by Mike Slodki
ELBURNâ€”If area residents wish to be informed and involved with Elburn Baseball and Softball, there is no better time than now.
Thatâ€™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 membersâ€™ kids aging out of the program after the current season ends in June, many will not be returning.
â€œElburn 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,â€ the letter from the board stateed.
It went on to say, â€œThe 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.â€
The organization for the 2011 season would typically start in August or September.
â€œThis is the most important time for people to know whatâ€™s going on, because itâ€™s toward the end of our season,â€ Secretary Pete LaSalle said on Tuesday. â€œAt the next meeting in July, maybe weâ€™ll get some people volunteering and stepping up.â€
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.
â€œWeâ€™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,â€ LaSalle said.
While the number of kids wouldnâ€™t be a forseeable problem, without people at the top, summerâ€™s landscape would look quite different without a community effort.
â€œWhatever job people volunteer for, itâ€™s less that the board has to take on. Every little bit helps,â€ LaSalle said.
The meeting, set for the Elburn Library on Thursday, July 1, is scheduled for 7 p.m.