Skip to content

Manager / Coach Role

The Little League manager and coach must be leaders. All must recognize that they hold a position of trust and responsibility in a program that deals with a sensitive and formative period of a child’s development.
It is required that the manager and coach have understanding, patience and the capacity to work with children. The manager and coach should be able to inspire respect. Above all else, managers and coaches must realize that they are helping to shape the physical, mental and emotional development of young people.

The Little League manager must be something more than just a teacher. Knowledge of the game is essential but it is not the only badge of a Little League coach or manager.

While an adult with training and background in the game is a desirable candidate for manager or coach, league screening committees should look for other important qualities. Screening of managers, coaches and others at the local league level who have contact with children is also important in attempting to discover those with a history of child abuse.

The heart of Little League is what happens between the adult manager/coach and player. It is the manager more than any other individual who controls the situation in which the players may be benefited. Improving the level of leadership in this vital area must be a continuing effort.

Children of Little League age are strongly influenced by adults whose ideals and aspirations are similar to their own. The manager/coach and player share a common interest in the game, a desire to excel, and determination to win. Children often idolize their managers and coaches, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the manager and coach are sources of inspiration.

Managers and coaches must be adults who are sensitive to the mental and physical limitations of children of Little League age and who recognize that the game is a vehicle of training and enjoyment, not an end in itself. It has been stated many times that the program of Little League can only be as good as the quality of leadership in the managing and coaching personnel. New leagues particularly, should make a determined effort to enlist the best adults in the community to serve as managers and coaches.

Anyone interested in being a Little League manager or coach can submit a request via our Contact Us page, and be willing to undergo a screening process that may include a background check, as well as interviews of those with personal knowledge of your qualifications.

The best way to train and qualify Little League managers and coaches is through the Little League Education Program for Managers and Coaches. A wide variety of materials are available for players and adults, as well as clinics and seminars led by experienced experts. Click here to go to Little League's website to review the latest programs. 

Who is responsible for the conduct of the manager and coach? First and foremost, it is the manager or coach themselves. Each of us in Little League must take responsibility for our own actions.

However, as the chief administrator, the president selects and appoints the managers and coaches. As such, no person becomes a manager or coach without the approval of the president. All appointments are subject to final approval by the local league’s board of directors.

Only the local Little League board of directors has the authority to remove or suspend a manager or coach. If a parent or anyone else is dissatisfied with a manager or coach, they must present the issue to the local league president and board of directors. Because the local league president and board of directors are closest to the situation, it would be a disservice if Little League Headquarters became involved in disputes or personality conflicts between managers/coaches and parents.

However, any person who believes that a manager or coach (or any other Little League personnel) is, or has been, violently or sexually abusive to children should report the situation immediately to Little League Baseball International Headquarters as well as to the local police. It is Little League policy that no person who has a history of sexual abuse toward children be given any volunteer responsibilities in Little League. Read more about the Little League Child Protection Program

Coaches & Parents Documents

The Coaches Blog

Shoulder Injury Prevention

Blake Swan from University Orthopedic Associates discusses shoulder injury prevention in this video from our sponsor, UOA. For more information about the clinicians and services of UOA, please visit www.uoanj.com.

Learn More

UOA’s Dr. Gatt Talks Overuse Injuries

In this video, Dr. Charles J. Gatt of University Orthopaedic Associates, one of our sponsors, discusses overuse injuries in adolescents. To learn more about UOA’s sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery department visit their website: https://www.uoanj.com/sports-medicine/

Learn More

Summer Party Ideas from Dot Your Face!

The sun is shining and it’s time to plan your child’s next birthday party.  Here are some outside party ideas from Dorothy Perritti, owner of Dot Your Face Entertainment, a sponsor of NWLL. A backyard party is ideal for parents who may be leery about having 15+ children inside their home eating, drinking, and basically…

Learn More

How to Stay Injury Free This Season

Here are tips from UOA’s Dr. james Monica about how to Stay Injury Free during Baseball (and Softball) Season.   Interesting facts about “sports specialization intensive training” and the increased risk of injury. Find out more about UOA and Dr. Monica at www.uoanj.com.

Learn More

Summer Visitors Need A Place to Stay?

Are you expecting visitors this summer but don’t have the room?  Will your summer visitors need a place to stay?  Then encourage them to stay at the Hampton Inn in Neptune/Wall.  They are one of this season’s NWLL sponsors and offer great perks like an indoor heated pool and a free hot breakfast.  See below…

Learn More

Celebrate with Open Road Acura this weekend

Support our sponsor Open Road Acura of East Brunswick this weekend and stop in for a test drive. Be sure to check out their military and recent grad programs for more savings.

Learn More

Support Our Sponsor Allaire Country Day

Support an NWLL Sponsor and Enroll Your Child(ren) at Allaire Country Day Summer Camp – “The Best Camp at the Jersey Shore!”

Learn More

Photo Re-Shoot Date – June 1, 2019

Dear Parents of NWLL players: It has come to our attention that some of you were unhappy with your player photos this year.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience. This year’s photographer, Jen Groeber, has offered to do a re-shoot.  She will be at the fields on June 1, 2018 but would like to…

Learn More

Baseball & Softball Clinics Have Been Announced

Baseball Spring Season Skills & Drills Camp for Major and Minor Divisions Only will be held Saturday, May 18th at 12:15 pm Wednesday, May 22nd at 4:45 pm Friday, May 24th at 4:00 pm More Dates – TBD weather dependent Each session will be 75 minutes long and will cover:  Proper throwing and catching techniques…

Learn More

UOA’s Dr. Buckley Talks About The Adolescent Overhead Throwing Athlete

This YouTube video of Dr. Patrick Buckley presenting about the Adolescent Overhead Throwing Athlete is worth the 40 minutes of watching time for the safety of your Little League player.  Thank you to our sponsor, UOA for sharing their knowledge with our league.      

Learn More