CSSA Board of Directors Meeting
January 5, 2015
Present: Dewey Hom, Commissioner; Paul Knotts, Vice Commissioner; Glenn Peacock, Secretary; Ken Taylor, Treasurer; Peter Fowler, National League Director; Warren Butler, American League Director; Ray DeLuca, Senior League Director; Ron O’Donnell, Master League Director; Randy Bergman, Legacy League Director; Mike Ryan, Lowell Lawson League Director; Terry Cartledge, Player Representative
Absent: Bill Corridori, Legends League Director
Dewey Hom called the meeting to order at 6:33 pm
Secretary Minutes: Read and discussed, voted on unanimously to accept as presented.
Treasurers Report: Beginning balance $8,403.79 Ending balance $8,353.79
Ken Taylor presented a financial statement showing last year’s expenses and revenues.
Treasurers Report was discussed and voted on unanimously to accept as presented.
Sponsors: Ray Deluca has received 7 paid sponsors’ entry fees for this upcoming season. All directors are asked to verify sponsors for their said league. Warren Butler has recruited two additional companies to sponsor teams for this upcoming season.
Softballs: Pete Fowler presented cost on different styles of softball that needed to be purchased for the upcoming season. Only yellow softball are being manufactured. The association still has white softballs remaining from the previous season. They will be phased out this upcoming season.
Inventory: The association has a sufficient amount of scorebooks for upcoming spring season.
Scorebooks will be ordered for the fall season.
Schedule for the Spring Season: March 23rd, 2015. This date is still waiting for confirmation from the Cherokee Recreation Department.
Practice dates will be given to League Director as soon as they can be confirmed.
Tryouts: February 7th (Saturday) and February 8th (Sunday) at 2:00 pm at Hobgood Park.
February 14th (Saturday) and February 15th (Sunday) at 2:00 pm at Hobgood Park.
Tryout flyers will be distributed throughout the community.
Terry Cartledge presented a revised Tryout Evaluations sheet.
Draft will take place as soon as possible. Every attempt will be made to have draft completed by end of February so players can be notified and practices can be scheduled.
Player Assignments: Every effort will be made to assign players to the appropriate league based on their skill level. This will be applied to this upcoming new tryout players. Current players who qualify to move up will be encouraged to do so. This is done so that this Association can maintain competitiveness and to ensure safety of other players.
Warren Butler has discussed with his managers that some players may need to move up to the National League.
A discussion ensued on how to best prevent players from moving up and down from league to league while maintaining continuity. No player(s) who are trying out can request what league they would like to play in. Placement will be based on abilities and availability. Player(s) trying out can only select what day(s) they are available.
Insurance: The purchase of liability insurance was discussed for this upcoming season. Several quotes were presented. The Board will be finalized quotes and what they cover before the start of the spring 2015 season.
Pitching nets: The Board discussed the pros and cons on implementing pitching screens throughout the association. Currently only National League and American League use said screens. The Board membership is split on this topic. Warren Butler polled his managers who unanimously opposed the use of nets. One reason being the inconsistency of umpires in administering the rules of use of pitching nets.
The Rules Committee will meet 11 January 2015 to finalize a proposal to the Board on whether to implement pitching nets. They will present their recommendations at the February board meeting for a vote.
Future topics: Increasing sponsor entry fees.
How to celebrate the Associations 20th year Anniversary? (patches, shirts, outings, etc.)
Next meeting February 2, 2015. All are welcome to attend.
Adjourned at 8:22 pm
Respectfully submitted by
Glenn H. Peacock