Escondido National Little League: Fundraising Opportunities

Fundraising Opportunities

We are always looking for ways to keep registration costs low to keep Little League baseball affordable to all members of our Escondido community, not just those who can afford it.

Despite being 100% volunteer-run, operating and maintaining a Little League is not cheap. As a result, there is a significant gap between operating costs and registration revenue.

To bridge that gap we rely on corporate sponsors, personal donors, fundraising efforts, and promotional sales. Find out about our fundraising and sponsorship options below.

If you have any ideas that you would like to share, please email our Sponsorship Coordinator Wally Gutierrez at

Escondido National Little League is a non-profit, community-based, 100% volunteer run organization. We rely heavily on the engagement from the community, and our sponsors. In partnership with our sponsors, we strive to enhance the quality of our Little League baseball experience by providing fun, interesting activities that help create a quality environment committed to building character, responsibility, and sportsmanship in the youth of our community.

We provide co-ed programs that allow participation regardless of physical ability or financial situation.

ENLL plans to have the following types of fundraising events for our teams. Because all teams benefit from the funds that are raised, the league requires each team to participate in the fundraising activities:

Team Sponsorship: All teams are required to provide at least one $300 sponsor for lower divisions and $500 for Minors, Majors, 50/70 and Juniors. There is an option for a “partial” sponsorship if no single sponsor can be found, but the minimum total team sponsorship is $300/$500. If a team cannot, or chooses not to find a team sponsor, then the team can sponsor themselves by sharing the cost. All teams benefit from the sponsorships, so we ask that each team share in the responsibility of recruiting sponsors.

Closing Ceremonies Silent Auction Basket: During the closing ceremonies, a silent auction is held. Each team is required to put together a silent auction basket through the team parent. They may solicit donated items from local businesses, or provide the items themselves. The baskets can be a fun way for teams to compete off the baseball diamond by trying to assemble a basket that will generate the most money compared to their peers.

Padres Little League Day at Petco Park: Little Leaguers will get to go onto the field before the game, and participate events on the field at Petco Park. More info to come.

Chevy Raffle Tickets: This is a fundraiser that can benefit the league, each individual team, and the person who purchases the tickets. Chevrolet supports youth sports leagues all over the country with this program. Each ticket sold contains discounts on service items at Chevy’s regional car dealership, or a discount on a purchased vehicle. The raffle grand prize is a brand new car.

Special Fundraising Events
ENLL tries to find sponsorship opportunities that also offer a fun event for the participants, and/or a discount when making purchases. With these fundraising events, the sponsor of the event sends a check to ENLL, and ENLL families get a discount on things they would likely buy anyway! Examples include: · Discount nights at a local restaurant, an ice cream shop, etc. · Special league only shopping days at a sporting goods store, in which league shoppers get a 20% discount. The special fundraising events are optional events. Watch the “Fundraising Events” page on our web site for upcoming events. There will be several throughout the season.

League-level Sponsors
League sponsors provide equipment and funding that is vital to the league’s success. For example, practice balls and equipment are donated items. The prizes at the hit-a-thon are also donated by a league sponsor.

Frequently Asked Questions
My team cannot find a sponsor. Why are we required to self-sponsor? All teams benefit from the sponsorship funds in terms of their Little League baseball experience, etc., so all teams should actively recruit a sponsor. The reality is that some teams do not actively recruit a sponsor, so self-sponsoring allows them an option to participate in ENLL without having to find a sponsor. Many businesses are willing to sponsor Little League because it is a non-profit, but they just need to be asked to do so.

Why so much fundraising? Why not just increase registration fees for all? As stated above, ENLL is a community-based, 100% volunteer run non-profit organization. The sponsorship and other fundraising opportunities provide a way for the community to support the league and its mission. The league tries to partner with our sponsors to provide fun activities for teams, players, and their families, while also raising funds for the league. Simply raising registration fees would stifle the community-based nature of Little League, and may also prevent a young player from registering to play baseball.

Where does the money go? Some of the fundraising dollars goes to offset the operating costs of the league, such as insurance, umpires, game light fees, field maintenance (chalk & equipment), baseball equipment (tees, catcher’s gear, baseballs, etc. For example, each season, the league goes through about 3,000 baseballs. ENLL does not own the fields at Mountain View Park or Hidden Valley Middle School, they are owned by the City of Escondido and the middle school. However, the league works with the city and invests fundraising dollars for improvement projects to the baseball facilities.

In recent years, the fundraising dollars have helped to:
· New infield sod on Fields 1 and 2 at MVP.
· New scoreboards Fields 1 and 2 and MVP.
· Replace outfield fence and re-do snack bar at HVMS
· New windscreens for Field 1 and 2 at MVP

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