AAA League Guidelines

AAA Division


Overview: This level becomes more competitive. Developing pitchers and catchers
is still critical, but teaching defense and strategy is also important. You may have
some kids that played in tournament/summer/fall travel, and many that have not.
The player development goal is to continue challenging the stronger players, while
significantly improving any specific weaknesses of all players. At this level, the kids
should have a good idea of what the correct play is, before it happens and without
being told by their coaches. Reinforce sportsmanship, make sure the kids have fun,
are safe, and want to return next season. Communicate the playing time/
substitution rules to parents and players before games start. Please refer to ELL
House Rules for more information, or contact your Coordinator for assistance.

Key coaching items:
Practices should be a mix of specific skills development and simulating in-game/
situational drills. This will help establish the comfort level of the kids and know
where the right play is before it happens. With only 9 defensive players and the
ability to steal any base, players should have a full understanding of the rules. The
outfield becomes more important at this level, so make sure to include appropriate
drills and increase defensive awareness in your practice sessions.

Hitting – Pitching velocity will start to increase, so batting flaws will be exposed –
hitting mechanics are critical. Bunting is allowed, and can be a very useful tool,
especially to help weaker hitters improve their contact skills and avoid strikeouts.

Defense –Since this level eliminates the play being frozen upon throwing the ball to
the pitcher, an opportunistic defense can be very effective. Repetition is one of the
keys to achieving this, so your practices should include in-game simulations (force
plays, run-downs, pitchers covering home plate on passed balls, cut-off throws, etc.)

Pitching/Catching – Long Toss is a great way to develop arm strength; catchers
learning how to block balls and make throws on stealing is critical.

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 to coach and have a great season!

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