PLRLL Parent Guide
Below is the first thing every parent should read. It comes directly from the Official National Little League Rules and Regulations Guide.
“The parents of millions of Little Leaguers, combined with their youngsters, league officials, umpires, managers, coaches, auxiliary members and countless volunteer agencies including sponsors, represent an imposing cross section of this nation. Parents should accept the fact that they must shoulder responsibility and take initiative to make the local program successful. Little League is not a club in which membership implies baby-sitting benefits and entertainment privileges for your children. Practically speaking, Little League is an adult, volunteer work project constructed, supervised and assisted by parents who desire to make its benefits extend to their children. Each parent should join in the total effort. There is a place and a job to do for all. The burden of operating the League should not fall on a few. The parent who shirks this responsibility cannot, in turn, expect others to assume the burden.”
Parents are what make the Pompton Lakes / Riverdale Little League program a quality experience for all our children. The Pompton Lakes / Riverdale Little League can only be as good as we, the parents, make it. The following are some important volunteer areas that are required during the season. There are many responsibilities and commitments that make the Pompton Lakes / Riverdale Little League function smoothly.
- Snack Bar Assistance
- Field Maintenance
- Game Scorekeeping
We are all here to make this a positive experience for ALL of the kids playing. Let’s make it fun!
Parent support during both games and practices is critically important to the success of the league. Be supportive of the team by ensuring your child attends each practice on-time. Be positive during games, whether you are a manager, an assistant coach, or simply a fan. Finally, please keep the following in mind:
- Show your child as well as others positive reinforcement.
- Be involved! Observe practices and games and help your child practice.
- Encourage your child toward good sportsmanship in every game.
- Let the managers and coaches do the coaching.
- Let an umpire be the umpire.
Recognize that the umpire is the closest to the play and that each umpire will “call them as they see them”. The umpire is often a volunteer or is learning the role. They have assumed a difficult, but necessary part in a successful league.
Parents play the biggest role in making Pompton Lakes / Riverdale Little League a positive environment for the players, coaches and rest of the volunteers that make up the league. Parent behavior is important as it will give our children either good or bad habits as they grow and mature. Let’s make certain that we all conduct ourselves appropriately.
If you have concerns about anything regarding your team or the league, first talk to your manager. If your concern is not resolved, then contact your Division Player Representative.