HOME RUN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Purpose

Home Run Baseball is designed to be a Christian sports opportunity which provides home-educated students with an environment conducive to skill development, good sportsmanship, and a positive recreational experience. We hope to carry this out in a safe and respectful atmosphere with instruction and competition based on Biblical principles.

 

Principles and Priorities

Our purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ and encourage Christian character in each individual involved, whether they are players, coaches, umpires, parent‐volunteers, or spectators.  Click here, for a list of Scriptures that reflect our purpose for this league.

 

The coaches carry this responsibility first, as they instruct players in baseball/softball skills as well as in Christ‐like attitudes and behavior on the field. If we expect the young people on our teams to “walk worthy” of Christ as they play baseball/softball, then we, the adults, must lead by example.

 

There should never be a case where a spectator yells at the umpire or at opposing players.  It is not the umpires’ job to deal with crowd control issues. They need to keep their attention on the game and the players. Therefore, we are requiring our coaches and parents to be aware of spectators who are doing this and lovingly encourage them to be self‐controlled and be a positive witness for Jesus Christ.

 

We desire to give our children an opportunity to play baseball/softball in an environment which glorifies and honors the living God. Each adult plays an important role in making this happen.

 

Players as well, are to be self-controlled, not disputing or voicing disagreement with the ruling of an umpire. If a player does argue a call, it is the responsibility of the coach to remove him/her from the game immediately.  However, they are always welcome to ask a respectful question for the purpose of instruction.

 

Along this same line, remember that our umpires are volunteers. They are serving all of us, as a ministry. They will seek to do their best as unto the Lord Jesus, so let us make it as easy on them as possible. Remember, it is only a game and a bad call is not intentional, nor worth choosing to sin in our response.

 

If you have concerns regarding an umpire or how the game is being played, please go through proper channels.  First, bring your concern to your child’s coach and let him evaluate and deal with the situation as he/she deems best. We encourage the coaches to work together to work through issues and communicate issues with the umpires. If you, as a coach, have a concern with a specific umpire or another team that is not being resolved, please contact the League manager.

 

Once again, remember that it is a game, and while winning is the objective in all competition, and we are definitely coaching the teams to win, nevertheless, there are other areas that are even more important.  Namely, discipling the young people – encouraging each to give their personal best, maintain self‐control in heated moments, be a team player, represent Jesus, etc.

 

At times, one team will dominate another team. This is not always avoidable. We must each work toward good sportsmanship in these moments. If a team is regularly more dominant, the coach will do whatever he/she can to keep from running up the score by giving younger, less-experienced players opportunity to try different positions.

 

It will be the coach’s job to make sure the team is ready to start on time, but parents can really help facilitate this be making sure the child is to the field early, has his/her shirt tucked in and jewelry removed and has spent a few minutes preparing/praying to have a Christ‐centered focus prior to the game.  Team parents are also encouraged to ask the coach how they can assist with preparing the team.

 

Let’s have fun!  Let’s BE the Light and the Salt!  Let’s have a great season!



For questions, concerns, and more information, contact us at:  homerun.home.school@gmail.com

  

Special thanks to Hoops Basketball for much of the content of this page.

 

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