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Basic Volunteer Information

Deer Park Little League is an organization that is run 100% by volunteers.  Our board members, and participants, take pride in the league that we have established over the years, but we are always looking for new volunteers to keep our vision of the kids having great seasons alive! If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to a member of the board, or your child's coach. 

You can also fill out the volunteer form, via the link below. Please email it back to [email protected], or give it to a board member or your child's coach. 

Volunteer form: volunteer application 2020.pdf

Volunteer Positions:
Team Mom
Concession Stand
Umpiring
Field Maintenance
Team Manager
Assistant Coach
Committee Member (working with board members)

Little League's Guide to Start Volunteering

A Guide to Start Volunteering – Why Little League® Parents Should Get Involved Now

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Each year, a new group of parents joins the Little League® family, as their children get set to begin their baseball or softball journey, making new friends, and having fun along the way. And, just like players need a year or two of Tee Ball or Coach Pitch to learn the game, finding a way for parents to be introduced to volunteering is just as important. For those new Little League families, we encourage you to get involved in your local league as soon as possible because it is important to start learning how your league operates at the very beginning of your Little League involvement. Being updated and in-the-know are keys in developing a positive Little League experience for you and your Little Leaguer®.

Volunteering

The best way to get involved is to volunteer. Little League relies on the hundreds of thousands of Little League volunteers throughout the world to offer the opportunity for children and families to forge lifelong memories, and have positive experiences both on-and-off the field. Every local league needs committed volunteers. If your son or daughter began playing Little League last year, or your Little Leaguer is about to start next season, we encourage you to attend your league’s fall and winter Board of Directors meetings. Attending these Board meetings is the first, most important step in getting involved. At these meetings, you’ll learn what volunteer positions are needed in your league. Volunteers often help with concession stand duties, field maintenance, fundraising, event planning, communications, and coaching.

Be Active

At the Board meetings, ask questions and offer your opinions and thoughts. Getting to better understand your league’s operations is a learning process, and the best way to gain the necessary knowledge is to communicate. As a new parent, you aren’t expected to know everything, but your engagement and interest will certainly be appreciated.

Board Positions

At a fall Board meeting, you may learn of open Board positions for the following season. Having not been heavily involved with a local league before is actually a positive, as you’ll be able to bring new, fresh ideas to the table. So, do not let the lack of years under your belt deter you from seeking a spot on your local Board. There are all sorts of roles to fill where you could be a valuable asset to your league. Board positions often consist of President, Vice President, SecretaryTreasurerPlayer AgentSafety Officer, Field Manager, Information Officer, Concession Stand Manager, and others.

Apprentice a Board Member

One of the reasons we encourage new parents to immediately get involved in their league is because often times, current Board members have kids ready to graduate from the Little League program. When Board members transition out, it’s helpful to have someone with experience ready to step in to make the change seamless. If you choose not to seek a Board position for the upcoming season, consider apprenticing a current Board member. Learn the ins-and-outs of his or her responsibilities, and volunteer your time to assist wherever needed. Before you know it, it may be your time to step up as a Board member, so learn now. It will make your future volunteering work that much easier.

The success of a league often depends on the number of devoted volunteers it has. And everyone in the Little League family, no matter how many years they’ve been a part of their local league, should find a way to volunteer, especially ask new parents. Find the role that interests you the most and that you can commit to, and raise your hand. While you’ll find your volunteer work extremely worthwhile and gratifying, it is the Little Leaguers who will benefit the most.

Article from Little league Website


Being a Little League Volunteer: In Their Own Words

Being a Little League® Volunteer: In Their Own Words

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The 2015 Little League Awards program recipients were honored during the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Since the first Little League® game was played in 1939, millions of adults have embraced the ideals and values of Little League by welcoming the program into their communities, enrolling their children to play, and volunteering in support of their efforts on and off the field.

“Little League volunteers are the lifeblood of the Little League program and give freely of their time without expecting even a ‘thank you’,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “Leading by example, and doing so with the only reward being the smiles on the faces of the children speaks to the spirit of volunteerism.”

Each year, the Little League Baseball and Softball Awards Program invites its local leagues to nominate individual volunteers who have had a profound impact on their league and community through the Little League experience. The recipients of these awards are honored at Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and recognized during the ESPN broadcast.

We celebrate and salute the millions of past and present Little League volunteers. And here are some thoughts on volunteering from our Little League Awards Program honorees.

Being a Volunteer Means …

“Every single game is special, and it doesn’t matter where it is played or who is playing. That big, bright smile on their face … Just seeing that smile tells you that they know they’ve accomplished something that they never thought they could.”
– Joni Fichter, 2014 Little League Challenger Division Award recipient

“The best part of what I do, and the only thing I would want in return for my time, is to see the faces of those children on game day. The ability to give them the opportunity to play, and to see the enjoyment that brings, is what keeps me motivated.”
– Thomas Taycher, 2011 Little League Challenger Division Award recipient

“A combination of reasons led me to become involved in Little League. The main reason was because my family always taught us to give back, and initially, I thought Little League would be a great way to do that. Once I was involved, it was the total volunteer atmosphere of the organization that has kept me interested for all these years.”
– Fred Lervers, 2011 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“We wanted to show families that it’s a good place for the kids to play. Our volunteers are proactive. We didn’t sit around and just ask the city to do it for us. Although it’s a public park, our volunteers pull the weeds, mow the grass, and take care of the fields.”
– Ray Bernal, 2014 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“It taught my kids in an experiential way what it means to serve others and to sacrifice some of our time by volunteering it to Little League.”
– Elizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, 2014 Little League Mom of the Year Award recipient

“I was a senior in high school, and my girlfriend took me to a Little League game. Her father was looking for an umpire, and I played baseball, so I said I would do it. Forty-nine years later, I’m married to Linda, and I’ve been a volunteer ever since. I’m in it for the kids, not to make a name for myself.”
– Dave Mantlo, 2013 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“From language barriers to financial obstacles, there is a lot that goes into organizing a Little League in an urban setting. But these kids are passionate about the game. We need to continue to develop these programs and do it right.”
– Bob McCarney, 2013 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient

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Bob McCarney (left) is presented the 2013 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award from Demiko Ervin.

“I love what I do, and have a lot of fun seeing the kids play and grow.”
– James Beckum, 2015 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“My mentality for volunteering is simple: Do what’s good for the kids and the community.”
– Michael Shutler, 2009 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“This has been a group effort. My wife and I have always stressed the idea of education first and playing sports second. Our league is interested in grooming good people, and not trying to train professional baseball players.”
– Gaither and Rebecca Beard, 2006 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“There are so many volunteers who make Little League the organization that it is, and to single me out is probably not fair. I am proud to represent every volunteer around the world. We all, as a group, help make things work.”
– Mike Messick, 2010 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“No matter at what level, or how much time a person puts in, being a volunteer means being involved and helping out. The little things that volunteers do, add up to the whole of providing a great league for the kids.”
– Michael Smith, 2008 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“I wanted the players to learn the mechanics and strategy of playing baseball and at the same time, have fun.”
– John Murtin, 2015 Little League Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“Little League played a major role in my life as a child, and I wanted to bring those same opportunities to other children. Little League is a proven method of teaching children lessons they can use the rest of their life.”
– Kerry Cobb, 2011 Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

“Little League is an entirely volunteer-run organization, that takes the support of a lot of people to run smoothly. I’m happy that I have been able to be a part of that for our community.”
– Michele Manahan, 2015 Little League Mom of the Year Award recipient

Article from Little League Website

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