Why Should You Become a Volunteer?
Like all youth orginization Bolton Youth Baseball survives on volunteers. 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. At the local level, Little League relies on a devoted legion of adult volunteers to help ensure that the organization remains structured and runs smoothly. Your local Bolton Youth Baseball is always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to support and coordinate 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 Bolton Youth Baseball and Softball 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, Bolton Youth Baseball and Little League through District Administrators, 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 Bolton Youth Baseball the right to conduct necessary background checks.
How Do I Become A Volunteer?
Parents, take a minute to fill out the volunteer form while registering your child. If you are not a parent and would like to volunteer, take a minute to fill out the form while visiting your local registration location. The volunteer application form is available here.
What Can I Volunteer To Do?
No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities require little or no training. Bolton Youth Baseball 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 be 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 Bolton Youth Baseball or Softball
Being a Team Manager or Coach
Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game of baseball. 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, rainouts, and Little League events and activities.
As a manager or coach, you have more interaction with young people than anyone else in Little League. Therefore, it is important that you understand the goals and virtues of the Little League program in order to effectively communicate them to your players. To gain a better understanding of what those goals and virtues are, visit Little League's homepage or speak with your league's president.
Helping with Field Maintenance
Bolton Youth Baseball does all the field maintainence for the fields that your child plays on. As a part of the field maintenance crew, your skills and abilities may be used to line fields, rake dirt, and execute minor repairs on fences, benches and bleachers.
Becoming a League Officer
Presides at league meetings, and assumes full responsibility for the operation of the local league. The President receives all mail, supplies and other communications from Little League International. The President must see to it that the league personnel are properly briefed on all phases of rules, regulations, and policies of Little League. The league President is the contact between the local organization and Little League International.
Presides in the absence of the President; works with other officers and committee members; is ex-officio member of all committees and carries out such duties and assignments as may be delegated by the President.
Maintains a register of members and directors; records the minutes of meetings; is responsible for sending out notice of meetings, issues, membership cards and maintains a record of the league's activities.
Signs checks co-signed by another officer or director; dispenses league funds as approved by the board of directors; reports on the status of league funds; keeps local league books and financial records; prepares budgets and assumes the responsibility for all league finances.
Conducts annual tryouts and is in charge of player selection, assists President in checking birth records and eligibility of players; serves as a member of the board of directors of the local league an generally supervises and coordinates the transfer of players to or from the Minor Leagues according to the provisions of the regulations of Little League.
Coordinates all safety activities; ensures the safety in player training; ensures safe playing conditions; coordinates reporting and prevention of injuries; solicits suggestions for making conditions safer, and reports suggestions to Little League International through the league President.
Manages the league's official home page on active.com, manages the online registration process; assigns administrative rights to league volunteers and team; ensures that league news and scores are updated on a regular basis; collects, posts and distributes important information on league activities including direct dissemination of fund-raising and sponsor activities to Little League International, district, public, league members and media; serves as primary contact person for Little League and active.com regarding optimizing use of the Internet for league administration and for distributing information to Bolton Youth Baseball members and Little League.
Helping at Registration
Volunteers may be needed to make and distribute posters and flyers advertising the beginning of registration. You can pass these out to local schools and youth organizations, and distribute them throughout neighborhoods. Announcements can be placed in local newspapers and on local radio stations. They should have the time, date and location of local registration, and they should inform parents of any specific documents that will be needed.
Volunteers are also needed at the time of registration. You will be responsible for organizing lines, handing out forms, answering questions, making sure that forms are filled out completely and correctly, and collecting participation fees.
Being an Umpire
Aside from calling ball or strike, safe or out, umpires are responsible for 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.
Bolton Youth Baseball Minors and Majors games have one home plate umpire and a minimum of one field umpire. Before becoming a home plate umpire you may be required to participate in training sessions and seminars.
Bolton Youth Baseball has a small concession stand completely run by volunteers. Selling Concessions ranges from simply involve standing behind a counter and filling orders, to going to a warehouse store to buy and transport and/or store various concessions.
Starting a Fundraising Committee
Bolton Youth Baseball fundraising committee raises cost to help defray the cost of such things as uniforms, equipment, awards, team snacks/drinks, and team tournament fees. This may require planning and attending meetings, organizing and participating in fundraising events, and managing and distributing funds.
Making Phone Calls
Volunteers are needed to make phone calls informing players and their parents of team meetings, parent meetings, and cancelled or rescheduled practices and games.
Little League International and the State of Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board requires that Bolton Youth Baseball conduct backgound checks on all managers, coaches, board of directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.
Individuals are also required to complete and submit a Little League Volunteer Application, a CORI Form (either paid or non-paid volunter), and provide a photocopy of a valid drivers license to their local league. All Little League required backgound checks will be conducted through Choicepoint
The following documents are available and will be used to meet our background check requirements.
State of MA CHSB CORI Certification 1:
State of MA CHSB CORI Certification 2:
BYB CORI Policy: BYB CORI Policy
BYB CORI Form (Volunteer): CHSB CORI Form (Volunteer)
BYB CORI Form (Paid Volunteer): CHSB CORI Form (Paid Volunteer)
BYB Volunteer Form (Required by LL): 2009 Volunteer Form
MESSAGE FROM LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ON CHILD SAFETY:
Leagues are responsible for making sure that background checks are done properly on an annual basis. Under Little League Regulation I (c) (8) leagues are required to run checks on not only coaches and managers, but also on "Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide a regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players and teams."
In order to ensure that the appropriate people are appointed to leadership roles, leagues must evaluate which is the best possible background check they can use. The individuals who require background checks include, but are not limited to the following:
- Board Members
- Practice Coaches
- Team Parents
- Concession Workers
- Field Maintenance
It is important to remember that leagues are responsible for conducting their own background checks. If leagues operate on property not owned by the league and that property owner, such as a Park and Recreation Department, requires and conducts their own background checks, this will not alleviate the league's responsibility to conduct their own background checks in accordance with the regulation.
It is imperative that leagues conduct background checks using the volunteer application. Regulation I (c) (8) requires that applicants submit a "fully completed official " Little League Volunteer Application to the local league president, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season."
Applicants are required to submit a copy of a Government issued photo ID with his/her application as well. Those conducting background checks need to ensure that the name, address and date of birth provided on each volunteer application matches the information set forth on the applicant's photo ID. This is an important step as individuals with a criminal history sometimes attempt to disassociate with his/her crimes by making slight changes to their personal information when they fill out a volunteer application.
Leagues will always be accountable to members and possibly the local community for the decisions they make with regard to background checks. If an unfortunate incident occurs, the league may be asked why they chose to conduct a certain background check and not another. With the 200 million records available through ChoicePoint, leagues will find a range of crimes including the following:
- Spousal Abuse
- Child Abuse
- Child Neglect
- Endangering the welfare of a minor
- Providing alcohol to a minor
- Sex Crimes related to minors
- Sex Crimes not related to minors
- Sex Crimes that will not appear on a state's sex offender registry because they the offender has pled his/her crime down to a misdemeanor.
Ultimately, the choice of which background check to conduct is up to the league. However, it is important to remember that with choice comes responsibility and accountability.