Every year I tell them the number one thing they need to know is how to appeal a play. Kids miss touching bases every year. 1st base coaches and 3rd base coaches should be watching, but they don't, they watch the ball. Umpires watch the base and the ball. I know if the kid touches 99% of the time if I am doing a game alone, and 100% if 2 man teamed. Umpires are not watching the game for enjoyment, they are watching to enforce the rules.
What are the big things coaches need to know?
- Understand the Infield Fly rule. (Ordinary effort is the key to this)
- Obstruction rule. Defensive player do it all the time. Teach it.
- Interference in all of it's variations.
- One Offensive timeout an inning.
- Don't call timeout as you walk onto the field. Wait to be granted.
read about this disgrace here. I was flabbergasted at the news. Feel free to comment.