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Manager/Coach Expectations

East County Little League expects nothing but the best from our managers and coaches. Given the important role that these individuals play in the development and leadership of youth in the East County Little League program, much care is used in the review, vetting, and selection of managers and coaches for East County teams. While not all inclusive, the League has these base expectations for all managers and coaches.

Managers and Coaches:

  • Must encourage players at all times and will not damage the self-esteem of any player or parent at any time.
  • Understand that becoming "physical" (grabbing, pushing, hitting, physical or verbal intimidation, etc) with any player, parent, league official, opposing coaching staff, spectator, or umpire is not acceptable at any time - - such actions are grounds for serious consequences up to immediate removal as a manager or coach.
  • Will have undergone the standard Little League required background check
  • Have open, productive and strong relationships with the League, East County Board of Directors, parents, and umpires at all times.
  • Demonstrate that they have an appreciation of the philosophy of Little League Baseball, East County Little League and cooperates with others in making the program of mutual benefit to all children in the program.
  • Recognize that they are agents of the Board and will follow the Board's direction, philosophy, and advance the agenda for the League as set forth by the Board.
  • Recognize and accept that East County Little League has a zero tolerance policy for rules and regulations infractions and non-compliance with League code of conduct and facility use policies.
  • Attend all mandatory coaching and safety clinics - no exceptions.
  • Lead by example in shaping acceptable behavior patterns whether the team wins or loses.
  • Have a solid understanding and agree to comply with all East County and Little League rules, regulations, and code of conduct policies.
  • Reflect an understanding and appreciation of the age group they supervise.
  • Has experience in managing and/or coaching baseball at the level in which the candidate is being considered.
  • Respect the judgment and the position of authority of the umpire.
  • Exercise their leadership role, but leave the outcome of the ball game in the hands of the players.

Manager/Coaches FAQ

How do I become a Team Manager?

When registering your child online, specify 'Team Manager' in the drop down box that asks if you would consider volunteering. Also, go to Coaches Corner on our website and click on Register as a Manager/Coach. Follow the instructions and submit the proper forms. To be considered as a Manager for the Spring Season, you must complete the Manager Registration process by November 30th.

What is the difference between a Team Manager and a Coach?

At ECLL, a Team Manager is the Head Coach responsible for the entire team. He/She runs practices, provides instruction, makes game lineups/strategies, and is the primary point of contact for families on the team. Team Managers are responsible for knowing the rules, ensuring that all players are treated fairly, providing the opportunity for the kids to learn and play different positions, and promoting good sportsmanship.  Coach(es) help the Team Manager at practices and games. When the Team Manager is absent, a Coach may assume the Manager's role for a practice or game.

What is the time commitment for managing a team?

In T-ball and Farm (ages 5 & 6), teams play one-hour games on Saturday, and practice one other day during the week for one hour -- practice day and time to be determined by the Manager. In Single A through Majors, the commitment is 2 days a week during the pre-season, then 3 days a week once the season starts. Practices and game times are between 1 ½ and 2 hours depending on the age division.

Can I "co-manage" a team with another parent?

Yes in T-Ball, Farm, and Single A divisions. No in AA through Majors.

Do I need a lot of baseball experience to manage a team?

No! Especially in the younger divisions, no experience is required. If you are patient, organized, and a good communicator, you are perfect for the job! Each new Manager is required to go through a coaching clinic where you'll learn how to teach the game of baseball and run an effective practice. Also, on most teams, there is no shortage of parents willing to serve as assistant coaches and team parents!

What are the Rules?

ECLL is required to follow Little League International Rules and has our own internal bylaws we have developed over the years to enhance player safety and increase competition and learning. 

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