Paradise Hills Little League ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico USA: For Managers/Coaches

Wednesday, April 16
Spring News for Managers and Coaches

 

**MANAGERS and COACHES: 

Please get together with team parents to come up with a suitable schedule for parents to help out with field set up and tear down. It has been observed that several team's managers and coaches are doing the majority of this work and some coaches not getting to go home until 8:30 - 9:00 PM , M-F. If we all pitched in, especially with field tear down, we all could leave at a much more suitable time. Also, coaches please remember to empty dugout trash can into large metal can outside of dugout. Also, remember to take care of visitors dugout when we have a visiting team from another little league. Thanks!

Please see your email for info on remaining coaches shirts needing pickup. Please see a board member at the concession stand for items. Thanks!

Managers and Parents: The baseball and Teeball schedules are on the Forms and Documents section of the website. 

Also, the league tractor was back in action from the shop after brake repairs and tune up. The battery went dead on Saturday. Please remember to turn the key all the way to the Off position when you park it. Thanks Guys! If you've never used our field tractor, please contact a board member (board member webpage) or ask a fellow coach for a detailed explanation of how it works and how to drive it, where to park it etc. Every team will either set up or tear down the field depending on whether you're home or visitors for each game. Tractor use will be needed on the Junior and softball fields for teardown dragging for sure. Tractor can also be used on Rookie field if hand raking is too slow. Please observe a safe speed while raking. A "NASCAR driver" was clocked recently at 14 mph. The teeball field will need hand raking and hand dragging. Thanks for your volunteer service!

 



Wednesday, May 1
A Safety Note

A Safety Note from Colin Campbell:

Please be aware that all rookie plate umpires are required to wear protective gear. This is a safety issue and is required by little league rules. If any board member who observes a rookie baseball or a rookie softball umpire not wearing the protective gear is required to stop the game immediately and inform the umpire that they have two options. They can put on the gear or count pitches from behind the pitching machine. If anyone has any questions please let me know.
Thanks,
Colin Campbell
PHLL Chief Umpire



Tuesday, March 26
A message from Coach P Regarding Pitching at PHLL

See Attachments and Explanation of important new rule regarding Pitchers:

Every Manager for Junior Baseball, Major Baseball and Minor Baseball will be required to have a Pitching Eligibility Form for their pitchers to be eligible to pitch. The concession stand will have both “Official” Scorebook for Major, Minor and Rookie Competitive Baseball. It will also have the “Official” Pitching Eligibility Affidavit Notebook which will be kept at the League for Minor Baseball and Major Baseball. Junior Baseball, I would recommend that your team creates its own Notebook and take your Pitching Eligibility Forms with you to all of your games. These must travel with the teams that are playing in interleague play (Junior Baseball ONLY) all other teams are playing at PHLL and the notebook will be kept in the PHLL Concession Stand.

Teams must provide at the conclusion of their game:

  • Pitching Eligibility Form (NOT THE PITCH LOG)
    • The Pitch Log is used during the game and all the information tracked on it will then need to be transferred over to the Pitcher Eligibility Form
    • DO NOT USE THE PITCH LOG IN LIEU OF THE PITCHING ELIGIBILITY FORM!!
  • “Official” Scorebook for your Division
    • There is a Major, Minor and Rookie Competitive “Official” Scorebook
  • Little League has adopted a new “Exception” for the Pitch Count Rule as follows:
    • 2013 Little League Rulebook
      • Page 38

· (d) Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

o If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed

o If a player pitches 51 - 65 or more pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed

o If a player pitches 36 - 50 or more pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed

o If a player pitches 21 - 35 or more pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed

o If a player pitches 1 – 20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar days of rest is required

EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs:

1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.

The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

The “Official” Pitch Counter will mark the Pitch Log with a circle around the day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter and will continue to count pitches with Xs until the batter reaches base or the batter is retired or the third out is made to complete the half-inning at which point a bracket line ] (see attached example) will be put after the pitch number to denote when the pitcher needs to come out to qualify for the exception. If Pitcher does not come out of the game and pitches are recorded after this bracket then that will denote a new batter or inning and the day(s) of rest will need to be observed for pitches added. If no pitch is recorded after the bracket then the circled pitch number will be the pitch count applied for the day(s) of rest. Keep in mind that a new inning with the same batter does not qualify under this exception!!

  1. Knowing this Rule by Scorekeepers, Umpires and Managers will avoid confusion
  2. Following the procedures will avoid confusion
  3. Managers and Scorekeepers communicate your intentions for your pitcher to avoid any confusion with regards to this new exception

Pitch Log information will need to be transferred to the Pitcher Eligibility Tracking Form signed by both Managers, (see attached example) the Scorekeeper or Umpire and be placed in the “OFFICIAL” League Pitch Count Notebook (this notebook will have extra blank copies of both the Pitch Log and the Pitcher’s Eligibility Tracking Form). This is the only acceptable form NOT THE PITCHING LOG!!! Without a Pitcher Eligibility Form your pitcher is not eligible to pitch so make sure this is completed!! Interleague Division keep it with you for all your games or your pitchers will be deemed ineligible to pitch per Interleague Rules!!

Thank you


Coach “P”



Wednesday, April 10
Interleague Rules for All Divisions of Softball and Junior Baseball

Please see Forms and Documents for a copy of rules for all divisions that play interleague in district 8.

Thanks and GO Paradise!



Tuesday, March 26
2013 Coach's Background Checks

Managers and coaches who haven’t been approved as a PHLL volunteer may want to call or email your division Vice President. Several applications have not been approved due to missing information such as SSN and date of birth. A Board member may be contacting you this week to obtain missing info. Applicants refusing to give all required info will not be allowed to volunteer in any capacity at PHLL. Volunteers not background checked are reminded that interaction with league children is prohibited per LL international. Managers need to enforce this even though you know your coach will pass his BG check. Thank You.

All team managers and coaches will be required to supply umps for games in divisions other than your own except juniors. Thank You



Tuesday, April 16
2013 League Rules by Division
Managers and Coaches, Please see League rules  on Forms and Documents page for 2013 PHLL Rules. Also, see and print gameday responsibilities document
Handout: 2012 League Rules by Division

Tuesday, January 3
New Dropped Third Strike Rule and Other Important Rule Changes

Coaches and Managers: One of the big changes in the LL rule book is the dropped third strike rule for majors and higher divisions. Please take some time to review Little League website for newly enacted rules for the upcoming 2012 Baseball and Softball seasons.

http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2011/Sep-Dec/Bulletin-SignificantPolicyRuleRegulationChanges2012.htm 



Thursday, March 24
District 8 Interleague Rules for all Divisions
2011 District 8 Interleague Rules for all related divisions- Baseball & Softball
Handout: District 8 Interleague Rules- 2011 - ALL DIVISIONS

Manager's/Coach'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.

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 coach or manager.

While an adult with training and background in the game is a desirable candidate for manager or coach, league screening committees should look for other important qualities. Screening of managers, coaches and others at the local league level who have contact with children is also important in attempting to discover those with a history of child abuse.

The heart of Little League is what happens between the adult manager/coach 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/coach and player share a common interest in the game, a desire to excel, and determination to win. Children often idolize their managers and coaches, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the manager and coach are sources of inspiration.

Managers and coaches 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 and coaching personnel. New leagues particularly, should make a determined effort to enlist the best adults in the community to serve as managers and coaches.

Anyone interested in being a Little League manager or coach should contact their local league president in person, and be willing to undergo a screening process that may include a background check, as well as interviews of those with personal knowledge of your qualifications.

The best way to train and qualify Little League managers and coaches is through the Little League Education Program for Managers and Coaches. A wide variety of materials are available for players and adults, as well as clinics and seminars led by experienced experts. You can learn more about this program by hitting the "back" button on your browser and clicking on "Education Programs."

Who is responsible for the conduct of the manager and coach? First and foremost, it is the manager or coach themselves. Each of us in Little League must take responsibility for our own actions.

However, as the chief administrator, the president selects and appoints the managers and coaches. As such, no person becomes a manager or coach without the approval of the president. All appointments are subject to final approval by the local league’s board of directors.

Only the local Little League board of directors has the authority to remove or suspend a manager or coach. If a parent or anyone else is dissatisfied with a manager or coach, they must present the issue to the local league president and board of directors. Because the local league president and board of directors are closest to the situation, it would be a disservice if Little League Headquarters became involved in disputes or personality conflicts between managers/coaches and parents.

However, any person who believes that a manager or coach (or any other Little League personnel) is, or has been, violently or sexually abusive to children should report the situation immediately to Little League Baseball International Headquarters as well as to the local police. It is Little League policy that no person who has a history of sexual abuse toward children be given any volunteer responsibilities in Little League. Read more about the Little League Child Protection Program.

http://www.littleleague.org/managersandcoaches/coachrole.htm




Saturday, April 17
FOR BASEBALL- RULE FOR MAJOR DIVISION & BELOW - BPF RULE
MANAGERS, COACHES AND PARENTS
For Little League (BASEBALL) Majors and below, non-wood bats must be printed with a BPF of 1.15 or less.  The exception last year was a one-year exception only, so those bats are no longer acceptable without the mark of the BPF of 1.15 or less.

Beginning with the 2009 season all non-wood baseball bats (aluminum, composites and others) used in Major League Baseball Division and below shall be printed with a
BPF ("bat performance factor") of 1.15 or less. Bats with a BPF higher that 1.15, or without a BPF printed (or not legible) on the bat, are not permitted for use in these divisions. The maximum diameter for bats used in Major League and younger remains the same - 2-1/4".

Background on the new rules
Little League is a member of USA Baseball, the governing body for amateur baseball in the United States. USA Baseball is developing bat standards that include the changes indicated above and others that will be fully implemented in a year or two. As a first step to prepare for the new standards Little League has decided to implement these two new rules for 2009.

The main purpose of this rule is standardization. Previously, Little League's Junior division had no maximum bat diamater rule in place and many players were using the larger 2-3/4" bats. Senior and Big League were restricted by rule a a 2-5/8" bat, which is the maximum allowed in high school baseball, and now that rule is in place for Junior League as well. Eventually only bats with a 2-5/8" diameter will be manufactured to meet the new standard.

For Major League and younger, Bat Performance Factor ("BPF") is the standard for bat safety. BPF is a measure of a non-wood bat's performance relative to wood bats. Most non-wood bats manufactured over the past few years for these age groups have been permanently imprinted with the BPF. To comply with the new regulation, bats used in Major League and younger must display a BPF of 1.15 or less.

There is no BESR, or "bat drop", requirement in place for Major League and younger.

Definitions
BPF - "Bat Performance Factor". A measure of a non-wood bat's performance relative to wood bats. A BPF of 1.15 means that bat will peform at a rate of 115% to a similar-sized wood bat.

BESR - "Ball Exit Speed Ratio", also known as "bat drop". A measure of a bat's performance as indicated by relationship of its weight to its length. For example, a 30 ounce, 33 inch bat has a bat drop of -3. Larger bat drops help increase swing speed. Smaller drops create more power. A white paper by the NCAA Baseball Research Panel defines it this way: "BESR is a measure of the "liveliness" of the ball-bat collision and it includes any "trampoline" effect...which is the barrel being temporarily deformed by the ball during the collision." (click here to read the complete study.) Warning - very scientific in nature. Google "BESR" for other explanations or search baseball bat in wikipedia.org.)