ABOUT RAPTORS ATHLETICS BASEBALL
Raptors Athletics Baseball is a division of Raptors Athletics. We are a non-profit, multi-sport club that serves Castle Rock and surrounding areas as part of a territory within the Arapahoe Youth League (AYL).
The Raptors baseball program was created for athletes between the ages of 5 and 14 who are looking to have their baseball skills further challenged and to grow within the sport at a higher competitive level. We work closely with our coaches, parents, and athletes to set goals and to grow within the program. We take great pride in our program and strive to continually find ways to enhance and strengthen our athletes and the game of baseball.
Our leadership team within Raptors Athletics Baseball is comprised of a group of passionate individuals who volunteer their time and experience and who share the same commitment to building a strong baseball program within the community. It is through this foundation that we carry the experience and care necessary to create, sustain, and continue building season after season for an optimal coach, parent, and athlete experience. Thank you for being a part of our program.
RAPTORS ATHLETICS MISSION STATEMENT
Raptors Athletics aspires to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience to every youth athlete. Our programs encourages youth development by providing opportunities for personal and athletic growth. Raptors Athletics promotes sportsmanship, self-esteem, and the development of life skills through engaging youth in sports while providing a safe, healthy, positive environment where the youth of our community can learn the fundamentals of the sports they participate in.
We recognize that our leadership and team coaches are the people who most directly make this all possible. It is our goal to provide every coach with the tools to succeed as a Coach for their team. We are committed to creating a positive culture, in which coaches, parents, fans, officials and athletes work together to achieve our mission.
RAPTORS ATHLETICS BASEBALL CORE VALUES
INTEGRITY - Knowing and doing what is right
- BE COMMITTED: Set high standards for your behavior and stick to them even in difficult situations.
- BE COURAGEOUS: Stand up for what you believe is just and good.
- BE HONEST: Choose words and actions that are sincere, not misleading.
- BE DISCIPLINED: Remain dedicated and self-controlled, even when challenged.
- BE RESILIENT: Learn from mistakes and losses; seize the opportunity to improve.
RESPECT - Treat others the way you wish to be treated
- BE ACCEPTING: Support everyone's worth and dignity, regardless of background, abilities or beliefs.
- BE CONSIDERATE: Always be aware of and honor others' rights and feelings.
- BE ATTENTIVE: Be ready to learn from everyone including coaches, officials, players and other contestants.
- BE ENCOURAGING: Demonstrate concern for the growth and development of all athletes.
- BE APPRECIATIVE: Value the guidance of supportive parents and coaches.
RESPONSIBILITY – Embrace opportunities to contribute
- BE HELPFUL: Understand and advance the team's goals.
- BE CONSCIENTIOUS: Be aware and thpoughtful of the choices you make.
- BE ACCOUNTABLE: Accept that your actions impact everyone around you.
- BE PERSEVERING: Work through difficulty and discouragement in pursuit of individual and team objectives.
- BE RELIABLE: Prove that others can depend on you.
SPORTSMANSHIP – Bring your best to all competition
- BE COOPERATIVE: Join teammates, opponents, coaches and officials in mutual quest for excellence.
- BE FAIR: Compete skillfully, guided by the letter and spirit of the rules.
- BE GRACIOUS: Savor the challenge of a tough competitor and meet it with your finest performance, win or lose.
- BE HONORABLE: Respect the game and everyone's contributions.
- BE HUMBLE: Take success in stride - share the credit.
LEADERSHIP – Inspire passion and motivation to others
- BE EMPOWERING: Inspire and help others to grow, succeed and lead.
- BE VISIONARY: Raise expectations for yourself and the team.
- BE INTERCONNECTED: Recognize the vital link between individual effort and group achievement.
- BE GENEROUS: Freely contribute hard work and support to reach the team's goals.
- BE ENERGETIC: Initiate action - do what needs to be done.
RAPTORS ATHLETICS BASEBALL CODE OF CONDUCT
CODE OF CONDUCT
1. I will remember that I am at a contest to support my team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate or ridicule any fans, officials, or coaches or players from my own team or the opponet.
2. I will encourage the athletes to play with integrity and by the rules. Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
3. I will show a positive attitude toward the game and all of the participants, not just those on our team.
4. I understand that profanity, swearing and abusive language will not be tolerated at any event or in any communication with coaches, umpires, or officials.
5. I will emphasize Sportsmanship through verbal and physical behavior.
6. I will not embarrass any athletes by yelling at the umpire for what I think is a bad call. I am also not allowed to question or hassle an umpire during or after a game. I will allow the coaches to handle all officiating matters. Remember you are a role model for your children, display good sportsmanship.
7. I will support the officials on and off the field. This approach will help in the development and support of the game. I will also report any officials and provide feedback to my AYL delegate if there are issues that arise during a game.
8. I will applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat, and enforce the positive points of the game.
9. I will not coach my child from the sidelines during practices or games. Allow the coach to do his/her job. I will recognize the importance of coaches. They are important to the development of athletes and the sport.
10. I will be a positive role model during and after all practices and games. I will remember that being a spectator, participating in athletics, and being a coach in the dugout is a privilege, not a right.
11. I will not engage in any physical altercations at a game or practice. I realize if I were to get in a physical altercation, that I will no longer be allowed to attend AYL and Raptors sanctioned events.
12. I understand that if I am ejected from a game, even as a fan/parent/assistant coach, that my team’s head coach is also ejected. If I am ejected due to my own actions, it will result in a minimum three (3) league games suspension played by that team. Upon being suspended, I may not attend or be on the premises during the entire duration of the games played.
13. Parents wishing to confront a coach about a coaching decision must wait 24 hours after a game or practice. This allows time for emotions to calm down. If you cannot resolve the issue with the coach you may contact the Director of Baseball. You are expected to make these contacts at reasonable hours (9am to 9pm) unless other arrangements are made.
Any misrepresentation of the Raptors Athletics Mission Statement or Violation of any statement within the Raptors Code of Conduct or Core Values will result in a verbal or written warning, possible ejection, suspension, and up to removal from the Raptors Athletics Baseball program with forfeiture of any and all potential fees paid. All misrepresentations or violations will be reviewed and outcome will be adjudged by the Raptors baseball executive committee and/or the President and Vice President of Raptors Athletics.
RAPTORS BASEBALL PRIORITY REGISTRATION POLICY
RAPTORS BASEBALL FINANCIAL POLICIES
All refund requests through 1/15/2023 will be issued in full minus a $50 administrative fee. Any registration or refund request made after 1/15/2023 is 100% non-refundable even in the event of (but not limited to) a delayed or cancelled season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All registered players are expected to have their season dues paid at time of registration. Payment plans are available by communicating the need of a payment plan to the director of baseball. If a player registered during early registration but not paid for by the end of early registration (12/31/2022) then they will be subjected to the full registration cost which goes into effect on 1/1/2023.
All active players must be paid in full at time of registration. If a AA player is not paid in full prior to the start of practice (Februatry 27, 2023), the player will be removed from the active rosters until the fees are paid. Any player signing up after February 27, will have their fees due in full at the time of registration. If those fees are not paid or have arrangement to pay them, then access to your teams games, practices, tournaments will be suspended. Any outstanding fees owed at the conclusion of the AYL World Series will be due by the friday after the world series has concluded (6/23/2023). If any outstanding fees are not paid by that date, Raptors Athletics can and will send the outstanding amounts to collections. Raptors can and will also suspend the familiy's ability to participate in any Raptors sanctioned or funded functions including (but not limited to) games, practices and tournaments for the foreseeable future.
If your team is subject to a forfeit, AYL will assess a fine for the forfeit ($100 for regular season games, $200 for playoff games). There will also be field use and umpire charges that will be assessed as well. These fines and charges will be split amongst the families responsible for the team having to forfeit. The forfeit fines and charges will be added to the account of those responsible for causing the forfeit. If the forfeit occurs during the regular season, those players will become ineligible to play until their forfeit fines and charges are paid and they will be subject to reoccurring charges and fines if they refuse to pay the charges and fines resulting in further forfeits. If the forfeit occurs during the playoffs (causing the end of the team's season), the fines and charges will be added to that players account and due within 90 days of the forfeit. If the fines and charges are no paid within 90 days, then the outstanding balance will be sent to collections.
HEAD COACH PAYMENT POLICY
In appreciation to our head coaches for volunteering for the position, Raptors Baseball will compensate these indviduals by offering a 100% discount on their players fees for the season. However, Raptors baseball also loans out baseball equipment to the head coaches on the understanding that the equipment will be returned at the conclusion of the season. Head coaches must pay for their season of baseball as any other registrant will. At the end of the season, with the retun of the equipment, the head coach will have their season fee refunded. If the equipment is not returned or the coach fails to finish the season, they will forfeit the paid fee as a replacement deposit for the equipment.