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COACHING RESOURCES

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SCHEDULING PRACTICES

  • Once a local league knows how many teams they have, work to provide each team with the opportunity to hold two to three one-hour practices during the first week.
  • If a league is unable to provide enough practice time slots, based off field availability, leagues can look to group teams together to practice.
  • Limit practice time to an hour and a half long.
  • Leagues can also conduct open practices on the weekends. Pair players of like ability from the same divisions. This will allow groups of players to learn skills and drills together. Practices shall be conducted by approved coaches from the league/division that have completed their required background checks and follow appropriate safety measures.

Practicing and Warming Up

Little League® International recommends all leagues implement at least a two-week training period prior to beginning any formal game play. This will allow all players to ramp up their baseball activity without rushing to get into game action. As leagues plan this two-week period, some best practices include:

Week one should consist of at least two practices over the course of the week.

Look at conducting open practices as frequently as possible. These practices can be for all participants and run by the league, focusing on different skills, such as throwing/fielding, hitting/baserunning, fly balls, etc. Open practices must be set up by division and may not include players from multiple divisions of play.

During week two, it’s encouraged to weave in scrimmages or exhibition games with some of these best practices:

  • Have a one-hour and 30-minute (1:30) time limit.
  • Focus on education and fundamentals.
  • Game play can be stopped after a play to instruct players on how to properly make the same play. Reset the playing field the same way as it was prior to the play. This educational situation will allow participants to gain the understanding of what to do in that situation.
  • Rotate players through different positions.

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Protecting Our Pitchers

Little League® has always placed safety as a top priority, and we continually strive to provide children with safe and healthy baseball/softball opportunities. For more than a decade, the Little League program has been at the forefront of promoting arm safety for youth pitchers. Our pitching regulations must be followed throughout all play, and it’s important to give your baseball and softball pitchers the opportunity to properly warm-up and get their arms used to throwing again.

Additionally, we recommend that coaches implement calisthenics, stretches (active and static), and jogging for pitchers, as well as all players, to loosen muscles, build endurance, and work back into the season in a safe and effective manner.

  • During week one, pitchers should throw to 1-35 pitches in a bullpen session. Pitchers throwing more than 21 pitches shall observe one day of rest. We recommend throwing 35 pitches on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
  • Week two, we recommend pitchers throw no more than 35 pitches in their first exhibition game. Pitchers throwing more than 21 pitches shall observe one day of rest. Pitchers may throw up to 50 pitches in their second exhibition game if they have thrown in a previous exhibition game. If they have not thrown in a previous game, said pitcher may only throw up to 35 pitches. Pitchers throwing more than 35 pitches shall observe two days of rest.
  • Little League recommends using as many pitchers as possible during exhibition games. This is a great time to work with and develop players who might not have otherwise had an opportunity to pitch.
  • During the first week of game play, it is recommended that a pitcher not throw more than 65 pitches in a game. Pitchers throwing more than 51 pitches shall observe three days of rest.
  • Week two of the regular season, regular pitching rules will apply as outlined in the rulebook.

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TEAM COMMUNICATION

One of the essential functions of coaches and team managers is to manage team communications with players and their families.  If you are a coach or team manager, SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Coaches and Team Managers to help you use our website and mobile app to efficiently and effectively communicate and manage your teams.   *App Link & How-To Guide Below...


STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

Keep connected to your team. Quickly check schedules and team updates, plus message other members on your team and receive heads-up from athletes about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


ESSENTIAL COACH HOW-TO'S

Accessing TeamCenter

Easily add and edit athlete info, manage schedules, and message team members

Messaging Your Team in TeamCenter

Send a message to an individual member, selected members, or the entire team directly from TeamCenter or from the SportsEngine mobile app

Basic Team Management

Perform basic tasks using the Team Page Team Management functionality

Add Contacts to Receive Team Messages

Add additional email addresses to a non-member's profile in order to be able to include all athletes in team communications

Managing RSVPs

Manage RSVPs for each athlete within your team’s TeamCenter or within the SportsEngine mobile app

Sending RSVPs for Existing Games or Events

Do you import your game schedules from a third-party scheduler or create them manually on your team page? This article explains how to add RSVPs to those games and events after they are imported.

More Helpful Coach Links

Review help articles about how coaches interact with TeamCenter and the SportsEngine mobile app

Bookmark your Website to the Home Screen of your Mobile Device

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