Coaches are among the most important volunteers in the Little League® program.
On the tabs below, you will find just a few of the myriad of resources available online through web pages, PDF documents, and videos (most popularly and easily accessible: YouTube).
As a volunteer coach, you have a responsibility to give the players your best effort in advancing their skill and knowledge level starting from where they currently are INDIVIDUALLY.
As a volunteer coach, you likely have limited time, but still care deeply about the game of baseball and about kids.
30 minutes of dedicated preparation per week can be the right amount of time to get your practice(s) planned, as well as your game strategy in place. Committing to giving that 30 minutes can be the difference between feeling prepared for your players, and feeling unsuccessful in your job as a coach. You are encouraged to do the former.
In addition, reach out to the Parkway Coaching Manager, other coaches, Parkway board members, or friends that you know play or have played baseball and find out what skill drills and practice techniques they like. You don't have to recreate everything on your own. You'll be able to put your "stamp" on your coaching over time.
Enjoy your coaching experience!!
The coaches must be sensitive to the mental and physical limitations of children of little league age and recognize that the game is a vehicle of training and enjoyment, not an end in itself. They must lead by example that they respect the judgment and position of authority of the umpire. Also, they must instill in the players respect for the authority of the adult leaders in the league. They must exercise their leadership role adequately, but leave the ball game in the hands of the players. They should strive to meet the mission of Parkway Little League
Coaches and Team Managers are required to complete and submit three pieces of documentation: The Parkway Volunteer Application, The Coaches Code of Conduct, and the Concussion Training Certificate.
Pitching is important to the game of baseball. Managing youth pitchers so they can compete for years to come is MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than a win/loss record.
These documents are to help you as coaches and managers track pitchers' throws and keep them healthy and injury-free.
SUGGESTION: Begin pitching practice right away for all players on the team and do so every practice. When busy weeks with make-up games and tournaments come around, you'll be glad you did!
~Committing to being a coach, an assistant coach, or a manager will fulfill your required volunteer hours~
(NOTE: Each team may have a total of 3 coaches and 1 team manager whose required volunteer hours can be credited. This can be any combination of coaches and/or manager. A person over the 3 and 1 limit may still coach or manage, but you will still be responsible for your volunteer hours. This is decided by your coach/manager team.)