Children and Youth

Junior Giants “first pitch” is on deck

Volunteers, including coaches and team parents, needed for free, non-competitive baseball league

“A lot of kids really want to play Junior Giants baseball and to make all of those dreams come true, it’s going to take another 100 people to step up and coach,” says Hollister Police Chief David Westrick. “Some people might be intimidated by the thought of being a Junior Giants' coach. This is all about supporting kids, loving baseball, having fun and making a really positive experience for kids. The Giants do a clinic at AT&T Park and give coaches support throughout the season. We need you step up and be an awesome Jr. Giants coach.”

The Junior Giants baseball season is just around the corner, and with more 500 local youth registered, community members are being asked to step up and volunteer to make the league a success. Every Junior Giants league relies upon community members to volunteer as coaches and team parents. San Benito County Police Activities League and Hollister Recreation invite the public to help find volunteers that are passionate about youth and being a positive force in the community to get involved. Every team needs one female coach, one male coach a team parent.

What makes Junior Giants Baseball unique?

  • It’s free
  • It’s non-competitive, so it’s a perfect way to start playing baseball
  • It's for girls and boys
  • Character is valued more than wins and losses
  • It includes programs in education, health, and violence prevention
  • Professional training at by the Giants at AT&T Park is provided to coaches and team parents

To join the Junior Giants team: Go to: http://cityofhollisterrecreation.sportssignup.com/site and create an account; Register for the volunteer role you’d like to fill, such as coach, assistant coach, team parent, or other; Continue through registration and complete the Junior Giants background check online; If coaching, register for one of the mandatory Junior Giants coaches' trainings at AT&T Park on Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m. Register here by June 14: http://is.gd/SFcoachesclinic15 or at San Jose Municipal Stadium, Sunday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. Register online here by June 11: http://is.gd/SJcoachesclinic15. Attend the “First Pitch Meeting” and league orientation on June 2 at 6 p.m. at Marguerite Maze Middle School, where you will learn all about the league; Attend the local coaches' meeting on June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Hollister Recreation Department and learn about coach roles, responsibilities and resources.

For additional information call 831-630-6325.

Al De Vos