How Parents Can Choose the Proper Little League Coach for Their Child

22 11 2006

Another great article! Since I am a mom of an 8 year old boy who dreams of playing professional baseball when he’s older, I thought I would provide this link to a great article.

Before parents just sign their kids up for little league, they need to do some research on the coach. Little league could negatively or positively impact a son or daughter and most of the time the initial impact is made by the coach. Imagine your ten year old trying to stretch a single into a double and unfortunately they get thrown out. You would expect the child to receive encouragement from his coach for good hustle and aggressive behavior, but what if, they didn’t. What if, instead of congratulating the athlete for his or her efforts, the coach starts yelling and screaming at the ten year old for poor judgment. How can you as parents spot a good coach from a bad coach? Parents want their kids to have a great experience and learn that sports are meant to teach. So what are the characteristics in a coach that a parent should be looking for? Is it the team that always wins or the coach that plays everyone? Well, the real question should be: what coach will be best for my kid? Most professionals suggest that when looking for a coach you should look for one: that is going to be positive, that knows the limitations of little leaguers, that is going to educate their players about the game, that respects the athletes individuality and shows they care for them as a person, and one that will create an enjoyable experience for the kids.

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4 responses

21 04 2007
Carol

The problem with this is that in Little League YOU don’t get to pick your child’s coach. The coaches pick you….your stuck with whoever you get…and their son.

18 06 2007
Richard

Carol, is absolutely right! You don’t have a choice as to who your child’s coach is. Our league doesn’t even do back ground investigations. They check to see if he or she is a sex offender or has committed a crime against a child but, other than that nada. Parents aren’t briefed as to their coaches qualifications or past.

I have done my own and you’d be amazed as to your coaches past. We have some that have aggravated battery to drug trafficking. I had my child removed from a team after finding this out! However, the coaches still remain as coaches.

2 04 2008
Lita

This article is irrelevant to Little League because parents cannot chose the coach in Little League. Here’s our story: our 7 year old son lives for baseball. He collects baseball cards, reads books on the game and famous players, and our family plays catch and batting practice several times a week at home. That said…

After a wonderful t-ball season last year, our son was chosen to be on a team that consists of boys 1-2 years older than him who are wanna-be gangstas and bullies. Their parents are never around for practice, and the boys run wild. The team manager coaches a high school team as his regular job, and only chose to volunteer for our city’s little league because his illegitimate son wanted to be in little league. After one practice, the kid’s mom broke up with the team manager and removed the kid from the team. Since then, the team manager has been late or called my husband at the last minute to “manage” practices or games and even fails to show up for required field maintence sessions! The league officials don’t want to hear about all of this and have accused me of not being a good parent because I’m blowing the whistle on this situation.

The Little League system is deeply flawed, incredibly political, and ridiculously expensive. My advice is chose youth baseball clinics and camps instead.

10 10 2008
coach rex

while it’s true that you technically cannot choose your own coach, you can often make requests if you know somebody coaching. it’s true that there are many coaches who probably have no clue about the game of baseball or don’t have the patience to deal with 12 rowdy six-year olds, but i have a hard time bashing people who are volunteering their time. unless you are willing to sacrifice time at work, dinners at home with your family, and hanging out with your friends…suck it up and try to support your coach by giving him/her a hand at practice or at games.

i think that it’s more of the league’s responsibility to properly train their volunteer coaches on how to teach the game with patience. my goal when i coach is for the kids to have fun and become passionate about the sport that i love.

to lita: i think it’s unfortunate that your child was placed on such a dysfunctional team, but let’s not call a system flawed when it has thrived for over 70 years and teaches 3 million children in over 100 countries how to love the game of baseball. major league baseball continues as america’s pastime because of the little league system. perhaps your local little league has flaws, but you can receive a variance to join another league in a neighboring town.

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