Communicating With Your Child's Coach

Description of Playing Levels
Skill Evaluations
Player Commitment
Parent Commitment
Parents' Obligations
Communicating With Your Child's Coach
Coach Evaluation Checklist
Dealing With Unsatisfactory Coaching
Helping Your Child's Coach
Preseason Practice and Season Play
Field Decorum – Official Regulations XIV
Uniforms and Equipment
Safety
Injury and Insurance Coverage
Complaint Procedure

Your child is likely to be considerably influenced by his or her coach, not only in learning how to play baseball and enjoy the game but also in physical, psychological, and social development. Because coaches are powerful role models for young athletes, they face tremendous challenges and considerable responsibilities.

Of course, we cannot tell you about your child's particular coach; you will need to find that out for yourself. But we can tell you some things about Little League coaches in general. They come from all walks of life, motivated by their love of baseball and their desire to teach young people. All Little League coaches are volunteers; two of every three have children participating in the program. They donate many hours a week throughout the season to coach your child and other young athletes.

Unfortunately, as in many human endeavors, there can be a few “bad apples” in the coaching world. Little League does all it can to eliminate (or reeducate) them, but once in while a poor coach slips through. Thus, it is important that you make sure your child's coach acts in your son's or daughter's best interest.

Evaluating Your Child's Coach

Use the Coach Evaluation Checklist to help you find out about the person with whom you are going to entrust the welfare of your child. Coaches are asked to apply the same evaluation to themselves.