Big Al Coaching
Resource Center Survey
Coach's / Manager's
Little League International recognizes and appreciates the challenges that
come with being a Little League manager or coach, so it has developed a free
on-line coaching resource that Little League managers and coaches can turn to
for reference, education, or to stay current with the latest drills and coaching
The Little League Coach Resource Center, located on the World Wide Web at: www.LittleLeagueCoach.org, is a
free service created by Little League International in cooperation with Cramer
Digital Marketing and Event Solutions in Norwood, Mass.
¡°Being a Little League coach is no easy task,¡± Stephen D. Keener, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. ¡°For
years, providing educational resources and materials for our organization's
volunteers has helped to maintain and grow the program.
¡°It is our expectation that The Little League Coach Resource Center will
enrich the experiences for both the adults and the children,¡± Mr. Keener said.
¡°Coaches and managers will now have the full educational resources of the Little
League program behind them, which will breed confidence in what they're
teaching, and give the players the opportunity to excel through better
The resource center is Little League Baseball and Softball¡¯s latest, most
extensive volunteer training and education tool. Content contributors include
two-time USA Olympic Softball gold medalist Michele Smith and the Positive
Coaching Alliance, along with other Little League Baseball and Softball¡¯s
licensees, which have committed to provide content in the future.
¡°From the first Little League season in 1939, until today, Little League
managers and coaches have used good intentions and their childhood experiences
to teach children,¡± Nick Caringi, Senior Director of Operations and Education
for Little League International, said. ¡°The information and video presentations
available at this site are time-tested and relevant for anyone coaching Little
League. It¡¯s our intent that the Little League Coach Resource Center serve as a
first-class educational tool for managers and coaches at the local league
To utilize the Little League Coach Resource Center, all that is required is
an authentication code which will be provided by Little League International to
all of its local Little League administrators. Managers and coaches approved by
the local league¡¯s board of directors are provided with the authentication code
on a personal mailing, which will be good for one calendar year. This provision
is put in place since each year local leagues are required to appoint its
managers and coaches.
¡°The experiences that millions of children have had playing Little League,
has become tangible by the number of those children that have returned to become
adult volunteers, managers and coaches in the program.¡± Mr. Keener said. ¡°In
past generations, the time that children spent with their teams and coaches was
typically positive, and in many cases, had a significant impact on their lives.
The Little League Coach Resource Center will allow today¡¯s coaches to enhance
their knowledge, and potentially advance the skills and enjoyment of their
All of the content available on the website is maintained by Little League
International and supported by a host of content contributors. Another feature
of the site is the video presentations, which in many cases, also are available
with a printable transcript, making the information portable.
As coaches begin to utilize the Little League Coach Resource Center, they
will have the opportunity to build their own profile and insert items into a
personal cache specific to their needs, including practice plans, specific
articles and news stories.
BIRD GETS THE SWINGS
As the season starts,
we want to get off to a good start with our team and what is expected of them.
Of course, youth baseball is unlike a school team sport and you cannot force a
player to practice or even force them to be on time. However, there are certain
things you can do as a coach to ensure your team develops good habits. My own
personal pet peeve was having the players arrive late for practices. My
practices usually run no longer than one hour and if a player is fifteen minutes
late, he misses a full quarter of a practice. I have tried a number different
The first one is, I give each player a number as they arrive at
practice and they keep that number throughout the practice. Whoever arrives
first is number one and when it comes to batting practice he or she goes first.
The players remember this and after a couple of practices, you will notice the
difference with players arriving early to get a good number.
technique I use is to start practice with a mini batting practice even before
warm ups. After you do this a few times, you'll notice the players arriving
early and telling you that they go first. Do not do this technique every
practice but every once in a while.
Practices, especially early in the
season, will set the tone for a successful and fun season. The kids take notice
when the coach arrives early and organized. Use these two techniques to get your
players to arrive on time.
Coach Marty Schupak has produced a short
video entitled, "The 59 Minute Baseball Practice." You can get more information
at his website: www.youthsportsclub.com.
Submitted by: Marty Schupak
Read the responses to our coaches survey.
You will definitely
identify with some of these answers!
1. What is the
funniest thing you have ever had a player do on the field during the
This happened while I was playing and not coaching. I was in high school
and one of our pitchers threw three innings of shutout ball ... after he wet his
pants! The front of his uniform was soaked, and he continued to pitch! I think
that the other team was more rattled than he was! He had his own seat on the bus
ride home, though.
Instead of tagging the player to get him out, one of
my boys threw the ball at him.
During a particularly slow game, our
centerfielder took it upon himself to enertain the middle infielders with a
display of masterful burping. He was so loud we could hear him all the way into
the dugout. Before we knew it, a burping contest was launched and the hope for
serious baseball was lost. Same kid, different season, called me at home to ask
if I had his uniform jersey. I asked him if he had taken it off at the prior
night's game, he said no. I aske dhim why he thought then that I may have it, he
said he didn't know, but it wasn't in his room anywhere.
2. What is the
funniest thing you ever heard a player say?
"Daddy, what does that team we always play get to wear a different
colored uniform but we wear the same color every game?"
Can you believe
that guy caught my hit, that's not fair.
Was I supposed to hit the ball?
A player from the dug out shouts encouragement to a batter "Come on Nick
get a hit, do it for muffin" His Cocker Spaniel.
3. What is the
strangest thing that a parent ever said to you?
called a mother to remind her that her son would be catching the next game and
he needed to bring a "cup." She replied, "but he brings a water bottle?"
"You're not that good of a coach. I'm going to coach a team next year
and kick your ass!"
When Player Did Not Show For Practice: "I thought
his Dad would bring him." (from the Mom) "I thought his Mom would bring him."
(from the Dad)
"Parents seldom talk to me since Im the 3rd base coach,
they save all the good stuff for the head coach!"
"I am glad to see the
season is over, too much running around." (when that parent only came to two
Do we have a game today? (we were at the game with our uniforms
on..including her son)
After we beat a team 18-1, a parent on the other
team told me it wasn't a real loss because their best pitcher didn't pitch.
4. What is the
worst call you have ever seen an umpire make?
Championship Game, Winning run on second, pop fly to left center, left
fielder juggled ball but caught it, runner on second tagged up and left when
ball hit fielders glove, Umpire called runner out for leaving to early,(Umpire
said fielder must have controll of ball before runner can tag up and run to next
base) Game went to extra innings and we lost. (Umpire later admitted to making
the wrong call)
With two outs, the batter hit the ball deep in the
outfield, but missed first base. He ran to second and was headed to third when
the first baseman called for the ball. The runner cut across the field to return
to first base but the ball arrived first and he was tagged out. The umpire put
the batter/runner on second and allowed the run from third to score even though
the batter/runner was forced out at first base.
An umpire got didnt call
time but blocked out my catcher while sweeping off the home plate. The runner
from third scores. My pitcher couldnt throw to my catcher as the umpire was
blocking him out. 12 year old Allstars.
A runner was trying to steal
second base one night. The runner slid into second and the ump called him out
before the slide. The ball was in centerfield at the time the runner slid into
the base, we had to appeal the call to the home plate umpire who had no business
making this call.
My team was in the field. A batter hit the ball to
right field and the batter ran to 1st base, rounding the base, taking 2 to 3
steps toward 2nd base and stopped. The right fielder threw behind the batter to
the first baseman and the batter was tagged out. The umpire called the batter
safe because he stopped and was not making an attempt to run to 2nd base.
The batter swung at the ball that hit a foot in front of the plate and
then hit him in the leg. The ump let the batter go to first base on a hit by
Actually it was lack of a call. With a runner on 3rd, the pitcher
would go into his windup from the windup position and at the balance point,
throw to 3rd base. An obvious balk but no call was made and I had 2 runners
picked off (bad on me for the 2nd one - fool me once, etc.) The umpire told me
he had umpired NCAA games and knew the rules. I, of course, disagreed.
5. What was the
worst excuse you ever heard from a player?
"Coach, I didn't bring my glove 'cuz I didn't think I'd need it."
"I was in the batters box but I wasn't ready."
"I couldn't catch
the ball because it was hit up in the sky."
My leg was hurting...Then we
asked if we needed to skip him in the batting order...Oh no it's fine now!
"My mom forgot to bring my glove."
As to why he over slept: The
pain killers I took knocked me out. Why did you have to take the pain killers?
Because my new tattoo really hurt.
"I thought is was going to be a
strike" when the ball bounced three feet in front of the plate and he took a
swing at it.
Pitcher....The fielders are messing up!
player....Its too hot!!!
I'm hungry (as he was eating) and that's why I
can't bat right now.
What was the worst excuse you ever heard from a parent?
can't get my son to any games or practices because I'm pregnant."
son doesn't like playing 3rd base because he says the balls come to him too
"You should play the 12 year olds the entire game, they've earned
Couldnt have their kid at practice/game because:
father had the kid and didnt bring him back on time.
2. the game started
late (8:00) and it was too late for a kid to be out!
"We didn't know if
we had a game today."
This players parents couldn't come to one of his
games, because they had to go to the casino.
What was the worst excuse you ever heard from a coach?
forgot how many outs there were."
"They're only kids... they don't know
"You should give up your practice time because I scheduled
a game on this field without consulting the field schedule because I helped
found this league."
"Can't get my short stop to come to practice."
"He's not coachable." (When talking of some kids)
"I was too
busy talking to my wife to watch that play."
"I was riding around town
and didn't know what time it was." (this coach missed a scheduled
8. What do you
like most about coaching?:
"Watching players improve, and winning championships."
"I like working and teaching kids the game."
"I like the preparation and practices and seeing kids respond to new
"Helping the kids succeed in their and the teams goals,
and actually seeing the change from a so-so player into a very good player, plus
you get a better view!"
"Watching the kids get better as the season
"Taking a group of kids and working with them to become a
TEAM. I do this by improving each player's level of play and having the
experienced players teach the other players also. It's great to see their
reaction when it finally all comes together and they are successful as a team."
9. In your
opinion, what has made the game better?
"For Little League it would have to be the mandatory play rules. These
rules ensure that all of the kids get playing time in games and hopefully
receive the proper instruction from their coaches. Hopefully, most of the kids
will play enough and learn enough to come back and play for years to come."
"Organized play and good fields and equipment to use. In our PONY
league, the division of teams into 3 leagues according to ability has allowed
teams of all skills to compete favorably with teams of their own ability making
it more fun for everyone."
"Good parental involvement."
emphasis on safety."
"Forcing coaches to play everybody in little
"The mercy rule in youth baseball. I know that some people
dislike the rule, but having been on both sides of it. I know that it can keep a
team in the ballgame that might otherwise never get a chance."
"I think the coaching these days is outstanding; coaches are much more
knowlegeable than before. There is a lot more information in mediums that were
unavailable 25 years ago; VHS tapes and the internet are outstanding sources of
information. And the volume and quality of books, as well as other reading
materials, is incredible."
"More info, and better access to that info."
"Teaching sportsmanship is what has made
our games better. Teaching the kids that this is just a game and that as long as
you try your best you will always be a winner."
"In youth baseball I
think the rule of letting all the players bat even if they're not playing in the
field, is a great rule!!"
10. In you
opinion what has "hurt" the game?
"Alloy bats, prima donna attitudes picked up from parents, and the
terrible attitudes towards losing."
"Local politics in little league
determining who makes the All-star team in stead of actually taking the best 13.
Every year I watch at lease two kids get the shaft."
"Not keeping score
in scoreless games. The kids keep score and know whether they win or lose."
Overzealous parents who put too much pressure on their kids to do well.
Some parents not only expect perfection, they demand it. It becomes a chore for
the player instead of fun. Parents need to chill and let their kids have fun. I
really liked the poem you have on your page and plan on using it with my parents
in the future.(Hit2win.com)
"At this age (9/10 year old boys) there has
been too much emphasis on "being #1" and not enough learning about the game and
how to play like winners."
"Parents' and coaches' egos getting in the
way of kid's having fun."
"The lack of sportsmanship, from the players,
coaches, or even fans."
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