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Team Manager's Manual
Visit this page for instructions on posting team bulletins, entering and editing teams scores, uploading documents and photos, and more.
 
 
Little League Coaches Toolkit

Little League International is pleased to announce the release of the newly-updated 2012 Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit. The Toolkit was created to help managers and coaches improve their knowledge and learn how to be more effective teachers because they are among the most important volunteers in the Little League program.

 

Little League offers separate packages for baseball and softball, which include sport-specific training DVDs and reading materials, for only $30. The baseball package includes a choice of one "Big Al" Price instruction manuals - one for players ages 5-8, ages 9-12, or 13 and older.

 

The softball series offers two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith's newly-published training and practice guide. In addition, the softball package offers the choice of one of two training DVDs - one featuring the fundamentals of the game by Michele Smith, or an option created by RightView Pro for more advanced coaches breaking down the swing with drills provided by Mike Candrea, head coach at the University of Arizona and the U.S. Olympic team, and Sue Enquist, 11-time NCAA champion as a player and coach at UCLA.

 

In addition to instructional information, the toolkit provides coaches the ability to download the latest version of the Electronic Rulebook with clips explaining frequently misinterpreted rules.

 

Baseball

  • One (1) 2012 Baseball Rule Book
  • Choice of one (1) Big Al Baseball Coaching Manual
  • One (1) Positive Coaching Alliance pamphlet
  • One (1) "What's the Score" instructional booklet
  • One (1) Scorebook
  • Fifteen (15) percent discount at the Little League Online store. Excludes Equipment and Supply Merchandise. (www.LittleLeagueStore.net)
  • Download Instructions for your copy of Little League's E-rules

 

Softball

  • One (1) 2012 Softball Rule Book
  • One (1) Coach's Guide to Game-Winning Softball Drills by Michele Smith
  • Choice of Michele Smith's "Fundamentals of Coaching Fastpitch Softball" DVD or RightView Pro's "Hitting with the Champions" softball CD
  • One (1) Positive Coaching Alliance pamphlet
  • One (1) "What's the Score" instructional booklet
  • One (1) Scorebook
  • Fifteen (15) percent discount at the Little League Online store. Excludes Equipment and Supply Merchandise. (www.LittleLeagueStore.net)
  • Instructions how to download your copy of Little League's E-rules

 

For more information on the Little League Coaches Toolkit and the items included visit http://www.littleleague.org/managersandcoaches/coachestoolkit.htm. To purchase your Coaches Toolkit, visit the Little League Store at http://www.littleleaguestore.net/coachestoolkit.html.

 
 
Baseball Pool & Call-Up Player's Guide
 Hudsonville Little League Baseball Pool & Call-Up Player’s Guide

·         Why do we have Pool /Call-Up Players?

o   To assist coaches to have enough players to field a team for games and to eliminate the need for rescheduled events as our field availability is extremely low.

·         Which Divisions can use Pool/Call-Up Players?

o   Juniors, Majors, AAA, and AA

·         Where do the players come from?

o   Juniors – From the other HLL Junior teams; players request to be put on the list to be called for Pool Play opportunities

o   Majors – From active HLL AAA Baseball Rosters

o   AAA – From Active HLL AA Rosters

·         How do you request a player?

o   Contact the Baseball Player Agent ( ); he will contact the player(s) and assign as needed.

·         When can I contact the PA to request players?

o   As soon as you know you are in need.  The sooner the better!

·         Can Managers/Coaches request the player(s) they want?

o   No, the Baseball Player Agent will assign the players.

o   The Player Agent uses a preset list of players and calls them in order. 

·         If a team is missing half of its Team Roster; a coach can request to reschedule the game through his Division Director.  Otherwise a team can request the Call-Up/Pool Players needed to field a team.

·         What are these Do’s and Don’ts of these players?

o   Make your requests as early as possible.

o   These players can play any position other than pitcher

o   They must bat at the bottom of the order after all regular team members

§  If you have 2 Pool players they bat in the last 2 spots

o   You cannot recruit players to play for your team; only the PA can assign players not on your active Roster. 

 
 
Baseball Pitching Rules
 Regular Season Pitching Rules - Baseball
VI - PITCHERS

(a) Any player on a regular season team may pitch.

Note: There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game.  

(b) A pitcher once removed from the mound cannot return as a pitcher.

Junior, Senior and Big League Divisions only: A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher anytime in the remainder of the game, but only once per game.

(c) The manager must remove the pitcher when said pitcher reaches the limit for his/her age group as noted below, but the pitcher may remain in the game at another position:

League Age Pitches Per Day
17-18 105
13-16 95
11-12 85
9-10 75
7-8 50

Exception: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed in Regulation VI (c) for his/her league age 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 put out
3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning.
Note: A pitcher who delivers 41 or more pitches in a game cannot play the position of catcher for the remainder of that day.

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

          • If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.


Pitchers league age 15-18 must adhere to the following rest requirements:
          • If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 61-75 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 46-60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 31-45 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar days of rest must be observed.
• If a player pitches 1-30 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

(e) Each league must designate the scorekeeper or another game official as the official pitch count recorder.

 

(f) The pitch count recorder must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or any umpire. However, the manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed.

(g) The official pitch count recorder should inform the umpire-in-chief when a pitcher has delivered his/her maximum limit of pitches for the game, as noted in Regulation VI (c). The umpire-in-chief will inform the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed in accordance with Regulation VI (c). However, the failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the umpire-in-chief, and/or the failure of the umpire-in-chief to notify the manager, does not relieve the manager of his/her responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible.

(h) Violation of any section of this regulation can result in protest of the game in which it occurs. Protest shall be made in accordance with Playing Rule 4.19.

(i) A player who has attained the league age of twelve (12) is not eligible to pitch in the Minor League. (See Regulation V – Selection of Players)

(j) A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day. (Exception: In the Big League Division, a player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)

(k) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. Exception: Any player, who has played the position of catcher in four (4) or more innings in a game, is not eligible to pitch on that calendar day.

(l) Pitching in more than one game in a day:

Minor League and Little League – A player may not pitch in more than one game in a day;

Junior League and Senior League – A player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day. (Exception: If the player pitched 31 or more pitches in the first game, that player may not pitch in the second game on that day);

Big League - A player may be used as a pitcher in up to two games in a day.)


NOTES:

 

1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to a batter, shall not be considered a violation. Little League officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately.

2. Pitches delivered in games declared "Regulation Tie Games" or "Suspended Games" shall be charged against pitcher’s eligibility.

3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest.
  Example 1
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on the following Thursday. The pitcher is not eligible to pitch in the resumption of the game because he/she has not observed the required days of rest.

Example 2
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes on Saturday. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game because he/she has observed the required days of rest.

Example 3
A league age 12 pitcher delivers 70 pitches in a game on Monday when the game is suspended. The game resumes two weeks later. The pitcher is eligible to pitch up to 85 more pitches in the resumption of the game, provided he/she is eligible based on his/her pitching record during the previous four days.

Note: The use of this regulation negates the concept of the "calendar week" with regard to pitching eligibility.

 
 
Coach's Links

Click this link for Little League's free online coaching resource center. 
 
Hudsonville Little League's authorization code is 114266.  You must register with your own email to gain access.

 

www.bigalbaseball.com
Outstanding instructional program and resources! Al Price (Big Al) has presented training to over 120,000 coaches and managers and over 50,000 players around the world. The training materials he has co-authored have been used by over 1 million coaches, managers, players and their parents.

www.positivecoach.org
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth. Through partnership with more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, leagues, schools and cities nationwide, PCA has conducted 6,000-plus workshops for youth sports coaches, parents, organizational leaders and athletes.

 
www.youthbaseballinfo.com
free resource committed to helping you quickly find useful information on drills, practice organization, game strategy, baseball fundamentals, and other subjects of interest to the youth baseball coach, parent, or fan.

www.softball-spot.com

"Your ultimate source for unique, fun & effective softball drills".

www.teeball-to-a-tee.com
12 things you really need to know about coaching Teeball

www.coachdeck.com
The first-ever, instructional deck of cards designed by coaches for coaches. Shuffle through 52 color-coded drills that teach valuable fundamentals, while leaving in the "fun." Whether you’re a novice or veteran, in charge of the team, or just working with the "future superstar" in the backyard, A Perfect Practice is in the Cards, with CoachDeck™.

LITTLE LEAGUE BAT "ISSUE" ALERT; Please click title to read about the Official Little League stance on these bats

Coaches registry;  Register as a Coach and receive information & discounts on Little League site

Clubhouse Gas: Videos and instruction for all positions.  Blogs available to communicate with other coaches

 


 
 

Documents


Adobe PDF file Base Running Drills *

Adobe PDF file Baseball Pitch Count Sheet *

Adobe PDF file Baseball Pitch Count Sheet *

Adobe PDF file Big Al's 2011 *

Adobe PDF file Coaches Line Up Card Template *

Adobe PDF file Coaches Pitcher Eligibility Log *

Adobe PDF file Pitch Count Eligibility Form *

Adobe PDF file Pitch Count Form *

Adobe PDF file Protecting Young Arms *-  The Little League pitch count regulation guide for parents, coaches and league officials.

Adobe PDF file Sample Practice Plan *

*Note some or all of the preceding documents can be downloaded and displayed and/or printed in Adobe's Acrobat format.  If you do not have Adobe's free Acrobat Reader software, download it now.