AA League Guidelines

AA Division


Overview: This is the first level with standings and playoffs. At this level the
Manager is required to monitor & comply with pitch count rules, and report scores
immediately after every game. Coaches should refine player skill levels in all areas
and start introducing baseball strategy. Rules are in place to limit scoring run-ups
and keep games close, but players should also learn how to be competitive in a
productive way. Reinforce sportsmanship, make sure the kids have fun, are safe, and
want to return next season. Please refer to ELL House Rules for more information,
or contact your Coordinator for assistance.

Key coaching items:
Practices should include multiple stations that focus on particular skills
(IF/OF/P/C) and break into small groups wherever possible to increase reps at each
station. Practices can include simulated in-game/situational drills (defensive
positioning, cut-off throws, baserunning plays, etc.) Your early focus should be on
developing pitching and catching, since stealing is also introduced at this level.
Teach proper sliding – feet first only, or give themselves up to avoid collisions.

For player development, try to rotate defensive positions wherever possible – all
kids should be able to field ground balls/fly balls. Pitchers must wear heart guards
and catchers must wear a cup at all times, including practices.

Hitting – Since pitching velocity is low, it’s usually a good idea to have kids stay back
in the batter’s box and start to develop good strike zone discipline (moving up in the
batter’s box only raises the height of the baseball when it crosses the batter – a
strike is where the ball crosses the plate). Many players will be apprehensive at
facing kid-pitch for the first time – work on developing this comfort level early.

Defense – Strategy at this level starts to approach “Real baseball” so kids should
start to understand where the correct play is, before it happens.

Pitching/Catching – Working on Long Toss in practices is key to developing arm
strength and endurance. Develop as many pitchers & catchers as possible.


At the end of the season, Managers will be required to complete an evaluation for
each player on your team, and your Coordinator will be working with you to assess
your progress in meeting these development goals.

Training and Support:
Please be sure to attend the required Coaches Clinic, CPR/Safety Training, and
Indoor Team Practice Sessions provided by ELL to ensure player development,
safety, and your success as a coach.

Thank you for volunteering and have a great season!

 

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