Volunteer Registration

Miracle League of the Fox Valley

The players make every game special, but it’s the volunteers who offer their time and support that make it possible. The league’s volunteers give families the freedom to just be fans. Volunteer buddies, team helpers, coaches, umpires, pitchers and announcers are needed for the season. Listed below are brief descriptions of volunteer opportunities that are available every season. We hope you’ll join us for the summer!

Volunteer registration for the 2022 season is OPEN! Click on the button at the bottom of the page to register today. 

Volunteer descriptions and expectations

Each player is accompanied by a community volunteer (buddy) on the field to assist and encourage the player. This is the league’s biggest volunteer need. This relationship will benefit both the player and the buddy. They’ll share the love of baseball and create a lasting friendship.

This role requires enthusiasm and compassion. Buddies must be at least 13 years old and are expected to attend every game of their assigned player (If you cannot commit to volunteering every week of the season, check out the Team Helper opportunity). The buddy assignment is based on age and the needs of the player. Total time commitment averages 75-90 minutes a week. 

Team Helpers assist with equipment (picking up bats after player hits, etc.), cheering on players coming to home plate, building relationships with players and volunteers, and filling in as a buddy if needed. This role requires enthusiasm and compassion and serves as the team’s number one fan, cheerleader and friend. 

Team Helpers are assigned to one team for the season. This volunteer opportunity is great for anyone who cannot commit to being at the field every week or is not comfortable being a buddy. Team Helpers must be at least 13 years old. 

Each team has two coaches who are responsible for communicating, coordinating, leading and encouraging their selected team (buddies, team helpers, players and families). This role requires enthusiasm, compassion and organization. Serving as a team coach is an eight-week commitment with no practices and one game a week. Games are played the same night each week. 

Coaches are required to attend an all-league meeting, a coaches’ meeting and opening day. Coaches must be at least 21 years old and available for all of their team’s scheduled games. Total time commitment averages 2 hours a week. No prior coaching experience is needed.

Umpires mange and maintain the flow of the game. Full attention is required on the field, as player safety is the number one priority. This role requires enthusiasm, compassion and assertiveness. If a player would like to receive pitches, they are given a maximum of five underhand pitches – there are no strikes. If a player is not able to hit one of the five pitches or chooses not to receive pitches, a tee will be used. Umpires are responsible for retrieving balls, setting up the tee and removing bats/balls/tee from home plate area, allowing incoming players to score. Umpires call everyone “safe” at home plate. 

Umpires are required to attend an all-league meeting, a coaches’ meeting and opening day. Umpires must be at least 18 years old and available one night a week during the season. Umpires will volunteer for both the 5:30 and 7 p.m. games. Total time commitment averages three hours a week. Knowledge of baseball is required. Prior umpiring experience is not required.

Pitchers help to manage and maintain the flow of the game. Full attention is required on the field, as player safety is the number one priority. This role requires enthusiasm, compassion and assertiveness. If a player would like to receive pitches, they are given a maximum of five underhand pitches – there are no strikes. If a player is not able to hit one of the five pitches or choose not to receive pitches, a tee will be used. 

Pitchers are required to attend an all-league meeting, a coaches’ meeting and opening day. Pitchers must be at least 18 years old and available one night a week during the season. Pitchers will volunteer for both the 5:30 and 7 p.m. games. Total time commitment averages three hours a week. Knowledge of baseball is required. Prior pitching experience is preferred. 

Announcers bring the games to life and keep them fun and exciting for everyone. Announcers make every game memorable for players, fans, volunteers and families. This role requires an enthusiastic, engaging, compassionate and outgoing individual who can think on the fly. 

Announcers are required to attend an all-league meeting, a coaches’ meeting and opening day. Announcers must be at least 21 years old and available one night a week during the season. Announcers will announce both the 5:30 and 7 p.m. games. Total time commitment averages three hours a week. Knowledge of baseball is preferred. Prior announcing and/or public speaking is required.

For more information, email us at [email protected].

  • Teams play one game a week on the same night each week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday).
  • Games are at 5:30 and 7 p.m. each night. 
  • The season is played June through July with no games the week of July 4.
  • Every player is paired with a volunteer (buddy). 
  • The rules are simple – everyone hits, everyone gets on base, everyone crosses home plate. 
  • Every game is two innings long. 
  • Players have the option to hit off a tee or receive pitches. 
  • When on defense, players have the option to retrieve hits or engage with their buddy (i.e. play catch, sit and talk, etc.).
  • Games start with the national anthem and end with congratulatory high fives. 
  • There are no team practices. 
  • All games are played at the John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle Field in Memorial park in Appleton, Wis. 
  • The field is custom designed and fully accessible, allowing every player the opportunity to be successful. 

Volunteering with Miracle League of the Fox Valley is a great way to gain experience working with children with different abilities and a meaningful opportunity to give back to our community. The league offers confirmation of attendance for any volunteer who needs to meet requirements for volunteer hours. Please volunteer in any way you can and don’t underestimate the importance of simply coming out and cheering on the players. It only takes a little time to make a big difference.

For questions or additional information about registration, please contact [email protected].