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What is expected of a coach in CHALL?

The following excerpt is taken from the Little League Baseball Operating Manual. It is the criteria that Little League Baseball Inc. recommends that local leagues consider, while selecting managers and coaches.

"The Little League Manager must be a leader. All managers must recognize that they hold a position of trust and responsibility in a program that deals with a sensitive and formative period of a youngsters development. It is required that the manager have understanding, patience and the managers 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 a coach. 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 desirable in a candidate for manager or coach, league screening committees should look for other important qualities.

The late Dr. Arthur A. Esslinger, who was Dean of the School of Health and Physical Education, University of Oregon, and a member of the Board of Directors of Little League Baseball, is the author of an outstanding article, "Little League's Greatest Challenge." Copies are available to local leagues, as are copies of an outline on Adult Leadership Training.

According to Dr. Esslinger, the heart of Little League is what happens between the manager 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.

Youngsters of Little League are strongly influenced by adults whose ideals and aspirations are similar to their own. The manager and player share a common interest in the game, a desire to excel, and determination to win. Youngsters often idolize their managers, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the manager is a source of inspiration.

Managers 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 and 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 personnel. New leagues particularly, should make a determined effort to enlist the best adults in the community to serve as managers".

Manager and Coach Behavior

If each of us has wholeheartedly adhered to our objective of sportsmanship, we of course, wouldn't have to be concerned about our behavior. However, as the season wears on, our temperaments wear thin and as a result, we need to have some guidelines.

Cursing and Swearing

Cursing and swearing cannot be tolerated. We can adequately express ourselves without using "expletives" to make a point. Profanity is usually a sign of ignorance that we do not want to pass on.

Smoking/Alcoholic Beverages

Smoking and alcohol consumption are strictly prohibited on Little League grounds - including parking lots and stands. Obviously, the more positive examples that we can make for the players, the better influence are. If you notice fans who are violating this rule, please inform them, in a courteous manner, of our policy and ask them to please abide.

Game Behavior

Once the game starts, the umpire is in charge and it is our responsibility to exhibit proper behavior as well as giving the players positive reinforcement. Always ask the umpire for a time out before entering the playing field. Once permission has been granted, you may then talk to your player, umpire, etc.

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Cherry Hill American Little League

P.O. Box 2532 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034

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