The Annual General Meeting for Eager Beaver Baseball Association was held on October 3, 2016. The official notice of meeting was sent to the members, via email newsletter, on September 10. The notice was also posted on the EBBA website and on the EBBA Facebook group page.
Only 15 members attended the meeting and only 9 volunteered for a board position. This left 3 board positions unfilled. Numerous positions on the volunteer job list were also left unfilled. EBBA is a volunteer league and without volunteers, there is no league. A nine member volunteer board cannot run a successful baseball program for 500 players.
With the overwhelming lack of support, your new board will be faced with some difficult decisions. Your board will be looking at the following options for the 2017 season.
1. Do not run the program at all since there are not enough volunteers to manage and administrate a successful program. Trying to run a program without enough volunteers only creates problems and results in a sub-standard program and unhappy players and parents.
2. Cut back on the program to make it a manageable size for the board. This would entail eliminating certain divisions (such as t-ball) and programs (such as preseason workouts), shortening the season and eliminating playoffs.
3. Create a number of paid positions, hire to fill them, and then incorporate the additional cost into the registration fees.
There is another option. There is still time to volunteer. 3 board positions are open. The job list is posted below and there are numerous positions available. All you and your fellow parents need to do is fill one spot, contribute in one way, and EBBA will again be a viable association. Some jobs are time consuming, but not all. Those that are time consuming only last a short period of time. Some require no baseball knowledge, only organization skills and desire. Desire to provide the best baseball program possible for your child..
Please review the list below and consider the options above. As the saying goes, if everyone contributes a little, we can accomplish a lot.
• Little Sluggers Director - Keith Blois
• Little Sluggers Helper - 6 positions open
• T-Ball Director - open
• T-Ball Field Helper - 8 positions open
• House League Convenors for each division
• Rookie - open
• Mosquito - Ryan Legros
• Pee Wee - open
• Bantam - open
• Midget/Junior - open
• House League Chairman - open
• Batting Cage Director - Tom Bourne
• Draft Day Director - Ryan Legros
• Draft Day Helper - 6 positions open
• Coaches Technical Advisor - open
• Volunteer Appreciation Event - Heather McQuade
• Sponsorship Chairman - Rick Peters/Bob McKerlie
• Fundraising - Kimberly Bondame
• Team Builder/Picture Day - Kelly Terry/Heather McQuade
• Concessions - Shawn Ramsay
• Concessions Helper - open
• First Aid Kits - Tom Bourne
• Colman Day Assistant - Heather McQuade/Wayne Terry
• Uniform Director - Rick Peters/Ryan Legros
• Grant Application Director - open
• Umpire-in-Chief - 2 year contract that has ended - open
• Schedule Director and Park Assignor - Wayne Bilger
• Website Administrator - Wayne Bilger
If you have any questions, Rick Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ryan Legros (email@example.com) would be happy to answer them, as would any of the other board members - Bob McKerlie, Kelly Terry, Heather McQuade, Jason O’Neil, Keith Blois, Kimberly Bondame or Laura Kaufman. Or, you can show up at the next board meeting, October 24 at 7pm at the league office, test out a board meeting and see where you feel you could fit in. Warning - Board members have been known to form lasting friendships and develop an unhealthy love of BBQ'd hotdogs!