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Welcome Current and/or Prospective Coaches

We are pulling together information and coaching resources to help our current and prospective coaches develop their skills. Coaching isn't easy and coaching without the right resources and information is near impossible. As we revamp our resource center, keep checking back in to see what we find and share. A lot of our content is available on the web and submitted by other coaches and league officials. If you have anything you'd like to share, send us an email at [email protected] with anything you feel has helped you become a better coach and you believe would be a good fit for our league. We seek to provide our coaches with great content and lessons so we can provide our players with the best Little League experience possible. 

If you are a coach and have materials you'd like to share such as documents, graphics, and youtube links, just send us an email and let us know what you want to share. Keep checking back for updates. 

- DAIO

How Little League defines a Coach - what they look for and what is required

Being a Little League® coach is no easy feat. It will require a lot of time, effort and personal growth to become a great coach.  One must invest their time and develop key skills to be successful. A successful coach is responsible, a leader, a good listener and patient.  Baseball is a sport where the best in the world fail 70% of the time, and understanding the concepts, mechanics and overcoming failure is part of the day-to-day of a Little League® Coach. Take a few moments to read how Little League® defines a coach. To read more, visit Little League - Coach's/Manager's Role

COACH'S / MANAGER'S ROLE

The Little League® manager and coach must be leaders. 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.

While an adult with training and background in the game is a desirable candidate for manager or coach, league screening committees should look for other important qualities. Screening of managers, coaches and others at the local league level who have contact with children is also important in attempting to discover those with a history of child abuse.

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.

Anyone interested in being a Little League manager or coach should contact their local league president in person, and be willing to undergo a screening process that may include a background check, as well as interviews of those with personal knowledge of your qualifications.

The best way to train and qualify Little League managers and coaches is through the Little League Education Program for Managers and Coaches. A wide variety of materials are available for players and adults, as well as clinics and seminars led by experienced experts. You can learn more about this program by hitting the "back" button on your browser and clicking on "Education Programs."

Who is responsible for the conduct of the manager and coach? First and foremost, it is the manager or coach themselves. Each of us in Little League must take responsibility for our own actions.

However, as the chief administrator, the president selects and appoints the managers and coaches. As such, no person becomes a manager or coach without the approval of the president. All appointments are subject to final approval by the local league’s board of directors.

Only the local Little League board of directors has the authority to remove or suspend a manager or coach. If a parent or anyone else is dissatisfied with a manager or coach, they must present the issue to the local league president and board of directors. Because the local league president and board of directors are closest to the situation, it would be a disservice if Little League Headquarters became involved in disputes or personality conflicts between managers/coaches and parents.

However, any person who believes that a manager or coach (or any other Little League personnel) is, or has been, violently or sexually abusive to children should report the situation immediately to Little League Baseball International Headquarters as well as to the local police. It is Little League policy that no person who has a history of sexual abuse toward children be given any volunteer responsibilities in Little League. Read more about the Little League Child Protection Program.

Contact Us

Danvers American Little League

PO Box 216 
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

Phone: 978-762-6700
Email: [email protected]

Danvers American Little League

PO Box 216 
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

Phone: 978-762-6700
Email: [email protected]
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