Batter up!

It’s a great sound when the umpire belts out, “Play ball!” Every season, our Miracle Leaguers can’t wait to take the field. Their excitement is contagious and heart-warming to see – because we believe every child deserves the chance to play baseball.

What's happening

Virus Update

https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf Good Afternoon Miracle league of Green Bay Friends and Families. As our nation continues to battle this horrible virus, I want to assure you that Gary, Paul and I continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set out by the Government for the safety and well being of all of you, especially our players. This will most likely mean that our 2020 schedule will change. It does not mean that we'll cancel the 2020 season completely. There will come a time when the Government and CDC deem it safe for all of us to get back to our normal activities. Children will return to school, parents will return to work and community events will once again resume. Once it's been determined that the danger of contracting this virus has passed we will review all of our available options and plan accordingly. Options we've discussed to date have been having a later start date, possibly shortening the season or as a last resort, hosting something like a weekend marathon event. Unfortunately, nothing can be determined until the threat of this virus goes away. Worst case scenario, if it ends up being too late in the summer to play our weekly games, we'd like at minimum to host some form of 15th Anniversary event. Whether it be a marathon weekend as previously mentioned or just a one day event. Our players will still be given the opportunity to participate in baseball. They will be assigned to their teams as normal, receive their jerseys and hats, have team photos taken and receive a few additional surprises as well. We fully intend to implement additional safety guidelines at the ballpark and continue to discuss ways to achieve this. I'll continue to update as new information becomes available.
Please remember the greatest defense at this time is "Social Distancing", "Staying Home" for those who can, "Hand Washing" with soap and water and "Disinfecting Surfaces". If you become ill self isolate. Be safe everyone, my thoughts remain with all of you during this scary time....
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Season Up Date Due To Corona Virus

Hello to all of our Miracle League families and friends. As you're all aware the Coronavirus has changed life as we all know it. Gary, Paul and I continue to hold on to the hope that our 2020 season will go ahead, even if it means having a later start date. There is under 11 weeks until our season is scheduled to begin and as more information about the quarantine timeline becomes available we'll discuss our available options. Our first hope is that all of our families make it through this crisis safely and that it will only be a matter of a few short weeks before we can all feel safe again. We hope everyone who can, will self quarantine and take all of the necessary precautions recommended, allowing this horrible virus to dissipate. This is the one time where no one can afford to question the validity of this virus before taking precautions. The lives of our players, their families and everyone else in our community depend on everyone working together and supporting each other through these next few weeks. Remain diligent when it comes to hand washing, soap and water can help prevent this virus from spreading. Self quarantine, the less people you're exposed to the better your chances are. Isolate yourself if you're sick, underlying conditions put you even more at risk. Watch for updates and follow the recommendations, it's not just about you, there are innocent lives at stake. It's hard to believe and unfortunate that in-spite of all of the announcements documenting confirmed cases there are still people who don't believe this virus is as deadly as it's being made out to be. My question to them as someone who has an extremely high risk of not surviving if I contract this virus, is " Why put others at risk because of your doubt? Gloat later if you end up being right but for now it's time to think of others. " Which leads me to the other major concern for many of our families, their lack of supplies on hand. All I can say is I'm sorry, it's not right but clearly there are some very selfish people in the community. In my mind the people who chose to hoard all of the cleaning, sanitizing and bathroom supplies are guilty of putting innocent children, our medically fragile and our elderly at greater risk and should be ashamed of their behavior. Like many of you, I have not been able to find a single bottle of Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes or other disinfecting cleaners. I have reached out to a few of our local retailers in an effort to see if they can set aside a special time where people with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities can shop for these items before others have an opportunity to hoard them all. I'll make an announcement if one of these retail locations agree to accommodate my request. In addition you can reach out to your child's Care Managers, Brown County and their doctors for ways to obtain these supplies. A couple of helpful tips for those who haven't thought about it: You can safely freeze Milk, Cream, Butter and Yogurt. Flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda go a long way and you can save space in your freezer by making buns, bread and pizza dough. Just an idea and one that works great for our family. Stay safe everyone, I'll update as often as I can. My first priority however will be keeping my own family safe and healthy and most important will be my daughter with HLHS. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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Rosters

Henry Beyer
Eli Bushman
Hannah Bushman
Santiago Carrion
Kaitlyn Engels
Donavan Jimenez
Jacob Landis
Kenley Riemer
Madelynn Trost
Annamarie VandenHeuvel
Noah Veeser-Gilson
Damien Wagner
Vince Zeitler

Ayanash Gulia
Liam Jackson
Joshua Johnson
Matthew Lucas
Jayden Mitchell
Gionni Perez
Ash Resler
Ember Resler
Kasle Resler
Zachary Weisse
Adeline Wilke
Cameron Wilson

Daryn Bonner
Isaac Buckarma-McGregor
Emalee Cross
Seth Cross
William Hundsrucker
Mackenzie Krish
Eli Melendy
Carter Ninham
Joseph Trochta-Miller
Brianna VanDenBusch
Steve VanDenBusch
Bennett Wichlacz
Abigail Wichlacz

Tara Bailey
Sean Behmke
Liam Brassil
Marshall Bristol
Emersyn Johnson
Kaislyn Knedlhans
Samantha Lawyer
Airyn Livingston
Kira Lucht
Gabby Somers
Kenny Sorenson
Ethan Webster

Bradley Boravich
Colton Drella
Madie Ferron
Miles Guerrero
Jordan Miles
Caleb Novotny
Hailey Novotny
Sawyer Princl
Ollie (Oliver) Pryes
Nash Riemer
Bryce Thoren
Carter Wilson
Steven Wright Jr

Elijah Andrastek
Gavin Bos
Jeremy Burt
Jordan Demro
Landon Francois
Jay Fry
Lauren Hartliep
Kira Mevis
Stephen Noga
Owen Thiry
Logan Thiry
Aden Widmer
Grace Witala

Joshua Basten
Evan Basten
Kyle Bunke
Adra Crane
Carson Kinnard
Alivia LaLuzerne
Zander Noordyk
Mason Platz
Isaac Stirn
Trenten Strnad
Ryan Vanden Avond
Emma Wians

Zainab Alkhalisy
Parker Bastien
James Coppens
Amber Furcho
Lily Greaves
Ellie Hodgell
Benson Mccoy
Brooklyn Panske
Hannah Platkowski
Jack Rappel
Elias Sierra
Trevor Stephens
Dylan Van Haren

Carter Buchberger
Cooper Herber
Briley Kimps
Nicky Kurimski
Cody Kurimski
Silas Larson
Adam Paprocki
Seth Smurawa
Jordan Stiteley
Brendon Timm-Kelley
Samaya Timm-Kelley
Elysia VanDerPerren
Austin Wolfcale

Isaac Bashta
Joshua Brandenburg
Jacob Gander
Abbi Hilke
Chris Hilke
Luke Kaumheimer
Nick Matheson
Victoria Nelson
Lily Puzen
Zoe Shephard
Will Sheppard
Michael Sommerfeldt
Holland Verbeten

Ryan Brenholt
Allie Engles
Hayden Helf
Carter Hrubesky
Clara Kerkhoff
Rianne McNaughton
Jaxson Moore
Benjamin Nachtwey
Myles Rayome
Ethan Sallinen
Alyssa Schroeder
Luke Skala

Charlie Cheslock
Summer Le Mieux
Carson Messenger
Sophie Owens
Sintillia Prange
Beau Rose
Christopher Schmitz
Joseph (Joey) Steffek
Patrick Swaney
Preston Taylor
Matthew Waters
Abby Zentmeyer

Hudson Devroy
Jocelyn Flannery
Elena Hruska
Zander Mayhew
Xander Miller
Colton Miller
Kiara Miller
Aliyah Rettler
Kobe Shaw
Jaxten Silas
Carolyn VanSaders
Landon Weber

Brielle Foytik
John Jahnke
Ethan Johnson
Madison Maney
Jo Mayo
Oliver Nortch
Lucas Ourada
Miles Paulsen
Trevor Theunis
Madasyn Veley
Izzy Verstoppen
Grace Weyenberg

Max Barhite
Alyssa Carter
Ethan Cumicek
Brysson Dahlin
Trent Etienne
Brent etienne
Zachary Litkey
Spencer Martzahl
Sean Marx
Addy Pogrant
Abigail Reiman
Landon Richardson
Nathan Wagner

Cori Adelman
Brayden Brooks
Will Carlson
Makayla Chmielewski
Elena Garcia
Rex Hegnet
Carson Hencke
Kayden Hermes
Ryan Kopidlansky
Peyton Lohfink
Isaiah Peterson
Myles Welnetz
Jonathan Wesley-Hubbard

How it all works

Miracle League of Green Bay
Game Rules & Regulations

(Non-Competitive)

  1. Players must be registered by a parent or legal guardian and have signed/agreed to liability and media release. A parent or guardian MUST be in attendance for the Child to play.
    * All volunteers must register to be on the field, this INCLUDES PARENTS.
  2. Each Player and Volunteer is covered by insurance.
  3. Each Player receives a team jersey and team hat. Each new Buddy receives a Buddy shirt.
  4. Each Player gets to bat each inning.
  5. Each Player gets to circle the bases to score a run each inning.
  6. Every Player scores and is never called “Out”.
  7. Last batter up each inning hits a “Home Run”.
  8. Two innings per game.
  9. Game Time = 1 hour and 15 minutes
  10. Each Player has an assigned Buddy for each game. At times, a substitute Buddy may be provided. Parents may also be requested to fill in as Child’s Buddy. Parents are REQUIRED to wear a buddy shirt.
  11. Teams consist of no more than 12/13 Players.
  12. Each Player receives a trophy at the end of the season.
  13. A 9 inch soft-core safety baseball is used. A special “beeping “ball is available for the visually impaired.
  14. Players AND Volunteers MUST wear proper athletic shoes. No Shoes; No Play. Players and Volunteers MUST also be in uniform. No Uniform; No Play. Both of these rules will be strictly enforced this year by both the Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Director.
  15. Food, chewing gum, Gatorade, soda, juice (or any other flavored drinks) are not permitted in the dugouts. WATER ONLY!
  16. Games are cancelled in the event of rain or inclement weather. Cancellations are posted on the web site, Facebook and communicated to coaches for team contact. Rainouts are not made up.
  17. Each team has a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Team Assistant. Coaches will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator, Shelly Curran and are expected to enforce league rules with parents, players and buddies.
  18. An Umpire covers each game to call Players safe at first and home. Enthusiasm is necessary in this position; they must help make the game FUN.
  19. Coaches are to huddle the Children before the start of each game.
    1. May say a prayer if preferred
    2. Give a great big “GOOOOOO (Team Name)”
  20. Reminder that Buddies are there for three reasons.
    1. Safety and protection of the Miracle League Player
    2. Assist the Miracle League Player, but only as needed
    3. Encouragement
  21. A scholarship fund is available for players who are not able to pay the registration fee. Scholarship application must be received and approved before player can play.

*The Miracle League of Green Bay’s number one priority is to maintain a safe and fun environment for all our players, volunteers, coaches, visitors and league management. Therefore we have implemented a “ZERO TOLERANCE” policy when it comes to profanity, threatening or abusive behavior, and violence of any kind. Recurrent incidents from the same individual may result in them being permanently banned from participating in the league.*
With regard to our players: We in management completely understand that underlying medical conditions may result in some of our players having more difficulty than others managing their frustrations. If a player becomes aggressive or frustrated to the point it interferes with game play or with the safety of others, parents will be asked to remove their child from the field until such time it is safe for them to resume play. If aggressive behavior persists once the player returns to the field, he or she will be removed for the remainder of the game. Although we may sympathize with both you and your child, we still must consider the safety of all other participants on the field when making these decisions. We appreciate your understanding.
*Players who hit, kick, or otherwise assault their buddy, team mates, coaches or any other authorized person on the field will be removed from the field immediately and may not be permitted to return. Repeated and regular incidents may result in the player being removed from the league for the remainder of the season.*

Updated: 4/13/2019

Miracle League of Green Bay
Parent Expectations

From the Executive Director:

Miracle League of Green Bay
Parent Expectations

The Miracle League goal is to make participation in the sport of baseball as enjoyable and realistic of an experience for your child as possible. Safety is a top priority. For that reason we have volunteers who are buddies to assist each child, and we have expectations of parents who sign up their child for the program. Please read and abide by the following Parent Expectations to help assure a safe and wonderful baseball environment. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Gary Rogaczewski /Executive Director of the Miracle League of Green Bay

Paul Liegeois /Founder and General Manager of the Miracle League of Green Bay

Shelly Curran / Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator/ Social Media Administrator

 Parent Attendance – A parent or guardian MUST be in attendance at all of the Miracle League athlete’s games. The rule is “No Parent: No Play”.

·         When you agreed/signed the Release at Registration you agreed to this mandatory condition of play. By being present, the Parent is expected to be the first responder in any case of an illness, accident, or injury to their child. That parent is also expected to have on-hand any specific medications for that child, and be solely responsible for dispensing them as required. YOU are there for all medical decisions involving your child. A first-aid kit is available at the concession stand.   This is not the buddy’s responsibility. * At least one parent is required to be registered in our Volunteer database.

Uniform Required – The team uniform is required to be worn. “No Uniform: No Play”. This applies to parents acting as buddies as well. If you don’t have a buddy shirt, one will be supplied by our Volunteer Coordinator.  

Proper Shoes Required – Sport shoes, or “tennis” shoes are the proper footwear. No open–toe shoes, sandals or slides/slip-ons allowed. This is a safety rule and will be enforced. “No Shoes: No Play”. 

Weekly Attendance Expected– If you cannot be in attendance at the next week’s game, it is expected that you communicate that to your team leads so that, as a courtesy, your child’s buddy can be informed to not have to be there or so they can be used to be a substitute buddy for another buddy who is unable to show.  Do not only inform your child’s buddy and expect that message to get back to your team leads.  You must contact your team leads.

Please understand that buddies are volunteering their time and we need to be respectful in informing them of a child’s absence.  Plus, they are excited and some of them are trying to earn community ‘service hours.’

Buddies Are to Remain at the Field ‘In Play’ (not at playground) – While our buddies are paired up with individual children, our buddies are dedicated to help the overall team. There is not an expectation for buddies to work or play with children ‘off’ the field at the playground or otherwise should a child decide to leave the game, mid-game.  Unless buddies are family members, buddies should remain available to the team.

Only Authorized Persons Allowed on Field – Once the game starts, only authorized persons are allowed on the field (those players, volunteers and team management that have signed electronic releases and are covered by the league’s insurance). Unless there as a buddy, this means No parents, other siblings, grandparents, etc. allowed otherwise on the field or in the dugouts during games.

No Food or Beverages Allowed on Field or in Dugouts – Food and beverages, except for water, are not allowed in the dugouts or on the field. Parents, please do not furnish food, snacks or beverages to be consumed in the dugouts or on the field. Spills and litter on the field attract birds and wasps, which then usually results in a slippery, unsafe mess. Please help by ensuring all food and beverages remain off the field.
Your Volunteer Help is Needed – Especially if you applied for and received a scholarship it is expected that you are available to volunteer to help, if asked, for things like staffing the concession stand to helping out for special events or fundraisers.

Updated 12.31.2018

12.31.2018

BE THE DIFFERENCE. PUT A SMILE ON A SPECIAL KID'S FACE.