- There are two key coordinator positions that would benefit every community - Division and Buddy Coordinators
- Person to take charge and make the division happen/liaison for the division.
- Person to solicit and screen suitable buddies to assist players.
- Person to organize buddies and match them with appropriate Challenger players.
Ways To Utilize Buddies
- The preferred route is finding keen and passionate youth or young adults who are assigned one on one for the duration of the season. This is strongly recommended, as consistency and mentorship are keys to enhancing the experience for players.
- Another option is using local baseball or softball associations to provide teams of players on a rotational basis.
- Some communities have paired two buddies with each participant.
- Again, use whatever method works for your program.
Initial Community Meeting
- Used to generate local interest and volunteer support.
- Used to organize a leadership group.
- Used to stress the importance of the need for a team of committed volunteers.
- Advertise through television, radio, social media, newsletters and newspapers.
Recruitment of Players
Places to contact to recruit players into the program include:
- Elementary/Junior/High Schools
- Special Needs Coordinators/Teachers
- Group Homes
- Health Authorities/Hospitals
- Early Childhood Intervention Programs
- Support groups for parents of children with special needs
- Special Olympics
- Associations/Societies who work with individuals with special needs
Recruitment of Buddies
Places to contact to recruit buddies into the program include:
- Local Baseball/Softball Associations
- Junior/High Schools
- Best Buddies Program
- Church Groups
- Community Groups
- Once a community has decided to form a Challenger Baseball program, the program will need to be chartered annually through Challenger Baseball Canada. The charter fee is $26 for first year programs.
- Paperwork for chartering a program will be available by January 2017.
- Once the Challenger players have been registered through their local minor baseball associations, each community will submit their player roster to Challenger Baseball Canada.
- Once a community is ready to become chartered, please contact Randy Crouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-867-6218 to complete the process.
- All Challenger Baseball players and buddies will be registered and insured through Baseball Nova Scotia.
- Criminal Record Check will need to be completed for volunteers who are nineteen years old and above. This can normally be done for free through the local RCMP Department.
- Once a Challenger Baseball Division has been chartered, the program will receive $500 from Challenger Baseball Canada.
- Grants are also available through Sport Nova Scotia, local recreation departments and local health authorities.
- Fundraisers can also be planned on a local and provincial level.