Give back. The reward is pretty special.

Get involved and experience the joy of Miracle League. It’s way more than just a ball game. We promise you one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you’ll ever have. There are lots of ways to get involved, and you’ll be glad you did. All it takes is that first smile you help bring to a special kid’s face.

Miracle League Buddies are volunteers ranging in age from 14 to senior citizens. These include family members and local youth/civic groups and corporations. Though we call them Buddies, many people refer to the volunteers as Angels in the Outfield.

Goals:

  • To protect the Miracle League Player at all times
  • When hard hitter is up to bat, Buddies are to step in front of Player for protection
  • Always allow Player as much freedom as possible to play his/her own game
  • Assist Player according to their needs
  • Be of good spirit with enthusiasm, love, good attitude and concern in motivating the players and their families
  • Become their friend; get to know the players and their families
  • Demonstrate high morals and integrity on and off the field
  • Act as teacher and mentor to Player

Responsibilities:

  • Regularly show up on your assigned Player’s game night once a week – either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – and for opening/closing games (2 Saturdays). Arrives 30 minutes prior to game time.
  • Attend 45 minute training session (new Buddies) with Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Be properly dressed in Buddy shirt and athletic footwear (no open-toe shoes or shoes without backs; no slides, sandals or deck shoes on field)
  • Protect Players – be attentive and stay near them at all times
  • Provide enthusiasm and encouragement throughout the game – and have fun!!

12.31.2018

This position was formerly known as Buddy Coordinator/Team Mom.

Responsibilities:

  • Arrives 30 minutes prior to game time
  • Assists league Volunteer Coordinator with weekly Buddy assignments
    • Communicates with Parents and Buddies each week prior to next game as to expected attendance plans or absences
    • Responsible for weekly coordination of Buddy schedule. Arranges for substitute Buddies in the event of Buddy cancellations. A team Buddy ‘on call’ list will be provided. Works closely with league Volunteer Coordinator.
    • Picks up game materials for the team from the concession stand and coordinates Buddy-Player assignments as Players and Buddies arrive for their game. Ensures Buddies are wearing name tags.
  • Assists the Head and Assistant Coaches, with game-day activities and coordination of team events (i.e. roster, batting order, team pictures, etc.)
  • Keeps the line-up moving from dug-out to batting order. Assists Players with helmets and bats. Helps Assistant Coach with immediately retrieving bats after each batter so they are out of the way of runners and neatly returns them to the team’s bat rack.
  • Coordinates special events sign-ups for their team for both Players and Buddies (i.e. Grandparents Day and Family Fun Day at end of season). Distributes and keeps track of event tickets.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, love, and concern for each player and family

12.31.2018

Responsibilities:

  • Arrives at the field 30 minutes prior to game time
  • Coordinates team activities with Assistant Coach and Team Assistant
  • Verifies that each Player and Volunteer has registered and signed a release
  • Ensures that each Player has a uniform
  • Contacts Players families as to team assignment
  • Provides families with game schedule or where to find it on Web site
  • Maintains regular contact with Players and their families to provide information on upcoming events, schedule changes, rainouts
  • Communicates concerns regarding specific Player to the Exec Director or Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Attends Coaches meetings as called by the Volunteer Coordinator and or Executive Director
  • Provides copies of the team line-up to the game announcer before each game (Players name, pronunciation, and number)
  • Packs up the team equipment if playing the last game of the day
  • Assist Players as they cross home plate, high-five, congratulate them
  • Designates the responsibilities of the Assistant Coach and assures that they take an active role in participating in the coaching duties
  • Ensures that the game keeps moving to avoid running past the next start time
  • Enforces league rules, including requirement for wearing correct athletic footwear, wearing a uniform, and having the batting helmet on. (No Shoes, No Play; No Uniform, No Play) Works with the Volunteer Coordinator to resolve any issues.
  • Huddle Players before each game in order to get them excited about the game.
    1. A prayer if the coach prefers
    2. A great big “GOOOOOO (Team Name)”
  • Is responsible for maintaining a fun and safe atmosphere for Players

12.31.2018

Responsibilities:

  • Arrives at the field 30 minutes prior to the game
  • Assists the Head Coach and Team Assistant with team activities
  • Verifies with Team Assistant that each Player has a Buddy
  • In the absence of the Head Coach, is expected to know the duties of, and carry out the responsibilities of Head Coach for that day
  • Picks up the batter’s bat immediately after each batter so out of the way of runners and neatly returns them to the team’s bat rack
  • Actively provides encouragement and enthusiasm to Players
  • Gives attention to the Players and their needs at all times
  • Helps pack up the team equipment to return to storage if playing in the last game of the day.
  • Enforces league rules, including requirement for wearing correct footwear, wearing a uniform, and having the batting helmet on. (No Shoes, No Play; No Uniform, No Play) Works with Volunteer Coordinator to resolve issues.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, love, and concern for each Player and family

12.31.2018

Volunteer Updates

Volunteer update.

Hello to all of our Miracle League Volunteers! As you are aware, Wisconsin is on a "Stay At Home" order enacted by Governor Evers due to COVID-19, which means our season opener has been postponed. I want you all to know that once this is over and it's safe to play ball we will need all of the VOLUNTEERS who signed up to be player buddies, so please try to wait this out with us. Our players will still need a buddy once it's safe to participate and are counting on each of you to be there for them. If you have questions please feel free to contact me and we can discuss them. Thank you all in advance!
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End of year buddies

Hello everyone, it's that time of year again when some of our younger buddies seem to be taking vacations and preparing for back to school. Unfortunately that leaves some of our players without buddies and potentially unable to play. According to league rules and our insurance every player is required to have a buddy to participate. I'd like to form a new list of available sub buddies for our last two weeks so no one is left out. If you're an assigned buddy, sub buddy or a parent who wouldn't mind subbing for another player, please send me a message or an email. I know our players would really appreciate the commitment! 9207136562 or scurran2001@gmail.com Tonight, Wednesday July 24th,  we are short three buddies for the 7:00 PM game. If anyone can fill in we'd really appreciate it! I haven't heard if we're short for the 5:30 PM game yet.
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Miracle League Buddies

Good morning to all our Miracle League player Buddies. First let me say thank you to each of you for all for the love and support you provide to our players, your time and commitment are very much appreciated. As you're all aware, summer can be a very busy time for all of us. Not only do we have Miracle League baseball, we have family vacations, summer job opportunities and plenty of year end celebrations to attend. For all these reasons, I completely understand how it's not always easy to avoid schedule conflicts. Please, when scheduling your summer activities keep in mind that our players have to have a buddy to participate and we don't want a scheduling conflict to interfere with their ability to play. It's very important that the "Team Leads" of your assigned team know as far in advance as possible about any schedule conflicts so they have time to find a sub buddy for your player. We are extremely fortunate to have as many registered buddies as we do. Unfortunately our sub buddy list is limited so if 3 or 4 assigned buddies don't provide notice they'll be absent or just don't show up to a game, the players and their parents are the ones most affected. Our 2019 season is now in its third week and we're off to a great start. I'll be away for the next couple of weeks so I thought this would be a good time to make sure all of our buddies know who they need to contact if they're going to be absent. Although I'll continue to be available via email my response time may be delayed. The first person a buddy should contact is whomever oversees the buddies for your particular team. With some of our teams it will the Team Assistant, with others it will be the Coach. Each team manages their team in their own way and generally share the appropriate contact information with you right in the beginning. If you are a buddy and don't know who your team contact person is, please let me know and I'll provide you with the information as soon as I can. scurran2001@gmail.com Our number one goal at the Miracle League is to ensure all of our players enjoy a safe, fun and worry free experience playing baseball and we wouldn't be able to accomplish this without each of you.Thank you all once again for your part and for making a difference. Can you believe we're a third of the way through our season already!
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Buddy Orientation

I'd like to Welcome all of our new buddy volunteers to the Miracle League of Green Bay! You should be contacted soon by one of our Team Leads who will provide you with information about your team assignment, opening day and other important information. Buddy orientation is mandatory for all of our new volunteers unless you're a parent volunteer. This year our Buddy Orientation will occur on the following dates. May 8th at 5:30 PM, May 14th at 5:30 PM and May 25th at 10:00 AM. Buddy Orientation takes place at the Miracle League field 1680 Libal Street, by the concession stand. Please let your team lead or myself know which day you'll be attending as soon as possible. The buddies who've been placed on our sub or back up list will be contacted through email by me directly. This does not mean you won't be assigned to a player, it just means that all preliminary buddy assignments have been done. Once we get closer to opening day we occasionally have a buddy or two who is forced to withdraw for personal reasons so we assign one of our backup buddies to that player. Thank you all for choosing the Miracle league of Green Bay to share your valuable time, I look forward to meeting you soon. *Please note buddies only need to attend one of these orientation sessions. Also if you've attended orientation in the past, you do not need to attend again. To our returning buddy volunteers! Thank you for joining us for another season of Miracle League baseball! We look forward to seeing you all again real soon! Mark your calendars! Opening day is June 1st at 8:30 AM!
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