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Welcome to LTJBSA!

Welcome to LTJBSA!

Teaching the Game - Coaching & Managing

On-field volunteers are the lifeblood of Lawrence softball and baseball programs. Having adults that are committed to Team Management and Coaching – and who are willing to organize families and get kids to practice are the key to the smooth operation of the season. Being a Coach doesn’t mean you have to be great at teaching softball or baseball. It just means you have to be willing to connect your players with the right resources from around the league that *can* teach them softball or baseball. 

All Team Managers and Coaches are appointed by the President of Lawrence Little League, and all appointments are subject to final approval by the local league’s board of directors.

We realize that being involved a team comes with a time commitment alongside family, work, and other community volunteer efforts.

On behalf of the LTJBSA, THANK YOU for the time and talent you invest in Lawrence Township ballplayers.


Volunteer Registration Process Overview

All volunteers that will be in contact with children on or off the field are required to take safety education courses as well as submit to a background check.

Below is the process overview, and scroll down this page to see details for each section. 

🔴Volunteer Registration Process Overview

Registration RequirementFrequency
Register for a Volunteer position on LTJBSA.comAnnually
Download and review the LTJBSA Safety ManualAnnually
Complete the CDC "HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training for Coaches" courseAnnually
Complete the USA Baseball "Abuse Awareness for Adults" course  (Little League volunteers only)Annually
Complete the Little League Diamond Leader course (Little League volunteers only - optional)Annually
Complete the LTJBSA Safety & First Aid Education course and quizAnnually
Complete the Little League Volunteer Application Email from JDP (Little League volunteers only)Annually
Complete the Lawrence Twp Fingerprinting Process via IdentoGo (Managers/coaches only)Every Three Years



There is no cost to complete most items on this list. Vendors, however, may try to upsell you to paid a certificate that is not required by the LTJBSA. IdentoGo, (Lawrence Township's provider for fingerprint checks) charges a fee for the service (approx. $27).  

🔴Upload All Paperwork using the Document Upload Portal

All volunteers must upload a Proof of Completion for each item on the above checklist via our LTJBSA Volunteer Document Upload Portal before the first practice of the season. 

Volunteers do need to upload all Proof of Completion documents at one time. Click "Save and Continue" and the form will email you a custom link to return to this page to add new documents as you complete your courses.

DUTIES OF TEAM MANAGERS AND COACHES

We depend on a strong on-field volunteer program to operate, and offer different opportunities to be involved on the field. 

🔴 A Manager is responsible for leading the team and having overall accountability for the season, including being the primary contact for the team to the LTJBSA. They draft the roster, set lineup, manage playing time, and have overview of all practice activity and in-game decisions. They also are responsible for selecting coaches and parents to assist with the team, as well as keeping sensitive information (such as health information or discussions about player ability) confidential. Generally, volunteers start as a Coach, and then after a year or two of experience feel ready to take on a manager role. 

🔴 A Coach is responsible for supporting the team's Manager, working collaboratively at practices and during gameday.  They are also the secondary contact from the team to the LTJBSA. Coaching is a good starting point for parents who want to "help" on the field, but not in a primary role.

🔴 A Team Parent/Scorekeeper is responsible for supporting the team by coordinating logistics. This may include communicating practices dates or times via email or the GameChanger app, keeping score during the game, or operating the scoreboard from the press box, or helping to rake after practice. 

No experience is necessary for any of these on-field roles -- you don't have to previously have played softball or baseball, and don't even need a player in the League. The LTJBSA provides training classes annually. You just need to be enthusiastic about helping kids play ball, and have the understanding and patience to work with children in the age group of the division. 

All volunteers must register through our portal and pass our required background check process.

Gameplay Rules

We recommend all Little League Team Managers and coaches download the Little League Rulebook app.  The Rulebook App contains the Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies for all divisions of Baseball, Softball, and Challenger in one easy-to-use location. The App includes all three rulebooks, exclusive rule interpretation videos, and automatic updates for future seasons  

Free on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Player Development Rubric

One of the most important duties of a volunteer manager or coach is assessing players so that they may be given appropriate instruction to grow. In an effort to create an objective tool that can be used by any volunteer in our organization, Lawrence Little League partnered with a panel of High School and College softball and baseball coaches to create our Player Development Rubric.

You can view this Rubric here.

The Rubric looks at fundamental skills as a continuum that players should advance through as they grow and improve. The Rubric acts as an important touchstone for all player development activities, including our evaluations, gameplay rules, and expectations for each player. It also serves as a means to align parents, coaches, and the League on the proper development and training actions for each player.

On our Documents & Forms page, we have linked to developmental programs and tools to supplement what we provide to coaches in-person. These links are not only useful for league personnel, but for parents who wish to work individually with their player at home.

Contact

Lawrence Township Junior Baseball & Softball Association
100 Eggert Crossing Road, PO Box 6923
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648

Email: [email protected]

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