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.


Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever |
"Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."
See more
See less

Quitting a team mid season

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Quitting a team mid season

    My son wants to quit his team, it’s his first season with this organization and he doesn’t like the coaching. He’s probably in the top three on this team and they keep wanting to change his mechanics even though he is really successful. He guest plays for a different team that he enjoys much better and wants to play more for them, but is limited by his commitment to the first team. I’ve been encouraging him to finish it out with the team he agreed to play on, but he doesn’t want to be there and isn’t putting forth much effort.

  • #2
    Sounds like he's already quit. Sad!


    • #3
      This falls on you. You drive him to practices and tournaments. You as a parent should teach commitments and following through. Finish it out and move on, UNLESS there's an issue of abuse/etc.


      • #4
        You have the opportunity to teach him about commitment or quitting. Whichever he chooses becomes easier to do next time. Everything gets easier with practice.


        • #5
          Tell him he should not be wasting time playing competitive games during late summer, Fall and Winter anyways because it perturbs correct training opportunities that put him way behind where he could have been physically and motorly.

          I told my step son he could only quit, if he surfed more!!
          Primum non nocere


          • #6
            Originally posted by mobius75 View Post
            My son wants to quit his team, it’s his first season with this organization and he doesn’t like the coaching. He’s probably in the top three on this team and they keep wanting to change his mechanics even though he is really successful. He guest plays for a different team that he enjoys much better and wants to play more for them, but is limited by his commitment to the first team. I’ve been encouraging him to finish it out with the team he agreed to play on, but he doesn’t want to be there and isn’t putting forth much effort.
            First, I understand how tough this is. Being a parent isn't easy. While we can all give our opinions, you have to trust your gut. Yes, I'm a huge believer in that immeasurable thing called "gut." Listen, I have never been one to quit. I had a player quit my girl's golf team this year and it cost us our conference championship. It was my last chance to win conference and we beat the eventual champion with her on our team by several strokes. Still, I'm glad she quit. She wanted to be playing soccer with her select team. She is better at golf. Now, she can play soccer all she wants. I will say this and I wish I were a better person and I have not mislead anyone on this site that I am a good person at all, I can't look at her without thinking that she quit.

            From your post, you already know the answer. Let your son quit and play with the team he enjoys playing with. However, I will say this, be careful of human nature. Human nature say quit when things are too hard. It dictates that one quit when they have to work harder than they want. It demands less effort. When your son wants to quit the next team, you'll know why. Human nature.
            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.


            • #7
              How old is your son?
              Sent from my mobile device... probably while driving...


              • #8
                I have been pondering this off and on all day. When it comes to quitting, I could see 3 factors at play in making a "stay or go" decision: 1) As others have said, honoring your commitment. But then there is 2) Developing as a player and 3) Having fun. Ideally, young players will be on a team and in a situation where they cover all of the above. But think about it, would you really want to force a kid to stay committed to 1 if 2 and 3 are not happening? Time is precious. And depending on the age, the wrong situation has the possibility of being kind of destructive. E.g., if the kid is buried on the bench and has the opportunity to play early and often somewhere else, why shackle him? You don’t want to be a quitter. I get that. But... if the team won’t miss him and the coaches don’t care and he has a better place to play ... guess I “might” not hold it against a kid too, too much in that one situation. If it will hurt the team, forget what I wrote - haha.


                • #9
                  Nope, you committed; you stick it out. There's so much more at stake here than BB. Life is full of things you would rather walk away from but have no choice. The earlier you learn to deal with this type of adversity, the better. As mentioned above- abuse is a different matter.
                  Put your junk in your pocket!


                  • #10
                    You only quit a team midseason if there is something really egregious going on where it would be bad parenting to allow your son to remain. Otherwise, you ride it out, take the high road, and then leave at the end of the season.

                    I was in this spot with my son in the fall season when he was 9 years old. He finished out the season and then was on a new team the spring of his 10u season. It was a million times better.

                    The good thing about it? It was a life lesson. To this day, I say that fall 9u situation was a good thing because it gives you perspective to appreciate when you have something good.

                    Good luck to your son next season.
                    Coaching experience: Managed 5 Little League teams and coached on 4 others. So, what do I know?


                    • #11
                      Sometimes kids can have success with less-than-ideal mechanics. A good coach will always teach for success at the next level. Unless you are 100% that the coach is dead-wrong, I'd have a conversation with your son about accepting their advice.


                      • #12
                        Isn't the best day to cut loose a bad investment the first day you determine it's a bad investment? I get commitment, but shouldn't it just be commitment to playing the sport and not sticking with a crappy coach? Like I think I've been both ends of this. We've been with the same travel baseball coach since 8U and my kid doesn't even want to guest play elsewhere even when things are going bad. On the other hand, we tried travel basketball and the coach and organization was a joke. He got a concussion that basically took him out for a month until the start of the school basketball season allowing us to gracefully leave the team (we had told the coach that we would leave at least temporarily when school started and baseball was our priority regardless when we joined), but I wouldn't have have hesitated to leave that team injury or not if my kid complained about wanting out. If he suddenly got mopey about his baseball team and wanted to play video games instead, that would be another story.


                        • #13
                          I would assess the situation before deciding to quit mid-season. There are definitely circumstances where I would be completely fine with quitting mid-season. I agree it can be a good lesson to stick the situation out, however it could also be a bad lesson. People should realize that quitting is often the best decision in many circumstances. Sticking out something bad is not in and of itself a good decision. It really is situationally dependent and you need to assess the prospect of leaving vs staying. I think it's bad advice to suggest that you stay only because you committed.

                          I think teaching a kid to recognize a bad situation and to get as far away from it as fast as possible is a much better lesson than "stick out everything you start no matter how much you hate it"
                          Last edited by andre8; 10-01-2018, 01:13 PM.


                          • #14
                            I think staying for the sake of riding out a commitment is a waste of time. If your son is not invested in playing for the team, it does no one any good. I am assuming that you would be moving on after the season is over, so let the coaching staff know your feelings and let them make the adjustments they need now. Not doing so will just lead to frustrations for your son and leave the team in worse shape overall.

                            If the major issue is the change in mechanics, also make sure that this is known. If the coaches feel that he is as successful as you think he is, they should have no problem with a status quo as far as mechanics. If they disagree with you on the status of your son's mechanics, it is best to not have your son be in a situation where you think the change is detrimental.

                            Quitting because the grass is greener on the other side of the fence should not be condoned. But moving on from a bad situation is a good life lesson.


                            • #15
                              I let my kid quit a team mid season when he was 10u. One day he said he couldn't play because his arm hurt. I suspected his arm did not hurt.

                              The hired coaches had already quit. They were having trouble with the difficult Dad/team manager that had hired them. The Dad/Manager took over as coach. In my opinion he was way too hard on the kids, called them retards etc and frequently lost his temper. My kid just wasn't enjoying it at all even though he was performing really well.

                              The posters situation is different but quitting doesn't necessarily turn one into a habitual quitter. It's 6 years later and that's the only team my kid has quit.


                              Ad Widget