Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Miracle League of Valdosta?
Answer: The Miracle League of Valdosta is a non-profit organization that provides everyone with mental or physical disabilities an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Our league is a high-quality, safe, and inclusive experience for our participants and their families.
How do I sponsor a Miracle League of Valdosta team?
Answer: The Miracle League of Valdosta is a 501c3 not for profit that is supported by sponsors. Visit the Sponsorship section of our website to find the different levels of sponsors. If interested in becoming a sponsor and being placed on the website, contact Andy Gibbs at (229) 563-8877 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: How do I donate to the Miracle League of Valdosta?
Answer: Visit the Donation section of our website to donate online through PayPal, you can also visit our Facebook Page to donate or mail checks/money orders payable to:
The Miracle League of Valdosta
c/o Jeremy Davis
P.O. Box 4512
Valdosta, GA 31604
The Miracle League of Valdosta is a 501c3 not for profit that is supported by donations. To learn more about making a monetary donation or In Kind donation, contact Andy Gibbs at (229) 563-8877 or email@example.com. Thanks for your support!
Question: My child has never played baseball or any other sport. Can he or she participate in this league?
Answer: Yes. Everyone with mental or physical disabilities has an opportunity to play baseball. We will have buddies that are trained to help your child when playing.
Question: Where will the games be played and when?
Answer: All games will be played at Freedom Park, which is a huge multi-purpose facility with something for everyone! The parks 250-plus acres are conveniently located near Moody Air Force Base 3795 Guest Rd., Valdosta, GA 31605. Games will be held each Tuesday evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Question: How are the games played? How long is the game?
Answer: Each game lasts one hour, but participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the game and check in with their coach. Games are non-competitive in nature, with every player batting, rounding the bases, and scoring in each inning. Volunteers, called “Buddies”, are assigned to each player to assist and provide encouragement throughout the game, both in and out of the dugout. The primary focus is on participation and inclusion rather than on winning.
Question: Do I need to bring anything?
Answer: No. On Opening Day every player will receive a team jersey and cap that is to be worn during games. Players are welcome to bring gloves, but the league provides equipment for team use. Players can wear any shoes except cleats, which are not allowed on artificial turf field.
Question: Do I have to live near the field to be eligible to participate?
Answer: No. The Miracle League of Valdosta serves residents throughout the Lowndes County Area and beyond.
Question: Are there team practices between games?
Question: What are Buddies and how do they help?
Answer: Buddies are volunteers who must register before the season and are assigned to a player on a one-to-one basis for the entire season. The Buddy is asked to protect the player from hard hit balls, assist the player in batting and rounding the bases, and to be a friend on and off the field. Please see the volunteer tab for more information.
Question: What if we cannot attend one of our scheduled games?
Answer: Attendance is voluntary and there may be an occasion when you have to miss a game. Players and buddies are asked to notify their coach at least 24 hours prior to the game if unable to attend.
Question: What will the Miracle League of Valdosta be like?
Answer: In a partnership with Valdosta-Lowndes Parks & Recreation, the Miracle League will begin construction of a brand-new facility. Plans are currently underway for the construction of a fully accessible Miracle League Complex. The specialized field will feature a cushioned, synthetic, rubberized surface that will eliminate any barriers to wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices. The facility will also include a handicap concession stand and a barrier-free playground that will be accessible to children of all abilities.
Question: How can I volunteer?
Answer: Visit the Volunteer section of our website for detailed information on volunteer opportunities and registration. Volunteer positions include coaches, buddies, umpires, concessions and team parents. Volunteers also help with player registration, equipment and field maintenance.
Question: Where can I register to participate?
Answer: Registration is available online through a link on our website located at the registration tab. Registration fee is $35 per player. Deadline for registration is May 5th.
Question: What can I expect after I register?
Answer: Once teams are formed and assignments are made, team participants will be contacted by their coaches with more detailed information, usually about two weeks before opening day. Once complete, team schedules are available from your coach, on our website, or at the field during the season.
Question: What do I do if there is bad weather?
Answer: We will notify you by phone and you can check our website for weather update. Game cancellations will be announced one hour prior to start time.