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Coaches Info

Coaching at the youth level is a tremendously rewarding experience.  You get to help mold our young athletes into respectful sportsmen and sportswomen, teach them the virtues of team play, and help them develop valuable life skills that can be used on and off the field.  BYA coaches get to experience first-hand, the fun and excitement that baseball and tee-ball provide our young players.

Criminal Background Checks & Child Abuse Clearances

Any volunteer in the BYA must complete all 3 items listed below.  If you've lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, all of the background checks are free.  The FBI Fingerprint check has a fee, but is only required if you have not lived in PA for 10 years.  All background checks can be completed online and all documents can be printed immediately after the request is completed.

  1. Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check - use the 'New Record Check (Volunteers Only)' link.  Enter your personal information and print out a paper copy of your clearance certificate.  Criminal Background Checks must be submitted each year and be valid for the year in which you will be coaching.  If you have volunteered for for your child's school activities you may already have completed a PA Criminal Background Check.  If so, simply print a copy of the form and turn it in to a BYA official.
  2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances - if you've applied for child abuse clearances in the past you can access your account and print your clearance certificate.  If you haven't applied in the past, you must first create an account and print your clearance certificate after entering your personal information.  Child abuse clearances are valid for 5 years after original request.  If you've obtained a child abuse clearance within the past 5 years, you don't have to apply for a new one.  If you have volunteered for for your child's school activities you may already have completed a PA Child Abuse Clearance.  If so, simply print a copy of the form and turn it in to a BYA official.
  3. Little League JDP Background Check - Required by Little League International.  A link will be sent to you via email with instructions on completing the JDP Background Check online.  You will enter your personal information and answer a couple questions to complete the background check.  The BYA will be notified of your eligibility status after the background check is complete.  There is nothing to print out or turn in for this background check.
  4. FBI Fingerprint - only required if you have not lived in PA for 10 years.

All of the above forms must be completed by any BYA volunteer prior to working with players in any capacity.

If you have any questions or need help with background checks, please contact us via email at bya@badenyouth.org.

Our league fully supports the efforts of Little League International and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to protect our players and their families.

Regular Season Practice Signups

COMING SOON!

Click the link below to reserve a field for regular season practices.   Remember to add your practices to the Spond app after scheduling.

2020 BYA Baseball Coaches Guide

COMING SOON!

Download a copy of the 2019 BYA Baseball Coaches Guide.

BYA Rules & Regulations

BYA Tee-Ball Coaches Guide & Videos

Dugout Captain Intro to Coaching Videos

The BYA is excited to partner with Dugout Captain which allows us to bring consistency to player development in all age groups.  Please watch the videos below for a brief intro to Dugout Captain and practice planning.

We also encourage all Rookie, 8U and 10U coaches to take a look at the Dugout Captain videos below.

Coaches Letter to Parents

Below is a template that you can use to contact your team parents.  Please be sure to change the [fields in red] before sending.  You can copy and paste the text below directly into an email or download a copy of the BYA Coach Parent Letter.

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Dear [Team Name] Parents,

My name is [Coach Name], and I will be coaching the [Team Name] in the BYA [Division Name, i.e. Tee-Ball, Rookie, 8U, 10U] division this y ear.  I am looking forward to a fun-filled season where the kids will improve their skills as well as learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.  My goal is to create a positive, supportive environment so that every player, regardless of ability, has a great experience.

Please note that the emphasis in the BYA is not on winning, but on player development and having fun.  My primary goal this season is to make sure that every player learns a thing or two about baseball and wants to return to the BAY next season.  With that said, all players will play all positions and bat in various positions in the lineup.  I plan to treat all players fairly and reward positive attitude, hustle and improvement over natural ability.

Here are a few important notes to be aware of:

  • Please try to arrive about 15 minutes early to games.  This allows us to keep our games running on time and allows me to get the kids warmed up before game time.
  • If you're going to miss a game or practice, please try to let me know in advance.
  • Please write names on hats and equipment.
  • We love parent volunteers!  Don't worry if you don't have experience or if you can't commit full-time.  We can always find something for you to do.  Contact me if you'd like to help out.
  • Weather related cancellations will be communicated by the league via e-mail as early as possible on game days.  We typically don't cancel games due to the threat of rain.
  • The most up-to-date information on league activities, schedules, contact info, etc. can be found at www.BadenYouth.org.  We also post a lot of information on our Facebook page.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10am - BYA Field Day - We usually get a big turnout of parent volunteers to help us prep the fields for the spring season.  The league will be sending more info soon.
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm - Baden McDonald's (Ohio River Blvd.) - Meet Your Coaches event and uniform distribution.  Please stop by and say hello.
  • Monday, April 8, 2019 - pre-season outdoor practices will begin this week.  I'll be in touch soon with specific practice dates and times for our team.
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 - individual and team pictures at the Baden Borough Community Room (lower level).  The league will be communicating specific times for pictures soon.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 - OPENING DAY!

I am expecting to have a great season and I know I will enjoy coaching your children.  Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns you might have.  My contact information is below.

Thanks,
[Coach Name]
[Coach e-mail]
[Coach phone number]

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