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Plea for Volunteers for Ketchikan Little League
By Dave Timmerman


January 19, 2010
Tuesday PM

Hello everyone. It is with much hope that I write this letter. There has been very much talk within our community lately concerning how we can help our local youth. There are lots of avenues that we can take to actually lend that helping hand. The organization I represent is Ketchikan Little League.

Every year, there is a scramble to organize and meet the goals that make a successful season. Anyone who has volunteered for any organization can understand what I am talking about.

Well this season is a little bit different. We have seen a steady decline in volunteers for Little League over the past several seasons. There are many theories as to why this may be happening, but none of that is really important.

Here is what is important:

Without an immediate push for people to step up and volunteer our local league could suffer collapse.

We have 300+ children that play baseball in Ketchikan. Some of these kids eat, drink, sleep and breathe the game. Baseball is played during a time when there is not much else going on sports wise. It is played during the summer, when kids can tend to sit around and play video games instead of getting outside and playing. Baseball promotes teamwork, sportsmanship, loyalty, and maybe above all else - good health.

So what does Little League need from you? VOLUNTEERS!!! This is what makes the league operate. We need people for the board. We need people to umpire. We need people to coach. We need people to keep score. We need people to announce. We need people to actually show up and watch their kids play (especially as they get older). We need people to want to set an example for all the kids that see them helping out.

We need people to step up for the following positions Ketchikan Little League Board:

President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer, Information Officer, League Coaching Coordinator, T-ball & Coach-Pitch VP, Minor VP, Minor Player Agent, Major VP, Major Player Agent, Junior VP, Junior Player Agent, Senior/Big VP, Senior/Big Player Agent, and Umpire-in-Chief.

Right now we have about 5 people to fill those positions.

So what does it take to help out? You don t need to know how to play baseball. You don t need to know anything about the game. All you need is a little bit of TIME. It is the one thing in this world that is for the most part FREE. What a great way to help kids.

Our annual meeting will be held this Thursday the 21st at 5:30 pm @ the IBEW Hall 317 Stedman Street (across from Thomas Basin). Please think about attending and making a difference.

Below is the Little League volunteer pledge:

I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.

If you have any questions please call Reggie Reinhardt @ 247-3933 or 254-1432 or Dave Timmerman @ 225-1476

Dave Timmerman
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Father. Coach. Ketchikan citizen. Concerned. Pleading for volunteers."

Received January 18, 2009 - Published January 19, 2010


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