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Coaching at Hastings Community Little League
Hastings Community Little League recognizes and thanks our coaches for their commitment to both our league and players each year. Without their involvement, we could not offer our baseball programs. 

Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game of baseball.  They have more interaction with our players than anyone else in our league, and therefore, it is important that all coaches understand the goals and virtues of the our program in order to effectively communicate them to your players.

HCLL coaches will understand that they are not only teaching the game of baseball; they are teaching valuable lifelong lessons that carry far beyond the field into the classroom, the home, and will stay with their players as they mature and develop. These life lessons include teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, responsibility and selflessness. Coaches will have their players, and team as a whole, focus on effort and personal improvement, rather than simply on winning or losing.

Our coaches help players realize that mistakes are inevitable and an important part of the learning process, and that the key to success is being able to bounce back from mistakes with renewed determination. The goal is to have players gain a sense of control over their own development and confidence in their ability to succeed – on and off the field.

Coaches Code of Conduct
Hastings Community Little League requires that all coaches adhere to our Coaches Code of Conduct at all times. Any violation of this Code of Conduct could result in either a temporary suspension or ejection from the league. You can review the Coaches Code of Conduct by clicking on the following link: Coaches Code of Conduct.

Coaches Meetings
Coaches Meetings for all divisions will take place in mid-March.  These meetings will be used to discuss rules of play, philosophies and goals, and to also assign team equipment.

Coaching Application Process

Steps you will need to take in order of priority to apply:

  1. Complete a Little League Volunteer Application Here and email the form to development@hcll.ca;
  2. Complete a Criminal Record Check Here using the HCLL access code NRQZ68BJSC 
  3. If you have not done so, complete your NCCP Initiation Coach Online Module (Code will be provided by HCLL)

If you have any further questions please contact our Director of Coach and Player Development at development@hcll.ca


NCCP Coaches Training 
HCLL has partnered with Baseball Canada in order to provide our coaches with access to their National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The program includes a combination of online training and clinics available for various age groups which are offered throughout the year. When you take an NCCP course online or attend a clinic, you'll gain baseball technical abilities as well as leadership and decision-making skills with the goal of making you a more effective baseball coach.

The completion of an NCCP Online Training Module is mandatory for all coaches in all divisions at Hastings Community Little League.

Instructions for NCCP online training
1) Obtain an NCCP Access ID # by sending an e-mail to Pat Tobin at development@hcll.ca

2) Register first on the NCCP site at: https://nccp.baseball.ca/register.php.  Fill in all the required fields and leave NCCP Number BLANK and enter "HCLL" as local association.

3) Complete the course.

Criminal Record Check Process
HCLL requires a completed Criminal Record Check for all Team Coaches prior to the start of each season, which includes team practices. HCLL will not accept Criminal Record Checks completed for other organizations.

Coaches can apply for a criminal record check online (Option 1 below) OR apply in person at an RCMP detachment or Vancouver Police office (Option 2 below).

OPTION 1 - Apply Online for Criminal Record Check
All coaches can apply for a Criminal Record Check through a secure online link to the Ministry of Justice (BC Government) website. Apply online by going to:  https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/  Follow the steps provided to request a Criminal record Check. You will be asked to provide an access code for Hastings Community Little League which is NRQZ68BJSC.

When applying online, please pay attention to the specifics on the multiple choice questions related to your financial status. Once again it is a totally secure site through the BC Govt.

Even if you do apply online, you STILL may be asked to visit an RCMP detachment office or the Vancouver Police department in order to complete your application or to provide a fingerprint sample. If you need to attend in person for whatever reason, then please bring a copy of the the HCLL Authorization Letter that can be accessed by clicking here: Criminal Record Check Authorization Letter  You can see the addresses for the Vancouver Police Department and RCMP offices by clicking here: Criminal Record Check Process.

OPTION 2 - Apply In Person for Criminal Record Check
If you choose to apply in person, then Vancouver residents must apply with the Vancouver Police Department and Burnaby residents must apply with the RCMP. To see the instructions for obtaining and submitting a criminal record check in person, please click here: Criminal Record Check Process.  To see and print the HCLL Authorization Letter which must be presented in person to either the Vancouver Police Department or RCMP, please click hereCriminal Record Check Authorization Letter.

If the completed Criminal Record Check is returned to you, please drop off or mail to: Attention: Safety Officer, Hastings Community Little League, 3096 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A3.

The Vancouver Police Department does charge a fee which will be reimbursed by HCLL - please submit a receipt to: Attention: Safety Officer, Hastings Community Little League (Hastings Baseball Club), 3096 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A3.

HCLL will provide our coaches with all the resources, training  and support they require before and during the season. This will be covered in more detail at the coaches meeting prior to the start of the season.  HCLL has a Director of Coach and Player Development who is dedicated to making sure your coaching experience is a positive one.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding coaching at HCLL, please do not hesitate to reach out to coach@hcll.ca.

Coaching Resources and Documents 
Coaching resources and documents to assist you in coaching at HCLL can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Coaches may also want to consider using TeamSnap which is a free online service that allows for easier communication with your team. You can sign-up at: www.teamsnap.com.

Coaches Manual - Covers all aspects of coaching at HCLL.
Practice Plan and Tips for T-Ball
Practice Plan for Rookie, Minor & Major Divisions.
Little League Coach Resource Centre - Link to Little League International Coaching Resource Centre. Register for access to coaching tips and baseball practice drills.
Coaching Parents - Some tips from Cal Ripken on how to engage parents and set the tone for a positive baseball season.
Pitfalls to Avoid as a Coach - Potential pitfalls to avoid as a coach.
Common Coaching Mistakes - Solutions to common coaching mistakes


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