TeeBall Coaching - What to Expect
At the T-Ball level coaching, minimal baseball experience is needed. The teams were kept very small, only around 8 players. T-Ball level baseball in Suncook is intended to be fun, non-competitive, and should be relatively low pressure. The other teams will be coached by parents just like you, learning the ropes, and following a basic format to ultimately have a fun time with your kids outside and learn a couple things while doing it.
Off the field responsibilities:
- Organizing your teams contact information
- Communicating to the team parents practice dates and game dates
- Usually 1 game a week, and 1 practice.
- Fielding a few questions from parents (do I need cleats, a glove, etc)
- We can help with technical questions.
- Acquiring an equipment bag from the SLL Equipment manager
- He’s usually a nice guy, and we can help get this squared away.
- Includes bats, helmets, and safer softer balls used for T-Ball
On the field responsibilities:
- Teaching Safety Stuff
- No swinging bats in the dugout or anywhere besides home plate.
- Don’t throw a ball to someone unless they are looking and ready to catch it.
- Teaching some Basics:
- Where are home plate, 1st, 2nd, 3rd bases (This can become a fun exercise for 5 - 10 minutes of a practice).
- Run very basic drills
- Primarily throwing, fielding grounder balls, and hitting from a tee (a few pointers in this area and you will be off to a great start.
- Teaching a couple basic techniques during these drills. (again, communicate if you need help with ideas)
- Arranging batting order in the dugout
- Ask your assistant coach to manage dugout and making sure the next batter has a helmet and bat to keep games moving.
- Each kid bats every inning. Swing until they get a hit (no strike outs, fouls, etc)
- No score keeping
- Arranging the kids in the field.
- Basically spreading them out and trying to give them all a chance to get the ball to throw to 1st
- Alternate to try to give each kid a chance to play pitcher’s mound and 1st base positions.
- Basic fielding foal for the season: every kid on field is not chasing after the same ball
- Trying to keep the kids interested and not playing in the dirt
- This is usually the single most challenging objective J
- Have patience
- Set reasonable expectations, and recognize players develop at different levels… and its okay!