As your team’s coach, you are now the head coach, and as such you should carry the title of Skipper. This title may not seem like much - but, it is a time honored tradition in this game to refer to the head coach of any baseball team as its Skipper. I am not head coach material, although I’ve filled in that place when my Skipper(s), bench coach(s) and other on the ladder, have been politely asked to leave.
So, first things first - Congratulations Skipper.
Ok, lets get some information -
(1) Have fielders been assigned or designated yet? By fielders I mean who plays 1st, 2nd, outfielders and so forth.
(2) Have you assigned a batting order? Who bats first in that batting order, then who bats second, and so forth.
(3) Has this league published rules to go by? Are you using The “Official Baseball Rules” governing all professional play in the United States and Canada, including the World Baseball Classic.?
(4) Are you aware of the “meeting at the plate” by the head coaches of the two teams playing, and the umpire crew?
(5) If you’re the home team, do you have enough baseballs to supply the game with? This can vary from just a few dozen baseballs to many dozen baseballs. It’s been my experience to supply about 5 dozen for a nine inning game.
(6) Does this league have a mercy ruling? This means if one team is behind, like 12 or 14 runs, the game is called and playing stops. Hence, the term mercy.
(7) Will your league use any composition for bats? Anything different from wood, gives the pitch different product off the bat. You should know up front what you’re about to deal with, for “small ball.” Do you understand the term “small ball?”
(8) Since you’re doing most, if not all of the pitching, do you have a backup pitcher to bring in when your team is losing without any possibility of recovering? This kind of pitcher is called a “sacrificial pitcher.” This guy goes into the game knowing that he’ll be knocked about pretty good, so he does his best, BUT, his best is for nothing. I know this sounds out of sorts, but it gives you, the best arm on the club, a rest when you know your all going down anyway.
(9) Does you eating habits restrict your consumption of certain foods? Does you religious, social or other influences restrict when you can eat, and in what amounts or even how?
(10) How are the members on your club selected? Are there members on your club who are related?
(11) Are you playing against other clubs who live near and work with your teammates?
(12) Where do the umpires come from? Who qualifies these umpires?
(13) Do the playing fields that you’ll be on have fences or walls that indicate fair and foul boundaries? This is especially important for discussing ground rules and outfield limits.
So, lets start here, then work our way to bigger and better things.