Kennewick National Baseball: Coaches' Corner

Thursday, May 12
Inner-City Tournament Coaches Meeting

On Sunday May 22nd we are going to have a coaches meeting to review
rules for the city tournament at the KAYB Clubhouse. KN coaches will
be invited to the meeting as well to make sure that we are all on the
same page.

The times are as follows:
Minors          6:30 - 7:00 pm (Head coaches only because of space)
Major 60      7:00 - 7:30 pm
Major 70      7:30 - 8:00 pm

The meeting will start promptly at the start time. Questions will be
allowed at the end of the reading of the rules. If you have no
questions you can leave when we are done reading the rules. (Please
keep in mind that we are a time schedule and dont have time to talk
about past experiences only clarifications of the rules)

Aaron Machart (KA)    

Ben Lindholm (KN)

Tuesday, February 8

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. It is a fact that 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 very important for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child’s baseball 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 KNYB COACHES must complete coaching education before the beginning of the 2011 season.


The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the Level 1 coaching certification online courses Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball Coaches and Coaching Youth Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches. Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. exclusively endorse these online courses, which are being developed by the American Sport Education Program. The courses are available now, so you have ample time to complete certification requirements prior to the beginning of the 2011 season.


Coaches who complete the Level 1 course with a score of 80% or better will receive the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program Level 1 certification for baseball or softball and will be able to print a certificate of completion and wallet card from the Web site.


GO to to order the online course today, and be one of the first Babe Ruth League Ripken Baseball certified coaches! If you have problems signing on through this link. You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser and go direct.


When you have completed the coaches certification and the application please send them to Ben Lindholm at 


Tuesday, February 8
This season the KN Board of Directors would like to communicate a summary of expectations and the selection process for KN coaches for all divisions. 
Handout: Coaches Information

Coaches Code of Conduct
Every KN coach is required to read and sign a Coaches Code of Conduct. To review, click HERE.

When It Comes To Pitching, Know The Recommended Limits
Based upon its expertise and review of existing studies, the USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee makes the following recommendations for minimizing a pitcher's risk of future serious arm injury and maximizing his chance of success.
Coaches AND parents should listen and react appropriately to a youth pitcher when he/she complains about arm pain. A pitcher who complains or shows signs of arm pain during a game should be removed immediately from pitching. Parents should seek medical attention if pain is not relieved within four days or if the pain recurs immediately the next time the player pitches. League officials should inform parents about this consideration.
Pitch counts should be monitored and regulated in youth baseball. Recommended limits for youth pitchers are as follows:

9-10 year old pitchers
50 pitches/game; 75 pitches/week; 1000 pitches/season
11-12 year old pitchers
75 pitches/game; 100 pitches/week; 1000 pitches/season
13-14 year old pitchers
75 pitches/game; 125 pitches/week; 1000 pitches/season

Pitch count limits pertain to pitches thrown in games only. These limits do not include throws from other positions, instructional pitching during practice sessions, and throwing drills, which are important for the development of technique and strength. Backyard pitching practice after a pitched game is strongly discouraged.
Pitchers should not throw breaking pitches (curveballs, sliders, etc.) in competition until their bones have matured (indicated by puberty) - typically about 13 years of age. In order to succeed, a youth pitcher should focus on good mechanics, a fast fastball, a good change-up, and good control.
Pitchers should develop proper mechanics as early as possible and include more year-round physical conditioning as their body develops.
A Pitcher should be prohibited from returning to the mound in a game once he/she has been removed as the pitcher.
Baseball players - especially pitchers - are discouraged from participating in showcases due to the risk of injury. The importance of "showcases" should be de-emphasized, and at the least, pitchers should be permitted time to appropriately prepare.
Baseball pitchers are discouraged from pitching for more than one team in a given season.
Baseball pitchers should compete in baseball no more than nine months in any given year, as periodization is needed to give the pitcher's body time to rest and recover. For at least three months a year, a baseball pitcher should not play any baseball, participate in throwing drills, or participate in other stressful overhead activities (javelin throwing, football quarterback, softball, competitive swimming, etc.).

Reminders for Field Maintenance
As coaches, we're all responsible for maintaining the quality of our KN fields. We're all asked to prepare the fields before (home team) and after (visitors) games. Take the time to make sure this is done right so our fields stay in the great shape they're in throughout the season.
A few reminders from the Maintenance Crew:
1. Home Plate - The first thing most batters to when they get into the batter's box is dig a hole. We need to fill in both batters' boxes as well as the catchers' box and pack them down after each game... especially the last game of the day.
2. All Bases - Kids slide into the base and create holes. Please pull dirt back into the holes with a rake after each game.
3. Pitchers Mound - Please fill in hole in front of rubber and in the landing area.
4. Base Paths - Dirt is getting raked into grass. Pull the rake "away from" the grass not towards. This is how we end up with the ridges we do along the back of the infield. Keeping the groomer at a slow speed will also help keep that ridge down.

Along with those items, the bullpens are part of the field and should be taken care of accordingly.
We also need to make sure we clean up the dugouts. Make the kids responsible for their own garbage.