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Check and Double-Check: A Tournament Checklist for Coaches

The Little League® International Tournament always begins with a special thrill and excitement for Little Leaguers® around the globe looking to travel the road to a World Series. The players diligently prepare and dream big, but for the coaching staffs, they typically begin all-star season by simply wishing for more time to get organized.

For all of the coaches out there, rookie or veteran, here is a checklist to help ease the stress leading up to your first tournament game.

Game equipment:

 A bucket or smaller bag of practice balls
 Fungo or other bat to be used for infield-outfield practice
 One dozen (12) new game balls (for the appropriate division)
 Legal bats that have been pre-checked by your league’s Umpire-In-Chief and Safety Officer prior to arriving at game site
 Catcher’s equipment that has been pre-checked by your league’s Umpire-In-Chief and Safety Officer prior to arriving at game site
 Batting helmets that have been pre-checked by your league’s Umpire-In-Chief and Safety Officer prior to arriving at game site
 Inspection of each player’s fielding gloves and game shoes to see if each are in good shape
 First Aid kit and icepacks
 Cooler with ice, cool drinks, and damp towels

Eligibility documentation:

 Properly-completed team affidavit
 Medical Release forms
 Appropriate residency materials or school enrollment documentation
 Approved player waivers (if applicable)
 Approved and current league boundary map

Game management:

 New scorebook
 Baseball or Softball Rulebook
 Lineup Cards
 Pitch Counter
 Clipboard displaying batting order and defensive positions

Staff/player Organization:

 Knowledge and understanding of pitch count, mandatory play, and substitution rules
 Plan for player rotation and substitution for current and next game(s)
 Player rotation for warming up the pitcher between innings
 Offensive and defensive signs and signals
 Designated volunteers to serve as scorekeeper and pitch counter
 Well-established lines of communication with players and parents for any last-minute changes or updates
 Defined and explained roles for each player
 Delegate tasks to coaches and Team Moms and/or Dads

Using these lists can help you organize your team, while making the tournament experience easier to manage by relieving some of the stresses that come with the territory.


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