Miracle League of the Lakeshore
The players make every game special, but it’s the people who offer their time and friendship that make it possible. Volunteer coaches, buddies (need to be 13 years old), umpires, and announcers are needed for the season.
Teams play one game a week during the eight-week season. Teams follow a Monday and Thursday schedule with games at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Miracles Park, formerly Dewey Street Park in Manitowoc. Games cancelled due to weather are not rescheduled.
All-Star League games are played at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
Volunteers can register online or via a mail-in volunteer form. Volunteers who participated last season will be mailed a registration form.
Volunteer descriptions and expectations
Each player is accompanied by a volunteer buddy on the field to assist and encourage the player. This is the league’s biggest volunteer need. This role requires enthusiasm and compassion. Buddies must be at least 13 years old or over 18 for the All-Star League. We offer confirmation of attendance for anyone who needs to meet requirements for volunteer hours. Buddies are expected to attend all of their players’ games.
Each team has two coaches who are responsible for communicating, coordinating, leading and encouraging their selected team, including players, buddies and families. Serving as a team coach is an 8-week commitment with no practices and one game a week. Coaches must be at least 21 years old and available for all of their team’s scheduled games.
Umpires manage, officiate and maintain flow of the game. This role is responsible for overseeing the safety and behavior of all players and volunteers. Full attention is required on the field, as player safety is the number one priority. This role requires enthusiasm and assertiveness. Being an umpire is an 8-week commitment. Umpires must be at least 18 years old.
Announcers bring the games to life and keep them fun and exciting for everyone. This role requires an enthusiastic and engaging volunteer. This volunteer serves as the master of ceremonies and announces each batter and jersey number when the player approaches the plate, operate the scoreboard and announces runners as they score at home plate. Announcers must be at least 18 years old and have some experience.