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*Yes, you are permitted to do both! However, you cannot coach and umpire within the same division. For example, if you are head or assistant coach in Minors, you are only permitted to umpire in Majors or Babe Ruth.

Our kids need you!

Coaching and Umpiring are two of the most rewarding experiences any person can have in Baseball & Softball. The priceless moments are endless!

One of our most difficult tasks at Pinelands Youth Jersey Shore Baseball, especially with transitioning into the reputable and competitive environment that Cal Ripken Baseball expects, is assembling a dedicated group of coaches to lead our teams and umpires to officiate their games. We are hopeful to have a minimum of one head coach and at least two assistant coaches on every team. 

Coaches and Umpires can be parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and any adult community members that can perform the duties of a Coach and Umpire. If you’re interested in joining this monumental endeavor to bring baseball back to our community and are willing to complete the following “Coaching Requirements Checklist,” and/or Umpiring Checklist, WE WANT YOU! Whether it's your first time coaching or umpiring or you are a veteran of the art, we aim to build a community of coaches and umpires, who are prepared to deliver a high quality experience for our children.

Our move into Cal Ripken Baseball and the initiative to provide all coaches and umpires with the required certifications, necessary training, and all the equipment needed for a successful season calls for certain commitments on the part of our coaches and umpires.

We are here every step of the way!  From certification and training reimbursement and guidance to helping develop drills and managing parental questions and concerns, you’ll have access to a team of experienced and dedicated coaches that have been there. Please read through the Incentives we offer and PYJSBA’s “Coaching Requirements Checklist," and "Umpiring Checklist,” and join us today!

Our Expectations

Aside from the certifications outlined below that PYJSBA needs to secure our regional charter, PYJSBA is recruiting coaches and umpires who aim to provide a fun-filled learning experience within a safe and caring environment, where our players will learn to love and learn to play the games of baseball and softball. We want our players and their families to create memories they can cherish forever. 

We are recruiting Coaches who can commit to two to three experiences (practices and games) per week, which includes a game on Saturdays when most community and family members can attend. 

We are recruiting Umpires who can commit to officiating one to multiple games on Saturdays when most community and family members can attend. 

Coaches' Pre-season Expectations:

  • Attendance and participation in Evaluations and Draft Night during the 1st two weeks of March.
  • Minimal Open Gym attendance and supervision.
  • Practices begin in mid to late March.

 Coaches' In-season Expectations:

  • Fun, safe, and productive practices.
  • Coaching a minimum of one game each week on Saturdays.
  • Communicating regularly with parents, players, fellow coaches, and PYJSBA representatives.
  • Maintaining a healthy and fun environment at all times.
  • Caring for issued equipment.
  • Performing minimal field maintenance before and after practice and games.
  • Working out scheduling conflicts.
  • Promoting PYJSBA events.

 Coaches' Post-season Expectations:

  • Equipment organization and return.
  • Participate in possible post-season play opportunities.

Schedules are determined by head coaches based on schedule and field availability, which we begin developing in February based on the number of registrations PYJSBA receives. We expect coaches to determine one to two specific nights during the week for games and practices and to schedule a game on Saturday. While Saturday game times will be fluid and can change from week to week, we hope to have each coach determine which one to two nights during the work week they will have practices and games. This helps our families who have children involved in other activities or need to make transportation arrangements. We aim to team up head coaches with assistants who will help ensure no practices or games are canceled due to anything other than the weather.

Join our team today!
Our community’s ball players NEED YOU!

PYJSBA PAYS OUR UMPIRES!

All eligible umpires starting at age 16 receive a check for $70 for EVERY game officiated.  With several teams, there is plenty of opportunity to officiate multiple games on Saturdays April through June.

Coaching & Umpiring INCENTIVE #1

*Coach and/or Umpire with us, and PYJSBA will reimburse you for the TOTAL cost of your "Coaching Youth Baseball The Babe Ruth League Way" certification, which is good for life, and your annual, "Background Check," which is required every season, and "Abuse Prevention Training," which is required every two years.

A PYJSBA representative is always available for help with this process or you can reach out to our Player & Coach Agent

*To be eligible for reimbursement:

  • You must be registered no later than the last day in February and have the required certifications properly posted in our system no later than March 1
  • You must fulfill all duties required of our coaches, including pre-season, in-season, and post-season duties as outlined on this page.
  • At the end of the season, the TOTAL cost you spend to obtain your "Abuse Prevention Training," the online “Background Screen Registration,” and "Coaching Youth Baseball The Babe Ruth League Way" will be reimbursed on an announced evening at the fields.
  • You must be present to receive reimbursement.
  • *There is no reimbursement for previously obtained certifications.

Coaching and Umpiring Incentive #2

Coach with us and your children play for free!

(Head & Assistant Coaches ONLY)

We are well aware that at the end of the day, coaches are the undisputed champions at the heart of helping PYJSBA and Ripken Baseball succeed and grow. Therefore, to celebrate coaches who are stepping up in a BIG way, completing this certification process, and doing the best they can to help us provide a memorable, learning experience for our players, the league will also reimburse ALL player fees paid by coaches for their own children to participate in the league. If you know the game but don’t have children in the PYJSBA league, and you are just looking for an opportunity to add to your resume or experience the nostalgia that this sport offers, you will receive a check for the cost of one player’s fee at the level you coach.  

*Umpires do not qualify for this incentive as games to officiate are not guaranteed and payment is made for each game officiated.

*To be eligible for reimbursement:

  • You must be registered no later than the last day in February and have the required certifications properly posted in our system no later than March 1. 
  • You must fulfill all duties required of our coaches, including pre-season, in-season, and post-season duties as outlined on this page.
  • At the end of the season, the TOTAL cost you spend on your child's or children's registration fees will be reimbursed.
  • You must be present to receive reimbursement.
  • *There is no reimbursement for previously obtained certifications.

“Coaching and Umpiring Requirements Checklist”

REQUIREMENT #1

To begin your journey of becoming a PYJSBA Certified Coach and/or Umpire, you must first REGISTER WITH US or Renew your Registration to coach and/or umpire for the upcoming season.  As you will learn, we provide some tremendous tools to make rostering, scheduling, and communicating with parents, players, and coaches easier. We have also provided access to training material to help you become an exceptional coach and mentor. We will also keep copies of your certifications in our system to keep them safe and on file with PYJSBA.

  • To take advantage of these free tools, you need to create an account with SportsEngine and register as a coach with us.   
  • To register, visit the Coaches & Umpires Registration page.  There is no cost to register. You'll be able to go back and upload your certifications as you earn them or all at once when you have them.
  • Once registered, make sure you download the Sports Engine app as you will be added to our "Coaches Corner" chat, where important information will be shared and you can ask questions.

A PYJSBA representative is always available for help with this process or you can reach out to our Player & Coach Agent

REQUIREMENT #2

An essential function of head coaches (team managers) and their assistants is to manage team communications with players and their families. An essential function of umpires is to manage communications with PYJSBA confirming game times and any issues experienced. If you are looking to become a head or assistant coach or umpire with PYJSBA, we are providing a Team Management Guide for Coaches and Team Managers to help you use our website and mobile app to efficiently and effectively communicate and manage your team.  

  • The first, and most important, requirement based on the feedback of our community of parents and coaches is to make in-season communication between parents and coaches not just a priority but easy to do.
  • All assistant coaches and head coaches must commit to reviewing this guide and prepare to utilize the mobile app to communicate with parents and players.
  • All umpires only need to register as you will be rostered in our Umpire Chat to confirm game dates, payment, and any issues experienced.

A PYJSBA representative is always available for help with this process or you can reach out to our Player & Coach Agent

REQUIREMENT #3

  • All coaches, heads and assistants, and umpires must complete the “Coaching Youth Baseball the Babe Ruth League Way” online certification course. There is a cost of $19.95 for you to take the course at your own pace, but the league will fully reimburse you once you complete all requirements for reimbursement.* This certification is good “for life,” so if you already have one, you can upload that.
    • The "Coaching Youth Baseball the Babe Ruth League Way" includes a terrific e-book download that you can access for life and the course is presented in a slide format. With reading, the course and the test take around an hour and a half, but you can work at your own pace, and the program saves your progress.
    • Once you are shown your certificate of completion, take a screenshot, and upload it to the Coaches & Umpires Registration page.  After registering, simply go back to the page and edit your session.

REQUIREMENT #4

  • All coaches, heads and assistants, and umpires must complete the National
    Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) Background Check
    and Abuse Prevention Systems (APS) Training.
     There is a cost of $25.50 for you to complete the registration and training on your own schedule, but again, the league will FULLY reimburse you. The Background Check is required annually while the APS is good for two years. 
    • The Background Check takes about 5 minutes, and the Abuse Prevention Training is presented in a series of videos and takes around an hour and fifteen minutes, but you can work at your own pace, and the program saves your progress.
    • Once you are shown your certificate of completion, take a screenshot, and upload it to the Coaches & Umpires Registration page.  After registering, simply go back to the page and edit your session.

REQUIREMENT #5 (Umpires Only)

  • All umpires must register, complete, and upload USA Baseball's FREE Certification at USA Baseball to your PYJSBA account.
  • If you already hold an up-to-date certification with Tr-State Elite or USABL, you can upload that certification instead and do not need to complete USA Baseball's Umpire Certification.

REQUIREMENT #6 (Head and Assistant Coaches Only)

  • All coaches, heads, and assistants, must attempt to attend a minimum of four (4) or more of our “Open Clinic Nights” that we hope to offer one night a week from the 3rd week in February to the first week in April.

Your attendance presents two benefits:

  • We have your help organizing and running safe, skill-building drills in a welcoming environment.
  • We create a coaching community, where we can all learn from one another in a stress-free environment.

REQUIREMENT #7 (Head Coaches ONLY)

  • Vital to ensuring that teams have access to safe and certified equipment, head coaches will be provided an array of well-conditioned equipment at the start of the season that includes EVERYTHING needed to provide a safe, well-organized experience for players of all levels. On a predetermined evening, head coaches receive their teams’ equipment. To ensure the proper care and return of equipment, like other reputable programs, we require head coaches to complete a form acknowledging receipt and responsibility for the equipment assigned to their team. After the season, an evaluation as to the condition of equipment will be made and noted in the coaches' end-of-season evaluation. No coach will be held accountable for replacing items that incur normal wear and tear or minor miscellaneous items. Any lost or damaged equipment MUST be communicated as soon as possible.

Please consider joining our team; our children will thank you!  When you are ready to take the next step to join our team, register on our Coaches & Umpires Registration page!

Again, if you have any questions, please email our Player and Coach Agent, who would be delighted to help.

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