Newington Little League Tee Ball Coaches Meeting Table

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Newington Little League Tee Ball Coaches Meeting

Newington Little League Tee Ball Coaches Meeting

Table of Contents § § § § § Purpose of Tee Ball Key Documents

Table of Contents § § § § § Purpose of Tee Ball Key Documents Key Dates Coach Responsibilities Rain Outs / Rescheduling Games Tee Ball Jamboree Game Rules NLL Website Goals of Tee Ball Hitting Skills Baserunning Skills Fielding Skills Throwing Skills Coaching Tips Benefits of This Approach Contact Information Practice & Game Schedule Paterson Field Layout Recommended Player-Position Rotation 9/25/2020 2

Purpose of Tee Ball § § Introduction to baseball Build a foundation of fundamental

Purpose of Tee Ball § § Introduction to baseball Build a foundation of fundamental skills Act as a feeder to Little League Provide players with the same experience regardless of coach/team § Have Fun! 9/25/2020 3

Key Documents § § § § § Volunteer Background Check Form Team Roster Coaches

Key Documents § § § § § Volunteer Background Check Form Team Roster Coaches Contact List (available on NLL web site) Practice Schedule Game Schedule - TBD Tee Ball Rules Tee Ball Tips and Drills Sample Parent Info document Safety Information Packet – from Safety Clinic 9/25/2020 4

Key Dates § § § § § 9/25/2020 – Tee Ball Coaches Clinic –

Key Dates § § § § § 9/25/2020 – Tee Ball Coaches Clinic – Practices Start (weather permitting) – Games Start – Opening Day Ceremony / Picture Day / Games Begin – Memorial Day Parade – Fields Closed – Tee Ball Jamboree rain date – Season Ends 5

Coach Responsibilities § Safety § Equipment § Keeping (i. e. , not losing) Tee,

Coach Responsibilities § Safety § Equipment § Keeping (i. e. , not losing) Tee, Helmets, Balls, Bats, Bases, First Aid Kit § Players can keep balls at end of season § Uniform Distribution § Players get Hat and Shirt § Players must provide pants (no shorts), glove, cleats/sneakers § Getting additional Assistant Coaches (if needed) § Rain Outs and Rescheduling Games § Communicating with other coaches and commissioner § Calling players/parents § Keeping players/parents informed of team/league activities § Updating Website - www. newingtonll. com § End of Year Party/Awards 9/25/2020 6

Rain Outs/Rescheduling Games Rain Out Guidelines § Home team coach makes the call whether

Rain Outs/Rescheduling Games Rain Out Guidelines § Home team coach makes the call whether or not to play. § If it is raining at all outside (unless a light sun shower on a relatively sunny day), call the game. If it has rained overnight, try to stop by field early. If field is too muddy or there are big puddles, call the game. § Call the other coach by 5: 00 pm and decide. § Communicate to your team. Rescheduling Guidelines § Look at available days (will be on website), talk to other coach, agree on primary & secondary makeup date § Contact Tee Ball Commissioner with date for scheduling. § Communicate to parents. 9/25/2020 7

NLL Website – Managers www. newingtonll. com To Login § Click on Login in

NLL Website – Managers www. newingtonll. com To Login § Click on Login in upper right corner of screen § ID = First Name Last Name (e. g. , Mike Johnson) § Password = manager § Click Login Access/Responsibilities § View Roster § Maintain Player/Parent/Coach profiles § View Practice & Game schedules § Post Bulletins to Team Home Page § Email Team § See Website Directions for Managers on Documents page of website for additional guidance. 9/25/2020 8

Tee Ball Jamboree § “Field Day” event § Multiple events to showcase skills learned

Tee Ball Jamboree § “Field Day” event § Multiple events to showcase skills learned during season § Coaches/Parents needed to run stations and walk teams from station to station § *** Volunteers needed to help coordinate: § Get donations from sponsors § Make signs § Set up and take down § Contact Andy Burnham if you want to volunteer 9/25/2020 9

Tee Ball Rules Highlights § § § § § All games start at 5:

Tee Ball Rules Highlights § § § § § All games start at 5: 45 pm – tell players to arrive at 5: 30 pm Games last 3 innings; § Each ½ inning, teams bat all players (i. e. each player hits 1 time an inning or 3 times a game); First 6 weeks of season § Everyone uses tee, no exceptions § Players who are out sit down § Multi-base hits allowed Starting with week 7 § Inning 1 – everyone uses tee; § Innings 2 & 3 – coach pitch (optional) If Coach Pitch § Sit or kneel so pitching at right level; Do not stand; § Throw overhand or like a “dart”; No underhand throwing § 6 pitches max, then bring out tee; Be mindful of the time and adjust pitch count if needed to end game on time. Multi-base hits § If a player hits a ball past the outfielders, let him/her run for a double, triple, or home run. § No running extra bases for errors, overthrows, or holding ball too long § Need to have a 1 st and 3 rd base coach in case other players are on base Outs - If player is out (1 st, force, tag), he/she takes a seat on the bench; No running all around bases on last batter; On defense, align players to positions in field (do not just spread them out) Only hitter should have bat in hand!!! *** Consistency with rules is the key to success *** 9/25/2020 10

Goals of Tee Ball § Have single, unified skill building program that all teams

Goals of Tee Ball § Have single, unified skill building program that all teams follow § Focus on Skill Building, teach fundamentals in following areas: Ø Ø Hitting Base Running Fielding Throwing § Over course of season, teach 3 -6 basic skills per area § For each skill, sample drills provided to coaches to implement in practice § Gradually incorporate skills into games over the course of the season 9/25/2020 11

Hitting Skills 1. Hit off the tee Ø Some have negative view of tee

Hitting Skills 1. Hit off the tee Ø Some have negative view of tee - it is only for players that cannot hit or is “babyish” Ø Tee is the best training tool for hitting (i. e. , major leaguers use it) Ø Allows players to focus on learning other skills Ø Builds confidence in players 2. Hit coach pitch Ø Throw 6 pitches per player and then bring out tee. Doing so keeps games moving and is consistent regardless of the player’s skill level. Watch the time and adjust the number of pitches down for third inning if needed to end game on time. 3. Learn to be more selective while hitting (i. e. , do not swing at bad pitches) 9/25/2020 12

Base Running Skills 1. Run through first base 2. Run around bases, one at

Base Running Skills 1. Run through first base 2. Run around bases, one at a time, in correct order (i. e. 1 B to 2 B, 2 B to 3 B, 3 B to Home) 3. Pay attention to pitcher, hitter, and other runners 4. Understand outs Ø If you are out, you go and sit down Ø It is ok to get out 5. Multi-base hits (i. e. , single, double, triple, home run) 9/25/2020 13

Fielding Skills 1. Get in ready position before ball is pitched/hit 2. Correct fielding

Fielding Skills 1. Get in ready position before ball is pitched/hit 2. Correct fielding position Ø Glove on the ground Ø Move feet to get in front of the ball Ø Use two hands 3. Play the position (i. e. do not run to other side of field or wrestle with teammates for the ball) 4. Understanding an out 5. Catch a ball – thrown or hit - in the air Ø Turning glove depending on how high/low ball is 6. Force plays (i. e. , touch 1 B, 2 B, 3 B, home plate) *** All players get opportunity to play all positions *** 9/25/2020 14

Throwing Skills 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Throw with correct technique Throwing accuracy and

Throwing Skills 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Throw with correct technique Throwing accuracy and strength Throw to first base Throw to second base if ball goes into outfield Throw softer vs. harder (i. e. shorter distances or longer distances) 6. Throw to second base, third base, or home plate if there is a force out 9/25/2020 15

Coaching Tips § § § Keep practices interesting Run multiple drills simultaneously – use

Coaching Tips § § § Keep practices interesting Run multiple drills simultaneously – use assistants Use language kids can understand remember Try out different drills (see Tee Ball Tips & Drills) Be Creative Get help if needed (other coaches, internet, commissioner) § Have Fun 9/25/2020 16

Benefits of Approach § Eliminates difference in coaching knowledge because all coaches share the

Benefits of Approach § Eliminates difference in coaching knowledge because all coaches share the same goals; § Coaches still have autonomy to choose drills to implement in practice; § For 5 year olds, this approach provides introduction to baseball and skill building; § For 6 year olds, this approach provides continue skill building and a refresher from prior year; § By the end of the season, players have learned fundamental skills that will have them better prepared for Little League; § Approach is still fun 9/25/2020 17

Newington Little League Contact Information Please Refer to the Newington Little League Site for

Newington Little League Contact Information Please Refer to the Newington Little League Site for updated Contact Information. Link: www. newingtonll. com 9/25/2020 18

Commissioner Contact Information Name Address Phone Email 9/25/2020 19

Commissioner Contact Information Name Address Phone Email 9/25/2020 19