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Oct, 2020

2019-2020 Recap

Despite the numerous events of 2020 it feels like time sure didn’t slow down. As my term has come to an end, I wanted to share some thoughts with you as I reflect over my last year as President of the Broadway Community Little League. First off, I am saddened that all the great things that the Board had planned for the spring season didn’t happen and that our children had to miss out on an entire season.

Since being selected to serve on the board last October, many things in my personal and work life have changed making it difficult for me to commit the time I would like to BCLL. I serve as a volunteer in this community in various ways and I want to help make sure this community remains great, welcoming and moving forward with the times. I have three kids that are involved in many recreation leagues, as do many other board members and volunteers, and I have spent many hours placing my family on hold due to my obligations to BCLL your families in order to try to have a successful and fun year. I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter how many hours/days/months you sacrifice for something that you will still have those who are unsatisfied, ungrateful and just ill mannered. During those moments I like to recall some advice I once received that if everyone likes you it may mean that you’re not doing your job. 

This year I have met so many amazing people, kids and have created new friendships. Although I chose not to be on the board this coming year, I plan to be involved as much as I can be in years to come. I encourage you to do the same! I know this isn’t the first time I have said this; the board is only as strong as its volunteers. Volunteers are hard to find and board members don’t have time to reach out every time personally to get things done. There are so many moving parts so here are my top five suggestions for you!

  1. BE INVOLVED – Do not wait to be asked as there are different volunteer opportunities for all levels of baseball/softball knowledge. I spent many hours picking weeds off of the fields this year. This is something kids can assist with – teach them young to be involved! Take this opportunity to learn a new skill – I know I have. If a general ask is out there simply step out of your comfort zone and don’t respond I am too busy. You don’t have to be a board member to be involved. Any amount of your time is noticed even if it is five minutes after the game assisting the coach cleaning up the field or taking out the trash. Your new Board will definitely appreciate the effort you put in and for allowing them more time with their own families.
  2. BE KIND – All of us involved are volunteers. Coaches, parents, UMPIRES, etc. are present to allow the kids to play. I was speaking to a friend recently and we were discussing the good, bad and the ugly in youth sports. WHY do us parents act the way we do?! I understand there is a heat of the moment situations that arise but we have to remember the kids are watching.
  3. DON’T BE LATE – Be courteous and sign up ON TIME. The board doesn’t want to turn anyone away, but late sign ups cause issues with making teams, ordering supplies/uniforms and so much more-causing a chain reaction.
  1. LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS – We all know everyone has difference opinions on so many things – one of those being travel ball. We as a Board and a Little League Organization will always try to put local Little League first and foremost. We will help support and accommodate travel as much as we can, but Little League has to be priority. Travel ball is good for our league as they help maintain our fields and we host travel ball tournaments that bring in income. I encourage you to not allow your kids to get burned out at an early age, both mentally and physically, and have them play multiple sports.
  2. STRIKEZONE – It is a facility that is home to the Broadway Little League. StrikeZone is a separate line item in the overall budget. Fees that are collected for the use of the facility are used for updates. The county maintains the outside of the building, but we are responsible for the up keep inside. It is a great 24/7 facility that we have access to that allows players to continue to work on their skills.

I’m not trying to exit on a negative note but I know how much time/effort that is put in to BCLL by so many. I am hoping that I can leave an impression and a better understanding of the hurdles we have encountered and that the new Board has a better starting point to move forward from. I hope to see everyone on the field and behind-the-scenes next year!

The current Boards term ended on October 2 and the new Board took over October 3. Their first meeting will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 6:30PM at the StrikeZone where they will decide positions for the next year.

Sincerely,
Erica

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