The MOST IMPORTANT success in getting our teams organized and practicing is for the parents to make sure and volunteer early to be the Team Manager or Head Coach. We will wait until we have approved coaches before drafting teams.
How does Tulsa Little League support our Coaches
The Coaches receive instruction material provided by Little League. From having a complete TBALL curriculum to the expert baseball material available for the Kid Pitch divisions, there is ample videos and training material. Tulsa Little League provides group training sessions periodically based upon need and request through our training facility.
Coaches receive some or all of the following based on their age division: Practice Balls, Game Balls, Batting “T”, Free Practice Field Reservation System, Rule Book, Coaches Badge, Lineup Cards, Scorebook media/instruction. Other baseball equipment may be available by consignment or discounted from our online store.
What is the Team Manager?
The team manager is the team’s communicator and organizer. Basic responsibilities are to communicate through email to the parents. The team manager decides on which days and time to practice, where to practice, signing up for free practice fields at our facility, picks up and hands out the team uniforms and perhaps assigns the snack duties to a parent each game. For the majority of our older leagues, the head coach is also the team manager. The TBALL thru Coach Pitch teams benefit the most by having a Team Manager and separate team of coaches. We’ve found the most successful teams have a good team manager that sends out a weekly email to the team.
We do need coaches, please following these 3 steps:
1. Register your Team! This will give us your contact information and reserve a team for you to coach your players’ team. The form is mandatory even if you just have your initial player as the only team member. We will draft players onto your team to complete the team.
2. Complete the Little League background check. This is an online resource that must be completed by every team manager, coach, assistant coach, dugout coach, team parent, scorekeeper and anyone else on the team that volunteers. After completing this form, you will receive an email from JD Palatine that will take you thru the rest of the background check information. This process will take a week.
3. Now it is time to register your player and inform any other player (friends and classmates) to register. Give them the team name you selected and/or your last name. Using the online registration form, there is a question of; FRIEND OR TEAM REQUEST? All of your players need to answer this question with your team name and coaches name. As the team manager, you will receive periodic updates of your actual team roster of registered players from Tulsa Little League.
4. Coaches to sign up to the Little League Umpire Registry. This is highly recommended so all coaches have resources to rules of the game. The Little League® Umpire Registry is now free to access. The Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining, coaches and umpires immediately become part of a unique information network that provides an opportunity to stay current with rules and regulations, and offer suggestions that will continually improve skills. Coaches can access the latest information on rule interpretations, regulations updates, and more, including the current year’s rules, regulations, and polices eBook; the Rules Instruction Manual (RIM); and the Little League Umpire online presentation, and 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals. A series of webinars are also currently in development and are expected to be another unique feature of the Umpire Registry. Each registry member will also be able to receive the Fair Ball newsletter, a bi-monthly electronic publication that contains articles on rule interpretations, mechanics, and news concerning umpires.
Below are a collection of resources and information for team managers, coaches and parents. Also on the menu to the right are quick links and local rules for each league.
Little League Team Managers and Coaches
Team Managers and Coaches are key to the success of our volunteer Little League program. All must recognize that they hold a position of trust and responsibility in a program that deals with a sensitive and formative period of a child’s development.
It is required that the manager and coach have understanding, patience and the capacity to work with children. The manager and coach should be able to inspire respect. Above all else, managers and coaches must realize that they are helping to shape the physical, mental and emotional development of young people.
The Little League manager must be something more than just a teacher. Knowledge of the game is essential but it is not the only badge of a Little League coach or manager.
The heart of Little League is what happens between the adult manager/coach and player. It is the manager more than any other individual who controls the situation in which the players may be benefited. Improving the level of leadership in this vital area must be a continuing effort.
Children of Little League age are strongly influenced by adults whose ideals and aspirations are similar to their own. The manager/coach and player share a common interest in the game, a desire to excel, and determination to win. Children often idolize their managers and coaches, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the manager and coach are sources of inspiration.
Managers and coaches must be adults who are sensitive to the mental and physical limitations of children of Little League age and who recognize that the game is a vehicle of training and enjoyment, not an end in itself. It has been stated many times that the program of Little League can only be as good as the quality of leadership in the managing and coaching personnel. New leagues particularly, should make a determined effort to enlist the best adults in the community to serve as managers and coaches.
Little League University
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 techniques.
Little League Positive Coaching Alliance
Since 2006, Little League® has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to provide a framework and tools for local Little League volunteers to develop a culture of positive, character-building competition. Recently, Little League extended this partnership to include relevant information for the Little League Coach and the Little League Parent, with the addition of a FREE Little League Parent quick-course. This quick-course provides a framework to be a powerful sports parent from the stands.
Training and education is the core of the Little League® experience, and not just for players, but for coaches and volunteers, as well. And while on-field skills are important, the off-field takeaways are what impact Little Leaguers® their entire life.
Little League International has worked with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports, for more than 10 years. Hundreds of local Little League programs throughout the U.S. have connected with PCA to help build strong, positive cultures where kids can perform their best on the field while learning life lessons that will serve them long beyond their days on the diamond. Another great resource is the PCA DEVZONE, see the link below.
Little League® has always placed safety as a top priority, and is continually striving to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. For nearly a decade, the Little League program has been at the forefront of promoting arm safety for youth pitchers. As we continue to work to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children, Little League is proudly supporting the efforts of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball through the Pitch Smart campaign.
After several years of research, Little League launched its pitch count program in 2006. With limits set for different amounts of pitches for different age groups, Little League has been diligent in protecting young arms since establishing strict pitching rules. With many baseball players participating in Little League and other youth baseball programs, it is important for parents and coaches to use the Pitch Smart campaign and the Little League pitch count program to ensure young pitching arms stay safe.
Little League strongly encourages all Little League volunteers, parents, and officials to review MLB Pitch Smart Program and share it with others.
Little League International has been identified as one of the only youth baseball organizations in full compliance of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s Pitch Smart compliance program.
Little League GameChanger Scoorekeeper
GameChanger is a partner with Little League® to provide score keeping of baseball and softball games. The software can be found in the application store from your phone, tablet or computer and is now available for Android and Apple.
GameChanger training is available online with training video, FAQ and a cheat sheet. Parents, coaches and scorekeepers can take this free training.