Lady Lake Little League: Managers & Coaches

Wednesday, September 12
FREE Heads Up Coaches Concussion Online Training!
FREE Coaches Concussion Online Training
 
In an effort to ensure all players with Lady Lake Little League are in good, SAFE hands when on the field we, as a League, are requesting that all coaches take the FREE 30min online course on concussions.
 
The course outlines:
 
* How to understand a concussion and the possible consequences
* How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to respond
* Learn about steps for returning to an activity after a concussion
* Focus on Prevention and Preparedness
 
 
 


Heads Up

Thursday, March 7
Golden Rules

THE GOLDEN RULES

Sports psychology expert Rick Wolff offers five simple messages for adults involved in Little League:

1. Parents need to come to grips with one fact: Your childhood is over. Don't put your dreams on your children.

2. Listen to your children, don't lecture to them. Let them tell you what they enjoy about sports.

3. Coaches: Remember, every child wants to play during games as much as possible. As a coach, it's your job to make sure that happens.

4. Yelling and screaming discourages a child's desire to do well in sports. No one wants to be criticized, especially when playing a difficult game.

5. Baseball is a hard GAME. Remember to tell your child how tough baseball was for you.



Thursday, March 7
Ejections
Ejection from a game is totally avoidable.
  • In most cases a clear understanding of the rule book will prevent a coach from getting upset and losing control over the enforcement of the rules.
  • Mangers must understand they are the leader of their team and when they yell and scream at the umpire the children see that behavior and think it is acceptable. IT IS NOT!
  • If you as a manager feel you need to speak to an umpire ask for time-out and talk to (not yell at) the umpire. Speak to the umpire in the way you would like to be spoken to and do not try to show up or degrade him. That type of behavior will not only get you ejected but also makes the coach/manager look bad in the eyes of the spectators.
  • Umpires are not infallible and do make mistakes just like coaches do when they send a runner home when there is little chance of him scoring safely.
  • If you feel the umpire has misapplied the rules you may ask him to get help. The keyword here is ASK. In most cases, but not all, the umpire will discuss the situation with his partner and then make a final call. This does not mean he will change his call. It will depend on what his partner had seen as well as their combined knowledge of the rules as it pertains to this situation.
  • Managers/coaches that are ejected may not be replaced during the term of their suspension. The remaining manager/coach must remain in the dugout to supervise the players and will not be able to coach the bases. A Player will be utilized at that time to coach bases. The ejected manager/coach must leave the park and not return until after the game is completed.
  • According to Little League rules the manger is suspended from his/her next played game and may not be in attendance. Any manger/coach who refuses to leave the park or stays in the area of the game will have to report to the LLLL discipline committee prior to returning to his/her coaching duty.
  • The umpire does not care who wins the game. His only concern is that the game is played fairly and as safe as possible.
  • The umpire is a volunteer just like everyone involved with LLLL.
  • In many cases the umpire does not have any children in the league and there to help the children of the community.

    REMEMBER, IT'S A GAME FOR THE KIDS,
    not a personal battle between coaches.

    PLEASE READ YOUR RULE BOOK AND ATTEND THE RULES CLINICS OFFERED SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR.

    RESPECT EVERYONE!


Thursday, March 7
Top 40 Baseball Rule Myths
1. The hands are considered part of the bat.
2. The batter-runner must turn to his right after over-running first base.
3. If the batter breaks his wrists when swinging, it's a strike.
4. If a batted ball hits the plate first it's a foul ball.
5. The batter cannot be called out for interference if he is in the batter's box.
6. The ball is dead on a foul-tip.
7. The batter may not switch batter's boxes after two strikes.
8. The batter who batted out of order is the person declared out.
9. The batter may not overrun first base when he gets a base-on-balls.
10. The batter is out if he starts for the dugout before going to first after a dropped third strike.
11. If the batter does not pull the bat out of the strike zone while in the bunting position, it's an automatic strike.
12. The batter is out if a bunted ball hits the ground and bounces back up and hits the bat while the batter is holding the bat.
13. The batter is out if his foot touches the plate.
14. The batter-runner is always out if he runs outside the running lane after a bunted ball.
15. A runner is out if he slaps hands or high-fives other players, after a homerun is hit over the fence.
16. Tie goes to the runner.
17. The runner gets the base he's going to, plus one on a ball thrown out-of-play.
18. Anytime a coach touches a runner, the runner is out.
19. Runners may never run the bases in reverse order.
20. The runner must always slide when the play is close.
21. The runner is always safe when hit by a batted ball while touching a base.
22. A runner may not steal on a foul-tip.
23. It is a force out when a runner is called out for not tagging up on a fly ball.
24. An appeal on a runner who missed a base cannot be a force out.
25. A runner is out if he runs out of the baseline to avoid a fielder who is fielding a batted ball.
26. Runners may not advance when an infield fly is called.
27. No run can score when a runner is called out for the third out for not tagging up.
28. A pitch that bounces to the plate cannot be hit.
29. The batter does not get first base if hit by a pitch after it bounces.
30. If a fielder holds a fly ball for 2 seconds it's a catch.
31. You must tag the base with your foot on a force out or appeal.
32. The ball is always immediately dead on a balk.
33. If a player's feet are in fair territory when the ball is touched, it is a fair ball.
34. The ball must always be returned to the pitcher before an appeal can be made.
35. With no runners on base, it is a ball if the pitcher starts his windup and then stops.
36. The pitcher must come to a set position before a pick-off throw.
37. The pitcher must step off the rubber before a pick-off throw.
38. If a fielder catches a fly ball and then falls over the fence it is a homerun.
39. The ball is dead anytime an umpire is hit by the ball.
40. The home plate umpire can overrule the other umps at anytime.