Volunteer OpportunitiesUpdatedThursday September 16, 2021 byABR.
Volunteer Opportunities!!! ABR is proud to be a volunteer-based organization serving the youth. We have many opportunities for families to get involved. It’s fun and a great way to connect with other baseball families. Thank you for your support!
How YOU can help ABR be the BEST it can be!
Administrative Coordinator – Spring and Fall seasons
An admin for team admins! Coordinate messages for team administrators to keep families informed.
Advocacy Committee - Ongoing
Work with ABR Board members and other sports groups in Arlington to help understand activities around field improvement scheduling and advocating for better fields for Arlington youth! Be a voice for ABR at county meetings and events.
Background Screens and Safety Awareness Training Coordinator - late February/early March and late August/early September
Babe Ruth National now requires each team to have two coaches and at least one parent complete background screens and sit for an online safety awareness class. ABR needs someone to oversee this process and to ensure each team is in compliance.
Championship Trophy Coordinator – May/June
Help coordinate the ordering, sorting and distribution of the end-of-season medals and championship awards.
Christmas Tree and Holiday Greenery – Optimist Club of Arlington
Assist ABR’s longest and biggest sponsor with their annual tree lot on the corner of Glebe Road and Lee Highway, which opens after Thanksgiving each year. Watch for ways to volunteer at the lot, recruit your team and make it a fun event, but most of all--make sure to visit for your holiday trimming.
Coaching Clinic Coordinator – February/March
Each March, ABR offers a coaching clinic to new and veteran coaches to refresh for the upcoming season.
Communications Volunteers – March-June and September-November
Arlington Babe Ruth wants volunteers to capture team news and photos for publication on the ABR website, inclusion in the weekly newsletter, posting via Twitter and Facebook, and sharing with local press contacts. Ideally, volunteers from each team would aim to send pics every 1-2 weeks, along with a brief description of the action (including the players, teams and coaches).
In addition, ABR encourages team parents to “like” ABR Facebook @ArlingtonCountyBabeRuth, posts and re-tweet ABR Twitter @ABRarlingtonBB and Instagram content. And if you are not following us, please do!
Arlington Babe Ruth also welcomes help from communications and public affairs professionals who are willing to help with ABR community engagement initiatives on issues such as field advocacy, youth sports funding and efforts to bring baseball to underserved communities.
Commissioners – late February/early March and late August/early September
ABR needs commissioners at each age level to help create teams and communicate with coaches throughout the season.
Diversity and Inclusion – Ongoing
Help develop ideas to ensure ABR’s reach is to all communities and kids in Arlington. Identify potential scholarship needs and find ways to communicate ABR scholarship availability.
Equipment Manager - Ongoing
ABR needs someone to manage the league's equipment inventory that is stored in a local facility, through distribution to teams and restocking at the end of each season. This job also requires purchasing of some uniform pieces, balls and other equipment, as necessary.
Events - ongoing
Coordinate ABR sponsored activities, including Pitch, Hit, Run, the annual DOC tournament, the annual Memorial Day AA mini tournament, Spirit Day activities, team photo day and preschool mini camps.
Game Day Field Crew Coordinator – March–June and September-November
ABR needs volunteers who are willing to be Field Crew Captains to ensure fields are playable each week, by checking on the diamonds and working with the county to resolve issues.
Marketing and Advertising – ongoing
Assist our Executive Director in determining where, when and how to advertise to reach the broadest audience possible. Work with school liaisons for outreach. Coordinate yard signs and other activities. Assist with in-season newsletter content, including soliciting photos and highlights from teams.
Mini Camp Coordinator – Veterans Day and MLK school holidays
Coordinate two mini camps on single-day school holidays targeted toward preschool players.
Pitch, Hit & Run Coordinator and Committee – March/April
Join ABR in hosting MLB’s Pitch, Hit & Run Competition! This fun event for Arlington boys and girls will take place in early April, probably to coincide with the first weekend of games.
What is Pitch, Hit & Run? It’s MLB’s skills competition that starts at the local level and advances players to both the district, regional and possibly even national events! Last year Arlington had four players place in the regional competition at Nationals Park!
Volunteers are needed for both planning (beginning in January) and organizing the event, as well as day of support. The time commitment varies by job, but roughly four hours of prep work and four hours the day of the event.
Pitch, Hit & Run Event-Day Support – April
Help support a fun event for all of Arlington’s baseball and softball players! Just a few hours of your time are needed to support the day of the event, helping register players, record scores, and run events.
Rules Chairperson – Spring and Fall seasons
Ensure the rules for each age/division are documented and consistent in all communication to coaches and umpires.
School Liaisons and Influencer- Ongoing
Arlington Babe Ruth continues to build a School Liaisons Program to help grow and support ABR in the Arlington community.
The primary objectives of the School Liaison Program are to:
- Improve accessibility to baseball for all children in Arlington
- Support ABR in school and greater Arlington communities
- Improve communication and disseminate information to school-based communities through available channels (Facebook pages, listservs, personal relationships, etc)
- Support coaches, players, and families, as needed
- Provide feedback to School Liaison Coordinator (ABR Board) on baseball participation and issues
ABR is actively seeking two volunteers per school community, who can work together in the liaison role. We are looking for volunteers with varying age representation (K-2, 3-5), to ensure we are reaching all possible parent groups. Interested volunteers are asked to serve in the School Liaison position for one calendar year, starting with this Spring season.
Schools: ATS • Abingdon • Ashlawn • Barcroft • Barrett • Carlin Springs • Discovery • Glebe • McKinley • Drew • Oakridge • Science Focus • Taylor • Nottingham • Tuckahoe • Jamestown • Long Branch • Randolph • Key • Claremont • St. Ann’s • St. Agnes
Sponsorship Support- November-February
Assist sponsorship chairperson find new opportunities to solicit for support.
Umpire-in-Chief - ongoing
We have the best umpires in Arlington! But we need a head of umpires to coordinate training them.
Uniform Distribution Team – March
Managing uniforms for 1100+ players is a Herculean task! We have a coordinator, but need a committee of volunteers to help with the distribution process.
Looking for other ways to help? Ask?!! ArlingtonBRbaseball@gmail.com