Volunteer with Willington Little League

Updated Sunday April 22, 2018 by Amelia Hinchliffe.

Little League Baseball and Softball is an organization designed to build good citizens. It is a program of leadership, preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders. 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 or Softball.  Willington Little League relies on a devoted group of adult volunteers to help ensure that the organization remains structured and runs smoothly. We are always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to support and coordinate our events and activities.

Who can volunteer?
Any community member who wishes to become a volunteer may apply. All parents of children involved in Little League Baseball and Softball 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.

No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of our volunteer opportunities require little or no training. We will provide you with any necessary training (as well as support and encouragement). The best volunteers are those who are able to bring added enjoyment to the game simply be being themselves.

What volunteer opportunities are there?
Team Manager or Coach
- Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game of baseball. You may be required to attend meetings, instructional sessions, or seminars. You will communicate with the parents/guardians of your players to inform them of any schedule changes, rainouts, and Little League events and activities. As a manager or coach, you have more interaction with young people than anyone else in Little League. Therefore, it is important that you understand the goals and virtues of the Little League program in order to effectively communicate them to your players.

Helping with Field Maintenance - Willington Little League is required to maintain the fields that your child plays on. As a part of the field maintenance crew, your skills and abilities may be used to line fields, rake dirt, and execute minor repairs on outdoor equipment or facilities.

Helping at Events/Clinics – Willington Little League has several events and clinical that happen on a yearly basis that we need help at: Willington Day, Opening Day, and Winter Clinic.  Volunteer activities include handing out supplies, registration check-in, manning concessions, and manning training stations.

Umpiring - Aside from calling ball or strike, safe or out, umpires are responsible for teaching players good sportsmanship and the rules of the game. Umpires are also called upon to interpret rules and help settle minor disputes that may occur during games.  Most Little League games have one home plate umpire and a minimum of one field umpire. Main responsibilities are to call plays on the bases, determine if balls are fair or foul, and assist the home plate umpire with other calls. Before becoming a home plate umpire you may be required to participate in training sessions and seminars.

Selling Concessions – Willington Little League has concessions stands at River Road and the Town Hall.  Manning concessions involves standing behind a counter and filling orders and notifying the concessions manager when supplies are running low.

How do I become a volunteer?
Fill out the volunteer form here and reach out to a Willington Little League Board member or simply come to any board meeting.   Meeting information is posted on-line and we have an annual member at large meeting every year in September.