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Volunteers

Why become a volunteer?
Little League Baseball 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 Little League program 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 Little League Baseball 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 Martinez-Evans Little League the right to conduct necessary background checks.

How do I become a volunteer?
Refer to the Volunteer Registration Instruction below.

What can I volunteer to do?
No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities require little or no training. Martinez-Evans 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 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 Little League
Baseball.

Volunteer Roles

Team Manager (Head Coach)
Responsible for running the team including practices and games; instruct players in proper baseball skills; involve parents with the team and league activities; works with team scorekeepers; will take on team safety officer responsibilities including inspecting player's equipment, bringing team first aid kit and safety manual to each practice and game

Assistant Coach
Helps to instruct players in baseball skills; helps at practices and games; assists manager with team safety officer responsibilities 

Team Parent
Main communication link between the league coaches and team families

Scoreboard
Keep score for both teams during a game and coordinate with opponent's bookkeeper

Scorebook
Keep the official book for both teams during a game and coordinate with opponent's scorekeeper

Volunteer Registration Instructions

How to Register as a Martinez-Evans Little League (MELL) Volunteer

Registration terminology:
Participant - this is only for youth players, not for any Volunteers and not for any Adults
Volunteer - this is only for Volunteers, Adult or Youth
If you would like to Volunteer for a team-specific role (e.g. Team Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Team Referee) you will need to go through the Registration process for each role.  Fortunately, most of the information that you are asked to provide (name, date of birth, picture ID, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, references, etc.) is saved after the first time you Register as a Volunteer.  You will be asked to eSign and review your Volunteer Application Form for each role, but this is a fairly quick process.

1a.  If you have already created a mellbaseball.org User Account, skip to 1b.  If you are a new User follow the steps below:
 i.  Make sure you are on the Martinez-Evans Little League website:  www.mellbaseball.org.  If you are a returning family or volunteer, do NOT try to register!

ii.  Assuming that you are on MELL’s Sports Connect powered website and have not yet created a Sports Connect User Account, click on Register Now in the top right hand corner of the site.

iii.  Fill out the Create New Account section on the Login screen.  Then click on Create Account.

iv.  Fill out the Primary Parent/Guardian Information section, even if you are just registering yourself as a Volunteer. Be sure that your first name, last name, and date of birth exactly match what you had entered in previous years.
*** Note *** The Address information should be your Home Address.

If you wish to add a Secondary Parent/Guardian (for an additional adult or youth Volunteer in your household), enter his or her information in the Secondary Parent/Guardian Information section and click “Create Secondary Account User & Continue”.  You can add additional Users to your Account at a later date.
If not, leave the area blank and click Submit

v.  You will see a screen which asks "Which best describes you?"
If you are registering a child as a youth Player, select the 1st option "I am a parent or guardian registering a participant".  You will have a chance to register yourself as a Volunteer, after registering your child(ren) as a Participant.
Only Players are Participants; Volunteers are not a Participant!
For a Volunteer who does not have a child playing, who just wants to register himself or herself as a Volunteer, select the 2nd option "I am a team coach or other team personnel".  Do not select the 3rd option; this would only be used by a Player/Participant who is age 18 or older.

1b.  Log in to mellbaseball.org and click on the My Account button (upper right part of your screen)


2.  Click on the Volunteer icon on the left side

3.  Click on the Find Volunteer Roles button near the upper right

4.  Select the Program you wish to volunteer for, then click View Roles.


5.  For a team-specific role (Team Manager, Assistant Coach, Team Parent) scroll down to find the specific Division your child's team will be in (e.g. Rookie – Little League Baseball) and click the Signup button next to the volunteer role you want to apply for.


then scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and click on the Continue button:

6.  Select the person who is to fill the Volunteer Role.  If the person is not yet a User in your mellbaseball.org account, select "Invite New Account User".
Each New Account User must have an email address different from the Primary Account User.
Each New Account User will receive an email invitation from the Primary Account User.
The New Account User must go to his or her email account, accept the invitation, and create a new username and password for their Sports Connect access.
Then click Continue:

7.  Complete all the information in the Additional Position Information screen (fields with a red star are required information)


8.  You will be asked to eSign the MELL Volunteer Application Form:  click the box next to "I accept ..."
Scroll to the bottom and click the Continue button. 

9.  You are not done yet!  You will be receiving and email from Martinez-Evans Little League requesting you to fill out a background check though JDP. JDP has partnered with Little League to provides a secure, online app to facilitate background checks.


 

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