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Summer Team Coaching – Criteria & Selection Process

Summer baseball is an important component of the Southborough Little League (SLL) program. Our program generally fields 7 - 10 summer baseball teams (11-14 players per team) comprised of players between the ages of 8-14. This represents approximately 25-35% of eligible spring ballplayers for these age groups.

 

Players who choose to play summer ball generally do so for one or more of four primary reasons:

  1. To play additional ball above and beyond the spring schedule
  2. To compete at a more competitive level than offered by local spring ball
  3. To experience a ‘travel’ team and compete against surrounding towns
  4. To participate with similar skill players who they may not play with in the spring

 

Given the importance of summer ball to many players and parents, it is critical that we select summer coaches who have the commitment, skill, knowledge, attitude towards youth sports, and leadership skills necessary to meet the expectations and needs of players and parents alike. Given the limited number of summer teams as compared to spring teams, it is important to have a coach selection process that produces coaches that meet the needs of their teams, but also recognize the overall contributions of those coaches to our program.

 

Summer Coach Eligibility Criteria

To ensure those who make significant contributions to SLL are given proper consideration for their efforts, the following summer head coach baseline eligibility criteria has been established:

 

  • Spring Head or Assistant Coach in the division for which they are applying to coach summer ball, or
  • Spring Divisional Coordinator, or
  • Significant Contributor to the overall program (as determined by the Board of Directors)

In addition, coaches will be selected based on an overall assessment of the following criteria:

  • Overall coaching experience in the SLL program
  • Prior summer ball coaching experience within SLL program
  • Knowledge of the game and leadership abilities
  • General attitude and beliefs regarding importance of youth sports in child’s development
  • Feedback (solicited or unsolicited) from players, parents, other coaches, coordinators, or league officials