Welcome to the Parents Resource Page! 

Thank you for choosing baseball and the EBA.  As you and your child have many activities and sports to choose from, we consider it an honor to be part of your son or daughter's childhood and baseball experience.  If you have any concerns, suggestions, or questions, don't hesitate to contact a board member listed here.

Great Perspectives on being a sports parent:

Matheny Manifesto - Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals Manager, lays out his thoughts on the roles of players, parents, and coaches.  

I never thought it would end like THIS  - we all think we want our player to drive in the winning run or strike out the 3rd out. But what if our player is the last out or gives up the winning run?  From a Coaching Dad's perspective on preparing our children for more than success. 


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Participation Policy: After evaluations and/or workouts, you may be notified that your player has been selected for LCYBL (travel) Section 1 (10U, 12U, or 14U).  Please read our Participation Policy.  This policy is optional for other sections in LCYBL.  Your coach will let you know the expectations when selected. 


The Dangers of Playing "More"

Our youth sports culture is trending towards specialization and increased play than ever before.   We've all heard about sore arms, leg injuries, and other injuries but the appeal of getting better and playing vs "higher level" competition still drives us to enroll our children in multiple leagues and year-round same sport clubs.  

Adrian Shelley, Ephrata High School baseball coach says "playing MORE is simply that . . . it's more.  It doesn't suggest benefit. In fact, we now have statistical evidence to suggest that MORE play is dangerous which gives us more research-based rationale for our 75% rule."  

The EBA prefers that our players participate in other sports, however, for those who choose to focus primarily on baseball, our organization is committed to shutting our players down during the off months and shifting their focus away from baseball-specific instruction and drills in order to focus more on performance training and conditioning the entire body.  Playing for multiple teams in multiple organizations encourages players to play even more, and can complicate the need to responsibly monitor the health and safety of the player.  Unless a comprehensive monitoring plan is coordinated between those organizations, where everyone involved is actively auditing a player's health (specifically throwing-related arm pain), then we feel that excessive play is not only unnecessary, but a significant risk.  This study substantiates our philosophy​.

For more information, here is an article that refers to the study previously mentioned.