District 7

The Coach's Box - Little League Newsletter

The "Coach's Box" is a monthly newsletter that provides coaching tips, articles from coaching experts, upcoming webinars, clinic information, coaching tools and useful product information.

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View past editions of the Coach's Box. Below are a few samples from the latest editions.

Keep Little League Practices Fresh by Including Intrasquad Scrimmages - April 2017

When your focus turns to the regular season, managing effective, engaging practices for your Little League team between games can become a challenge.

By the time the season is under way, your team has settled into the skills and drills routine and a fun alternative to the typical infield-outfield-batting practice workout is the idea of an intrasquad scrimmage.

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Making the Move from Coach to Manager - March 2017

If you are managing a team for the first time, here are a few tips to help with the transition from coach to the hot spot.

Many adult volunteers start their Little League® "careers" as coaches. It's a great way to get a feel for what is required to serve Little Leaguers® in a way that develops character, baseball and softball skills, and a life-long devotion to sports and fitness.


10 Things Every New Youth Baseball and Softball Coach Should Know - February 2017

Once tryouts are completed, the player draft is completed, and rosters take shape, it's important to remember many parents and other volunteers are also their taking their first steps into coaching.

Dan Spring, a 2003 draftee of the Detroit Tigers, is also youth baseball instructor with more than 10 years of experience. He offered his list of 10 things that both rookie and veteran coaches should remember when working with youth athletes.


How to Handle an Umpire’s Questionable Call - January 2017

Intentionally or not, managers and coaches who argue with umpires - or otherwise share their disagreement with calls - send messages to players and fans that can degrade the Little League experience for everyone involved. Even without "arguing balls and strikes" a coach's groan or over-exuberant "did-he-go?" can divert fan focus from the players, distract the players themselves, and incite a crowd into its own misbehavior toward the umpires.