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General Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes a "Miracle League Field" So Special?
A Miracle League Field is specifically designed for children with physical and or cognitive challenges. It is made with a rubberized surface that is fully wheelchair accessible. Bases and pitching mounds are painted onto the surfaces so that there are no raised obstacles that you would find on a typical baseball field. The “dugout” area is big enough to accommodate wheelchairs and other apparatus and are situated alongside our spectator viewing area. The base path, pitching and outfield fence distances are a bit shorter than a typical Little League field.
Where is the Miracle League of Manasota Field Located?
The Miracle League of Manasota Field is located at Longwood Run Park, off of University Parkway bordering Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The physical address for the Miracle League Field is 6050 Longwood Run Blvd Sarasota, FL 34243. Our field is adjacent to the Longwood Run Community Center. After your child’s game, feel free to utilize the adjacent playground, tennis and basketball courts. Our facility also features a fully accessible restroom, and concession facilities operated by some of our players.
Where Do I Park at the Miracle League Field
There is plenty of parking adjacent to our field along with parking outside of the Longwood Run community center. Handicapped parking is available but limited.
Player Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Play in the Miracle League of Manasota?
Boys and girls ages 4 and up who have physical and or cognitive challenges are eligible to play in The Miracle League of Manasota. We will do our best to make the games adaptable for children with any type of challenge. Our field is fully wheelchair accessible for those who have mobility issues. We have broken our league into two. Our spring season is for those under the age of 25 and the fall season for those ages 25 and over.
Do I Have to Live in Sarasota or Bradenton to Play in the Miracle League of Manasota?
Absolutely not! In fact, you don’t even need to live in Sarasota or Manatee counties. If you can get to the Miracle League Field for our games, you are welcome.
My Child has Never Played Baseball Before. Will He or She be Able to Play in the League?
Any child who has the desire to play baseball is welcome. We adapt the game to each child’s needs. Players may hit off of a batting tee, or may wish to have a live pitcher. Our volunteer Buddies are paired with players to give them as much or as little assistance as required. We feel comfortable in saying that we can work with any child. In addition to our on field Buddies, we have helpers in the dugouts to assist each player as they get ready to bat. Safety of our players is our number one priority and our Buddies are instructed to do whatever is necessary in order to ensure each player’s well being.
Does My Child Need Any Special Baseball Equipment or Uniform?
The league provides uniforms and the cost is included in the registration fees. Each player will receive a team sponsored jersey and baseball cap at opening day as they arrive to the field. Baseball pants are optional. We ask the participants wear sneakers on the Miracle League Field. No baseball cleats are allowed as they may damage the rubber surface of the field. It is suggested that each player has his or her own baseball glove (with their name somewhere inside) if the child is able to put a glove on his or her hand, though it is not required. The Miracle League provides helmets and bats, although players may bring their own if they wish. All player owned equipment should be labeled with the child’s name.
What are the Miracle League of Manasota Games Like and When are they Played?
First and foremost, our games would be considered non-competitive. Mysteriously, all games end up in a tie. Games run for approximately one hour consisting of 2 innings with every player coming to bat in each inning. Games tend to last about an hour. We will distribute schedules prior to the start of the season. All games are played on Saturday’s between 8am-1pm.
When Does the Miracle League Season Run?
The Miracle League of Manasota has two baseball seasons. The spring season begins in mid-March for those under age 25 and concludes in mid May. The fall season begins early September and runs until early November.
How are the Miracle League of Manasota Teams Formed?
Players are registered through online or via registration form on our website. Players may request to play with a particular friend who is also playing in the Miracle League. Be sure to note this friend request on your registration where asked. We do our best to accommodate all requests.
How Much Does it Cost to Participate in the Miracle League of Manasota?
Registration fees are $25. Fee waivers are available upon request. Our goal is that every child who wants to play in our league will be able to do so.
What Happens After I Register My Child for the Miracle League of Manasota?
All players will be contacted by email after registering with information about the beginning of the season.
Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Volunteer?
There are many multiple way to become a part of The Miracle League of Manasota. The most direct way is to become a Buddy for one of our players or a Coach for one of our teams. The Miracle League of Manasota also has many other events during the year and needs volunteers quite often for those events. Please note that any Buddy needs to be 15 years of age or older.
What are Buddies and How Do They Help?
Buddies are volunteers who assist our athletes with the game of baseball. Miracle League players have a wide range of needs and abilities. Some of our players need very little assistance during the game and may just require some encouragement while others physically need assistance with hitting and fielding the ball, as well as moving around the bases. A Buddy’s number one priority is the safety of the player that they are working with during any particular game.
Does a Volunteer Have to be Available to Help Every Week of the Season?
We appreciate any time that our volunteers can give us. As we have multiple games every Saturday, it’s required that you stay for the duration of the day (7:30am-1:30pm). Our players sometimes become attached to their Buddies, and some great friendships develop during the season if there is some consistency.
How do I register to become a volunteer?
It’s easy, just follow this link, fill out your personal information and someone will be in touch with you within 24-48 hours.
Who Can Be a Miracle League Buddy?
Anyone who is 15 year of age or older may volunteer to become a Miracle League Buddy. Adults are welcome and appreciated.
I Have a Team or Group That Would Like to Be Buddies. Can We Volunteer as a Group?
Certainly! Volunteering together is a fantastic team building exercise for any group. It is a perfect way for high school baseball or softball teams or other groups to give back to their community. We can schedule you for a couple of hours on one day or for multiple days. We ask that all members of your group be 15 years of age or older as we require for all of our Buddies. For more information or to schedule your group please contact us by completing the form available by clicking here.
Do I Need to Know Much About Baseball in Order to Become a Buddy?
Absolutely not. You do not need any particular athletic skills to be a Buddy. All you need is compassion, enthusiasm and energy.
How Do I Register to Be a Volunteer? Can I Just Show Up on Game Day?
All volunteers must pre-register. Registration is available online through a link on our website. Registration for volunteers is on-going. There is no cost to register as a Miracle League Buddy. We will contact all Buddies who register prior to the season to discuss schedules.
What Should I Expect on Game Day?
All Buddies are issued a Miracle League of Manasota t-shirt on their first day. You will be assigned to a player as they arrive.
Do I Need Any Baseball Equipment to be a Buddy?
No you do not. If you have a baseball glove, bring it, but it’s not necessary. Sneakers are required, no baseball cleats are allowed on the Miracle League Field.
What if We Cannot Attend One of Our Scheduled Games?
Please let us know by email if you are not going to be able to make it on any particular day.
Can I Receive Credit for Community Service Hours?
Yes. We are happy to sign any forms or provide a letter for you to receive credit for required community service hours. Please provide any forms that you have or request a letter from Jodi McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org .Be sure to allow an appropriate amount of time for the forms to be filled out.