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South Durham Little League

Welcome Volunteers

Thank you for considering a volunteer opportunity with the South Durham Little League. SDLL is 100% a volunteer-led organization. All league functions from team parent to league President are dependent on help from our community. While we know that not everyone can give multiple hours per week like coaches or board members, many can give some time to make this a great environment for our children to grow. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see which volunteer opportunity is right for you. 

Above all things, SDLL and Little League International are committed to providing a safe environment for our children. There are two steps that must happen before volunteering:

1. Complete an annual mandatory background check (provided by the league at no cost)
2. Complete a 25-30 min US Center for SafeSport compliant abuse training (provided by the league at no cost)

Please see the steps below to navigate this process.

Step One: Annual Mandatory Background Check

An annual background check, in compliance with Little League Regulation I(c) 8 and 9, is required to be conducted on every individual before the applicant assumes any of his/her duties for the current season. The background check must, at a minimum, meet the standard of a nationwide criminal search, a national sex offender registry search, a review of the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database and the Little League International Ineligible/Suspended List. 

Please send an email to [email protected]m with the Subject: SDLL Background Check. List your full name and best email address in the body of the email. You will receive a request to complete a background check from JDP within 48 hours. Please note that you will be asked to submit a picture of your driver's license to verify your identity. Instruction to submit your driver's license and abuse training certificate of completion are found in the abuse section below.

Step Two: Instructions for Required Abuse Awareness Training for Adults

Instruction to complete USA Baseball BASE Training (Safe Sport Compliance)

1. Click on the following hyperlink:

2. Click SIGN IN/REGISTER in the top right-hand corner of the page

3. If you have an account with USA Baseball, please Sign In. If you do not, please click “Register”

4. If you do not have an account, please complete the requested information and click register in the bottom right corner.
*Note that you are not required to enter an organization, leave this blank.

5. Click on the following link to access the training:

6. Click on Abuse Awareness for Adults, then click “Enroll”

7. Start the course, which takes roughly 30 minutes to complete

8. There is a 10-question quiz at the end of the course. Upon completion you will receive a confirmation email

9. Please click on “View Certificate of Completion”

10. Save the certificate as: (Last Name)-(First Name)-Abuse Awareness for Adults
Example: Essa-Michael-Abuse Awareness for Adults

11. Take picture or screen shot of your current driver's license (front side only)

12. Save the license photo as: (Last Name)-(First Name)-Drivers License

13. Go to the following link and upload your certificate of completion and picture of your current driver's license for SDLL reference:


Volunteer Positions

Board of Directors (24 Volunteers)

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall management of the South Durham Little League from operations, safety, player development, scheduling, and fundraising. All Board of Directors are under the direction of the President of the league.

Head Coach (1 per team)

A head coach is the main point of contact for each baseball and softball team. The head coach is the primary contact between the league and the players/families. The head coach is responsible for between 10-13 players, team equipment, and field maintenance. The head coach is not required to have previous baseball and softball background knowledge but we would request the head coach serve as an assistant coach one year before becoming head coach. The head coach will be voted on by the Board of Directors for each season. The head coach is responsible for two practices and one game each week which becomes two games and one practice towards the end of the season. Head coaches are under the direction of the Vice President of Baseball, Vice President of Softball, and the Coaching Coordinator.

Assistant Coach (2-3 per team)

An assistant coach is under the direction of the head coach and assumes the role of head coach in the absence of the head coach. The assistant coach will likely take on the role of a base coach during a game. Assistant Coaches are under the direction of their head coach, Vice President of Baseball, Vice President of Softball, and the Coaching Coordinator.  

Team Parent (1 per team)

A team parent is someone who is responsible for the communications among the team with regards to the schedule of snacks (only if requested by the head coach), dugout assistance (as needed), SlugFest, team photos, and end of season tournament(s). Team Parents will remain under the direction of the league Secretary throughout the season.  

Field Coordinator (6-12 per season)

Each field that is maintained by the South Durham Little League requires at least 1 Field Coordinator. Some fields require more and therefore allow for more than one Field Coordinator. Field Coordinators are required to mow the field as needed, keep regular supply in the maintenance sheds, keep record of any equipment needs. Field Coordinators are under the direction of the league Facilities Coordinator.

Field Day Volunteers (multiple opportunities)

Prior to the start of the spring and fall seasons, it is customary to have days set aside to clean up the ballfields and surrounding areas. SDLL maintains a great working relationship with the Durham Public Schools and parks in exchange for regular maintenance of the fields. Information about these days will be publicized well in advance.

SlugFest Volunteers (Spring Season Only; multiple opportunities)

During the weekend (Friday and Saturday) of SlugFest (our league's one and only player-led fundraiser), Slugfest Volunteers are under the direction of the SlugFest Coordinator. SlugFest Volunteers can work on a SlugFest Committee (requires more responsibility) or they can sign up for volunteer shifts the weekend of the event.

GameChanger Team Manager (1 per team)

GameChanger is the application that is most commonly used for recording games in a play by play mode. Using this app helps the league and families to track scores and data about the game. In the event that the GameChanger manager is absent from a game, he or she can ask another parent to fill in.

Umpire Academy Alumnus & Alumna (multiple opportunities per season)

The SDLL Umpire Academy is an opportunity for our Alums to be trained to officiate a baseball or softball game. The Umpire Academy begins training prior to the scheduled season and works in shifts (games) throughout the season officiating younger divisions of baseball and softball. These volunteers are under the direction of the Umpire Coordinator.

**All Volunteers for the South Durham Little League are subject to a background check and multiple safety trainings before they are allowed to engage with our participants. 

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