Doug Kemp (VETPHARM@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 08:56:04 -0400
Competition in itself is not harmful. We all compete in our
everyday existence. It's part of life. Athletic competition is a
little bit more dramatic, but when handled properly, it can be
beneficial and improve performance.
I am the player agent for a 1300+ player Little League charter.
Prior to this year I did a little coaching and thought I understood
what it took to make a league work. I was wrong. Making a league
work is complicated, requires considerable structure and takes a
lot of work.
Creating fair teams is imperative. Rather than allowing coaches to
round up players at will, some type of draft or non-partisan
selection process needs to be followed. Drafts are not perfect,
but without one, you will see some loaded teams. This can be
demoralizing to the other teams.
Safety/insurance/liability concerns must be addressed. Rules of
the game relating to safety must be spelled out to assure uniform
adherence to safe practices. Equipment standards must be
established. Safety of playing fields must be established and
field maintained. First aid kits with ice packs, etc. must be
provided and access to emergency medical care must be established.
Coaches should be given training in first aid for injuries seen in
baseball. We had several broken bones, facial injuries, one
cardiac/respiratory arrest and numerous other medical problems in
this past season.
Umpires must be trained and understand the basic rules of the game.
They need to know and enforce rules that create safe playing
conditions, too. Umpires must be given authority to rule the field
during games and there needs to be sufficient structure in the
league to have real penalties for coaches/players/parents who
behave improperly on or around the field.
Sounds simple and obvious, but you must also create written rules
for the game as you will play it. There are as many variations
in rules as there are hairs on a dog's back and, unless you have them
written down for all to have, you will see many "duscussions" about
what is and is not allowed.
I could go on ... and on... and on..... We've spent many nights
in long meetings keeping our league going. The nice thing about
having a program affiliated with an existing formal program is that
the home office provides structure and guidance. I suggest that
you explore some of the established programs. Why re-invent the
Doug Kemp, Pharm.D. Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia
Vetpharm@uga.cc.uga.edu Phone 706-542-5510 FAX 706-542-5576
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