LaconiaLittle League Board of Directors’ Meeting
LaconiaLittle League: “Providing Programs for the City’s Youth for 59 Seasons”
Laconia Room at Colby Field
Board of Directors’ Meeting: May 23, 2011
Mary Nyhan Jeff Stone Eric Petell Roger Marceau
Art Johnson Eric Nelson Dana Ritchie Katie Reid
Joining later in the meeting Bill Salta
Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 6:26pm
Tee-ball: Francis Rowley was unavailable for this meeting therefore no updates are available at this time on the tee-ball division.
Coach-pitch: Eric Petell reports that everything seems to be going well. No major issues have been reported. Only a minor issue arose which was isolated to one team and was immediately addressed by Eric.
Minors: Joining us for the meeting was Minor League Coach/Manger Travis Haynes. Coach Haynes addressed the board members present with some concerns about not having umpires for the minor league games; in particular one recently against Belmont. There is no current way to notify the managers that there will not be an ump available; this was discussed between the board members as to how to notify them early enough so they are not waiting until last minute.
Eric Nelson reported that there has been a drainage issue with field A and suggested looking into moving the Minors back to field C next year. Mary will contact Parks and Rec about the drainage issue. A Pitchers Mound replacement kit was also discussed for next year.
Majors: Jeff Stone reported that everything seems to be going well. Mary presented the board with a letter that was sent anonymously to report some unwanted language and overall attitude that was overheard after a practice involving one of the coaches/managers. This will be addressed privately with the manager/coach.
Umpires: Art Johnson reported that everything is going as well as can be expected. It is understood that we could use additional umpires but it is always tough to "recruit". Art asked for approval of Clem Lachance to be added to the umpire crew which the board agreed was acceptable given he has already been approved as a coach/manager.
Concession: Roger Marceau reported that the usual housekeeping issues are still ongoing, in particular clean up at the end of the shift and food storage. Roger indicated that the stand will be fully stocked for the upcoming holiday weekend; further discussion continued related to ordering supplies and food items. Roger will purchase a new vacuum for the stand/scoring booth. Also discussed was the recent difficulty to staff the stand. At least 2 teams have been no-shows and it was briefly mentioned that fees for concession duty may be increased next year to encourage more volunteers to help. Lastly, Roger reported on the funds within the checking, savings and "VFW" account and that we have no outstanding invoices.
Old Business: Eric Petell motioned to remove the Elks tie game against Belmont from our standings rather than finish the game. Both positives and negatives were discussed on this issue and with a vote of 8-0 the board agreed to drop that game from the Elks stats.
Four Belmont Little League Board Members joined the meeting at 7:15 to discuss the previous concerns with Laconia teams playing in Belmont. They apologized again for the previous incident in Belmont and invited all of the Laconia teams to Belmont for one game each (if this could be worked into the schedule). Also discussed, was a request to the Laconia Board for approval to utilize "pool play" to allow C&S to use 1 or 2 players from Piches in order to have 9 players for a game against Elks in Laconia. The board approved by a vote of 7-0 to allow Tyler Fleming and/or Colby Brown to play for C&S for that game only. After some discussion between both boards Belmont thanked us for our time and left.
(Bill Salta joined the meeting)
After much discussion amongst the Laconia Board members a motion was made to keep our previous decision in place which was to not have Laconia teams travel to Belmont; this was approved on a vote of 5-4.
Jr All Stars: Motion to change section 9.2 in the Official Rules to read "Team rosters are restricted to a maximum of 15 players and a minimum of 12 players and four coaches"; the remainder of that section would remain the same. Also part of the same motion is to change section 9.3 to read "Each team must have a minimum of 9 players present or the game will be forfeited." Board approved all changes with a vote of 8-0. Tryouts for all minor league eligible 8 and 9 year olds will be held June 4th and 5th. The Minor League manager that has been selected to coach the Jr All Stars will choose the roster based on tryouts.
11 and 12 All Stars: Mary discussed with the board the procedure for eligible 11 and 12 year old Major players and how they will apply to participate in the All Star tournament. Once the list is complied and given to each manager, they will nominate players that they DO NOT coach. A managers meeting will be held on June 13, 2011 to discuss the players that make the nomination list and choose the final roster
9 & 10 All Stars: Mary discussed that the application process is similar to the 11 and 12 year olds however both Major and Minor league players ages 9 and 10 are eligible for this roster. Tryouts are expected to be held June 15, 2011. The manager that has been selected as the All Star coach will be present at tryouts and will choose the roster based on tryouts.
Picnic/End of Season Awards: Picnic will be on June 18, 2011. All board members are expected to participate. Mary briefly explained each of the awards given out and asked the board members to consider who they would like to see receive an award and as applicable let Mary know.
The Dorthea R. Tuttle Sportsmanship Award was discussed and it was agreed amongst the board members to change the wording of this award to state "The Dorthea R. Tuttle award is awarded to a Minor Division Female player who demonstrates good sportsmanship and team spirit.
A new award was discussed to honor Bill Tuttle. This special recognition award will be given to a candidate who demonstrates 10 years or more of service in various roles within the Laconia Little League. This special recognition award will be voted on by the board members.
Coaches/Umpires Game:Eric Petell organized a coaches/umpires softball game provided there is enough interest; this is currently scheduled for May 28, 2011.
Motion to adjourn at 8:26pm. All approved.
Next Meeting: Monday June 6, 2011 in the Laconia Room at Colby Field at 6:30pm.