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Ottumwa Little League

Ottumwa Little League

Volunteer Information

Our league is built up entirely of volunteers. It takes all of us to give the kids a great experience! We can use coaches (head, assistant or dugout), help in concessions, umpires and especially board members. 

Any individual interested in coaching, must be nominated by the League President and approved by the Board.

For coaches, Ottumwa Little League is looking for individuals who possess strong organizational and communication skills, who are patient, and who excel in their ability to teach and mentor. Consideration is not given to win-loss records from previous seasons or to previous managerial service as it relates to tenure. It’s important to remember that all managerial and coach appointments are for the current season only and end after the scheduled season. While having experienced, returning managers each year can provide benefits, those volunteers must be assessed annually to help ensure that the individuals serving as managers are committed to providing all their players with a fun, meaningful Little League experience.

It’s important to have one volunteer as dugout coach to keep the kids safe. No swinging bats in the dugouts. No climbing the walls or crawling under. And no one should be standing outside the dugout unless they are going up to bat.

All board members, managers and coaches, umpires, and any other volunteer or hired worker who provides regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams must complete a Little League Volunteer Application and complete an annual background screening prior to involvement in the league in any fashion. 

The background check is done through JP Palatine. Any individual with a conviction, guilty plea, no contest plea, or admission of guilty to a crime against or involving a minor may not participate in the Little League program.

Interested in coaching baseball? Helping maintain the fields/grounds? Being a team parent? Being a board member and/or helping raise funds?

Create an account today and sign up for one of our volunteer positions! You will fill out a volunteer application on our website.

Once the board has approved the application, it will then be sent to the background check company. Be on the look out for the second email after the application is filled out!

As a volunteer for Ottumwa Little League, you are highly encouraged to take the Abuse Awareness for Adults module from USA Baseball. The training is free and takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the training.

USA Baseball’s online education emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through FREE online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. Through these online educational courses, USA Baseball aims to enhance the game of baseball for all constituents. Courses are offered in both English and Spanish, and are hosted by some of the most esteemed professionals within the game.

Click here for the course catalog. Please feel free to create an account and take this training!

As a registered league with Little League International, we follow their rules and procedures for games and volunteers.


Ottumwa Little League
PO Box 632 
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Email: [email protected]

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