Letter: To all Elburn Baseball and Softball families

Our community baseball and softball league has come upon some sad times.

As of July 20, 2010, we are without a president, vice president, field maintenance coordinator, concessions coordinator, registrar, arbiter (reschedules rainouts), to name just a few.

This year, we had 34 teams, approximately 400 boys and girls, and a skeleton crew of about 10 or so of the same people running our program. These few people consistently execute their appointed duties (plus take on numerous others due to lack of involvement) to give our community’s kids a great league to play in year after year.

Since these people have kids aging out of our program, they will not be returning to help us out for next year. We have continually asked for help through e-mails and at our meetings this past year-and-a-half, but to no avail. It is up to the people in this community who still have kids in the program to step up and help us continue and improve upon the foundation left to us by these and past individuals.

Elburn Baseball and 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 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. We typically start organizing for the next season in August/September.

If there are not people to do this, next season will not happen. This will be a big let down for all of our kids in Elburn and other neighboring towns who look at us as the example.

We will be holding our next league meeting on Thursday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn. Please make the effort for our kids now so they can play ball later. If you would like to help in any way, please contact the league or contact any of the remaining board members on our website, www.elburn.com/baseball.

Thank you to everyone who has put time in this and past years to make our program what it is today. We can only hope that the community responds and is willing to help us support what you have done and let it continue for another season.

Pete LaSalle
Elburn Baseball & Softball board
www.elburn.com/baseball
elburnbaseball@yahoo.com