YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A COACH
Coaching at all levels involves much more than making out a lineup, hitting infield/outfield, throwing batting practice, or coaching third base. Coaching involves accepting the responsibility you face when parents put their children into your care. As a coach, you will be called to do the following:
- Provide a safe physical environment
- Communicate in a positive way
- Teach the fundamental skills of baseball
- Teach the rules of baseball
- Direct players in competition
- Help your players become fit and value fitness
- Help young people develop character
- Be respectful to your players, parents, coaches, and umpires
Remember, these are the responsibilities you volunteered for as a coach. Every player is an individual. You must provide a wholesome environment in which every player has the opportunity to learn how to play the game without fear while having a fun and enjoying the overall baseball experience.
FIELD GROOMING PROCEDURES
ESTIMATED TIME – 30 MINUTES
- Rake the mound, home plate and sliding areas around bases.
- Redistribute displaced dirt/clay at around the mound, home plate, sliding areas and player positions areas in a smooth and level manner.
- Roll or tamp positional areas and base paths to re-compact infield mix.
- Drag skinned areas by hand or with a tractor cart.
- Rake and drag base paths by hand.
- Hose down skinned areas with enough water to moisten to a depth of ¼”. Hose down mound and home plate area with enough water to prevent dust.
- Outline batters boxes and line boxes with field spray paint.
- Line the bases.
- Set bases, sweep home plate and pitchers mound
It is the responsibility of BOTH teams to prepare the field for game play. After each game it is the responsibility of BOTH teams to clean the field and make sure all field equipment is put away and locked up after the game or at the end of the game day. Don’t be afraid to ask for parents to assist with field preparation.
LIVE SCAN / DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING
All coaches and on the field volunteers for the Babe Ruth League and Ripken Baseball are required to have MANDATORY LiveScan fingerprinting.
GET YOUR BABE RUTH LEAGUE/RIPKEN BASEBALL COACHING CERTIFICATION
BABE RUTH LEAGUE COACHING EDUCATION CENTER
There is no one single action that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. Managers and coaches are the ones who spend the most time interacting with our participants and the ones who can make a child’s experience in youth sports fun and memorable. Therefore, it is vital for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child’s baseball and softball experience and less on winning games.
With this in mind, the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program was developed. Under the program, all baseball and softball coaches must complete coaching education and certification.
The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the following online courses:
- Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
- Coaching Youth Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches
- Coaching Advanced Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
- Coaching Advanced Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches
Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. exclusively endorse these online courses, developed by Human Kinetics Coach Education. Coaches who successfully pass the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education and Certification Program will receive a certification that is valid for their entire coaching career with Babe Ruth League, Inc
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