All coaches are required to obtain ACE
certification and present their ACE card and background
check to the Ohio Hawks board prior to the 2019 summer season.
Be Punctual … your players and parents
will expect you to be there on time, actually, ahead of time for
your practices and games. We will not allow
coaches/asst coaches to not be good role models. Coaches
must be on time, prepared and if their daughter is on the
team, she must be properly dressed and prepared. Players must have their
jersey tucked in at all times. We need to look like
we expect to play – professional and the best
teams in the
Be Prepared – come with a game or practice
Communicate – let your players and parents
know where you are going as a team and what you expect
from their daughter (DD). Periodic coach /parent /player talks are
good – let them know where their DD stands, what she
needs to work on and what she has made progress on.
Pre-Game – have a solid pre-game warm-up
plan .. the hour leading up to the game should run
like clock work – your kids should know to the minute
what they will be doing right up to game time.
Have your team documents ready and with you –
have your roster, insurance forms, scorebook, etc. all at
hand and complete before Sat morning.
Be an ambassador for the Hawks. We expect to hear
from other that the ‘the Hawks are a class org’ –
and it all
starts with the coaches, parents, and the players. As
coaches you HAVE to be a class act, respectful of the
umpires, TD’s and other teams and coaches. We are not
going to get all calls going our way – it is how we
react to it that shows our character. There is no use
crying, yelling and making a scene. Keep your composure,
do not embarrass yourself or your team, nor allow your
players for parents to do so.
Get ejected from a game and you have to skip
the next tourney game and appear before the board.
There is no reason to be ejected as a head coach – you
have to be under control at all times. Make every effort
to maintain composure – if you are the head coach, your
team needs you in the dugout.
Dealing with players / team – whenever you
or any coach has a potentially sensitive conversation
with a player or the team you must have at least
1 other adult (preferably another coach) there
and you must be in full view of other adults, players
etc. Male coaches must be aware of any potential
situation that would lead to the player being in an
During instruction it is
sometimes necessary to move a players hands, legs, or
hips to help them understand or feel the move they need
to make during a swing, throw or while fielding.
Do not touch a player during
training, games or providing instruction without first
letting the player know that you are going to help by
touching her. Never touch a player unless another adult,
coach or parent is supervising, and never touch a player
in an area of the body that might be considered sexual
in nature. In all cases, it is better to not touch a
player if it is not necessary, and it is best if the
parent is present and approves the instruction.
Do not take a player behind the dugout for a talk – go
to the outfield, stay in
full view of others. When you address your team
after a game, make sure your coaches are there as well.
There is no reason for a coach to address the team
without his/her assistant coaches there. We need to be
very open and transparent about our communication with
the girls – esp. male
Address player issues away from the
team with another coach as a witness –
do not embarrass a player in
front of the team.
Coaches of 14u and younger
teams - seek parent approval prior to texting any of
your players. Always let the parents know that you are
communicating with their daughter - copy the parents on
text messages and emails sent to players.
Be an Encourager: Always leave your
team and players with a positive word to remember. If
they are playing poorly remember that you built the team and are
responsible to coach them up. Make sure to
differentiate between bad play and bad
attitudes/effort. Players control their attitude,
coaches control their play thru training and
Remember the bigger picture: One
game, one tourney does not define a season. If you, as a
coach, make too big a deal over one play, game or
tourney, you will frustrate your team and yourself.
Sometimes teams play bad, have an off day – again, it is
how they respond the next day that shows their
Coaches must avoid verbal, physical or sexual
harassment and inappropriate physical or sexual advances
or behavior. This will be cause for
immediate dismissal as a coach.
On game day coaches will avoid all alcohol until
after the last game and you have cleared the park. We
would hope coaches will avoid smoking while your team is
playing and wait until after the games are complete.
Coaches must never solicit, either overtly or
covertly, players to join their squad or change their
team. We can’t be known as a player robber organization.
Girls will seek our teams out, engage them when they do.
Report all game issues, concerns with players or
incidents to the board promptly via email to
Make sure your scorekeepers are keeping score as
we trained them and that they enter the results on the
Hawks stats page by Tuesday night after the weekend.
16. Travel – Your team is
responsible for the proper behavior while on the road,
in hotel and restraints – Particularly when wearing
Hawks identifiable gear. As coaches, we represent the
organization all weekend. Disorderly conduct or
excessive drinking by a coach in public is cause for
17. Coach and Player
Advocates– In the case that you have a parent or
player dispute, remember that you have a coaches
advocate in Mike Hoff – remind the player/parent that
they are to take their case to their advocate, Daryl
Cummins and we will handle the situation thru the proper
Coaches are not to transport any player of their team
alone in a car with them. There must be an additional
adult present or multiple players in the car and each
players parent must give their approval prior to the
coach transporting the player(s).
Guards– Pitchers, 3rd base and 1st
base positions on all Hawks 10u and 12u teams are
required to wear approved defense facemasks during
games, practices and scrimmages that have 'live' batters
print these guidelines and the players rules/guidelines
and place in your coaches handbook.
Hawks | 7/6/2020