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Coach Requirements

Thank you for volunteering your time to serve as a coach in our program. Below is a checklist to help ensure you have all the information available to be a successful coach. We do have requirements that MUST be completed. All the required items must be completed before your first practice. If you have any questions please contact us at 701-232-9225 or by email at [email protected]

1. 2024 Coaching Application (Required Each Year)

When filling out the 2024 summer player registration, please select the volunteer role to show you're interested in coaching. 

In order to complete the volunteer role you will need to be logged into your account, from there you will need to go to view account and on the left hand side of the page you will see 'volunteer role', after selecting volunteer role you will see an option to select 'find volunteer roles', once selected please follow the steps provided. If you have already completed the summer player registration, you can still go back into your account and select this option. 

This MUST be completed as ALL communication will come from the volunteer contact list.

2. 2024 Volunteer Background Check / SafeSport (Required Each Year)

Coaches are required to submit a background check each year. Please click on the below link to access the online form. 

Background Check - CLICK HERE

Required Abuse Awareness Training for Adults (Under courses)

  • In 2018, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017” became Federal law. As part of SafeSport, abuse awareness training has been highly encouraged for participants and volunteers in the Little League program.
  • Beginning in 2024, this training will now be a required part of the annual Little League Volunteer Application, along with the annual background check. The training must be completed before any individual can assume any duties for the current season, including District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators.
  • It is important that all volunteers in a league complete the training on an annual basis. Even though it may be a training an individual has completed in the past, it is important to keep the information that is taught through Abuse Awareness Training fresh in everyone’s mind. The more individuals involved in a league that have the information that Abuse Awareness Training provides, the better.
  • Each league must determine which Abuse Awareness Training its volunteers must complete. USA Baseball’s BASE Abuse Awareness Training is a FREE online training that is SafeSport-compliant. This course can be completed in approximately 30 minutes online, producing a certificate of completion that you will share with the individual at your league who is responsible for overseeing your league’s background checks to verify you have completed the training. Regardless of which training program is used, each individual is responsible for providing their league with documentation to show that they’ve completed Abuse Awareness Training, annually.
  • Visit for information on how to access the USA Baseball’s BASE Abuse Awareness Training and for more information on this Federal law.

3. USA Baseball Coaching Clinic Certificate (Required Every Two Years)

For coaches who completed this requirement in 2022, you will not be required to complete this again in 2024 as this will last for 2 years. If you have completed this course in the past, you will need to go to my account, my courses, and click restart course. If you have not completed, please see below.  

If you attend a USA Baseball Online Coaches Clinic, you will only need to complete the Abuse Awareness for Adults & Basic First Aid Course. If you're interested in attending the Youth Coaches Clinic on Sunday, May 5th, please Click here.

If you DON'T attend a FYB/USA Baseball coaches clinic. You will need to complete all Level "A" Certification courses which includes the Confident Baseball Coach, Abuse Awareness for Adults, Introduction to Pitch Smart, Basic First Aid course & Code of Conduct. There is no video for the Code of Conduct. It is a waiver that you have to agree to. To access this, log in to your USA Baseball account, click My Profile / View Certification / Click "A" Certification / Scroll to the bottom / Click view, check the box, and agree. 

Please email a screenshot or photo of the certificate(s) once completed to [email protected].

CLICK HERE: Level "A" Certification

4. Submitting a Roster (Optional)

Coaches are allowed to form their own team as long as the player chooses to play for them.  Teams are allowed to stay together year after year. If submitting a roster, the roster deadline is March 1. 

Fargo Area Sports will separate players and teams by which competitive level said player has registered for. When submitting a roster you must have a minimum of 6 players and a max of 12 players. Fargo Area Sports has the right to add players to your team to ensure ALL kids have a place to play.

To submit your roster please fill out the Roster Submission Form by clicking this link: Roster Submission Form

5. Parent Meeting

It is mandatory that each team schedules a parent meeting to discuss the coaches plan for the upcoming season. Suggested topics to cover are coaching philosophy and goals, practices and schedule, player and parent expectations, 24-hour rule, communication, additional tournaments, GameChanger Team Manager, etc...

6. Reserving the ATTIC 

When reserving the ATTIC, please reach out to Fargo Area Sports at [email protected] if you do not already have an account with the booking software (Skedda). 

Each team is allowed to reserve 2 cages/week no more than 2 weeks in advance. You are able to reserve additional time within 48 hours of the scheduled date. If a time is available, book it. 

Inside the two cages you will be able to split the cage in half. Fargo Area Sports has a 10'x10' fungo screen in each cage along with an additional L screen to allow players to hit back to back (east & west) if need be. 

For more information on reserving time in the ATTIC please contact our office at [email protected] or by phone at 701-232-9225.

7. Review the League Rules

CLICK HERE: League Rules

8. Attend Coaches Meeting & Equipment Handout (Required)

It is important that all coaches attend these meetings as we will be handing out the equipment, covering rules, and discussing general questions.  

April 16th @ the Metro Rec
9/10u - 5:30-6:30 PM 
11/12u - 6:30-7:30 PM

April 18th @ the Metro Rec
5/6u - 5:30-6:30 PM
7/8u - 6:30-7:30 PM 

April 23 @ the Metro Rec
13u & 14/15u - 5:30-6:30 PM

All coaches’ meetings will be @ The Metro Rec Center (3110 Main Ave, Fargo ND 58103)

Practice Policy 

Baseball is a game of repetition and therefore practice is a key component in the development of every player. For this reason, FAS asks that each coach hold a minimum of 1 practice a week. Practice days and times are determined by the coaches. Fargo Area Sports encourages coaches to speak with the players' parents to determine which day and time works best for their team. Please keep in mind that practice fields are based on a first come, first serve basis. This is the policy of the Fargo Park District that we must abide by.  No team or individual will have exclusive rights to a field. If more than one team is at the same site at the same time, we ask that the coaches work together to share the field and space available. 

Additional Opportunities & Info

For more information regarding practice plans and training tips please visit our drop down menu under the coaches tab. 

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