YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A COACH
Coaching at all levels involves much more than making out a lineup, hitting infield/outfield, throwing batting practice, or coaching third base. Coaching involves accepting the responsibility you face when parents put their children into your care. As a coach, you will be called to do the following:
Provide a safe physical environment
Communicate in a positive way
Teach the fundamental skills of baseball
Teach the rules of baseball
Direct players in competition
Help your players become fit and value fitness
Help young people develop character
Be respectful to your players, parents, coaches, and umpires
Remember, these are the responsibilities you volunteered for as a coach. Every player is an individual. You must provide a wholesome environment in which every player has the opportunity to learn how to play the game without fear while having a fun and enjoying the overall baseball experience.
Northwest Bakersfield Baseball implements rules specific to this organization and they vary for each age group. Those specific rules can be found in the rules section or by selecting the link below.
Every coach should have a copy of these rules on hand at every game to refer to.
For all rules not covered by the Northwest Bakersfield Baseball League rules, then you are to refer to the "Babe Ruth League, Inc. Baseball Rules and Regulations & Official Playing Rules"
FIELD GROOMING PROCEDURES
ESTIMATED TIME - 30 MINUTES
Rake the mound, home plate and sliding areas around bases.
Redistribute displaced dirt/clay at around the mound, home plate, sliding areas and player positions areas in a smooth and level manner.
Roll or tamp positional areas and base paths to re-compact infield mix.
Drag skinned areas by hand or with a tractor cart.
Rake and drag base paths by hand.
Hose down skinned areas with enough water to moisten to a depth of ¼”. Hose down mound and home plate area with enough water to prevent dust.
Outline batters boxes and line boxes with field spray paint.
Line the bases.
Set bases, sweep home plate and pitchers mound
It is the responsibility of BOTH teams to prepare the field for game play. After each game it is the responsibility of BOTH teams to clean the field and make sure all field equipment is put away and locked up after the game or at the end of the game day. Don't be afraid to ask for parents to assist with field preparation
LIVE SCAN / DIGITAL FINGERPRINTING
All coaches and on the field volunteers for the Babe Ruth League and Ripken Baseball are required to have MANDATORY LiveScan fingerprinting. This can be obtained at the LiveScan location inside the UPS Store at 4208 Rosedale Hwy #302. Appointments can be made by calling (661) 324-8777.
Cost of LiveScan Fingerprinting is not paid by Northwest Bakersfield Baseball.
LiveScan fingerprinting is valid for one year.
BABE RUTH LEAGUE COACHING EDUCATION CENTER
There is no one single action that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. Managers and coaches are the ones who spend the most time interacting with our participants and the ones who can make a child's experience in youth sports fun and memorable. Therefore, it is vital for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child's baseball and softball experience and less on winning games.
With this in mind, the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program was developed. Under the program, all baseball and softball coaches must complete coaching education and certification.
The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the following online courses:
Babe Ruth League, Inc. and Ripken Baseball, Inc. exclusively endorse these online courses, developed by Human Kinetics Coach Education. Coaches who successfully pass the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education and Certification Program will receive a certification that is valid for their entire coaching career with Babe Ruth League, Inc
CLICK ON THE BABE RUTH LOGO FOR MORE INFORMATION
NW Bakersfield Baseball has set some new Heat Guidelines that we will be using for practices at this time. We will address game days each day as well as we move forward. The following guidelines are effective immediately, all practices for today will be canceled based on these guidelines.
AQI (Air Quality Index) 175-200 or with Temperatures 105 and below – Coaches are ok to have practice but with caution. Players should be given water breaks at least every 10-15 minutes or more often for any kids needing it.
AQI (Air Quality Index) 200 and above or Temperatures 106 and above all practices will be canceled at the NW Bakersfield Baseball Complex for the whole day.
Even with these guidelines all Coaches and Parents need to use common sense, if you see any kids struggling at any time please take a break.
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