Managers and coaches: Log in for team related access at the LOG IN or SIGN IN button at the upper right corner of the home page. Use your first and last name as when you first registered for an account. Use your family password also.
Also, please note that coaches' names ARE NOT posted to team rosters until after they pass a CORI check. The City of Newburyport requires that all adults working with youngsters pass the CORI process each year before they are allowed to be on the fields with the players.
As a follow-up to Dino's note, I would add the following. Not in any particular order, just as my brain remembers things.
1. I do appreciate your volunteering to "work" for the League. There is a lot of history in the League and I hope you help us further its lifetime. You all are the future of the organization and are keys to its next 50 years...smile. There are organizational rules/policies/procedures that need to be followed to ensure viability and continuity.
2. Re the dugouts, no food is allowed in them and players are not allowed to leave the dugout area during a game to go to the food stand for food and/or snacks.
3. Re the dugouts (part 2), the 6 new dugouts were expensive ($36K plus) and are expected (for safety's sake) to contain players and playing equipment. League rules are that the playing equipment (loose balls, pails of balls, catcher's gear, helmets, bats, bags, and other similar items) is to NOT be kept outside the dugput along the fence. Any overthrows and/or fielders approaching the fence area should not be exposed to equipment in the way of play. Bats are not to be stuck into the fence holes as a bat holder. If a fielder were to run up against the fence chasing a ball, the bat will fly up into the area inside the dugout where players are standing.
4. Bases (which are expensive) are to be placed in the dugout closets at the end of the last game of the day.
5. Managers need to communicate these messages to their respective coaching staffs. Managers and coaches have special "admin status" regarding the web site and extra ability to view and add team info. Coaches do not have this special access until they are "officially" listed as a coach in the web site. This is why I have asked managers to send me their coaches names so that I can list them officially. The site "recognizes" those individuals as per their family log in name and password.
6. The CORI approved list does not provide team names with the adults. I could "guess" as to some team assignments, but there have been times in the past whereby an adult turned in CORI paperwork, but the manager did not wish to have that person as a coach. Thus I do not add names until the manager indicates his/her coaches.
7. I would also caution managers to ensure he/she knows our fielding/defensive substitution rules very carefully. Please review the policies for players arriving late to a game or leaving a game early. Not playing players by the rules (sitting them too many innings) can lead to League sanction.
8. Managers and coaches running the team in the manager's absence must be very cognizant of pitching innings rules. Please review your division's rules re pitching. Please be aware that a violation of said pitching rules is grounds for a protest with the penalty being forfeiture of that game. Now that the first week of the season is over, please understand that a pitching week begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday. Pitching restrictions are not based on hours, but rather days. For example, in B baseball, a player may not pitch more than 4 innings in ANY 3 day period - regardless of pitching week boundaries. This is not determined by counting 72 hours, but rather by a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (for example). If you have any questions re pitching or defensive substitutions, I encourage you to contact your VP, President, or me.
9. All perimeter gates are to be closed since the entire field is in play - subject to balls entering the open end of a dugout.
10. Games may be subject to re-scheduling due to weather, unplayable field conditions, or lack of players due to a sanctioned school event that conflicts with our posted schedules. Games are not rescheduled due to player absences due to pool parties, camping trips with the family, attendance at a Red Sox game, birthday parties, or participation in another sport. Please review your division's rules/policies for minimum player status for a game to be official.
Once again thanks for your efforts to assist the youth of Newburyport as they pursue a safe, fun, and learning environment while playing baseball or softball.
• Go to the leagues website: www.thenewburyportpioneerleague.com
• Click on Practice Scheduler on the right side of the home page
• Enter the following:
• Username: Your email address
• Password: Password assigned by league
USERNAME and PASSWORD are not mecessarily the same pass codes you use to access your team manager
page on the Pioneer League website.
To schedule a practice:
1) Select a date
2) Select a “Service” – i.e. Practice / 60 minutes. Must select practice and desired time slot (60 or 90 minutes).
3) Select a opening “field” and available timeslot displayed in the chart
4) Update contact info. Please add your email and phone number.
5) Press “Confirm” button.
6) An email will be sent to you confirming scheduled practice.
Practices do not get added automatically to your teams’ PL calendar/ schedule. You must notify your team of a scheduled practice. You may, also, add the practice time and place information to your team's calendar on your team page on the web site. Parents will be able to view games and practices on that calendar. And if the parent with multiple kids in our League selects the multi-schedule option from the selection menu, ALL childrens games and practices will be displayed - in either list view or calendar view. Please encourage your players'parents to use this feature.
It is a privilege, an honor, a personal commitment, a major responsibility, and a
personally rewarding and fun experience to be appointed a Manager in the Pioneer
League. The job comes with many expectations and duties. You will be expected to focus
on the task at hand – that of being held responsible for the leadership of a sports team
comprised of adult coaches and youth-aged players. It requires a huge time commitment
not just on the field, but off the field as well. As a Manager you will need organizational
and communication skills, knowledge of the game of baseball/softball, the ability to teach
youngsters, and most of all - patience. This last attribute is most important, not only in
leading your players, but also for performing the administrative duties of being a
Manager. Listed below are the expectations of the Executive Board for Pioneer League
On the field:
Your first teaching priority is the practice of good sportsmanship; second is playing
skills; and third is teamwork. If you succeed you will field a competitive team.
Remember that we are here to instruct the players. Winning is great, but it is not our
As Manager, you are expected to run practices that teach your players the skills that will
help them play the game more confidently and in turn, more successfully. This means
running effective practices at least twice a week. Speak with your League VP if you’d
like help in designing practices. The key to a good practice is keeping everyone involved,
active in varied skills drills, and not just standing or sitting around. Before the regular
season begins, a minimum of 2 to 3 practices a week helps the team get going and used to
the discipline of attendance at practices. During the season a minimum of one practice
and two games a week are suggested. Many coaches get together and schedule
scrimmages. Remember more is better.
The addition of open substitution is to promote fair playing time for all. This means that a
son and/or daughter, or your team’s higher skilled players should not play every inning of
every game With a little effort you can ensure that no player sits more than one defensive
inning at a time during games.
Not every player can be a pitcher or a catcher, but every player should be given the
proper instruction to allow him/her to safely play positions in both the infield and
outfield. Do not have players play only one position. Remember we are here to teach.
Managers and their coaches are expected to attend coaching clinics sponsored by the
League and led/taught by experienced personnel. These are mandatory for Managers and
are highly recommended for all Coaches. A coach's attendance at these clinics will be a
“plus” when new managers selections are held. Attendance will be taken at applicable
Off the field:
A Manager is expected to be at all scheduled League Board of Directors (League
Officers, Managers, and Coaches) meetings. The Board usually meets weekly beginning
in mid-March, continues in April, and reverts back to every other week during the season
after Opening Day issues are resolved. It is mandatory that each team be represented. If
you are unable to attend, a coach or parent must sit in. Attendance will be taken.
A Manager is expected to coordinate parental duties, such as trash duty, spring clean up,
or other work parties as needed, etc. Remember the Pioneer League is an all-volunteer
effort and if all parents help out we will have a safe and clean environment for the
The calendar raffle is an important part of each year’s budget. Without the raffle there
would not have been new lights on Hawkes Field. Other field improvements are funded
through the raffle also. As a Manager, it is important that your team’s parents understand
the importance of fund raising. And they need to participate to the best of their ability.
Each Manager will be given a copy of their players’ registration form. It includes parents’
names, addresses, phone numbers, cell/work phones and email addresses. It also includes
the player’s medical problems/allergies info if applicable and emergency contact
information. These copies should be secured and brought to each and every game and
practice. Team rosters will be provided to applicable League VPs.
Email is an effective means of communicating with your team’s players and their parents.
It is not the only means, however. Personal communication, team newsletters, and use of
the League Web Site should all be utilized. You cannot rely on only one means of
Every year uniforms are a problem -- either in distribution in the spring or collection at
the end of the season. A Manager should have a list of players and the shirt given to each
player. At the conclusion of the season, each Manager needs to collect the shirts and
return them to the equipment manager. The easiest method is to collect the shirt at the
conclusion of the last game.
As Manager you are responsible for your team’s game equipment and its return at the
conclusion of the season. Please clean helmets and the catcher’s gear as well as the bag.
Keep parents informed of games, practice times, and places. Email is the best method,
telling the player is the worst. Parents need advance notice of practices and games in
writing. Please try to provide a schedule at least a week or two in advance.
Keep the parents involved. Having everybody involved in the League gives everyone a
sense of ownership. This helps keep the place clean and safe for all.
It is expected, and necessary, that managers, both returning and those giving up a team,
will notify their returning players of the registration dates. A good way to do this is with
email a week before registration begins. Phone calls are also necessary. Follow-ups are
expected and may be needed also to forgetful parents. A mail-in registration session is
generally held in August and a walk-in registration session is held in mid-September.
You are the role model for your team and the parents. Your actions and demeanor will set
the example for all. Good sportsmanship is the key. Remember we are a teaching League,
a bad call or decision is part of the game (a learning experience), not a life or death issue.
There will be times you will have to “bite your tongue.”
The majority of our umpires are former Pioneer A and B League players and are current
PL Senior Baseball Division members. The ages range from 13 to adult. Most are 13-16.
That said, we are also teaching these young people to be umpires. Be respectful of them.
Do not argue judgment calls. If you wish the ruling umpire to ask his partner for his
opinion, do so respectfully. Do not question an umpire’s strike zone; you are not
standing behind the plate.
Keeping parents involved means that you may need to police them on occasion by
reminding them that they too, are role models for the players.
While there are a number of duties as Manager, a good Manager knows how to delegate.
Most people are willing to help and only need to be asked.
All Managers and Coaches are expected to live up to the expectations and guidelines set
forth above. These are part of the criteria that the Executive Board Screening Committee
will use in evaluating Managerial applications when Managers are approved for the
following season. Manager titles are awarded on a yearly basis and are subject to review.
Managers, you are responsible for your coaches, assistant coaches, and any adult volunteers. ALL must be CORIed and approved before being on a field (game or practice) or in a dugout area on which youngsters are present. This is a City of Newburyport mandate since we are using city property for games and practices.
The only divisions where scores and results are posted are: A-League and B-League.
Access web site home page.
Managers and coaches have mini admin status and thus may Log In at the top right corner of the home page with your name and family password.
The screen you now see will be your Team page.
You may now click on the tab of your choice on the left edge (Contacts, Schedule, Calendar, Roster, Results, Standings, or Multi-Schedule).
Click on Results to enter scores and the PITCH COUNT for of the players who pitched in that game.
You will now see your completed games and season results page.
To enter the score and pitch count, click on the tiny yellow note pad and pencil just to the left of the red “X” on the right side of the game to be edited. Please do not click on that red "x."
You will now see the screen on which to enter runs and pitch count. Type in BOTH teams runs. In the comments section, type your team name and under it, type the players and their pitch count. If you know the opponent’s pitchers and their pitch count, type them in also.
Feel free to enter any other special notes about the game...strike outs, home runs, great fielding plays, etc. Click on Submit. These game notes are viewable on the web site home page under the game results section on the right side.
BOTH teams’ managers or responsible coaches need to access the results page and ensure the results and pitch counts are entered and are correct.
While at the season results page, please note the little yellow note pad on the very left edge of a game line. You may click on it to see previous notes/comments/pitch counts.
A supplemental note: When viewing the game results on the home page, if you click on the pencil to the left of the winning team, you will be able to see ALL comments that were entered by the applicable manager or coach for that game.