Make a new friend…become a Buddy!
Ever feel like you want to make a difference in another person’s life? Well, you can if you’re a Buddy! You can give individuals with special needs the gift of friendship and baseball by volunteering as a Buddy. Working one-on-one with our players will warm your heart and spread joy all around! Our Buddy system pairs each player, with a volunteer helper that remains with them the entire season.
The Buddy System – How It Works:
What is a Miracle League Buddy?
Buddies are youth (ages 12 and up) and adults who play or enjoy baseball and softball-or just like to have fun. These include family members and local youth and civic groups to mention a few. Though we call them Buddies, many people refer to the volunteers as Angels in the Outfield.
Buddies need to be energetic, committed and enthusiastic for each game. We encourage buddies to keep a consistent schedule. This allows for Miracle players to grow more comfortable with their new friends. Buddies are responsible for their individual player from the time of introduction until the player is back in the care of their parent/guardian. This means that no matter where their player goes the buddy must go.
In order to encourage friendships, Buddies are assigned to the same child or team for the entire season. However, we also welcome buddies who may not have assigned players, but who cover where needed.
Buddies are expected to protect the Miracle League player at all times. When a hard hitter is up at bat, buddies are to step in front of the Miracle League player for protection. Always allow the Miracle League player as much freedom as possible to play his/her game and position. Assist the Miracle League player according to their needs. Arrive at the field 15 minutes prior to game time. Notify the Miracle League Buddy Coordinator (Tina), or your coach, at least 24 hours prior to game time if they will not be able to attend the game. Be properly dressed in the Buddies t-shirt. Demonstrate high morals and integrity on and off the field.
Students can receive credit and, if necessary, a written recommendation towards their service hour requirements for school or other organizations upon completion of a full season.
Questions about being a buddy? Email: email@example.com
We play 2 seasons per year – Spring and Fall
We have several volunteer positions available including Buddies, Coaches, Umpires, Team Moms, Concessions, etc.
Individuals must be at least 12 years old or older to volunteer and to be a Buddy. Buddies that are 12 or 13 years old will be assigned in our first game (6:00 pm). Buddies 14 and 15 will be assigned in our second game (7:15 pm). Buddies 16 and older will likely be assigned in our last game (8:30 pm).
The Georgia Background Check Form must be filled out for each volunteer that is 18 years old or older that will participate as a volunteer and will be on the field with the players (Buddies, Coaches, Team Moms, Umpires, etc). The Background check form can be found here: Georgia Background Check Form
When submitting the Georgia Background check form, please include a photocopy of the front of your driver’s license. This will be used by the Kingsland Police Department for processing.
There is no registration fee for volunteers. Buddy shirts will be provided to each Buddy free of charge.