A Manager’s View of the New Little League® Coach Pitch Program
Introduced for the 2015 season, the Little League® Coach Pitch program provides volunteer managers and coaches in the Little League Minor Baseball Division with the flexible framework to organize and efficiently operate practices throughout the season.
Scott Brown, Lewisburg (Pa.) Little League Manager for the past two seasons, has used the Little League Coach Pitch program with his team of 5-to-7-year-olds this year. Mr. Brown shares his impressions of how the Coach Pitch program is helping his league and team.
LL: Do you feel that the Little League Coach Pitch program provides volunteer managers and coaches in the Little League Minor Baseball Division with the appropriate direction to organize and efficiently operate practices throughout the season?
SB: Yes. I feel this is a must-have resource for first-time coaches. It gives coaches who don’t have extensive experience the confidence and ability to run a productive and fun set of practices.
LL: Has it been your experience this season that the fundamentals of baseball have been effectively taught using this program?
SB: Yes. Unfortunately, because of cold weather in April, and wet field conditions, I was only able to conduct three practices before my game schedule started. Now that we are into the season, and have more time to practice, the drills provided are definitely helping myself and the other coaches teach the game. We also can see the fundamentals are coming easier to the players.
LL: Has using the program created a positive environment for team-building and player confidence?
SB: The kids are having fun, and the parents are pleased to see their children having a good time. I see them learning the basics, which makes me happy, but I think one of the best parts is the players just enjoying being with their friends.
LL: Has the program been effective from a coach’s point of view?
SB: The detailed practice plans for each week of the 12-week program were nice to have. As a new coach, it helped me to organize a practice and be able to explain the drills to my players. The quick practice plans for each week came in handy as a reference if I needed help moving from drill to drill. This is the first time that I'm coaching this age group, so the detailed diagrams explaining each drill and activity were very helpful.
LL: Has the use of the Coach Pitch program made you more likely, or less likely, to volunteer as a Little League Coach or Manager next season?
SB: Yes. I am more likely to volunteer as a manager or coach next season if these programs are available at the different levels. Without this program, I would have found it hard to find the time as a new coach, with a full-time job, to research practice schedules and drills for my team. This program gave me all the needed resources to have an organized and efficient practice with my team with limited prep work.
We want to hear from you. If you are a Little League Minor Division Manager or Coach using the Little League Coach Pitch program, please, let us know about your experiences and lessons learned from this season. We encourage e-mailing your opinions and suggestions to Jamie Joy, Little League’s Manager of Operations. As always, thank you for volunteering your time and making the commitment to the Little Leaguers® in your community.