Announcement

Collapse

Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

II. Comments about our policy:

Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
Nothing political or religious
Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

VII. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.

Sincerely,

Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever
www.baseball-almanac.com | www.baseball-fever.com
"Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."
See more
See less

One major difference between a good volunteer coach and a good paid coach

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • One major difference between a good volunteer coach and a good paid coach

    In general, assuming they're equally competent, a volunteer coach is more likely to dedicate 100% than a paid coach because at some point the paid coach realizes that his salary represents a very low hourly wage, which saps his willingness to provide a fanatical level of devotion to his job.

    Last edited by skipper5; 06-06-2018, 08:11 PM.
    Skip

  • #2
    Unless the paid coach isn't doing it for the money, but rather for the love of the game, and coaching it. I either donated my HS coaching stipends back to the school, or gave them to my ACs who got paid less than I did, and really needed it being in college, or having recently just graduated from it, and were trying to get into the profession.
    In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011

    Comment


    • #3
      Originally posted by skipper5 View Post
      In general, assuming they're equally competent, a volunteer coach is more likely to dedicate 100% than a paid coach because at some point the paid coach realizes that his salary represents a very low hourly wage, which saps his willingness to provide a fanatical level of devotion to his job.
      I am one of the lowest paid coaches at our HS coaching softball. I hope I still give it all. IMHO, you have both volunteer coaches and paid coaches be both excellent and terrible. The broad brush doesn't work.
      Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

      I am an ex expert. I've done this long enough to know that those who think that they know it all, know nothing.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by skipper5 View Post
        In general, assuming they're equally competent, a volunteer coach is more likely to dedicate 100% than a paid coach because at some point the paid coach realizes that his salary represents a very low hourly wage, which saps his willingness to provide a fanatical level of devotion to his job.
        a better coach is usually more efficient and requires less effort/time -volunteer or paid. Volunteer coach probably has a regular job and can't devote 100% time unless of course they're independently wealthy (or their spouse is). Paid coaches are often trying to prove themselves to move up the coaching ladder to better schools/programs. That's the incentive. Doubt many of them do it for the money. That would be stupid (unless they're paid more than I think).

        Comment


        • #5
          Well are we talking like preteen travel here or HS ball?

          Comment


          • #6
            The coach that has no relation to any kid on the team is more likely to dedicate 100% to the entire teams performance and development than the coach who is related to a player on the team. Like most generalizations, this isnt always true, but we've all seen it more times than not.
            Never played baseball, just a dad of someone that loves to play. So take any advice I post with a grain of salt.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by bluedawg View Post

              a better coach is usually more efficient and requires less effort/time -volunteer or paid. Volunteer coach probably has a regular job and can't devote 100% time unless of course they're independently wealthy (or their spouse is). Paid coaches are often trying to prove themselves to move up the coaching ladder to better schools/programs. That's the incentive. Doubt many of them do it for the money. That would be stupid (unless they're paid more than I think).
              The paid coach had better have a "regular job" and can't devote 100% of his time either. The stipend doesn't really cover jack.

              Comment


              • #8
                volunteer coach is usually a dad, and daddy balls. Daddy balling either means he holds his kid to a higher standard (which can be uncomfortable for his kid), he puts more effort developing them, or he plays them more at specialized positions (like Domingo Ayala coach's kid). There are a few dads who do not daddy ball, but that is the exception rather than the rule from what I have seen. I prefer a good coach who is not affiliated, but then again they are hard to find, and there are multiple good dads who can coach.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by pthawaii View Post
                  The coach that has no relation to any kid on the team is more likely to dedicate 100% to the entire teams performance and development than the coach who is related to a player on the team. Like most generalizations, this isnt always true, but we've all seen it more times than not.
                  I've seen both ways. I've seen teams taken over by coaches with no kids on the team that were great but I've also seen a ton of coaches terrified of showing their kid favoritism. I usually was. I remember one year me and the guy I talked into being my assistant would bench our sons from time to time just to get other kids more playing time and we'd kind of look at each other and laugh like "this sucks". I guess we wanted to have it in our back pocket though if somebody complained about playing time.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Some of each are good.
                    efastball.com - hitting and pitching fact checker

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by skipper5 View Post
                      In general, assuming they're equally competent, a volunteer coach is more likely to dedicate 100% than a paid coach because at some point the paid coach realizes that his salary represents a very low hourly wage, which saps his willingness to provide a fanatical level of devotion to his job.
                      When I made this post, I had recently spoken to parents of a couple of JV players at two different high schools in my area.
                      Apparently quite a few games got rained out.
                      JV rain-outs often don't get made up. I'm fine with that.
                      What I'm not fine with is that when JV games get rained out, the coaches (who are paid a small stipend) send the players home instead of finding a spot (a classroom; a locker room; a dugout) where they could spend, say, an hour a half with a "classroom session". It could be as simple as watching video together on a laptop.
                      Or: If it's not raining hard, they could find a patch of grass where they could hold a mini-practice using dimple balls (reg. balls would get soggy).
                      Getting wet is not a problem. Falling down on wet grass is not a problem. Soccer players do it all the time.
                      My point is: Do something.
                      I'm not a coach-basher. Far from it. But I've got to call a spade a spade.
                      Btw, I've practiced many times over the years in the rain, sometimes in a parking lot.
                      I've got no patience for wimps, and no patience for coaches who aren't dedicated to using every possible opportunity to improve their players.



                      Skip

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Our JV team practiced in the gym if a game was rained out. Rarely had a day off other than Sundays.
                        WAR EAGLE!

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by The Flush View Post
                          Our JV team practiced in the gym if a game was rained out. Rarely had a day off other than Sundays.
                          same here. even the freshman team still holds practices

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by skipper5 View Post

                            When I made this post, I had recently spoken to parents of a couple of JV players at two different high schools in my area.
                            Apparently quite a few games got rained out.
                            JV rain-outs often don't get made up. I'm fine with that.
                            What I'm not fine with is that when JV games get rained out, the coaches (who are paid a small stipend) send the players home instead of finding a spot (a classroom; a locker room; a dugout) where they could spend, say, an hour a half with a "classroom session". It could be as simple as watching video together on a laptop.
                            Or: If it's not raining hard, they could find a patch of grass where they could hold a mini-practice using dimple balls (reg. balls would get soggy).
                            Getting wet is not a problem. Falling down on wet grass is not a problem. Soccer players do it all the time.
                            My point is: Do something.
                            I'm not a coach-basher. Far from it. But I've got to call a spade a spade.
                            Btw, I've practiced many times over the years in the rain, sometimes in a parking lot.
                            I've got no patience for wimps, and no patience for coaches who aren't dedicated to using every possible opportunity to improve their players.


                            All great points. We have a very tight gym schedule now. It is not like it was even 5 years ago where the area where the indoor cage is goes automatically to softball and baseball. So, this year, we did a lot of what you suggested with video. We did a lot with the board and discussing bunt coverage. There really isn't a reason a coach can not get a classroom. We sent our JV home two times this year. On both occasions, there were other things in play for example, I had a parent meeting and so we only had one coach available.
                            Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

                            I am an ex expert. I've done this long enough to know that those who think that they know it all, know nothing.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I've seen JV coaches cut kids loose so they can have more time to prep for a project or study for a test. Some of them are teachers so they know the academic schedule.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X