Pre-Season Parent Meeting and Coaching Interview
Baseball Dugout Diaries Issue 4 (February 26, 2013) – We had our pre-season parent meeting the other night. This meeting was recommended for 11U-15U parents but required for 10U parents. As a 10U parent, I found it very informative even though I have coached traveling baseball before. I learned about some of the policies our organization follows like playing time, defensive player rotation, etc. Below are some of the highlights that I remember:
- Players should play in 4 defensive innings per game on average.
- Playing time should be the same for all players unless due to absence or disciplinary reasons.
- All players bat during the game. Batting order during the league season should be equal (in a doubleheader, if batter number 8 in game one is left on deck, he should lead off the next game). During tournament play (where we are trying to qualify for a state tournament), coaches have discretion on batting order for each game.
- 10U players should rotate between 3-4 positions throughout the year. 12U and up should rotate between 2-3 positions. This can be limited due to player willingness to play certain positions or for safety concerns.
- 1st round of tryouts gets numbers down to 36 at the 10U level. They split these kids into the top 18 and bottom 18 groups. After a few more practices with their groups, the top 12 are put on the AAA team, the next 12 are AA, and the final 12 are A.
- Local high school coaches run the tryout with no help from parents of kids in the program. I like this very much!
- Discussed other things but these were the topics I felt were the most important.
- Overall, I think the meeting was very informative and went very well. I am really looking forward to the season!
A day after the meeting, I received a phone call to set up my coaching interview. It is going to be held in a few weeks at a local restaurant.
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