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Local Rules

Little League International provides a number of excellent resources for coaches

Get your "A" certification package from USA Baseball's Sport Development Program

Use a spreadsheet to manage your batting order and lineups:

MILL Coach's Manual 

Handouts and video from On BASE Coach's Clinic / Mark Zender, founder of the Mariners Grand Slam Camps:

Loaner Player Policy

At the discretion of the Board, a loaner player pool may be used by the league, in accordance with LL regulation 5(c).

At the Majors, Coast and AAA levels of play in Baseball and the Juniors, Majors and Coast level of play in Softball, the Player Agent is responsible for maintaining a list of players for each division who indicate a willingness to be placed temporarily on a roster of a team unable to field a full roster of players.  A “full roster of players” is defined as the number of players required to fill all fielding positions allowed in each respective league as outlined in the Little League Rules. 

  • At the Juniors level of play, a manager may request a player from Majors as a replacement player.
  •  At the Majors level of play, a manager may request a player from Coast as a replacement player.
  •  At the Coast level of play, a manager may request a player from AAA as a replacement player.
  •  At the AAA level of play, a manager may request a player from AA as a replacement player.

The loaner pool will only offer the number of players necessary to provide the requesting team the number of players needed to fill all fielding positions allowed in each respective league as outlined in the Little League Rules.

Players who volunteer to be in the loaner pool may continue to play on their permanent team in their current division regardless of whether they are selected to “play up” as a loaner player unless/until they are selected as a permanent replacement to fill a vacancy on an upper division team.  However, players in the loaner pool are not allowed to miss a game in their current division in order to serve as a loaner to an upper division team.

Any player provided to a team as a “loaner player” must play at least 9 defensive outs and bat at least once in any game for which they were requested. “Loaner players” are not allowed to pitch for the replacement team, only for their own regular-season team.

Managers and/or coaches are not allowed to arrange for players to play as a “loaner player” independent of or without the approval of the Player Agent.

Manager/Coach's Code

I agree to:

  • Exhibit respectful and ethical behavior and leadership and act with an awareness that young people learn best by example.
  • Know the rules.  Abide by and teach the rules of the game.  The spirit of good sportsmanship depends on conformance to a rule’s intent as well as to the letter of a given rule.
  • Respect the integrity and personality of the individual player.
  • Be a positive role model and example for players and spectators to follow: refrain from arguments in front of players and spectators; no gestures which indicate an official or opposing coach does not know what he or she is doing or talking about; no throwing of any object in disgust.  Do not use profanity, obscene language or improper actions.
  • Develop team respect and appreciation for the ability of opponents and for the judgment of umpires and opposing coaches.
  • Ensure that your players' baseball experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it).  Players should never be yelled at or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game.
  • Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved.  Players need a coach they can respect.
  • Enlist the support of your team's parents in your efforts to instill the proper attitudes and values in the players and to make sportsmanship the number one priority.
  • Win and lose graciously and never blame officials for a loss. 
  • Encourage good sportsmanship at all times.  Good sportsmanship requires as much work as any play or skill you will teach a player during the season.
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