The MOST IMPORTANT success in getting our teams organized and practicing is for the parents to make sure and volunteer early to be the Team Manager / Head Coach. We will wait until we have approved managers before drafting teams.
How does Tulsa Little League support our Managers
The Manager receives instruction material provided by Little League. From having a complete TBALL curriculum to the expert baseball material available for the Kid Pitch divisions, there is ample videos and training material. Tulsa Little League provides group training sessions periodically based upon need and request through our training facility.
Managers receive some or all of the following based on their age division: Practice Balls, Game Balls, Batting “T”, Free Practice Field Reservation System, Rule Book, Volunteer Badge, Lineup Cards, Scorebook media/instruction. Other baseball equipment may be available by consignment or discounted from our online store.
What is the Team Manager?
The team manager is the team’s communicator and organizer. Basic responsibilities are to communicate through email to the parents. The team manager decides on which days and time to practice, where to practice, signing up for practice fields at our facility, picks up and hands out the team uniforms and perhaps assigns the snack duties to a parent each game.
We do need managers, please following these 3 steps:
1. Register your Team! This will give us your contact information and reserve a team for you to manage your players’ team. The form is mandatory even if you just have your initial player as the only team member. We will draft players onto your team to complete the team.
2. Complete the Little League background check. This is an online resource that must be completed by every manager. After completing this form, you will receive an email from JD Palatine that will take you thru the rest of the background check information. This process will take a week.
3. Now it is time to register your player and inform any other player (friends and classmates) to register. Give them the team name you selected and/or your last name. Using the online registration form, there is a question of; FRIEND OR TEAM REQUEST? All of your players need to answer this question with your team name and managers name. As the manager, you will receive periodic updates of your actual team roster of registered players.
4. Managers to sign up to the Little League Umpire Registry. This is highly recommended so all managers have resources to rules of the game. The Little League® Umpire Registry is now free to access. The Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining, managers and umpires immediately become part of a unique information network that provides an opportunity to stay current with rules and regulations, and offer suggestions that will continually improve skills. Managers can access the latest information on rule interpretations, regulations updates, and more, including the current year’s rules, regulations, and polices eBook; the Rules Instruction Manual (RIM); and the Little League Umpire online presentation, and 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals. A series of webinars are also currently in development and are expected to be another unique feature of the Umpire Registry. Each umpire official will also be able to receive the Fair Ball newsletter, a bi-monthly electronic publication that contains articles on rule interpretations, mechanics, and news concerning umpires.
Below are a collection of resources and information for managers and parents. Also on the menu to the right are quick links and local rules for each league.
Little League Managers
Managers are key to the success of our volunteer Little League program. 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. Managers must be approved by the board of directors before they will be permitted to participate in the league and can be removed at any time by the board of directors.
It is required that the manager have understanding, patience and the capacity to work with children. The manager should be able to inspire respect. Above all else, 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 just a teacher. Knowledge of the game is essential but it is not the only badge of a Little League manager.
The heart of Little League is what happens between the adult 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.
Children of Little League age 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. Children often idolize their manager, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the manager are sources 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 an 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. Our league will make a determined effort to enlist the best adults in the community to serve as managers.
Little League University
Little League International recognizes and appreciates the challenges that come with being a Little League manager, so it has developed a free on-line coaching resource that Little League managers can turn to for reference, education, or to stay current with the latest drills and coaching techniques.
Little League Positive Coaching Alliance
Since 2006, Little League® has partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to provide a framework and tools for local Little League volunteers to develop a culture of positive, character-building competition. Recently, Little League extended this partnership to include relevant information for the Little League Coach and the Little League Parent, with the addition of a FREE Little League Parent quick-course. This quick-course provides a framework to be a powerful sports parent from the stands.
Little League® has always placed safety as a top priority, and is continually striving to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. For nearly a decade, the Little League program has been at the forefront of promoting arm safety for youth pitchers. As we continue to work to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children, Little League is proudly supporting the efforts of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball through the Pitch Smart campaign.
After several years of research, Little League launched its pitch count program in 2006. With limits set for different amounts of pitches for different age groups, Little League has been diligent in protecting young arms since establishing strict pitching rules. With many baseball players participating in Little League and other youth baseball programs, it is important for parents and coaches to use the Pitch Smart campaign and the Little League pitch count program to ensure young pitching arms stay safe.
Little League strongly encourages all Little League volunteers, parents, and officials to review MLB Pitch Smart Program and share it with others.
Little League International has been identified as one of the only youth baseball organizations in full compliance of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s Pitch Smart compliance program.
Little League GameChanger Scoorekeeper
GameChanger is a partner with Little League® to provide score keeping of baseball and softball games. The software can be found in the application store from your phone, tablet or computer and is now available for Android and Apple.
GameChanger training is available online with training video, FAQ and a cheat sheet. Parents, coaches and scorekeepers can take this free training.