Crossroads approaching for Elburn Baseball & Softball

By on June 10, 2010

by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—If area residents wish to be informed and involved with Elburn Baseball and Softball, there is no better time than now.

That’s because later might not be an option.

According to a letter sent out to all Elburn Baseball and Softball families, the organization, full of 34 teams and approximately 400 boys and girls, will be without many board positions as of July 20.

With appointed members’ kids aging out of the program after the current season ends in June, many will not be returning.

“Elburn Baseball & Softball has enough means, equipment, coaches and fields to have another successful season next year, but without any behind-the-scenes people, there will not be any baseball and softball in Elburn for 2011,” the letter from the board stateed.

It went on to say, “The few of us that are left have already made the decision to fold the league entirely for 2011 if we cannot get enough involvement by the community soon.”

The organization for the 2011 season would typically start in August or September.

“This is the most important time for people to know what’s going on, because it’s toward the end of our season,” Secretary Pete LaSalle said on Tuesday. “At the next meeting in July, maybe we’ll get some people volunteering and stepping up.”

Run with a regular skeleton crew of roughly 10, the organization will need a new president, vice president, field maintenance coordinator, concessions coordinator, registrar and arbiter, among others.

LaSalle and Treasurer Shanne Kuipers are the only board members scheduled to return for another season.

Besides board positions, volunteers are needed for positions in league technology, field maintenance, marketing, and baseball/softball operations.

“We’d still like to have a nice-sized league and have some younger parents of kids in that age brackets to see what the meetings about and get involved and stay for a couple years,” LaSalle said.

While the number of kids wouldn’t be a forseeable problem, without people at the top, summer’s landscape would look quite different without a community effort.

“Whatever job people volunteer for, it’s less that the board has to take on. Every little bit helps,” LaSalle said.

The meeting, set for the Elburn Library on Thursday, July 1, is scheduled for 7 p.m.

One Comment

  1. RM

    June 13, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    The local soccer program faces the same issues. Nothing is more rewarding than volunteering to help kids. But it is also wearing when it’s the same folks that volunteer year after year for everything. Everyone always says they’re too busy to step up. Volunteers are busy too.