Welcome to the LMBA Manager & Coach page. The LMBA Board and parents would like to thank you for your interest in volunteering as a manager or coach.
Managers and coaches take on a great responsibility. They need to posses the skills of a teacher, organizer, and mentor of baseball to children between 3 1/2 and 16 years old.
At LMBA, we take your position very seriously and expect adult staff to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and respect for the game, LMBA players, fellow coaches - and the LMBA Boardmembers. We also expect managers and coaches to read and follow all of LMBA's Rules & Regulations, PONY rules, and City of Mirada policies concerning the operations of our league.
Below you will find a variety of league forms that you must use to comply with LMBA policies.
The first form required is the "Manager/Coach Application". Managers will need to complete this form and email/deliver it to the appropriate Division Commissioner or other Boardmember by the deadline set by the Board. If you are a returning manager and your application has not been received before the deadline, you will lose your status as a "returning manager" and it may impact your priority for being awarded a team.
If your application has been received before the deadline, it will be reviewed by the LMBA Rules Committee for approval. Managers are approved based upon not only their knowledge of baseball, but also their ability to provide fair leadership, maintain discipline, build team loyalty, and demonstrate good sportsmanship through their own action. Completion of an application does not guarantee approval as a manager - nor does approval as a manager guarantee that you will be awarded a team. Distribution of teams to approved managers is covered in LMBA rules and largely depends on returning and new player counts.
After player counts have been established, managers will be ratified by the Board of Directors. Managers approved for teams will need to immediately recruit an assistant coach(s). It will be the manager's responsibility to ensure all coaching staff members complete a manager/coach application and ensure it is delivered to your respective Division Commissioner.
If you are fortunate enough to receive a team, you and any adult volunteer on your team will need to be fingerprinted via Live Scan. No parent may be on the field during a game or practice that has not been Live Scan fingerprinted. LMBA will arrange a time and place for Live Scans.
The Board and/or your Division Commissioner will explain the other forms on this page (including Team Roster, Game Report, and other forms) at the Manager Meeting PRIOR to player selection.
LMBA strongly recomends that all managers and potential managers complete online coaches training at www.ponycoaching.org. Certification is valid for 3 years and it will add credibilty to your application.
Concussion & Head Injury Certification
The “Youth Sports Concussion Protocols” became effective in California on January 1, 2017. The new protocols (contained in California Health & Safety Code Section 124235) mandate, amongst other requirements, that every coach shall be required to complete a concussion and head injury education course, either online or in person, BEFORE supervising any athlete in a youth sports organization. Furthermore, it requires all athletes over 17 years of age and parents of athletes under 17 years of age to read, sign, and return a concussion and head injury information sheet BEFORE the athlete can commence practice or competition.
In accordance with California law, no person shall be ratified or permitted to be a manager, head coach, or assistant coach for LMBA until that person has submitted a Certificate or other proof of completion of any of the following concussion and head injury education courses:
Failure to complete an approved course AND to timely submit the Certificate or other proof of completion shall prevent ratification.
Team Managers will also be responsible for ensuring that a parent for each athlete on the team signs and submits an LMBA Concussion & Head Injury Information Sheet (see DOCUMENTS tab, above) BEFORE the first practice, game, or other athletic activity.
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