Lakeland Little League: Welcome
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To the players, families and supporters of Lakeland
Welcome to the 2017 Lakeland Little League Season. I am
very happy to be part of this league and I want to be the first to welcome back
the returning baseball families as well as all the new ones. Please read this
letter in its entirety as there is important information and dates included. Be sure to bookmark our website, http://www.minocqualittleleague.com and
check it regularly as it will have more upcoming dates and important
information that may not be sent in mass emails.
First and foremost, I would like to thank all of the past
and present board members, volunteers, local sponsors and donors, and the local
municipalities for the use of the fields. Everyone’s support and hard work is
appreciated and we would not have a league without each and every one of you.
Second, we have had two board members step down after
last season and another has indicated that the 2017 season will be her
last. All three of these individuals
have served on the board for several years but need to step away from the
League due to other commitments. As for
myself I will remain President for 2017 but will be stepping down from that
position at the end of the season. While
I will remain on the board, the League needs to find numerous new members to
fill the vacant positions for both this year and next. Please see the Board Position Tab on the
website for the needed positions and their responsibilities. As of right now we don’t have enough board
members to be chartered for 2017 through Little League International.
Third, registration fees have been lowered from the 2016
season for most divisions of play, but a mandatory fundraiser will now be
required. The league tries to use the 70
West Complex as much as possible but while it is a town park, our Little League
program is required to maintain parts of it. The town covers the costs and
labor to cut the grass and maintain the driveways, parking areas and large
pavilion. The concession stand, however, was built by Little League for our use
only and we are responsible for its maintenance and insurance premiums. The League
is also required to maintain the dirt infields, pitchers mounds and anything
else related to baseball at the complex. The maintenance of the infields is very costly
and time consuming which is why we need help from everyone involved with Lakeland
Little League through the mandatory fundraisers and volunteer hours per family.
If the fundraisers are not successful and families do not put in their
volunteer hours, the registration fees will need to be much higher.
Fourth, during the offseason I have been working on some written policies and procedures regarding things such as our refund policy, rainout policy, coach’s conduct, etc. These documents will be available on our website and given to the coaches. **Currently in the works are our present and future plans/goals which will be posted on the website upon completion.**
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