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.

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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.

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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.

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How do you distribute time for private work?

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  • How do you distribute time for private work?

    When work on your own, how do you divide the work load between hitting, fielding, pitching? Of course it depends on each player's strength and weakness, just want to get a general idea.

  • #2
    As a preteen it was 100% fun. We did whatever he wanted to do.


    • #3
      I try and make a suggestion as to what I think needs to be worked on and then let the player decide what he wants to work on. I try and make it fun, and include stuff that he really wants to do. I will try and get him to commit to 10 minutes of what I think he needs to work on, but I don't push it. Again this is a pre-teen as well.


      • #4
        If you hit you will play so 75% hitting, 25% fielding/pitching.


        • #5
          Unless you are getting individual instructions, or your player isn't getting enough bullpen time, I would stay away from working on pitching outside of your practices. I think generally kids throw too much as it is.

          As far as between hitting and fielding, I would agree to fly's 75% hitting/25% fielding breakdown. Players love to hit, so getting them to do it is easy. Fielding is a different animal. I've found that their attention span is very short with doing fielding work, so you get to a point of diminishing returns quick.


          • #6
            Everyone wants to hit, and, that's what they do. Few want to work on fielding. And, they should work more on it.
            Coaching experience: Managed 5 Little League teams and coached on 4 others. So, what do I know?


            • #7
              I took my son to the cages for hitting. The work we did at the field was fielding and throwing. He had no problem doing rep after rep blocking pitches as a catcher or fielding at short. Grounders were to his right or left, never routine. Before we finished we did hot dog time. It was making diving catches and throwing from the ground. Or up the middle, between the legs and behind the back flips to second. He practiced retrieving wild pitches from the backstop and coming up throwing. I swear he knew every bump on the field. On wild pitches he had a fairly good idea which way the ball would bounce based on where it went by him. Of course, he did mound work. Once on the big field he worked on turning two and centerfield work going after line drives up the gap and shots over his head.


              • #8
                At the moment I bring both my 3 year old son and 9 year old daughter to the field. Mom comes too with the 6 month old..she shags. Son gets to hit and run the bases first, sometimes it is 10 swings sometimes it is 100..he tells me when he is done. Sometimes he then fields some grounders if he feels like it or we play catch. Recently he has wanted to take grounders with his sister so he parks himself at third while my daughter is at SS and I hit them both grounders. Daughter probably gets about 50 grounders per session. First 15 to 20 I have her throw to first with the L-screen set up as the first baseman. Daughter then hits, probably about 75 to 100 swings. Once in a while I will take her to her team's facility to hit in the cages but it is a drive (45 minutes) so we don't do that too much in the summer. I'd rather hit on the field anyway. We do this twice a week in the summer if she doesn't have a tournament game Friday night, otherwise we just go on Tues. 1 or 2 other days I pitch wiffles to my daughter at home and my son takes some swings with regular baseballs or wiffles, depending on what he says he wants. At home we do some fielding work too. I also take my daughter to the field to either hit or field for 20 minutes or so before her team practices on Monday and Thurs. On the days her team hits, I will hit her 30-50 grounders and on the day her teams fields she will hit about 50 balls or so. Her team practices are not very efficient....

                So, overall I would say the work in the week is about 60% hitting 40% fielding/throwing. Not sure what I am going to do when the two little ones start to get older, may have to quit my job to have enough time to do it all =).. Of course by that point my daughter will have more things going on and/or may just not to work with me anymore = (
                Last edited by pattar; 10-02-2018, 06:08 AM.


                • #9
                  Thanks for everyone's input! When I work with him, mostly hitting. I let him work with a fielding coach once a week, that's very rewarding, he fell in love with fielding ground balls, and has been key infielder on his teams the last couple of years, never worried about playing time again. Pitching I don't let him work too much, once a while take a pitching lesson for mechanics..


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