A Guide to Start Volunteering - Why PBSA Parents Should Get Involved Now
Each year, a new group of parents joins the PBSA family, as their children get set to begin their baseball or softball journey, making new friends, and having fun along the way. And, just like players need a year or two of Tee Ball or Coach Pitch to learn the game, finding a way for parents to be introduced to volunteering is just as important. For those new PBSA families, we encourage you to get involved in your as soon as possible because it is important to start learning how the league operates at the very beginning of your PBSA involvement. Being updated and in-the-know are keys in developing a positive experience for you and your player.
The best way to get involved is to volunteer. PBSA relies on volunteers to offer the opportunity for children and families to forge lifelong memories, and have positive experiences both on-and-off the field. Every league needs committed volunteers. If your son or daughter began playing PBSA last year, or your player is about to start next season, we encourage you to attend fall and winter Board of Directors meetings. Attending these Board meetings is the first, most important step in getting involved. At these meetings, you’ll learn what volunteer positions are needed in your league. Volunteers often help with concession stand duties, field maintenance, fundraising, event planning, communications, and coaching.
At the Board meetings, ask questions and offer your opinions and thoughts. Getting to better understand your league’s operations is a learning process, and the best way to gain the necessary knowledge is to communicate. As a new parent, you aren’t expected to know everything, but your engagement and interest will certainly be appreciated.
At a fall Board meeting, you may learn of open Board positions for the following season. Having not been heavily involved with PBSA before is actually a positive, as you’ll be able to bring new, fresh ideas to the table. So, do not let the lack of years under your belt deter you from seeking a spot on the Board. There are all sorts of roles to fill where you could be a valuable asset to the league. Board positions often consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Player Agent, Safety Officer, Field Manager, Information Officer, Concession Stand Manager, and others.
Apprentice a Board Member
One of the reasons we encourage new parents to immediately get involved in their league is because often times, current Board members have kids ready to graduate from the PBSA program. When Board members transition out, it’s helpful to have someone with experience ready to step in to make the change seamless. If you choose not to seek a Board position for the upcoming season, consider apprenticing a current Board member. Learn the ins-and-outs of his or her responsibilities, and volunteer your time to assist wherever needed. Before you know it, it may be your time to step up as a Board member, so learn now. It will make your future volunteering work that much easier.
The success of a league often depends on the number of devoted volunteers it has. And everyone in the PBSA family, no matter how many years they’ve been a part of the league, should find a way to volunteer, especially new parents. Find the role that interests you the most and that you can commit to, and raise your hand. While you’ll find your volunteer work extremely worthwhile and gratifying, it is the players who will benefit the most.