Elmer Little League: For Managers & Coaches


Coach's / Manager's Role
The Little League manager and coach must be leaders. 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.

It is required that the manager and coach have understanding, patience and the capacity to work with children. The manager and coach should be able to inspire respect. Above all else, managers and coaches must realize that they are helping to shape the physical, mental and emotional development of young people. Read More . . .

Safely Building Up Arm Strength Begins with a Healthy Routine
arm strength
A consistent warm-up routine is essential for maintaining a healthy throwing arm for an entire season. Stretching, running and controlled throwing from varied distances are all elements of a good warm-up program. Pitchers especially need to build up the muscles in the shoulder to lessen the risk of injury.


Jen Schroeder Highlights the Proper Footwork for Softball Catchers
softball catchers
Jen Schroeder, former UCLA softball standout, introduces a SKLZ video highlighting the proper footwork for a catcher. This softball video and many other softball and baseball training videos are available for free through the Little League® Coach Resource Center.


Little League Softball® Partners with Softball Excellence for Coaching Resources
softball excellence
Little League® has partnered with Softball Excellence, a coaches educational resource, which provides the ability to access online courses designed specifically for Little League Softball® managers and coaches.

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Backyard Tips: Using a Tee to Improve the Swing Path
No matter the age or size of your Little Leaguer®, being a good hitter is about making solid contact with the ball. If a player can see the ball, they can hit the ball and using a batting tee is a great way to develop hand-eye coordination and a consistent contact swing path. So, have your Little Leaguer dust off the bat and helmet, and wake up.
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Solid Infield Play Begins with Proper Body Positioning and Footwork
On the infield, players need to be alert and in proper fielding position prior to the pitcher delivering the ball to home plate. This fielding video offers some pointers on technique that can improve the efficiency of your team’s defense. 


Concussion Information Provided for Little League Volunteers

Little League Baseball and Softball has always been at the forefront regarding the safety and well-being of children.

In an effort to provide all Little League personnel with the most current information on concussions, the youth baseball organization has created an informational page on its website that also includes links to training information and ways to recognize signs and symptoms of a concussion. Read More...

Hey! Blue – There Is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Appeal an Umpire's Call
A very confusing situation often occurs on Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® fields when a team wants to “appeal” an umpire’s ruling. Most of the confusion results from a lack of understanding on how to properly appeal a call. Here are some tips on how and when to make an appeal.

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Wednesday, April 16
Teaching Proper Fielding Technique Is Good at Any Age
Players of any age can focus on improving their confidence on defense by following some simple steps. Many of these tips can be done at home and during team practice. Check out the tips here

Teaching Sound Delivery Techniques is Critical to Success of Softball Pitchers
softball pitching
Properly teaching the skills and techniques associated with developing softball pitchers begins at a young age. The Little League® Coach Resource Center provides an assortment of instructional videos designed to provide managers and coaches with a thorough overview of the drills that can assist them in safely training pitchers.


LITTLE LEAGUE CONNECT - Baseball & softball Video Analysis

We are continuing our sessions designed to enhance your coaching by using the technology of video analysis with LittleLeagueConnect.org. Little League Connect is a completely web-based program that installs no software on your PC, laptop, and/or handheld device, and is simple and fun to use. 

To get all of you off to a great start this season, we have committed to scheduled live online sessions to explain and train you on how to use Little League Connect.

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Coaches Tool Kit

Little League International is pleased to announce the release of the newly-updated 2012 Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit. The Toolkit was created to help managers and coaches improve their knowledge and learn how to be more effective teachers because they are among the most important volunteers in the Little League program.

 For more information on the Little League Coaches Toolkit, or to purchase your Coaches Toolkit package, CLICK HERE

Coaches and Umpire Resource Centers

Information and training items are continually being updated to the Little League Coach Resource Center. Access this free online product here: http://www.littleleague.org/managersandcoaches/Coach_Resource_Center.htm


Umpires also have access to a similar free online training and education product available here: http://www.littleleagueumpire.org/.


The Coaching Corner
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Our sports instruction areas contain information and resources on the basics of the sport, skills & drills, team strategies and bulletin boards as well as tips from experts and other youth team coaches.


More Training Tips



 Little League International is pleased to announce an enhancement to its volunteer coaches training programs with the addition of “Big Al Baseball” Clinics and several new tools, materials and resources. In 2012 many Little League districts and leagues across North America will have the opportunity to participate in the clinic series. If you would like to host a clinic please contact Big Al directly at al@bigalbaseball.com.

The clinics are organized into two four-hour training sessions;  One session targets coaches and parents working with players 4-to-8 years old and the second session is for coaches of players 9-to-13 yrs old. Both sessions are designed to help coaches and coaching coordinators; teach the skills, correct common mistakes, plan active practices, leverage effective drills and competitions and organize proper warms and pre-game activities.  Participants will be introduced to the curriculum needed for the upcoming season.

Big Al and Scott make the training sessions fun and interactive; coaches please come prepared to participate and remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring a glove.

Big Al’s library of training materials and resources match the hands-on training at the clinics. If you are not able to get to one of the clinics, order your own set of training materials at:  http://www.bigalbaseball.com/ or http://www.littleleaguestore.net/.

To attend Big AL Baseball clinics in your area, visit the Little League Clinics page for an up-to-date schedule of all clincs and events.

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