How To Select All-Star Team Managers And Coaches
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"Do you have any best practices or recommendations for selecting managers for Little League All-Star teams? In our league, the manager of the first-place Majors team is selected as the Manager for the 11-12 All-Star team. Any other suggestions on determining All-Star managers?"
PCA Response by Ray Lokar (@CoachLok), PCA Trainer-Los Angeles
All-Star Managers and Coaches are entrusted with the league's best players and perhaps the most important and visible leadership position within the league, so careful selection is important. Some leagues simplify the process by awarding the Tournament Teams to those who win their divisions, pending board approval. Other leagues let players, managers, coaches, and board members cast votes.
PCA's National Partner, Little League, recommends a two-step process. First, let players, managers and coaches in the division select the managers and coaches for the tournament team. Second, the local league board of directors should review these selections to ensure that none of the coaches have violated any league policies or guidelines or otherwise created cause for concerns with their selection.
PCA tools that help establish criteria include the Double-Goal Coach® Job Description, which lets parents and coaches know what the organization expects of its coaches. These evaluations can guide the league's Board of Directors in its final selection of coaches.
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