage others in direct conversation are not being developed.  Allow them to speak for themselves whenever possible.
 
  • If a parent has a concern or issue with a coach or other aspect of a team operation, the parent should first discuss the issue with the head coach.  If the issue isn’t resolved following that discussion, the parent can request a discussion with the Head of Instruction or the President of the organization.
 
  • As policy, no attempt should ever be made to address an issue with a head coach or other organizational representative during at any time during a tournament or before or during a practice session.  It is appropriate to address an issue following a practice IF arrangements have been made with the coach in advance of the practice session, to discuss the issue following practice.  The appropriate manner in which to address an issue is to arrange a time to call or meet with the coach away from baseball activities.
 
  • As a development organization, we are preparing players for playing the game beyond high school.  As such, while we will have fun, our approach to the game is professional and business-like.  We take great pride in our appearance and projecting an image consistent with our organizational mission.   We appreciate your assistance in making sure your son adheres to our standards.  We expect all players to have their shirts tucked in, hats on straight, and pants not drooping.  They are issued team branded practice gear.  In the event that their practice gear is dirty, they may wear some other appropriate apparel for practice.  However, NCDB is a baseball organization, not a hunting club or skateboard park and as such, camouflage or tie-dye apparel is not allowed.