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Information for Coaches

We need volunteers to serve as coaches to make our program successful!

Being a coach is a tremendously rewarding experience that can have a huge impact on the lives of the children of our community. You don't need to be an expert in baseball or a former major leaguer to be a great baseball coach. Our best coaches are those who have a passion for working with children, lead by example and motivate their young players to give their very best effort both on the field and off it. We have training resources available, from experienced coaches to provide mentoring and advice to formal training through PA District 14 and Little League University's online courses. If you're interested in being either a head or assistant coach, contact Matt Shue at [email protected].

NOTICE TO COACHES AND PROSPECTIVE COACHES:

Please plan on attending the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Training (FREE OF CHARGE):

Date / Time: TBD

Location: Gettysburg American Legion, 528 E Middle St. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325

This training may be completed online but there is a fee of $20. 


10 Positive Coaching Tips

  1. Applaud effort and attitude more than performance.
  2. Look for positives, and make a big deal out of them.
  3. Stay calm when my kids make mistakes, helping them learn from their mistakes.
  4. Have reasonable and realistic expectations.
  5. Treat players with respect, avoiding put-downs, sarcasm, and ridicule.
  6. Remind players not to get down on themselves.
  7. Remember not to take myself too seriously during the game.
  8. Maintain positive attitude, with lots of laughter and a sense of humor.
  9. Emphasize teamwork, and help my kids think "we" instead of "me."
  10. Be a role model of good sportsmanship:
    (a) Winning without gloating
    (b) Losing without complaining
    (c) Treating opponents and officials with fairness, generosity, & courtesy


Communication Tips

Contact your team as soon as possible. Your players’ parents will have instant confidence in you once they read this letter informing them what to expect. And while this is specifically written for baseball, it can be modified for other sports as well.

Example Welcome Email from Head Coach

CoachDeck Baseball Drills Inside this deck you will find 52 color-coded baseball drills. Your players will never get tired of the same old practice. Each deck includes instructional cards and a card holder.

Concussion Awareness

HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. For more information, follow this link: http://www.cdc.gov/HeadsUp/youthsports/training/index.html