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Coaches Toolkit: A Valuable Resource For Little League Coaches and Managers

Coaches Toolkit: A Valuable Resource For Little League Coaches and Managers

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The Little League Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit provides separate packages for baseball and softball, which include sport-specific training manuals, videos and other materials that will help both the novice and experienced coach.

“We believe that regardless of the experience level of the coaches and managers or the level of the players they are coaching, the materials available in the Coaches Toolkit will be helpful,” Nicholas Caringi, Little League International's Senior Director of Operations and Education, said. “This additional resource will help improve coaching skills while making the games of baseball and softball more fun for the players and improving the effectiveness of the league.”

For 2013, Little League is offering Basic ($35) and Deluxe ($42) packages. The basic 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. Big Al will again be conducting coaching clinics across the country in association with Little League International in 2013.

The softball series offers two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith’s newly-published training and practice guide. In addition, the toolkit 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 above, the Toolkit provides coaches with the following:

· A 2013 Little League Baseball or Softball rulebook

· A Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) handbook

· A “What’s the Score” instructional booklet and scorebook

· A downloadable version of the Electronic Rulebook

· A 15 percent discount for items purchased through the Little League online store

· A Spalding Baseball or Dudley Softball

For just $7 more, coaches can purchase the Deluxe package which includes all the items noted above and a SKLZ Softhands® foam fielding trainer, which has a retail value of $15. SKLZ also developed SKLZ Training Card set to demonstrate how the softhands fielding trainer can be utilized in practice for multiple defensive positions and different drills.

The Little League Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkits are available through the Little League online store at: www.LittleLeagueStore.net.

For more information on the Little League Coaches Toolkit, or to purchase your Coaches Toolkit package, visit the Coaches Toolkit Page.