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 self 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. Print and complete the Little League Volunteer application and the Oklahoma Verification Statement. Both forms must be printed and completed. Take the forms to our Training Center Office during business hours or drop them in our mailbox anytime. Our address is at the ball fields, 5989 S Yale Ave, Tulsa OK 74135. Our mailbox hangs at our field 7 Training Center building near the center of our parking lot.
3. 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.
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.
Little League Double-Goal Coach®: Little League Double-Goal Coaches have two goals, winning, and more importantly, teaching life lessons through baseball and softball. Double-Goal Coach takes its name from a book by PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson and is the inspiration for the online Little League Double-Goal Coach Course. This course is recommended for all coaches and cost is $20.
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.
Baseball Bat Rules
Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. Bat Rules 2017, including the current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.
IMPORTANT – Bats purchased in 2017 will NOT be permitted in 2018. Only bats with the USA Baseball stamp will be permitted for use starting January 1, 2018. We recommend that you carefully decide on any bat purchase for 2017 as it will be a one year use bat.
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.