Why Become a Volunteer?
Little League Baseball and Softball is an organization designed to build good citizens. It is a program of leadership, preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders. Allendale Little League relies on a devoted legion of adult volunteers to help ensure that the organization remains structured and runs smoothly. Allendale Little League is always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to support and coordinate Little League events and activities. As a volunteer, you should have a keen interest in the safety, well-being, and overall development of children. By reading further, you will discover that the benefits of volunteering are endless. You will also gain a better understanding of why you should become involved, who volunteers are, what you can do, and how you can sign up.
Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone can apply to become a volunteer. Whatever talents or skills you have, we can use them! Across the country, volunteers are grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, retirees, community leaders, former Little Leaguers, friends, neighbors, and more. Any community member who wishes to become a volunteer may apply.
All parents of children involved in Allendale Little League are strongly encouraged to volunteer. As a parent volunteer, you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your child in a safe, fun-filled environment. Oftentimes, parent and child social lives parallel each other. Volunteering allows your life and your child's life to intersect on common ground, with shared interests and goals.
On rare occasions, Little League, through District Administrators and your local Board of Directors, may deny individuals the privilege of volunteering for reasons, past or present, that may be detrimental to the positive development of young people, other volunteers, and/or Little League International. When you apply to become a volunteer, you give the local Little League organization the right to conduct necessary background checks.
How Do I Become A Volunteer?
Talk to a Board member to let them know you would like to help volunteer. Then take a minute to fill out the VOLUNTEER form under "register now" on the front homepage- this is the background check form.
What Can I Volunteer To Do?
No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities require little or no training. Allendale Little League will provide you with any necessary training (as well as support and encouragement), as they deem necessary. The best volunteers are those who are able to bring added enjoyment to the game simply by being themselves. What you see during Little League games is a mere fraction of what you can do as a volunteer. You can volunteer to help in virtually any aspect of Little League Baseball or Softball!
Being a Team Manager or Coach
Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game. You may be required to attend meetings, instructional sessions, or seminars. You will communicate with the parents/guardians of your players to inform them of any schedule changes, rain outs, plus Little League events and activities.
is the head coach and is ultimately responsible for the team. The manager drafts the team (in tryout divisions), schedules and plans the practices, organizes team volunteers (coaches, parent helpers, scorekeeper, etc.), coaches the team, and is the primary contact between the league and the team.
helps the manager with the team and performs any other duties assigned by the manager. A manager can specifically recruit only one coach. The other coach will come of ot roster parents. There may only be two coaches with the manager in the dugout during a game. A score keeper who is not a coach can NOT be in the dugout.
Being a Parent Helper
A parent helper is someone who wants to help out with the team any way he/she can. They help out during practices, volunteer to umpire the field when necessary, coordinates treat ticket schedules, etc.
Being a Park Volunteer
A park volunteer is someone that wants to help out during the season but the job description does not fall under any of the other descriptions. Use this volunteer description to let us know how you want to serve the League.
Helping with Field Maintenance
As a part of the field maintenance crew, your skills and abilities may be used line fields, rake dirt, and execute minor repairs on fences, benches and bleachers. If you are interested in helping all summer, please register as a Park Volunteer on the Volunteer Registration and note what you'd like to help with.
Being an Umpire
Aside from calling ball or strike, safe or out, umpires are helpful in teaching players good sportsmanship and the rules of the game. Umpires are also called upon to interpret rules and help settle minor disputes that may occur during games.
While home plate umpires are scheduled well in advance for games, field umpires for Majors and below are often determined minutes before the game begins. As you arrive at your child's game, your coach or the home plate umpire may ask you to be the field umpire. When you agree, your main responsibilities are to call plays on the bases, determine if balls are fair or foul, and assist the home plate umpire with other calls.
Assist in the Concession Stand
All teams will have an assigned day to send volunteers to help in concession stand. Contact the concession manager for more details.