There is no one single action that can have more of a positive impact on our players than improving the quality and knowledge of our managers and coaches. Therefore, it is very important for youth coaches to be properly trained to focus more on the child's baseball and softball experience and less on winning games.
With this in mind and wanting to take a leadership role in youth sports, the Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program was developed. Under the program, which took effect at the start of the 2008 season, all baseball and softball coaches must complete coaching education and certification.
The Babe Ruth League/Ripken Baseball Coaching Certification Program consists of the following online courses:
- Coaching Advanced Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
- Coaching Advanced Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches
- Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches
- Coaching Youth Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches
Coaches who successfully pass the Babe Ruth League Coaching Education and Certification Program will receive a certification that is valid for their entire coaching career with Babe Ruth League, Inc. This also applies to any coach who has already taken and successfully passed the Babe Ruth Coaching Education and Certification Program.
Which course is right for your coaches?
The Coaching Advanced Baseball and Softball courses are designed primarily for experienced coaches who are coaching a Babe Ruth League or Ripken Baseball team for the first time and need to be certified. The advanced courses are also aimed at Babe Ruth League and Ripken Baseball coaches who completed the Coaching Youth Baseball or Softball course to achieve certification and are now looking to further their development as coaches.
Coaches with no prior experience are encouraged to take the Coaching Youth Baseball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Baseball Coaches or Coaching Youth Softball: The Ripken Way for Babe Ruth Softball Coaches course. These courses provide essential information for the first-time coach on such topics as developing a coaching philosophy; communicating with players, officials, and parents; and managing a team.
Babe Ruth League has put a lot of time and energy into providing our coaches with everything they need to make baseball and softball fun, safe, productive and exciting for kids all over the country. Please have your coaches complete their certification or take their coaching to the next level with the Level II coaches courses and help our sport take a monumental step in the right direction! For the kids, be the best that you can be!
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