LVBA cannot stress enough that we are a volunteer-run organization. LVBA is an enormous, year-round program involving hundreds of families in the community, local government administrators, community rules and the league’s own administrators. While it is unrealistic to expect everyone to contribute time equally, it is essential for everyone to do what he or she can.
While LVBA is a baseball organization, we need people with many talents unrelated to baseball to help us. Some assistance is seasonal such as coaching and field maintenance. Some help can be needed on short notice, such as a team parent, or base umpire. Administrative or board positions, are year round and require a broader vision of what LVBA is and eventually can become.
These board positions are crucial to LVBA and to the direction and daily function of our league. There are many positions that require NO knowledge of baseball, they are purely administrative, but essential to the strength of LVBA.
In fact, I would suggest that some crucial positions do not even exist on our board at this time. LVBA has hit a crossroads where any growth or expansion of teams, or the improvement of our teams through more practice time is limited by the number, and quality of the fields we have access to. This is not a simple issue and will require understanding complex community zoning and finance issues. Volunteers in this area are a growing need.
If you or, anyone you know, (an LVBA volunteer need not have a child registered to be involved), has a passion for baseball, or has some spare time to be part of a dynamic baseball organization, please contact a member of our Board of Directors. We are set up to find a place for anyone that wants to be a part of LVBA. We will create a position for you if it is mutually beneficial.
The following text is copied from the LittleLeague.org website. It is not copied exactly, as there are some ways in which LVBA operates differently due to our facilities, our board positions and access we have to certain programs.
However, we hope to apply these principles throughout all our teams, even the more competitive Suburban Travel and Connie Mack teams. Each league will have it’s own set of rules concerning participation and competitiveness, but they should not conflict with the underlying principles stated below.
Why Should I 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. Lenape Valley Baseball relies on a devoted legion of adult volunteers to help ensure that the organization remains structured and runs smoothly. LVBA is always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to support and coordinate LVBA 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 Lenape Valley 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 the local Little League organization the right to conduct necessary background checks.
How Do I Become A Volunteer?
Parents, take a minute to fill out the volunteer form while registering your child. If you are not a parent and would like to volunteer, or if you didn't complete the volunteer form during registration, please contact a board member in a position you would like to assist.
What Can I Volunteer To Do?
No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities require little or no training. Lenape Valley Baseball 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 by being themselves. What you see during LV Baseball games is a mere fraction of what you can do as a volunteer. You can volunteer to help in virtually any aspect of LVBA!