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The Role of
Board of Directors for Baseball

Hall of Famer Bob Feller with Dave Holt New Britain

It all starts with the role of board of directors and league administrators. The adult leadership that oversees the baseball organization sets the policies, chooses an approach and follows through to see it happen.

Adults organize youth baseball so it is imperative that the adult leadership has the right approach with the ballplayers best interest in mind.


Training Adults in the
Role of Board of Directors

Few adults have much training in running a league, travel team, or overseeing a high school baseball team. Even professional recreation administrators often lack training in the right approach.

Youth baseball leagues, recreation leagues, and travel ball organizations often lack leaders that promote the approach and player development model necessary for players to grow and improve in the skills of baseball in order to stay in baseball into high school ages.

The adult dominated baseball organizations typically follow the model that has been in place the last 50 years or more. The baseball model in place is the same as major league baseball. 

The typical role of board of directors is to fall into the trap and emulate major league baseball. Without the knowledge or the courage to put the players’ development ahead of winning adult administrators descend right into the old traditional adult-dominated drive to win.


Break From the Traditionalists
Changes Are Always Difficult

The role of the board of directors is to break from the traditionalist. This is usually easier said than done...

  • Where does winning fall into your priority list?
  • How does All-Stars and winning tournaments shape your coaching approach?
  • Is player development anywhere in the template?
  • Are you or anyone in your organization influenced by your won-loss record?
  • What comes first? Winning or player development?

What baseball traditions are you and your organization married to? When you look at these questions above what picture does this paint in relation to your organizations priorities?

Are you following baseball traditions from your local leagues and areas? Are you able to break from local tradition?

State playoffs for coach pitch baseball with all-stars. Are you serious? How many 7 & 8 year olds wake up in the morning and say, "I really hope I make the the coach-pitch all-star team so I can win the state championship." 

Are you kidding? This is all adult driven. You cannot tell me that we couldn't save so much time and money playing a few more weeks of local league play then to stop everything and get ready of district and state all-star playoffs.

If you are a player development minded organization then the answers to these issues is easy. 

If you value the major league model and the pleasures of winning then the ballplayers in your organization will reap the consequences. 

A better question to measure your local baseball organization is how many baseball players are still playing the game at age 14?

Sure, everyone likes to win and feel the pleasures winning brings. But, what are we going to sacrifice to satisfy the adult tastes and desires of winning the pennant or travel ball tournaments?



Train the Trainers
What is the Role of Board of Directors?

To Change your culture in your local baseball organization there are some steps you can take. Is it hard? Yes it is. This is very foreign to adult sports parents. Player development folks are not very familiar to youth baseball in the current model.

Changing the local baseball culture can be a monumental task. Anytime change takes place from traditional ways some folks are not going to go along with you no matter what.

To start your local movement to build player development into the culture of your baseball league and teams look at these additional resources.



Hall of Famer's View
The Jury is Still Out

talking baseball pitching with HoF Bob Feller

I think the most important role of board of directors and league administrators is to help create an atmosphere that favors the kids and player development.

The late Hall of Famer Bob Feller says, “little league is a great way to get kids prepared for baseball, not for the majors, but just for loving the game. It should be used as a recreational technique to prepare the child for early development, and that’s it.

The jury is out on whether it builds up ballplayers. The biggest problem I have with it is the pressure to win. That pressure is not placed on the kids by themselves, but rather by the coaches, parents, and organizers. I say let the kids play, enjoy the game, make friends, and learn the ideas of teamwork, humility, good sportsmanship, and perseverance.

After all, if children associate baseball with parental or coach disappointment or ridicule, then their interest in the sport will be severely diminished. No child wants to be yelled at while playing a game!” Bob Feller’s little blue Book of Baseball Wisdom; 2009, pg. 73


The Roles & Responsibilities
for League Directors

Bob Feller sees youth baseball for what it is and what it should be—a place where kids can play. The league should provide plenty of ball games and ball practice. Coaches need to be trained by knowledgeable local baseball authorities.

Ask your adult leadership folks what do they want your organization to represent. How are you going to build a baseball philosophy and approach to deal with...

  • Umpires
  • Parent behaviors
  • Playing time
  • All-stars
  • Player skills
  • Coaches training & behaviors
  • Clinics
  • Enjoyment of the game

Need more background on building your local baseball organization approach go to more resources. 


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My pitchers only throw fastballs and a change up and we do just fine. If the other team hits the ball, great it gives the defense an opportunity to make a play.

I never coach from the box, I just encourage them to hit. And they all know the have the green light on 3-0. The best thing I can do for them is make them better hitters and the only way is to hit! By the way my kids are Junior Little league ages 13-14. Zach, Stockton, CA...


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Plus I'll send you my '38 Point Hitting Cheat Sheet'. I send out my newsletter about once per month. I might send you some additional items at times to keep you informed on new stuff that can help 'Build Your Culture of Player Development'

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Discover every strategy and secret I’ve learned from years of coaching, playing, managing and player development in pro ball to T-ball levels..

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