East County Little League

Coaching FAQs

How do I become a Team Manager?

When registering your child online, specify 'Team Manager' in the drop down box that asks if you would consider volunteering. Also, go to Coaches Corner on our website and click on Register as a Manager/Coach. Follow the instructions and submit the proper forms. To be considered as a Manager for the Spring Season, you must complete the Manager Registration process by November 30th.

What is the difference between a Team Manager and a Coach?

At ECLL, a Team Manager is the Head Coach responsible for the entire team. He/She runs practices, provides instruction, makes game lineups/strategies, and is the primary point of contact for families on the team. Team Managers are responsible for knowing the rules, ensuring that all players are treated fairly, providing the opportunity for the kids to learn and play different positions, and promoting good sportsmanship.

 Coach(es) help the Team Manager at practices and games. When the Team Manager is absent, a Coach may assume the Manager's role for a practice or game.

What is the time commitment for managing a team?

In T-ball and Farm (ages 5 & 6), teams play one-hour games on Saturday, and practice one other day during the week for one hour -- practice day and time to be determined by the Manager. In Single A through Majors, the commitment is 2 days a week during the pre-season, then 3 days a week once the season starts. Practices and game times are between 1 ½ and 2 hours depending on the age division.

Can I "co-manage" a team with another parent?

Yes in T-Ball, Farm, and Single A divisions. No in AA through Majors.

Do I need a lot of baseball experience to manage a team?

No! Especially in the younger divisions, no experience is required. If you are patient, organized, and a good communicator, you are perfect for the job! Each new Manager is required to go through a coaching clinic where you'll learn how to teach the game of baseball and run an effective practice. Also, on most teams, there is no shortage of parents willing to serve as assistant coaches and team parents!

What are the Rules?

ECLL is required to follow Little League International Rules and has our own internal bylaws we have developed over the years to enhance player safety and increase competition and learning. 2019 Bylaws