MANAGERS & COACHES FAQs
Posted Oct 12, 2014

How do I apply to be a manager or coach?

Manager applications are accepted until February 10, 2018.  Assistant coach applications are accepted until March 10, 2018. We order uniforms by March 10 so those who apply after March 5 may have a delay in getting a coaches jersey and hat. 

APPLY ONLINE--WE prefer this method as it allows better communication right away as well as making assigning to Bonzi teams easier. 

Why is a background check required?

Little League International requires a background check for all volunteers.  The background checks are conducted by Little League's contracted provider First Advantage.  

Returning 2017 managers, coaches and volunteers do NOT need to supply their SSN again. First Advantage can update your background check from their stored records.  

NEW 2018 applicants for manager, coach or other volunteer positions MUST supply their SSN in order for First Advantage to run the background check. 

 

What else do I need to do to complete an application?

Managers/Coaches MUST complete the online concussion training program and an online sudden cardiac arrest training program--both these trainings are offered by NFHS free. 

Please printout and provide a copy of the certificate of completion to your application or email to president@captiollttleleague.org  

IF you have a concussion training certificate from another sport that is still valid (one year from date of course) that will work for us also.   

 

What are my responsibilities as a manager or coach?

MANAGERS:

  • Attend all meetings and clinics for managers and coaches (or have a team representative attend)
  • Obtain a sponsor for your team
  • Maintain the playing field for your division along with other managers and coaches in your division for both games and practices
  • Report game results and pitch counts on the Bonzi website for AAA and above divisions
  • Update and maintain Bonzi team page for your team
  • Review and comply with the League Safety guidelines including reporting any injuries within 24 hours to League President and/or Safety Officer
  • Participate in League work parties for field improvements or have team representative/s attend.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner which adheres to the Little League Code of Conduct. 

 

COACHES:

  • Attend all meetings and clinics for managers and coaches (or have a team representative attend)
  • Assist the manager in practices and games
  • Maintain the playing field for your division along with other managers and coaches in your division for both games and practices
  • Review and comply with the League Safety guidelines including reporting any injuries within 24 hours to League President and/or Safety Officer
  • Participate in League work parties for field improvements or have team representative/s attend.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner which adheres to the Little League Code of Conduct. 

 

What is required for Field Care?

  • Field care—practices

o   Fields are raked after practice

o   Home plate and pitcher’s mound is covered after practice

o   Garbage is emptied and equipment returned to shed/s.

  • Field preparation—games

o   Home team prepares field for games,

o   Visiting team rakes, empties garbage and returns equipment to shed

o   IF visitor is from another league then home team should also handle post game field duties.

What is required for Safety?

  • Assuring players observe safety rules

o   Helmets while at bat either on field or in batting cages

o   No players are in on deck area while a player is at bat

o   No players swing bats outside the home plate area or batting cage

o   Players have removed jewelry for games and practices

  • Attending league Safety meeting/s when scheduled. 

 

Will I be required to umpire?

CLL has been able to have enough volunteer umpire services so managers and coaches have not been required to umpire for the last two seasons.  

However, this year we are asking managers, coaches and team volunteers to indicate IF they are willing to umpire in the field or at the plate for up to 3 games in a division other than their own. Treining/instruction will be provided if needed by our Umpire in Chief or his assistant. 

 

What about sponsorship and fundraising?

Capitol Little League depends on sponsorship to help defray the cost of scholarships, field improvements and equipment replacement.  

o  Managers are asked to help find sponsors; sponsorship forms and information is online and sponsors may pay online also.

o There are many past sponsors who have banners available who can be approached to renew sponsorship.

o Fundraising will not be required for 2018 but we did adjust fees in order to offset removing this requirement. 

 

How does Bonzi team help me as a manager?

Bonzi team allows managers to:

  • Report game scores and pitch counts
  • The home team coach is responsible for reporting the game score and pitch counts on the league website standings page.
  • Update and maintain the team roster 

Bonzi team will be enabled for managers and coaches prior to announcing teams so you can review the roster to be sure it is correct. 

Once Bonzi team is enabled for the team as manager you can:

  • Send text or emails to player parents about practice and game schedule, changes in schedules, rainouts or other messages. This can be an individual message or a team wide message--team messages can post to the Bonzi team site so they are available for review. 
  • Post pictures of team and other team only related information.
  • Communicate with team members and parents, other coaches and board members in a positive manner.
  • Post practice schedule and make changes as needed to the practice schedule.
  • Post Sponsor logo to your team page. 

Once the game schedules are finalized they will post to the main webpage and then each team's games will post to their Bonzi team page. Any changes will post to both locations.  There is a map icon on the schedule which gives directions for game sites. 

 

What coaching resources are available? 

At least one Capitol Little League coaching clinic will be offered.  WE expect this years coaching clinic to be on January 28. Managers and coaches should plan on attending this event. 

Additional coaching resources are available at Little League University--you will need to establish a log on id for this site. 

The league has a coaching coordinator who is available to help with questions or issues and provide advice as needed. He can be reached at coaching@capitollitteleague.org 

Capitol Little League encourages coaches to emphasize sportsmanship, fair play, and a positive environment.  Coaches teach more than baseball, they help mold players into young adults.  Set the right example by treating your fellow coaches and players with respect and the players will follow your lead.