Support Wellesley Little League's Selection of the Most Qualified Coaches
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We, the undersigned members of the Wellesley community do not support the recently proposed ban on non-parent coaches in WLL programs.
We do not believe a unilateral ban on qualified individuals who volunteer to coach in a WLL program is in the best interest of the players or the program.
Wellesley Little League (WLL) administers programs for players from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Programs begin by emphasizing fun and education at the youngest ages and later focus on skill development and competition as players reach the National League, American League, and Senior League. Wellesley also fields 2 Williamsport Teams consisting of players in the American League as voted on and selected by American League managers. Wellesley’s Williamsport teams are generally competitive and have won the MA State Little League title and advanced to the New England Regional Championships twice in recent years (2012 and 2016).
Through their many leagues and playing opportunities, WLL provides programs for all levels of players, from beginners to the most competitive players.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
We do not think coaching opportunities should be limited to parents. In assigning coaches, preference should be given to those individuals who are most highly qualified for the position, whether that coach is: a parent, grandparent, foster parent, guardian, step-parent or sibling of a current WLL player; a parent or other relative of a former WLL player; an individual who coaches other teams and/or is involved with business(es) related to youth sports; or a retiree or other community member with no player in the program but who has time, knowledge and love of the game to share. When possible, coaches should be those individuals who have baseball knowledge appropriate for the applicable WLL program level and the ability to teach players baseball skills (i.e. more experience/knowledge for the competitive leagues – 3rd, NL, AL, Summer, Senior), have coached in WLL in prior year(s) and had a record of success, have received positive feedback from players and parents, and have not been subject to disciplinary action by WLL or other Wellesley youth sports organizations.
We represent fellow volunteers in the Wellesley community – current and former youth sports board members, coaches, assistant coaches, and members of other volunteer and civic organizations, as well as current and former WLL players. We recognize that in becoming involved in WLL, we are supporting the organization, not only our own child or our own interests. We appreciate that the WLL Board of Directors is a group of volunteers who donate their time and resources to support Little League International’s (LLI) mission to “promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball.”
We believe that the WLL Board of Directors effectively supports LLI’s mission and the WLL Constitution in the current administration of its programs, including the coach and manager selection process. Any unilateral ban is potentially discriminatory and may not comply with LLI regulations. We encourage the WLL Board of Directors to continue its inclusivity in welcoming all qualified volunteers to be part of WLL programs in a capacity that best fits their skill sets.
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