The Glencoe Baseball Association (GBA) believes in the fundamental philosophy of putting “Athletes First, Winning Second.” This is the motto of the American Sports Education Program (ASEP), and it means this: every decision made and every behavior displayed on the field should be based first on what is judged best for the athletes, and second on what may improve the athlete’s or team’s chances of winning. In the final analysis, what’s important is not how many games are won, but how many young people are helped to become winners in life.
Having “Athletes First, Winning Second” as a base philosophy does not mean that winning is unimportant. The immediate short-term objective of any game is to win. Striving to win within the rules of the game should be the objective of every athlete and coach. Striving to win is essential to enjoyable competition. We believe that it is the pursuit of the victory, the dream of achieving the goal more than the goal itself that yields the joy of sports.