What does it mean to be a Little League Coach?

Little League coaches 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 coaches have understanding, patience and the capacity to work with children. The coach should be able to inspire respect. Above all else, coaches must realize that they are helping to shape the physical, mental and emotional development of young people.

The Little League coach 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.

The heart of Little League is what happens between the adult coach and player. It is the coach 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 coach and player share a common interest in the game, a desire to excel, and determination to win. Children often idolize their coaches, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the coach is a source of inspiration.

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.  The course provides specific tips and techniques from leading researchers in sports and educational psychology.

Coaches who complete the course are immediately equipped with tools needed to positively impact youth athletes. Both new and experienced coaches benefit from this content. Give yourself a coaching edge! No other course offers such in-depth content on Positive Coaching principles, best practices, and research-based tools.


 

Selection of Head Coaches

Volunteers in the league do not have tenure regardless of their years of service. In order to serve, a Head Coach ("Team Manager") must be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors annually. Prior service does not guarantee re-appointment. Appointments shall be based on an evaluation by the Coaches Committee and the President with the following as guidelines.

- Demonstrated commitment to the league and to the mission of Little League
- Attendance at regular and special coaches meetings
- Support of and participation in the league’s activities, including but not limited to:
- Conduct with their team both on and off the field
- Cooperation with the Division Commissioner, Player Agent, Vice President, and President
- Fundraising (i.e., team pictures)
- Maintenance and upkeep of facilities
- Active participation on league committees
- Cooperation with umpires

Expectations of Lake Norman Little League Coaches

The league supports coaches throughout the year with clinics and mentoring from Division Commissioners and experienced coaches. These clinics and mentoring are intended to reinforce the goals and expectations of the league.

Communicate Clearly with Parents
- Expectations of players, parents and coaches
- Practice and games schedules
- Proper equipment needed (glove, cup, bat, other safety equipment, etc.)

Reinforce Fundamentals
- Throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and base running
- Position play – infield, outfield, backing up and cutoffs
- Proper pitching mechanics
- Competitive play and SPORTSMANSHIP

Coaches Code of Conduct

The Lake Norman Little League Board of Directors has mandated the Coaches Code of Conduct and Volunteer Code of Conduct. All volunteers must read these documents, acknowledge an understanding of these policies, and agree to comply before volunteering in the league.

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