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.
Dylan Van Haren
Adam Vander Velde
Summer Le Mieux
Martin Ponce Jr.
Ryan Vanden Avond
How it all works
Miracle League of Green Bay
Game Rules & Regulations
- 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.
- Each Player and Volunteer is covered by insurance.
- Each Player receives a team jersey and team hat. Each new Buddy receives a Buddy shirt.
- Each Player gets to bat each inning.
- Each Player gets to circle the bases to score a run each inning.
- Every Player scores and is never called “Out”.
- Last batter up each inning hits a “Home Run”.
- Two innings per game.
- Game Time = 1 hour and 15 minutes
- 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.
- Teams consist of no more than 12/13 Players.
- Each Player receives a trophy at the end of the season.
- A 9 inch soft-core safety baseball is used. A special “beeping “ball is available for the visually impaired.
- 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.
- Food, Gatorade, soda, juice or any other flavored drinks are not permitted in the dugouts. WATER ONLY!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Coaches are to huddle the Children before the start of each game.
- May say a prayer if preferred
- Give a great big “GOOOOOO (Team Name)”
- Reminder that Buddies are there for three reasons.
- Safety and protection of the Miracle League Player
- Assist the Miracle League Player, but only as needed
- 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 only exception to the Parent or guardian mandatory attendance is a Grandparent furnishing a signed proxy by the Parent.
Updated: July 26, 2017
Miracle League of Green Bay
From the Executive Director:
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 expectations to help assure a safe and wonderful baseball environment.
– Paul Liegeois, Founder/Executive Director, Miracle League of Green Bay
Parent Attendance – A parent or guardian MUST be in attendance at all of the Miracle League athlete’s games. The only exception is for a grandparent and only if a signed proxy by the parent is provided ( Form available on-line). Otherwise 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.
Uniform Required – The team uniform is required to be worn. “No Uniform; No Play”
Proper Shoes Required – Sport shoes, or “tennis” shoes are the proper footwear. No open–toe shoes or 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 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 Allowed on Field or in Dugouts – Food is not allowed in the dugouts or on the field. Parents, please do not furnish food or snacks to be consumed in the dugouts or on the field. Spills and litter on the field attract birds, which then usually results in a slippery, unsafe mess. Please help.
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.