It is with great pleasure that I can share with you the 2014 members of your Little League Baseball Board. For the first time since my involvement with this organization we have a "full" Board of dedicated volunteers in each of the positions. We have already begun to lay the foundation for the 2014 season and I can assure you that this Board will strive to always work in the best interest of all the kids that will participate this year.
Joining me as I begin my 2nd year as President are the following people:
Vice President - John Koutrobis
Secretary - Ken Ringdahl
Treasurer - Arlanna Garcia
Player Agent - Jared Breault
Safety Officer - Dave Williams
Umpire in Chief - Dave Masiello
VP Fundraising - Katie Ketelaar
Equipment Manager - Mark Beauchamp
Fields Manager - Scott Paquette
↵BOARD OF DIRECTORS ROLES
Pelham Baseball, Pelham New Hampshire
The local league Board of Directors, elected from the general public here in Pelham, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the league within the rules, regulations and policies of Little League. This board does not have the authority to alter, suspend or change any of the rules, regulations or policies of Little League International.
However, wide latitude is given to this board in many areas of operation so that the local needs of the community may be met. For instance, the local league board of directors is entirely responsible for choosing a method for selection of Tournament Teams (or "All Stars").
Annually, the regular membership of each Little League is required to meet and elect the board of directors. Following the election, the board of directors meets to elect its officers from within the newly elected board. The officers required are: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, player agent, and safety officer and umpire in chief. Here in Pelham, we have other positions available on the Board of Directors such as Fields Manager, VP’s of each Division, Fundraising Manager and Equipment Manager.
The board may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its meetings and the management of the league as it may deem proper. The board has the power to discipline, suspend or remove any director or officer or committee member of the league, subject to provisions of the local league constitution.
Members of the local league board of directors, particularly the officers, should not be involved as members of other boards when such membership may cause a conflict of interest.
President - Apart from all other considerations, sound leadership, couched in knowledge, experience and common sense, is the greatest requirement and most exemplary qualification of the man or woman selected as president of a Little League.
While efficient organizational and administrative abilities are desirable credentials, the search for good leadership must transcend all other attributes in the adult who gives direction to the Little League movement in the local community. Dedication to the goals and purpose of Little League is inherent in the volunteer aspect of those who serve, but not everyone who serves is gifted with the quality of leadership. Presidents must reflect these qualities if they are to be of benefit to children.
The president has many responsibilities in the administration of the league. Each President is elected by, and is accountable to, the local league board of directors. Duties of a president are described within the limits of the rules and regulations, and within the local league constitution, giving each president the ability to oversee the affairs of all elements of the league.
As the chief administrator, the president selects and appoints managers, coaches, umpires and committees. As such, no person becomes a manager, coach, umpire or committee member without the approval of the president. However, all appointments are subject to final approval by the local league's board of directors.
Importantly, the president is the officer with whom Little League International maintains contact. The president also represents the league in the District organization.
The president should be the most informed officer of the league. Each president must know the regulations under which Little League operates and in authorizing the annual application for charter, binds all members of the league to faithfully observe the regulations. Little League Baseball International Headquarters reserves the right to require a league to remove any officer who does not carry out the terms of charter application. Serious violation can result in loss of the league's charter by action of the Charter Committee in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Beyond the requirements of league administration, the president should personify the best public image in reflection to the community at large. Each president should take an active role in gaining support and winning friends for the league program.
The president presides at league meetings, and assumes full responsibility for the operation of the local league. The president receives all mail, supplies and other communications from the Little League Headquarters. A president may manage, coach or umpire, provided he/she does not serve on the protest committee, nor serve as tournament team manager or coach.
Vice President - The vice president presides in the absence of the president, works with other officers and committee members, is ex-officio member of all committees, and carries out such duties and assignments as may be delegated by the president. Separate vice presidents may also be selected to oversee individual divisions within the league. If so, one vice president should be selected as the one to preside in the absence of the president. A vice president may manage, coach or umpire, provided they do not serve on the protest committee.
Secretary - The secretary maintains a register of members and directors, records the minutes of meetings, is responsible for sending out notice of meetings, meeting agendas, and maintains a record of league's activities.
Treasurer - The treasurer signs checks and makes deposits, dispenses league funds as approved by the board of directors, reports on the status of league funds, keeps local league books and financial records, prepares budgets, and assumes the responsibility for all local league finances including year end tax documents.
Player Agent - The player agent oversees annual tryouts, is in charge of player selection, assists the president in checking birth records and eligibility of players and generally supervises and coordinates the transfer of players to or from the Minor Leagues according to provisions of the regulations of Little League Baseball. The player agent must not manage, coach or umpire in the division over which he/she has authority, unless the local league has received explicit written permission to allow this from Little League International. Will need to be proficient in our on line registration system and organizational skills. Responsible for compiling the official roster of all registered participants that gets sent to Williamsport, PA once the season begins.
Safety Officer - The safety officer coordinates all safety activities including supervision of ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program), ensures safety in player training, ensures safe playing conditions, coordinates reporting and prevention of injuries, solicits suggestions for making conditions safer, and reports suggestions to Little League International through the ASAP system. Also responsible for ordering supplies and stocking all safety kits provided to each team.
Solicits and secures local sponsorships to support league operations
Collects and reviews sponsorship and fundraising opportunities
Organizes and implements approved all league fundraising activities
Coordinates participation in fundraising activities
Maintains records of monies secured through sponsorship and fundraising initiatives
Umpire in Chief
Organizes Umpires for all Umpired games and Tournaments
Recruits and maintains Umpires as needed
Maintains Umpire Schedule to pay them
Deals with any problems the Umpires may have
Be a reachable resource for them
Handle any complaints by coaches
Sets Umpire Clinics as needed
Provides Umpires with yearly Rule books and necessary equipment
Inventories and maintains all League equipment and uniforms
Purchases all necessary equipment and uniforms
Hands out and collects all coaching bags.
Inspects and replaces damaged equipment
Hands out and collects Tournament bags and uniforms
Orders all needed trophies for each team
Works with all Coaches and Board members
Prepares and maintains fields on daily/weekly basis
Ensures that appropriate equipment & supplies are available at all fields
Ensures that Tractor is properly maintained and serviced
He stands at the plate
with his heart pounding fast.
The bases are loaded,
the die has been cast.
Mom and Dad cannot help him,
he stands all alone.
A hit at this moment
would send his team home.
The ball meets the plate,
he swings and he misses.
There's a groan from the crowd,
with some boos and some hisses.
A thoughtless voice cries,
"Strike out the bum."
Tears fill his eyes,
the game's no longer fun.
So open up your heart
and give him a break,
for it's moments like this,
a man you can make.
Please keep this in mind
when you hear someone forget,
He is just a little boy,
and not a man yet.
The first thing you need to know BEFORE buying a bat is that some bats have ben banned by Little League International and are not allowed on the field at Little League games: http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2011/Sep-Dec/LLAnnouncesBatRuleChangesfor2012Season.htm
All questions surrounding which bats are approved for Pelham Little League Baseball can be directed to our Umpire In Chief, Dave Masiello at
So if you are thinking about buying a bat for your child for the upcoming baseball season, it's a good idea to keep the following points in mind:
2) How long will my child use the same bat for?
You'll easily get one season, you might get two, but it's very difficult to get three seasons out of a bat. Kids grow so quickly at this age, don't they? But the bat could be used for 10+ years so by all means once your child outgrows the bat, sell it on eBay, the message board, or donate it to Pelham Baseball if you have the means to do so.
3) Length of bat?
Bats in Little League run from 26"-32". So a general rule of thumb is to get a bat with a length of ONE to TWO DIGITS LESS than the age of your child. An 8 year old could most likely handle a 26-27 inch bat, 9 year old = 27-28", 10 year old = 28-29", 11 year old 29-30", and so forth. But this is only a guide based on the average size of kids this age. If your son or daughter is bigger or smaller than the average kid at their age level, consider a heavier or lighter bat accordingly. ** No matter what your child tells you, most kids at the majors level cannot handle a 32" bat! **
Most common and cost effective is aluminum. Until they get to the majors level an aluminum bat is ideal. Once the kids start moving up and getting more competitive and are challenged by adavnced pitching, a more expensive bat can certainly be helpful (based on ones budget of course.)
Advanced bats include space aged materials like titanium and graphite which help spread the weight out within a bat and enlarge the sweet spot.
Believe it or not, the color, look and feel matters to the kids. If the bat feels good, there's a better chance the player will be more confidant at the plate. Baseball players are a superstitious bunch!
Little League International has posted a "Frequently-Asked Questions" article regarding the recent moratorium on composite baseball bats, as well as a list of licensed baseball bats with a 2 1/4 inch maximum diameter that are currently approved for use in the baseball divisions of Little League (Little League [Majors] Division and below).