Volunteers Run Fairfax Little League
Fairfax Little League is an ALL volunteer organization. We rely solely on a devoted legion 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 Little League, through its administration, events and activities. In order to have a successful season, all parents of children involved in Fairfax Little League Baseball need to volunteer. In addition to the key volunteer positions below, every parent will need to assist with field set-up before and clean-up after each practice and game. Our Managers and coaches devote an extraordinary amount of time to teaching and developing our players. At a minimum, we parents must return the favor by covering the field duties so that the fields remain safe and in the best playing condition possible.
Key Volunteer Positions:
Team Manager or Coach : Being a manager or coach requires time, patience, and basic knowledge of the game of baseball. Each team has a manager and up to two rostered coaches. Team managers and coaches will also be required to attend off season meetings and instructional sessions, including Rules and Safety meetings and Coaching Clinics. Team managers and coaches, in conjunction with the website notices, 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. If you are interested in managing or coaching, please contact your League's President. Team managers and coaches must complete and turn in to their League's President an annual Volunteer Form found in the Forms and Documents folder before they can be approved as a manager or coach.
Team Scorekeeper : Every team needs capable scorekeepers to enter the lineups and record each game accurately and neatly in a scorebook. This will include recording in the scorebook who is pitching when during the game and keeping a record of the # of pitches thrown by each pitcher. The team manager will rely heavily upon the scorekeeper to record each game properly because the team manager is responsible for uploading the team’s player statistics weekly to the league’s website. Each team needs more than one scorekeeper to ensure that there is at least one present at the start of and during every game. If you plan to attend almost every game, know how (or are willing to learn) how to record a game in a baseball scorebook, please volunteer to be a team scorekeeper.
Team Adult Game Coordinator : In the event that only youth umpires are assigned to a game (no certified volunteer adult umpire is present), it is the Home team’s responsibility to provide an adult game coordinator for the game. The game coordinator must be an adult other than the manger or coaches. The primary responsibility of the adult game coordinator is to oversee the conduct of all players, managers, coaches, umpires and spectators at the game to ensure the safety of all participants and help ensure the game is conducted with integrity and good sportsmanship. The game coordinator should attend the pre-game conference with the umpires and managers. The game coordinator should immediately notify the respective team manager of any action which may jeopardize the safety and wellbeing of the youth umpires or any player, coach or spectator. Game Coordinators are trained by the Chief Umpire but the training is not as extensive as that of a volunteer adult or team parent umpire. For more detail please read this page on Game Coordinator. If you plan to attend almost every game, and are willing to act as the game coordinator for your team when required, please volunteer to be a team game coordinator.
Team Parent Umpire : Each team must have at least one and preferably two or more team parent umpires. The League attempts to provide trained home plate and field umpires for all AAA and above games and will also provide trained umpires for AA and below games if able. But there will be several times especially at the AA and below levels when a game may be uncovered by trained umpires and the team’s parent umpires will have to act as the home plate and/or the field umpire so the game can start on time and be played. If you plan to attend almost every game, are willing to attend one Rules training class before the season starts, and are willing to act as either the field umpire or the home plate umpire during games when a League provided umpire is not available, please volunteer to be a team parent umpire. For more information on umpiring please visit our Umpire page.
Volunteer Adult Umpires : Aside from calling ball or strike, safe or out, trained league umpires are responsible for teaching players good sportsmanship and the rules of the game. Trained League umpires are also called upon to interpret rules and help settle minor disputes that may occur during games. The league attempts to recruit and train enough volunteer adult and youth umpires to cover all AAA level and above games and when able cover AA and below games too. The Volunteer Adult umpire is critical to the operation of the league as this cadre of individuals becomes the foundation of a sound program. The Volunteer Adult umpires call the District All-Star games and may be eligible for State/Regional Tournaments as well as the Little League World Series upon recommendation of the Chief Umpire. This level will primarily work the Majors, Intermediate and 90’ level. This individual will not be considered a Team Parent Umpire but will be a certified Fairfax Little League umpire and will be eligible to join the Fairfax Baseball Officials Association. A game that has a certified volunteer adult umpire does not have a need for an Adult Game Coordinator. Before becoming a trained volunteer adult umpire, you will be required to participate in off season training sessions. Volunteer adults may also get started by working games with their children who are interested in becoming a youth umpire upon certification completion. Youth umpires are usually age 13 and older and will start on the Minor level. However, youth umpires age 12 may begin if working games with one of their qualified parents. For more information about umpiring with Fairfax Little League, please visit our Umpire page.
Board Member/League Officer : Fairfax Little League's Board of Directors, elected from and by the adult members of the league, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the league within the rules, regulations and policies of Little League. The board does not have the authority to alter, suspend or change any of the rules, regulations or policies of Little League. To receive credit as a volunteer as a Board Member/League Officer you must already be officially voted in and be acting as a Board Member/League Officer. Please contact your League's President if you wish to volunteer to become a future League Officer/Board Member.