Managers & Coaches
Coaching in TCLL: the ideal place and time to volunteer
Managing and coaching in Twin Cities Little League is one of the most rewarding experiences in youth sports. Not only do you have the opportunity to mentor and mold your own children; you have the chance to help develop the baseball skills of local youth in one of the finest youth leagues in Marin. You will become a part of a tight-knit community that is passionate about baseball, although baseball is only a part of what makes TCLL special. You will develop lifelong friendships, as will your children, through the interaction on the field and in the stands. If you are interested in coaching, read on to see how the commitment varies at the different levels of TCLL.
See also: Player Development
We are fortunate to have a field exclusively for Tballers. These 5 year olds practice once a week and play games on Saturdays. It is the coaches’ responsibility to introduce the kids to the game of baseball and show them the fundamentals of baseball with an emphasis on learning the rules.
The Farm level also has its own field that is slightly smaller than the standard Little League field. The 6 and 7 year olds at the Farm level hit a pitched ball (pitched by a coach). The concepts of making outs and learning the fundamentals of hitting are emphasized at the Farm level. Like Tball, there is one practice per week and a game on Saturday.
We are fortunate to have a level for 8 year olds that allows the kids to play six innings on a standard size Little League field while using a pitching machine. At the Rookie level, outs are recorded, but no score is kept until the Ted Meyer Tournament at the end of the season. Again, the focus is primarily on player development. The Rookie level typically has two practices per week—one team fielding practice and one batting practice in a cage dedicated to Rookies---and one game on either Saturday or Sunday.
As 9 and 10 year olds, Minors play with the same rules as Little League baseball. Six inning games; umpires; score and standings are kept. There are a few rules pertaining solely to the Minors that help facilitate equal participation and orderly games. There is a district tournament for the Minors regular season champion, as well as a TCLL Minors tournament, also called the Ted Meyer Tournament. Minors typically have multiple games and practices per week---usually two games, one field practice, and one batting practice in a cage dedicated to Minors. The commitment from players and coaches is greater, as is the level of baseball.
Primarily for 11 and 12 year olds, the Majors follow the rules of National Little League. There is a district tournament at the end of the season for the team with the best record, as well as a Ted Meyer Tournament within TCLL. The time commitment for players and coaches consists of 2-3 practices per week with 2 games per week. The level of baseball is high, and all Majors games are played at one of the top facilities in Marin county, Joe Wagner Field.
All 13-15 year olds play Juniors. Play is on a regulation diamond (60/90). Some players use this level to prepare for high school baseball while others simply enjoy the opportunity to continue youth baseball at the community and recreational level. Games are played against other TCLL teams and teams from the district.
All in all, there is no better place to live and to coach baseball