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Many adult volunteers start their Little League® “careers” as coaches. It’s a great way to get a feel for what is required to serve Little Leaguers® in a way that develops character, baseball and softball skills, and a life-long devotion to sports and fitness.
“If you are considering the move, it’s probably because you find the activities rewarding, want to increase your impact on youth, contribute more to your community, and take on the challenge of doing that all, as well as possible, in the highest leadership position on a team.”
Of course, we hope many volunteer coaches also fall in love with Little League enough to make the next step up and manage a team. Here are some points to consider as you decide to take that next step.
Can I devote the extra time to managing?
Moving from coach to manager, you will spend more time on your Little League activities than you did before. If you are considering the move, it’s probably because you find the activities rewarding, want to increase your impact on youth, contribute more to your community, and take on the challenge of doing that all, as well as possible, in the highest leadership position on a team. Good for you. Just recognize that it will take extra time, so make sure your employment and family situations are supportive.
Am I willing and able to handle the extra responsibility that managing entails?
Managers are more likely than coaches to: fill out line-up cards, address parents’ concerns, serve as the first stopping point for any players who want to learn more or have an issue that needs to be discussed with an adult, interact with the league’s Board of Directors, take responsibility for paperwork, participate in division and league meetings, plan practices, and make strategy decisions.
That partial list is a lot of additional responsibility, and not everyone is up to it. You can be a strategic genius, who has trouble getting parents on board with the team culture. You can be a whiz at paperwork, but not a great teacher of skills. But as a manager, more than as a coach, the buck stops with you on all those fronts. Perhaps most important of all, your peers, players, parents, and spectators will look to you as the person responsible for how your players carry themselves, how well they perform, and whether they are having fun and learning.
Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and District Administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
Rules and Regulation Changes for 2017
Each year, the Little League International Board of Directors submits proposed rule and regulation changes that the Little League International Rules Committee then approves. As part of the annual fall meeting of the Board of Directors, new rule changes and regulations have been approved for the 2017 season. Be sure to check out all of the changes for the 2017 season, including important updates on new mandatory background checks and updated residency requirements, and contact your District Administrator or Regional Office to find out if there are any Rule Seminars, League Administration Clinics, or Little League University on the Road events coming up in your area.
New Chartering and Insurance Enrollment Process for 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances in updating the Little League Data Center for the 2017 season, online chartering for your league is not available this year. Completion and submission of a charter application and insurance enrollment form is the only method to charter and purchase insurance for 2017. These forms were included in the Local League Resource Guide mailed to your League President that Little League International currently has on file. If your league has not received its Local League Resource Guide including its chartering information, please contact your District Administrator or check with a past-League President. You are welcome to contact Little League International, as well. For those looking to sign up with your local league, visit PlayLittleLeague.org today and find one near you.
Little League University Provides Immediate Access to Content
Following the one-year anniversary of the launch of Little League® University, Little League Baseball and Softball has announced the removal of the sign-in portal of the website to help provide immediate access to thousands of pieces of educational content.
Important Reminders for Local League Operations
For more than 65 confirmed Little League® graduates, playing in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) serves as a chance for these now-professional all-stars from around the world to show off their national pride, baseball prowess, and the inner-Little Leaguer® in all of them.
From the comradery in the clubhouse that is fueled by a love for their country to the opportunity to play alongside some of the best baseball players from around the world, each of these Little League graduates has the opportunity to once again shine a light on the joy that playing the game of baseball offers during the World Baseball Classic.
Just as the 16 teams compete at the Little League Baseball® World Series every August in hopes to take the championship banner back home to their country, these former Little League graduates are looking to take the WBC title home this year:
NOTE: If you know of a player that we have missed, please e-mail the information, including name, current Major League team (if applicable), and the name of the city or town where they played Little League, to media@LittleLeague.org.
No. 1 TCU completed the season-opening sweep of Penn State Sunday with a 9-3 victory at Lupton Stadium. Freshman Nick Lodolo made his first career start and was backed by an offense that scored nine runs on 10 hits, including home runs from Luken Baker and Cam Warner.
Similar to Saturday’s game, the Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead with a two-out rally. A double was followed by a two-run home run from Willie Burger to put Penn State up 2-0 after one.
Lodolo settled into a groove after the first and finished the afternoon with seven strikeouts in five innings of work. Jake Eissler pitched two scoreless frames in his collegiate debut and Haylen Green retired the side in order in the ninth in his first collegiate game.
The Horned Frogs battled back with a two-out rally of their own to knot the game at two. Nolan Brown worked a two-out walk and moved to third on a Warner base hit. Ryan Merrill laced a single to left to cut the deficit in half. A double steal tied the game as Warner slid home ahead of the throw.
A three-run third inning put the Frogs on top for good. Austen Wade opened the frame with a base hit. Three batters later, the bases were full of Frogs for Josh Watson, who delivered a sacrifice fly to drive in Wade. A two-out fielding error in left-center allowed two more runs to score.
The home run ball came to play in the fifth as TCU stretched its lead to six, 8-2. Baker’s first home run of the season came with one out in the frame. Watson, who doubled, scored on Warner’s home run that landed in the TCU bullpen.
As Little League® International continues to develop educational, training, and service-related tools, there will be times when revisions and additions are provided to its local leagues.
To that end, here are a series of updates to the current Local League Resources Guide.
This new information amends the printed publication received by local leagues. Updates have been made to the material and resources available on Pages 7, 9, 32-33, 34-36.
Please be sure to keep these updates in mind as you reference the current Local League Resources Guide.