How to Coach Little League

Baseball is a fun sport for all ages, but at the age of little leaguers , nothing is more important than winning the big game. These steps will ensure that you are ready to coach your new team to victory!

Steps

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    Contact your local league. The first step in becoming a Little League coach is to volunteer for the job. The position is not paid (usually), and is to be done on your own spare time. Employers will not be impressed if you allow yourself to get distracted from work developing your roster.
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    Organize practices. Practice makes perfect, and while little leaguers are not going to be top notch, you will be able to watch them improve immensely through practices. These are also opportunities to allow your team to bond and trust each other. After all, you can't make a good throw to first base if you think the first-baseman won't catch the ball.
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    Be supportive. Nothing is worse for the kids than a coach who yells after ever error. If you see a player doing something wrong consistently, pull him/her aside and tell them what they are doing wrong. Also, you can work with them some more if you feel that is necessary.
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    Don't be afraid to get dirty. Little League is played in the spring, and that usually means a ton of rain. The field might be muddy at some times, however teaching the players how to slide is a necessity. A bit of dirt never killed anyone, so join your team in getting some dirt on your pants.
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    Know that winning isn't everything. If your team is upset about a tough loss, remind them of all the positives they had in that game, and how they can improve on the negatives. Suggest things to do in your next practice such as batting practice and working on pitching.
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    Allow everyone to play. It is a rule in Little League that all players have to play at least three outs in the field, and bat once every game. However do not bench players just because you don't feel they are capable of playing well. Revert back to the above step, and remind yourself that as long as the players have fun, it is a win in your book.

Tips

  • Make prizes for them at the end of the season, such as Silver Slugger, the Cy Young Award, and the Most Valuable Player. Let the kids vote for who they think should win.
  • At the end of a season, throw a party for the team, regardless of the final record.
  • Never argue with the umpires. They are doing the best job that they can, and you only look foolish arguing with a 13 year old about a play at first made when you had your back turned.

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