Being a Team Manager or Coach
Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game. You may be required to attend meetings, instructional sessions, or seminars. You will communicate with the parents/guardians of your players to inform them of any schedule changes, rainouts, and Little League events and activities. The manager is the head coach and is ultimately responsible for the team. The manager drafts the team (in tryout divisions), schedules and plans the practices, organizes team volunteers (coaches, parent helpers, scorekeeper, etc.), coaches the team, and is the primary contact between the league and the team. A coach helps the manager coach the team and performs any other duties assigned by the manager. A manager can recruit as many coaches as needed but there may only be three coaches with the manager in the dugout during a game.
Becoming a League Officer
Presides at league meetings, and assumes full responsibility for the operation of the local league. The President receives all mail, supplies and other communications from Little League International. The President must see to it that the league personnel are properly briefed on all phases of rules, regulations, and policies of Little League. The league President is the contact between the local organization and Little League International.
Presides in the absence of the President; works with other officers and committee members; is ex-officio member of all committees and carries out such duties and assignments as may be delegated by the President. Responsible for pre-season coach and player clinics.
Maintains a register of members and directors; records the minutes of meetings; is responsible for sending out notice of meetings, and maintains a record of the league's activities. The secretary is responsible for posting all notices for registrations, tryouts, and manager applications in coordination with the president and the appropriate commissioners.
Signs checks co-signed by another officer or director; dispenses league funds as approved by the board of directors; reports on the status of league funds; keeps local league books and financial records; prepares budgets and assumes the responsibility for all league finances.
Conducts annual tryouts as needed and is in charge of player selection, assists President in checking birth records and eligibility of players; serves as a member of the board of directors of the local league and generally supervises and coordinates the transfer of players to or from the Minor Leagues according to the provisions of the regulations of Little League. Oversees all rosters and player placement and movement in LVBA.
Coordinates all safety activities; ensures the safety in player training; ensures safe playing conditions; coordinates reporting and prevention of injuries; solicits suggestions for making conditions safer, and reports suggestions to Little League International through the league President.
Member at Large
Appointed by the League President as a sounding board for issues and debates. Often a past board member who can offer some historical perspective on issues and debates.
Responsible for ordering and maintaining the physical baseball supplies for all the teams.
Manages the league's website, manages the online registration process; assigns administrative rights to league volunteers and team; ensures that league news and scores are updated on a regular basis; collects, posts and distributes important information on league activities including direct dissemination of fund-raising and sponsor activities to Little League International, district, public, league members and media; serves as primary contact person for Little League and active.com regarding optimizing use of the Internet for league administration and for distributing information to league members and Little League
A new position in 2010 created to try and develop financial opportunities through the website.
Snack Bar Director/Concessions Manager
Tower Hill has a snack stand, which is manned at all games. The SBD/CM is responsible for the snack stand checking account and restocking the supplies. In 2010 we had apparel sales that
What was once a two-day face-to-face event at Unami Middle School is now completed entirely online. 2011 will be our first year of full online-only registration. The time-savings and added financial certainty of online registration made this necessary, and we have added more information to the website to give everyone equal access to how our league works and how to get involved.
The Registration Director will be responsible for handling inquiries about the league, the registration process and financial aid, as well as the promoting and advertising of registration dates for our various divisions.
Umpire in Chief
Responsible for assigning umpires, as needed, for all in-house games, as well as home games for the home ITL, Travel and Connie Mack games. As some of the umpire assignments are paid, the UIC is responsible for maintaining records of games worked, the fees owed and making these payments. A 10% commission goes to the UIC for all paid assignments.
Being an Umpire
Aside from calling ball or strike, safe or out, umpires are responsible for enforcing good sportsmanship and the rules of the game. Umpires are also called upon to interpret rules and help settle minor disputes that may occur during games.
While home plate umpires are scheduled well in advance for games, field umpires for Majors and below are often determined minutes before the game begins. As you arrive at your child's game, your coach or the home plate umpire may ask you to be the field umpire. When you agree, your main responsibilities are to call plays on the bases, determine if balls are fair or foul, and assist the home plate umpire with other calls.
Lenape Valley Baseball provides training for all umpires every year.
Being a Publicity Parent
Our local paper provides a “Home Fields” section that reports on local youth sports. Publishing however is not on a timely basis, and may occur months after the season is completed. LVBA would like to have an actively involved PR person to get our name and our program in them public eye in a timely and positive manner. This position will likely require someone with great initiative to try and change a system that exists, and generates little or no immediate revenue for the league or the paper.
Being a Team Parent
A team parent is someone who wants to help out with the team any way he/she can. They help out during practices, volunteer to umpire the field when necessary, coordinates treat schedules, etc.
Helping with Field Maintenance
LVBA as two main Field maintenance Directors: North Branch Park/New Britain and Tower Hill/Chalfont. They are ultimately responsible for the daily playability of the fields, and thus these positions are demanding. Current and former FM Directors have been some of our most dedicated volunteers.
New Britain Township has two workers dedicated to the North Branch Park fields, and they request that they are allowed to do virtually all the labor on the fields, especially in the weeks leading up to the season. We have in the past few years hired an outside firm to fix up Tower Hill and Chestnut Street, and will continue to do so. This has reduced the workload, time and experience needed to get our fields in shape in time for opening day.
In 2010 we also created Field Lieutenants, individuals (parents) responsible to be the eyes and ears of one particular field for the course of the season, and reporting weekly to the head FM Director.
As a part of the extended field maintenance volunteers, your skills and abilities may be used to mow grass, line fields, rake dirt, and execute minor repairs on fences, benches and bleachers. Keeping up the league-wide supply of field lining, field dry mix and clay for the pitching mounds, and coordinating distribution of these materials is the primary focus during the season. Much of the day-to-day maintenance is done by parents and coaches before and after games.
LVBA typically has two major maintenance programs we invite our Little League family to join in:
- Spring Cleanup – Generally the first two Saturdays before the season starts. LVBA invites all players and their families to come and spruce up their fields and the grounds to get them ready for the opener. We also encourage managers to build team unity by bringing their whole team to work together. Projects involve raking leaves, cleaning dugouts, preparing flower beds, spreading wood chips, raking the fields, etc.
- Fall Maintenance - After the season is completed, there is always work that needs to be done to repair the fields and get them ready for the winter. This is also a time for special projects to be completed. Examples would be fixing fences, covering pitching mounds, etc.