Volunteer Opportunities and Descriptions

There are various volunteering opportunities. Please note some positions fulfill more than the required 10 hours and are referred to as Season Positions.

Each position has an indicated maximum number of volunteers per team for that role.  If a specific team position is split, only one designated person will receive their volunteer credit for that opportunity.

Note: not every volunteer position is needed at all levels of play.  If your preferred volunteer opportunity has already been filled, your volunteer hours must be filled via an alternative opportunity.

TEAM MANAGER – 1 per team (Season Credit Position)
This position is the team lead in charge of team players, assistant coaches, and all communications between the League and parents regarding schedules, changes, rain-outs and Benicia Little League events.  Managers are responsible for player instruction and development of proper baseball skills, produce player lineups and provide overall player support and encouragement.  Managers also help secure team parent, team scorekeeper and field maintenance persons (when applicable).

Managers are subject to board approval and are not guaranteed a coaching position from year to year.  This position also requires attendance at Manager and Umpire meetings and instructional coaching clinics.

ASSISTANT COACH – maximum 2 per team (Season Credit Position)
This position assists the Manager with anything involving team practices, player organization, skill building, game operations, equipment handling, team jersey distribution and general player and team support.  This position also needs to assist the field maintenance person(s) with field setup and break down before and after games.

PRACTICE ASSISTANT [Minor B Only] – maximum 1 per Minor B team (Season Credit Position)
This position assists the Minor B Manager and Coaches with anything involving team practices, player organization, skill building,equipment handling, team jersey distribution and general player and team support.  This position is specifically for Minor B to support activities that involve teaching pitching and catching. Minor B is our first player pitch division and BLL wants to ensure there is time devoted to pitching and caching during each Minor B practice.

Practice Assistants are also subject to board approval and are not guaranteed a coaching position from year to year. 

TEAM PARENT – maximum 1 per team (Season Credit Position)
This position assists the Manager and coaches with parent and team communications and general team support.  The Team Parent role will also work with the League Volunteer Coordinator to track volunteer needs, requirements and fulfillment for that team.

Team Parent role can include:
-Obtaining and distributing the team roster
-Sending out team communications to parents (re: special events, game or practice changes, parties, etc.)
-Organizing a snack schedule (if agreed by team)
-Planning the team’s end of season party
-Organizing player trophies or appropriate coaches’ gifts
-Organizing and tracking volunteers among the team to cover canteen commitments

FIELD MAINTENANCE – maximum 2 per team (Farm & Upper Divisions); maximum 1 per team (T-Ball and T-Ball 4)  (Season Credit Position)
This position will be responsible for maintaining the fields for your team before and after games.  If needed, it is beneficial to solicit additional help from team parents as well. 

Duties may include:
-Attend mandatory preseason Field Maintenance training
-Relay and act as trainer to parents that sign up to help out
-Assist at preseason Field Improvement Events
-Manage and perform all pregame and post-game field maintenance duties (home team)
-Remove all litter, team and spectator, and place in trash containers
-Put out and remove bases and plugs and store in field lockers (if last game of the day)
-Drag infield area avoiding contact with the grass
-Rake, fill and tamp batter box and pitcher mound
-Clean and sweep dugouts
-Take down scoreboards and place in canteen (if first or last game) (Majors/Minors only)
-Set up and put bases away in locked score booth sheds (if first or last game) (Majors/Minors only)

SCOREKEEPER – maximum 2 per team (Season Credit Position) (Minors, Majors, and Juniors only)
This position is required to attend and keep score at each game according to the team schedule.  It is also helpful to solicit additional help from team parents for backup.  However, only the designated team scorekeepers for that team will receive credit for this commitment.

Duties may include:
-The Home team must provide the Scorekeeper to keep Official Score Book for that game
-Arrive to field 15 minutes before game time begins
-Bring 2-3 pencils with erasers to each game
-Keep score – track the pitch count, hits, walks and errors
-Have the plate umpire sign the Official Score Book
-Return Official Score Book to the canteen after the game

CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS: 2 – 3 hour shifts
The Canteens are located at Community Park, Maria/Ribeiro, and Jack London fields.  They open for each scheduled game during the season except special make-up games on Friday evenings.  This position works as a team with 1-2 other volunteers per each shift. 
-There should always be 2 adult volunteers at the Canteen
-Children under the age of 16 are not permitted in the Canteen.
-Register for shifts on the Benicia Little League website.  You will receive an email reminder the day before your shift
-Duties to include: Selling food and drinks at the counter, and cleanup

Team Assignments:
-Home Teams are responsible for ensuring Canteen Shifts are covered 
-Parents may choose to work shifts other than when their teams are playing - allowing parents to reach the volunteer minimum

There is no prior experience required for any of these volunteer opportunities.  It is the Volunteer Coordinator’s responsibility to work with Team Parents to insure appropriate coverage for all shifts.  For any substitutions to the shifts or cancellations, a Volunteer/Canteen Coordinator must be contacted in advance.  Failure to show for your scheduled volunteer shift without any communication will result in an automatic charge of the Opt-Out fee.

There are a number of special events throughout our Little League season.  This position will act in any number of ways to ensure those events run smoothly.  Working with the Volunteer Coordinator, you will be scheduled to work at a particular event, and will be directed on requirements and time needed for that event.  Some of the necessary areas required would be set up, check-in table, shepherding, team organization for pictures, tracking, clean up and/or could involve a Canteen shift on a special event day.

Benicia Little League Special Events include:
Age & Residency Validation Sessions
Evaluation Sessions
Opening Day
Picture Day
Others: Clinics, Field Improvement Day, Tournaments, Playoffs, etc.

Volunteer Registration and Volunteer Application hour shifts
Thank you for joining our parent volunteer’s organization.  We would not be successful without your commitment to the League!  Register today for your volunteer preference.  You will be notified of your confirmed commitment and informed of any further scheduling that needs to take place.

Note: Season Positions (with the exception of Field Maintenance) are required to fill out the volunteer application found on the Benicia Little League website, and are subject to a background check.  An application must be filled out in the Volunteer section and signature applied.  A copy of your photo ID must also be scanned and mailed along with your signed volunteer form to Benicia Little League at PO Box 296 Benicia, CA 94510 to be considered.