Game-Day Duties for Coaches

UpdatedTuesday December 31, 2019 byNBL.

All coaches, managers and teams are expected to adhere to the following procedures.

Please print and keep a copy of the game-day duties with you on the field.

HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Occupy the first-base dugout area and clean out the dugout after the game. Do not enter the dugout until the team from the previous game has removed its players and equipment.
  • Rake and line the playing field prior to each game. 
  • The home team (AAA and Majors) should provide someone to operate the scoreboard. Scoreboard operators (and announcer, if applicable) must be 16 years of age or older. A maximum of 2 operators/announcers younger than 18 will be allowed and must commit for the entire game.
  • Assign parent volunteers to staff the concession stand prior to the start of the game.
    • A team contact person (team parent or head coach) of the home team is responsible for ensuring that parents are available for concession coverage. For Majors, both home and away teams are responsible for ensuring parents are available for concession-stand coverage.
    • The home team is responsible for opening (if the first game of the day) and/or closing (if the last game of the day) the snack bar. THE SNACK BAR CLOSES WHEN THE LAST GAME ON THE COMPLEX HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
    • If a parent does not show up, the team contact person must notify the head coach and find a replacement immediately. If no other parent or young adult (18 years or older) is available, then the responsibility falls on the head coach, or the team must forfeit the game.
  • The home team will have the batting cages for 15 minutes beginning 30 minutes prior to the game’s start time.
  • The home team will have the field for the 15 minutes prior to the game’s scheduled start time. There will be no batting practice on fields during this warm-up.
  • Remind players of and enforce player responsibilities and expected conduct.
  • Empty and reline the trash cans adjacent to the field, as necessary.

VISITING TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Occupy the third-base dugout area and clean out the dugout after the game. Do not enter the dugout until the team from the previous game has removed its players and equipment.
  • Help rake the infield dirt and repair the pitcher's mound after the game
  • Empty and reline the trash cans adjacent to the field, as necessary.
  • The visiting team will have the field for 15 minutes beginning 30 minutes prior to the game’s scheduled start time. There will be no batting practice on fields during this warm-up.
  • The visiting team will have the batting cage for the 15 minutes immediately preceding start of game.
  • Remind players of and enforce player responsibilities and expected conduct.
  • For Majors, both home and away teams are responsible for ensuring parents are available for concession-stand coverage.

HOME TEAM AND VISITING TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES

If Challenging the Umpire:

  • Only the head coach may leave the coach’s box or dugout to question or speak with an umpire on a ruling. The head coach may never leave the dugout or coach’s box to talk to an umpire without first receiving the umpire’s permission
  • The head coach will not allow assistant coaches, players, or parents to question or harass an umpire.  

Sportsmanship/Handshaking:  

  • Immediately upon conclusion of the game, the head coaches must line up their team for the traditional shaking of hands.

Post-Game Talks:  

  • Post-game talks with players should be limited to two minutes (maximum) if another game immediately follows. If a head coach needs more time, he/she should remove their team and equipment from the dugout and/or field and gather outside the playing areas.