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.
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
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!!
This position was formerly known as Buddy Coordinator/Team Mom.
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
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.
A prayer if the coach prefers
A great big “GOOOOOO (Team Name)”
Is responsible for maintaining a fun and safe atmosphere for Players
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!
Welcome to the Miracle League of Green Bay’s 2018 season. Many of you already know who I am but for those who don’t, let me introduce myself. My name is Shelly Curran and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for our league.
As the Volunteer Coordinator, it’s my job to ensure that all volunteers are signed up, have signed a release and have been trained. Volunteers should contact me if they have questions or need help resolving an issue.
Preseason, as Volunteer Coordinator I pair buddies to players based on information in the data base, initiate contact with Coaches, Assistant Coaches and confirm who will be utilized as the Team Assistant. If no Team Assistant is chosen one can be assigned if and when an interested person registers for the position. Coaches aren’t required to have a Team Assistant.
Throughout the season it’s my responsibility as the Volunteer Coordinator to work with the Coach to ensure league rules are being followed and to ensure they are kept up to date with important information or events.
If someone is violating one of the league rules and the team Coach is unable or unwilling to enforce a league rule, I as the Volunteer Coordinator will step in and attempt to enforce the league rule that is being violated. If I too am unsuccessful, it is then up to the Executive Director, Gary Rogaczewski, to speak to the individual and if necessary, remove the individual from the field. The Executive Director holds the highest authority in the league.
As the Volunteer Coordinator I work closely with the Team Assistant to ensure Buddy matches are appropriate and if necessary, I have the ability to make appropriate changes.
I am responsible for all volunteer records, so any changes need to be coordinated with me. I have access to personal information that Coaches and Team Assistants don't have access to which could impact the decision. For example: the Team Assistant wants to switch Maddie's Buddy from Sarah to Sam because Maddie likes to be carried around and Sam is stronger. Unfortunately the Team Assistant has no way of knowing that interacting with males causes Maddie to have nightmares. Had the Volunteer Coordinator been involved in the decision she/he could have looked at Maddie's file and said no, we need to have a female Buddy for her for personal reasons. It's not a competition or a power control issue, it's a privacy and compatibility issue.
It’s my responsibility as the Volunteer Coordinator to work with the Team Assistant throughout the season, to ensure they have enough Buddies present at each game and to assist with locating Sub Buddies if necessary. I am always more than happy to step in as a Buddy for any team, when needed.
Unfortunately technology does not always work and sometimes emails or text messages are missed. When we work together in a buddy system it ensures all bases are covered. Another example from a previous season is, a Buddy called me late in the day, an emergency had arisen and she couldn't make it. I left a message for the Team Assistant and also arranged for a Backup Buddy just in case. As it turned out the Team Assistant hadn't received my message and ended up utilizing the Buddy I arranged. Team work!
Buddies should always attempt to contact their Team Assistant first if they’re going to absent or late. If you’re unsuccessful or unsure if your Team Assistant received your message then you would contact me.
As Volunteer Coordinator I am readily available for all Miracle League Volunteers throughout the season, to ensure things operate smoothly and information is relayed in a timely manner. I can be reached by phone or text at 920-713-6562, email email@example.com, and at the ballpark during the games. My goal is for all of our Volunteers to have a successful season, so please don’t be afraid to reach out for any reason. Thank you all for choosing to volunteer for the Miracle League of Green Bay, I look forward to seeing you all very soon!
This is a reminder to our volunteers, more specifically to our buddies. Please remember to contact your Team Assistant and or myself if you know you'll be absent. Your player being able to play depends on your attendance.
Please also remember that buddy shirts and proper shoes must be worn each day. Thank you all in advance!
The Miracle League of Green Bay has been bringing smiles to special kids' faces since 2007. Kids with special needs put on uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases – just like their peers in other leagues.
Miracle League of Green Bay
1900 Libal Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
We play at Resch Miracle Field - part of Optimist Park located at 1680 Libal Street in Allouez, Wisconsin.