Pledge I trust in God I love my country And will respect its laws I will play fair And strive to win But win or lose I will always do my best.

My my My my

Laconia Little League: “Providing Programs for the City’s Youth for 59 Seasons”
Conference Room at The Irwin Zone
Board of Directors’ Meeting:   December 15, 2010

Role Call:  The following members were present:
Mary Nyhan                Julie Westcott            Bill Salta                     Art Johnson             Eric Petell
Ron O’Connor             Jeff Stone                                          
Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.
Secretary’s Report  Ron O’Connor, Jr. presented Minutes from November 4, 2010 and the minutes were approved by the Board.  Ron will post minutes to website on December 16, 2010.
President’s Report:  

    A.   Laconiaand Belmont Softball Status:  Mary Nyhan reported that on December 1, 2010, Laconia Little League voted to not charter Softball any longer, donate all of the Softball equipment and a monetary from the Laconia Little League funds to help Softball join the Babe Ruth League.  Mary also reported that Belmont Little League also chose to do the same, including the equipment donation and a monetary donation.
    B.  Loss of Board Members:  Mary Nyhan noted that due to the Softball situation,  Lora Friend has resigned from the Laconia Little League Board and that Tammy Johnson will also be resigning, although she has not officially resigned as of today.

    C.  New Hampshire Little League Redistricting:  Mary Nyhan reported that the New Hampshire Districts have not be realigned and District II will be gaining 7 new Leagues.  The new League for District II are Bow, Concord American, Concord National, Hooksett, Lamprey River, Merrimack Valley and Suncook.  The first meeting of the NEW NH  District II will be on January 6, 2011 at the Concord Boys and Girls Club.

    D.LaconiaLittle League Charter:  Mary Nyhan reported that the 2011 Laconia Little League Charter is completed and the check has been sent.

Review Decisions made from November 4 Meeting: 

  1. Registration Dates, Process and Form:  Mary Nyhan started a discussion about the Registration Dates, process and the Registration Form.  After a brief discussion, it was decided that we would only have 3 Registration Nights, which are February 15, 17 and 19th.  The idea of holding Registration Nights at a Media Center at the Laconia Middle School was discussed and will be followed up on.  This would allow online Registrations to be verified and/or completed as the players come in for Registration Nights.  Mary Nyhan also asked if the Registration Form that prints from the Online Registration could be reduced in the amount it prints.  Ron O’Connor will look to redesign the form so that the Medical Form prints and only a confirmation of accepting the Parent Code of Conduct and the Media Release.

Concession Stand – Ideas for improving volunteerism: 

  1. Concession Stand Duty Fee:  Mary Nyhan started a discussion about the idea of a way to help with Concession Stand Duty, whereas we had an entire team not show up and we were not alerted until 5 minutes before their shift, along with other individuals not fulfilling their duties as well. After much discussion, the Board decided to do what other League do and charge Concession Duty fee that would be charged up front, then reimbursed at the end of the season, upon completion of required Concession Stand Duties.   Bill Salta suggested a family fee of $30, like other Leagues that he found.  After much discussion, it was decided that we would charge $10 per player up to $25 per family.  At the end of the 2011 Season, the individuals or families that completed their Concession Stand Duty would receive a refund from the Treasurer for either the days completed at $10 each, up to the $25 paid.  Any Concession Duty days not completed would result in the Concession Duty Fee NOT being refunded and kept in the League Account.

Winter Clinics:  It was announced that the 2011 Winter Baseball Clinics will start on January 8, 2011.  Ron O’Connor will e-mail everyone with dates and details, once he is provided them.
Review 2011 New Playing Rules:  Mary Nyhan noted that she has given everyone a copy of the new Rule Changes for us to review and we will discuss them at the next meeting.
Equipment:  Jeff Stone discussed the need for all new catcher equipment for the Major League teams.   Jeff also asked for a new Field Liner, whereas ours is very old, hard to use and in need of replacement.  Jeff also made a request for baseballs and clickers for Umpires.  Bill Salta requested a weighted tarp to cover home plate at Colby Field.   All requests were approved by the Board.
Old Business:  There was no old business to discuss at this time.
New Business
A) Umpire Clinic::    Art Johnson will be deciding on a date and location for the Umpire Clinics for this season and will announce them at the next meeting.
Motion to adjourn at 8:11pm.  All approved.
Next meeting:   January 11, 2011 at 6:30 in the Conference Room at The Irwin Zone.