Thank you for expressing an interest in being a volunteer for Caledonia Little League (CBSL).
CBSL can only be as successful as the strength of its parent/volunteer support. We recognize that our coaches, assistants and other volunteers make a significant contribution of time and effort to enhance the experience of playing Little League Baseball & Softball. It is the goal of CBSL to provide the best coaching instruction to our participants while maintaining a positive team environment.
All prospective volunteers must meet the following requirements to be considered for a position within the League:
Being a baseball/softball coach is a ton fun and can be very rewarding. It can also seem overwhelming at times especially as a new volunteer who may not have ever played the game. There are so many skills to cover during practice (especially with the older age divisions)- infield, outfield, pitching, batting, base running, etc.- it’s hard to know where to start and how to prepare to serve your players well and advance their “game”.
In the past, CBSL has offered coaches “clinics” which attempt to provide snapshots into some of the fundamentals mentioned above. This year we are piloting a free, online “certification” program offered through USA Baseball. While this program gives a nice overview of all aspects of the game, it most importantly spotlights a coaching/league philosophy that puts the player (our kids) first. We are excited about how this program could shape the culture of our league and quality of play in years to come.
Some details as you consider becoming a “certified” CBSL coach.
Every coach should approach this program with their age/division level in mind. Included in the program is insight from MLB players and coaches. Yes, this instruction may seem far above the level of Teeball but we need to know what skills and knowledge we are ultimately striving for and then present this in age specific ways.
The training is self paced and involves mostly video content; anyone can do it! Our guess is that the average time commitment would be 6-8 hours (total).
The program is free! All you need to do is setup a profile with USA Baseball. Here you can track your progress as you complete the A, B and C levels of certification. Note: to be considered “certified”, you will need 100% completion of levels A and B and 83.33% of level C. You do not need to attend a USA Baseball Coaches Clinic (unless you want to!).
As a companion to this program, USA Baseball also offers the Mobile Coach App which we strongly recommend to all coaches. This app offers a huge library of drills, skill instruction and practice plans to equip you and your players. It is a "must have" as a baseball coach and a tremendous resource to add to your coaching toolbox!