BSUK wants volunteers to “Pitch In” across baseball and softball
Wed 1 Feb 2012
A new programme to recruit and support more volunteers in baseball and softball, called Pitch In, will be rolled out to baseball clubs and softball leagues around the country during the months leading up to the 2012 season.
Patrick Knock, BSUK's Regional Development Manager for London and the South East, has put the programme together. He said: "We recognise the huge input that volunteers have on the sustained growth of baseball and softball in the UK. To achieve growth in the numbers playing and maintain the health of clubs and leagues throughout the country, there is a need to boost the numbers coming into the sport and to highlight the fun and varied roles that are out there and the massive difference people can make as volunteers."
The Pitch In programme can provide ideas and details to support close to 20 volunteer roles, ranging from Event Assistant to Club Fundraiser, Club Secretary to Welfare Officer, Assistant Coach to Scorekeeper -- and many more.
To promote volunteering opportunities and support the volunteer recruitment efforts of clubs and leagues, BSUK has now created a dedicated volunteer section on our website where you can find out about why volunteering is so valuable to our sports, see the many and varied roles available and read about the benefits to "pitching in" and making a valuable difference as a volunteer.
BSUK has also created a Pitch In Volunteer Opportunity Form which will allow clubs and leagues to tell BSUK about the volunteer roles they're looking to fill. Once a volunteer opportunity has been submitted via this form, it will be uploaded to the Do-it volunteering website which promotes volunteering opportunities to over 500,000 individuals in the UK.
BSUK is pleased to be working in partnership with Do-it to promote volunteering opportunities in baseball and softball.
New volunteers are always needed, both from inside and outside the sports. Whether you are a player, someone who has hung up their glove or someone who has never picked up a bat or ball, you can be a valued volunteer for our sports who can pitch in and make a difference.
This is a great programme - I’ve done a lot of volunteering while I was a student as I had the time on my hands, and especially during the summer where there wasn’t much else to do. Students need hands-on experience of doing something in their time off to elevate them to the top of the class when it comes to applying for jobs, and now we’re in a position to provide them the opportunity to excel beyond their education.
I hope that we can make the most of this so that club volunteers can continue to develop the club and players are able to play with less pressure knowing that there are more people in place to help ensure the sport is run well.
Essex Redbacks Baseball Club
Indeed - a strong and growing volunteer pool will give British baseball and softball a strong footing and a great catalyst for rapid expansion and development.
The onus at this point rests somewhat with the existing club leaders. We need you to visit our online volunteer opportunity form and submit details about all the exciting jobs your organisation has on offer: event assistant, treasurer, photographer, youth coach, media officer, scorekeeper, etc. Then BSUK can help by advertising these posts more widely and pulling fresh faces (with new ideas) into the fold of our community.
I hear you’ve been working hard on an Essex-region Media Task Force. Very cool idea. Next up: Essex Baseball and Softball Volunteer Corps?
Sounds like a plan, Jason.
Would be great for more clubs to work together with other local teams to cross-promote each other’s activities and generate more community involvement and ownership over the development of the sports.
I’ll let you know how we can go forward on this.