What is the expectation of parents?
PAGS is a Volunteer Organization (except for Umpires who are paid, PAGS operates with all volunteers). We rely on the generosity and good will of many, many volunteers to organize our league, coach our teams, and otherwise complete the many tasks that must be done before, during and after our softball season. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Each family is expected to volunteer in some way, in either a team support or league support position.
The Volunteer Page lists many ways you can help PAGS to function. We have something to fit the interests and availability of everyone, including volunteer opportunities that are one time and others that are ongoing, and opportunities that require softball knowledge in addition to those that don’t require any softball knowledge.. If you have some special skills, please let us know.
Here are brief descriptions of the different volunteer opportunities. Please contact us if you need clarification. If you have some special skills, please let us know. We especially encourage women to take an active role in team leadership as coaches and assistant coaches.
TEAM VOLUNTEERS: COACHES (required to form teams)
Each team requires at least two adult coach volunteers. More are needed at the older divisions. 6U and 8U: One Head Coach plus 1-2 assistant coaches (or two co-coaches plus 0-1 assistant coaches).
10U-14U: One Head Coach plus 2-3 assistant coaches.
This position is responsible for softball instruction and coaching during practices and games. Knowledge of the game and skill in teaching softball skills is a requirement for this position (but can be learned on the job for the younger (6U and 8U) divisions, and support is available from experienced coaches for all levels). The coach may select a Manager/Team Parent to assist them with communication and/or team activities.
This person helps the coach at practices and games. There can be more than one assistant coach. One assistant coach functions as the head coach when the head coach is not available. Knowledge of the game and skill in teaching softball skills is a requirement for this position, but can be learned on the job.
NOTE: All dugout personnel are required to be ACE Certified each year … this certification can be completed on line. To ensure the safety of all the players, all coaches must complete an ASA (American Softball Association) background check.
How do I become a head coach or assistant coach?
You can select to volunteer for either position on the online registration form. You will be contacted by PAGS regarding coaching opportunities.
Can I volunteer to coach with a specific parent?
Yes, when you volunteer, you can specify that you like to coach together as Co-Coaches, or as a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach –please limit these requests to coaching pairs (two people only), so that we have the flexibility to form fair, balanced teams at all levels.
Do I need to undergo a background check and/or certification?
All dugout personnel are required to be ACE Certified each year. This certification can be completed on line. To ensure the safety of all the players, all coaches must complete an ASA (American Softball Association) background check.
TEAM VOLUNTEERS: OTHER (will be appointed after team formation)
Manager (or Team Parent)
The Team Manager/Team Parent works closely with the Head Coach, and supports the activities of the entire team, working closely with coaches and parents. The Manager organizes team activities, and typically is involved in team communication and organizing other parent volunteers. Knowledge of softball skills or rules is not required.
Score Keepers (for 12U and 14U)
The scorekeeper keeps the scorebook at the games.
Base Coaches (for 6U and 8U)
Serve as base coach at 1st or 3rd base, as directed by the team coaches. Help these younger girls focus on what is happening in the game, and remind them when and where to run.
Equipment Maintenance and Repair Helpers
Assist the Equipment Commissioner to count, sort, and distribute team equipment (bats, ball, helmets, catchers’ gear placed in the team’s equipment bag). Repair equipment, such as the pitching machines, as necessary.
Help with uniform ordering, sorting and distribution at the beginning of the season.
Picture Day Helpers
Help during PAGS Picture Day.
The School Captains will distribute registration information to each grade level at their school in the form of flyers for Friday Folders, posting of posters or banners and word of mouth. We think this is an important way for younger students to learn about the opportunities and benefits of participating in PAGS. Our intent is to identify School Captains prior to opening of Registration each year; please contact Registrar at Registrar@paloaltogirlssoftball.org by November 30 if you would like to be School Captain for your elementary or middle school.
Help groom and maintain our softball diamonds before games. This may include replacing bases and pitching rubbers, maintaining the pitcher’s circle and area around home plate, raking the infield, chalking the lines, or other activities as necessary.
PAGS BOARD POSITIONS (EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OTHER BOARD POSITIONS)
Other Board Positions:
Travel Ball Rep
If you are interested in learning about open board positions, please contact us at President@paloaltogirlssoftball.org.
How else can I contribute?
Consider having your business sponsor a team or making a donation.
How do I become a PAGS sponsor?
Each season, PAGS strives to find a sponsor for every team to help cover the costs associated with outfitting the team, running the league and improving our fields. If you are interested in sponsoring a PAGS team (with your business name on the uniforms), please email our PAGS Fundraising and Sponsors coordinator, at Sponsors@paloaltogirlssoftball.org. They will contact you and provide more information. PAGS is a volunteer-run organization, and uses funds solely for the benefit of girls softball. All Sponsors with daughters registering for the PAGS Spring league will receive a 100% rebate on one registration fee. The sponsorship deadline is January 31, 2016.
For additional sponsorship information, please see our sponsor page or contact PAGS at Sponsors@paloaltogirlssoftball.org.