Coaches Corner

Mission Statement 

Willow Glen Little League believes in the power of youth baseball to teach life lessons and build community. 

 

Role of the Manager 

A WGLL manager is a role model for children who: 

  • lives out the mission statement in every interaction 
  • ensures a safe and inclusive environment for all players and their families 
  • organizes productive practices and well-run games  
  • communicates well and resolves conflicts with parents/guardians and the WGLL Board 
  • teaches age-appropriate fundamentals of baseball 

 

Other Roles

To provide a positive experience for our players, the manager needs to ensure that we have active contributors in the following roles:

  • Two Assistant Managers: Chosen by the manager to help assist with games and practices
  • Team Parent: Assists the manager with coordinating important activities such as Snack Shack, Photo Day, and team parties
  • Practice Helpers (Optional): Invited by the manager to help with drills etc at practices
  • Field Prep: Help with field set-up and clean-up so the coaches can focus on the players (more below)
  • Scoreboard: Manage the scoreboard at either field (more below)
  • GameChanger: Assist with scorekeeping at AA and above (more below)
  • Umpires: Ensure a safe and fair experience for everyone
  • Supportive Crowds: Celebrating effort/growth of our players and supporting the coaches and umpires in their roles

They must also uphold the mission of WGLL in every interaction.

 

Learn From Each Other 

As a manager or coach, you are joining an amazing community at WGLL. Always remember we are on the same team. Use every opportunity to learn from and support one another.

To support WGLL coaches, our Player Agent has created an Instagram account (@wgllcoachjustin) with helpful videos that can be easily used in practices.

 

Positive Coaching Alliance

The Positive Coaching Alliance is a terrific resource for managers and coaches!

We especially recommend the PCA’s materials about being a ‘Double-Goal Coach,’ an approach that is in line with our mission statement:

Here are a few other of our favorites from the PCA:

Rules

Managers must familiarize themselves with their respective division guidelines:

 

Field Set-up and Clean-up 
Manager and coaches must take care of our facilities. We have been blessed by support by generous benefactors, and we need to take care of our resources.

In terms of games, the home team sets up the field and the visiting team cleans up the field after the game. If we are hosting LGLL or SJA, then the home team does both.

 

Set-up involves: 

  • Chalk the lines 
  • Put down the bases 
  • Turn on the scoreboard 

Clean-up involves:  

  • Dragging and watering the field 
  • Picking up trash and debris (including by the dugout stands) 
  • Putting away the bases (if last game of the day) 
  • Cover the mound and plate (if last game of the day)  

Your players must help you with this. We like to say, "we pack up the field before we pack up our bags." Do not let them start packing up or leaving until they have been dismissed by you.  

Parent volunteers are helpful too. They must be invited onto the field by you to do a job. 

 

Pitch Counts 

Until April 1, 50 pitches is the maximum. The focus right now should be on pitcher development, not winning. Remember that every team makes the playoffs.  

On April 1, we will revert to the LL pitch count requirements (note: pitcher can go past the limit during an AB):  

  • Age 11-12 – 85 pitches per day 
  • Age 9-10 – 75 pitches per day 
  • Age 7-8 – 50 pitches per day 

And remember the required Little League rest requirements: 

  • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
  • If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
  • If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
  • If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed. 
  • If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required. 

For pitchers who are also catchers, please remember the following LL requirements: 

  • Pitchers who pitch 40 or less pitches (allowed to finish a batter at the threshold) maintain their eligibility to catch. 
  • Catchers who catch 4 or more innings are not eligible to pitch. 
  • Catchers who catch 3 innings then pitch 21 or more pitches are not allowed to return to catcher. 

 

You can review these LL rules here. 

 

Scoreboard for Majors Field 

The home team must provide a parent for the scorer's booth. That parent must run the scoreboard and, if possible, announce the hitters. Please make every effort to get the correct pronunciation. Kid-friendly music between innings is a nice touch too!

 

Scoreboard for Minors Field 

The home team must provide a parent who uses the SingleScore app to manage the scoreboard.

Providing Umpires (For Majors, AAA, AA, and A)

Please work with your team parent to ensure that you have parents for your assigned games. If you click on the respective link below, you'll see your name for the games you need to cover. 

  • Majors Field: Majors and AAA umps provided by Majors, AAA, and AA  (Link to be added shortly) 
  • Minors Field: AA game umps provided by A (Link to be added shortly) 

 

GameChanger (for Majors, AAA, AA) 
Similarly, please work with your team parent to ensure someone is on Gamechanger for every game. This is the only parent that is allowed to be next to the scorer's booth so they can hear the calls.

Uniforms 

Uniforms are provided for the manager and two assistant coaches, in accordance with District 12 rules.  

 

Injuries 

Managers and coaches must follow all directives from our WGLL Safety Coordinator 

Please keep the following in mind at all times: 

  • When in doubt, call 911.  
  • Always talk to the parent about possible injuries (Never assume the child will do so) 
  • Call the WGLL President and the WGLL Safety Coordinator to debrief any injuries, and they will help determine next steps.  

 

COVID Safety Protocols 
We will continue to follow county guidance. Rules may change as the season progresses. Please join us in enforcing any rules announced by the WGLL President.  

Most importantly, please emphasize the need to only come to practices or games when healthy. 

 

Coach Justin (@wgllcoachjustin) • Instagram photos and videos