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Trish18 Active.com Staff 457 posts since
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Jun 10, 2008 11:59 AM

Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

Each season, one of the issues youth baseball leagues deal with is the recruitment of new volunteer coaches or managers. Children get older and parents who coach move with them, thus opening up spots for new coaches. League officials are then faced with the quandary of providing a good experience for the children who register.

 

How does your league go about facilitating this process?






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  • tumblebug Pro 74 posts since
    May 25, 2007
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    1. Jun 10, 2008 1:23 PM (in response to Trish18)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    They beg, plead and bribe the new and unsuspecting moms and dads.

  • CranberryBlue Pro 94 posts since
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    2. Jun 10, 2008 1:35 PM (in response to Athletes1st)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    We anti-bribe.  We charge them money if they don't.

  • Manny_A Legend 841 posts since
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    3. Jun 10, 2008 2:25 PM (in response to tumblebug)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    We give parents three options.  We tell them they MUST either:

     

    1.  Volunteer to work the concession stand

    2.  Volunteer to umpire

    3.  Volunteer to coach

     

    Most take the latter.  Then after they go through the appointment/approval process, go through training, participate in tryouts and the draft, and conduct pre-season practices, THAT'S when we tell them they are still responsible for finding concession stand workers and umpires.

  • TG. Legend 954 posts since
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    4. Jun 10, 2008 4:33 PM (in response to Manny_A)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    Our LL just keeps promoting them up through the system on tenure regardless of ability. We had former college players sitting in the stands while clueless dads coached.

     

    It's getting parents to do the other stuff that takes arm twisting or hostage taking. We took their money hostage. We had a $75 volunteer deposit refundable after commitments were filled.

  • buckhead Pro 58 posts since
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    5. Jun 10, 2008 4:43 PM (in response to CranberryBlue)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    We are lucky in our program. This is my sixth year and I am the junior in service in the Majors. It is in a ten team league with no Dads managing

     

    In our AAA/10 year old league with 8-10 teams, there are five non-Dads with the junior having served for five years.

     

    Some of the managers are Dads that never left and others are young guys that played baseball and were looking to get involved. In addition, we have about a dozen young guys that have worked as assistants for two or more years with some waiting to take a managers job when open.

     

    Banks, financial services and insurance companies require young people to have a community activity for business development. That and alumni is where we keep a pipeline of young guys coming in the league.

     

    Once you get it started, they will find you.

  • THECOACH__44 Legend 289 posts since
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    6. Jun 10, 2008 6:09 PM (in response to Lou_B)
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    I can appreciate the volunteer deposit but it speak poorly of today's parents because when I coached LL there was no question. The team Mom knew the concession stand schedule and called the parents and told them when to be there. No one ever missed.

     

    So they are now irresponsible bi##ching PITA agents!

     

    and their kids should all play SS. LOL

  • Aging_Arbiter Rookie 1 posts since
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    7. Jun 10, 2008 6:24 PM (in response to THECOACH__44)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    Coach.......that's PROBABLY back when you had to "try out" to play baseball.....not pay to play.

  • THECOACH__44 Legend 289 posts since
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    8. Jun 10, 2008 6:32 PM (in response to cxxx)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    There is no such thin as "pay to play". This has all happened in the last 10 yrs.

  • tumblebug Pro 74 posts since
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    9. Jun 10, 2008 8:04 PM (in response to THECOACH__44)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    Our travel program has dues of $200 a month and you have to try-out for the opportunity to pay and you are not guaranteed to play.  The PITA parents are weeded out in a hurry.

  • THECOACH__44 Legend 289 posts since
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    10. Jun 10, 2008 8:20 PM (in response to tumblebug)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    The parent pays for their child to be on a TEAM. This guarantees him NOTHING except a uni and MPT. Kids don't know anything about the game. They are taught how to play, what the positions are. They actually understand the concept of TEAM. The parents don't.

     

    The player gets what he earns or should.

  • Lou_B Community Moderator 1,319 posts since
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    11. Jun 11, 2008 4:54 AM (in response to TG.)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    Don't normally have a problem getting managers and coaches the problem is getting good umpires.

     

    Yes, kids get older and parents move out with them but new kids take their place and as do their parents.

     

    We generally have more manager/coach applications than we need but we're always looking for more umpires. One good thing about umpires is some of them stay involved even after their kids move on.

  • kal_ Legend 583 posts since
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    12. Jun 11, 2008 7:27 AM (in response to Lou_B)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    this was in our local paper and posted on our league website:

     

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/sports/881027,2_2_AU07_TAMI_S1.article

  • Lou_B Community Moderator 1,319 posts since
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    13. Jun 11, 2008 10:16 AM (in response to buckhead)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    +We give parents three options. We tell them they MUST either:

    1. Volunteer to work the concession stand

    2. Volunteer to umpire

    3. Volunteer to coach+

    Then it's really not Volunteering is it!!!

     

    I guess you do what you have to.

     

    One question, if a parent came down to sign a kid up and said he didn't want to do any of the three, would you turn the parent/kid away?

  • TG. Legend 954 posts since
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    14. Jun 11, 2008 7:39 PM (in response to Lou_B)
    Re: Recruiting New Volunteer Coaches?

    "problem is getting good umpires"

     

    My daughter thought umpiring 12U rec softball would be fun. Since she was an admired high school and travel player she saw an opportunity to give something back to the community and be a role model. After two weeks she quit. She got tired of coaches and parents who didn't know the rules yelling at her and insulting her.

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