Welcome to the Madison West Baseball Program! We are very excited to have you as a member of our program and encourage you to take an active role in helping to elevate our program to an elite level. Remember, you will get out of the Program what you put into it. We’d like to take this opportunity to share some of our guiding principles and philosophies with you.
First, we’d like to thank you for making the commitment to being a dedicated and committed member of our Program. We appreciate the time you spend with us!
As a student-athlete in the West Baseball Program, the academic responsibilities of our players are the most important aspect of their involvement as a student-athlete. Players are expected to comply with the West academic standards and policies. Players are also expected to represent themselves and the program in a positive manner at all times. We want our players to be positive role models in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. We expect our players to be appropriately dressed and look respectable to create a positive image for the program.
Attending school, practices, and games are mandatory. If a player cannot make a practice or game, it is the responsibility of the player to call their head coach as soon as they know they will not be able to attend a practice or game. Failure to do so will be considered an unexcused absence and is not acceptable. Skipping class is considered an unexcused absence and is subject to the same consequence. The coaching staff / athletic director / school administration have the discretion to determine whether the absence is excused. Any equipment that is issued (uniforms, helmets, catcher’s equipment, etc.) must be returned in good condition or it is the financial responsibility of the player / parent to replace it (normal wear and tear is expected). Equipment is expensive and budgets are small. We cannot afford to replace equipment prematurely. Therefore, throwing helmets, bats, or other equipment will not be tolerated. Along these same lines, poor sportsmanship, foul language, arguing with umpire decisions, and negative conduct will not be tolerated from players, parents, or coaches. Parents, we look to you to help set a good example for your son.
Varsity, JV, and Freshmen tryouts will begin Monday, March 20th. The selections for the three teams will be announced no later than Thursday, March 23rd.
In the West Baseball Program, we believe in the concept of “team first.” This applies to all levels in the Program. In order to be successful we need all of our members to support the players and the coaching staff. Not everyone can play every inning, start every game, or be the lead-off hitter. We need talented defensive specialists, pinch hitters, pinch runners, and relief pitchers in order to be successful. Every member of the team is important and must take pride in their role and performing it to the best of their ability. As parents, we hope that you help your son embrace his role no matter what that role might be. Roles are not set in stone, and through hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude, players may be able to increase their playing time.
As coaches we want every player to realize their goals and dreams, including those players with the desire, skill, and talent to play at the collegiate level. The goal of playing at the collegiate level will be accomplished through the same principles and philosophies of “team first.” Players who perform their role in an extraordinary capacity and that are members of a successful and elite program are very desirable to collegiate programs – no matter how big or small their role might be.
We encourage communication between all members of the West Baseball Program including players, parents, and coaches. We would prefer that the players approach their head coach with any problems, questions, or concerns, including those related to playing time. Unfortunately parents are not at every practice and it is hard for them to know what the coaching staff observes during practices, including hustle, attitude, and commitment. As a coaching staff, we respect your desire as a parent to support your son. We would encourage you to talk to the coach with your son present and in person only if your son is not comfortable doing so alone. We would ask that you set up a time to meet with the coach and your son ahead of time, and not to do so before, during, or after a game when emotions are running high.
As the Varsity Coach, I am more than happy to meet with any player or parent. However, if you are not a Varsity player or parent, I would prefer that you meet with the head coach at your level first.
Thank you again for your participation in the West Baseball Program. I look forward to a great season!
Coach Ben Greiber