Coaching Little League® is a choice you’ve made to serve the children and families in your community, and for that, Little League International says, “Thank you!”

We realize it’s not easy to volunteer your time, even if you have a child in the program, or on your team. The challenges of being a coach, however, are rewarded by the sharing of fun experiences, and forging positive memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t minimize, or take for granted, the impact that you, and the thousands of Little League coaches like you around the world, have on your players throughout the season. Your willingness to see everyone equally and treat them with respect goes well beyond their ability to hit, run, or throw. It’s also important to realize that your influence goes beyond the regular season. During September and October, coaches, new and veteran alike can gain valuable experience through these weeks that are designed for training and development.

During the autumn months, school is back in session, and kids are looking for some fun with friends away from the classroom. When Little Leaguers® play Fall Ball they have an opportunity to experience the game they love in a more relaxed environment. What makes this time of year special are the seeds of hope that are being planted, and the anticipation it fosters for the next Little League season. Players who will be entering the league, or those getting their first look at the next level, welcome the chance to see what lies ahead, and the same is true of their parents. The introductions and expectations of the coaches during the off season also begin to round into shape during this time.

Just like the regular season, Fall Ball is an invitation to families. As coaches, you are the welcoming committee. Whether you have coached for several seasons, or if this is your first year, make yourself available to the people in your community. Make the choice to give of yourself, and remember that Little League is about making the games fun Little League is unique, and its mission is easily understood if parents, coaches and players all believe they are there for the greater good.