A little about ourselves: DREAM TEAM FACT SHEET:
Who: The Dream Team is a co-ed baseball league formed to include youths and teens, ages 8-21, with disabilities. Dream Team players will be paired with partner players from local baseball and softball teams. Partner players will play alongside Dream Team players and will provide assistance, as needed.
Partner Player Roles: Partner players are invited volunteers who play alongside Dream Team players. Partner players will assist during play on the field and will assist Dream Team players with baseball skills, mobility and support all players. Partner players MUST be supervised by their participating team coach or designated parent volunteer. Partner players will also wear their own team uniform and must adhere to Dream Team rules and guidelines. Partner players do not need to commit to an entire season and will be placed with Dream Team players upon availability. Player Partner volunteer contact: Kris Ruckle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timeline: The Dream Team’s first pitch for the 2017 season will be thrown in May of 2017. Schedules are being developed based on registration (see schedule page). Games are tentatively scheduled for Saturday mornings thru noon. The Dream Team season will conclude with a special night at a Beach Bum’s game, date to be announced for the end of the season. Games will be played on local Grand Traverse area baseball fields, to be announced (see game schedule page).
Coaches: Coaches are currently being recruited, with priority given to those who have experience working with those with disabilities. Practices are at the discretion of the coaches. Dream Team organizers will not schedule practices.
Other Volunteer needs: Behind every successful baseball league is a team of volunteers. The Dream Teams will need; team managers, bench coaches, coach pitchers, refreshments organized, cheerleaders, and more!! Any volunteers ages 18 and older (excluding student player partners) working directly with the players must submit to a back ground screening conducted by Dream Team coordinators.
Game Rules: Empowerment, Skill Development, Safety, and Fun are the primary rules for The Dream Team. The overriding goal is to make sure everyone can play! Every player will play. Games will have a time limit. Score keeping is at the discretion of the coaches. Players may choose to hit off a baseball tee or hit off a coach pitcher. At the 3rd strike of coach pitch, a player must use a baseball tee. Game format regarding; outs/innings/bat around are at the desecration of the coaches.