How do I get started coaching youth baseball in Chicago?
November 9, 2008 5:59 PM   Subscribe

How do I get started coaching youth baseball in Chicago?

I want to coach kids baseball in Chicago, but I don't know where to get started. I've searched high and wide throughout the Chicago Park District site, but can't find anything.

Anyone have any direct links to a phone number to call or a schedule of when I need to get started?

Also, if you've coached (or know someone who has), I would welcome any stories of personal experiences. I don't have kids, but I played Little Leage for six years. I'm 33 now, and I would love to help teach the game I love so much to the next generation. I know that sounds hokey, but it's really true.
posted by zooropa to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I googled "Little League Chicago" and found a couple of league sites without much trying. I umpire in Little League and can vouch for them; however you may want to try the Cal Ripken ball as well. You're probably better off trying the individual leagues, particularly if you can find one convenient to your area, but the parent organizations (e.g. Little League HQ in Williamsport) may be able to direct you to a local league lacking a web presence.

Do be prepared for some extra scrutiny as a coach without children in the league (I'm assuming from the tenor of your question). Little League does a background check on all volunteers as a matter of course, but although I don't have children either, as an ump, I'm not alone with the kids.

Kudos to you and good luck finding a fit.
posted by stevis23 at 8:59 PM on November 9, 2008

My son plays in the Edgebrook-Saugenash League. About 1100 kids total...good training programs for future umps etc. Most of the coaches are dads with a kid in the game...and they stay with them as they move up. There is also a training facility on Touhy Ave than runs year long called Frozen Ropes. Between the two, they should be able to point you in the right direction
posted by timsteil at 5:37 AM on November 10, 2008

If it's like California, you may as well go to the Police Station and get your fingerprinting done so they can start your background check.
posted by whoda at 6:30 AM on November 10, 2008

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