Become more active in Ketchikan
By Sharyl Whitesides
July 14, 2006
Mr. McColley is pointing out some very good points about Ketchikan
Little League and the way it is not for the kids but for the
Board Members and favorites of the league. I was not going to
write another letter about my friendly baseball experience this
season but feel that it is appropriate to go ahead since All
Stars is over and our coach, Tony Yeisley, has already felt and
received all the repurcussions for my letters that he was promised
Mike I am sorry to hear about the unfair treatment your son has
been through while being a star performer for Ketchikan Little
League. I am sure that his efforts and sportsmanship were appreciated
by many. There are many other youth that feel the same disregard
and disappointment for thier efforts.
I filed a complaint regarding the President, Reggie Rinehardt,
getting physical with the coach of our team (who happened to
become my husband this May 6th). Since Tony (the coach) didn't
file the complaint it was not taken seriously. I was given less
than 24 hours notice to attend a meeting on a Saturday morning
at 8am to review the complaint with the board. All of the parents
who were standing within 4 to 6 feet of what was happening were
called and felt that Reggie was out of line and breaking the
code of conduct that the league has.
However, even though Dinah Pearson received this information
the board still chose to say that he was not out of line and
no apology was due! All we asked for was for the President to
apologize to the coach! Most men would stand up and do this without
a blink of an eye. However, not this President or this league.
When I tried to get a response from Dinah Pearson, who assured
me that she would get back to me, she ignored my emails and my
phone calls. She didn't have the time to deal with this issue.
I emailed Reggie Rinehardt myself and he didn't respond to me
asking if I can review meeting minutes and if the board follows
Roberts Rules of Order. I tried to call our District Administrator,
Duane Bell and he does not call back or respond to my emails.
All of which I have kept for documentation purposes.
Finally I get a hold of Dinah. She tells me the board has chosen
to do nothing and that Tony's behavior was wrong and that is
that. I ask her for the board's decision in writing and if I
can get it that same day.... she says yes. To this day I have
not recieved ANYTHING from her or from the Ketchikan Little League
How is that for good sportmanship? All I have heard is how Reggie
has put in so many hours volunteering for the league and it is
his last year here so let it go! Ok, so assault a coach and get
verbally abusive in front of the kids and let's not look. Everyone
please turn your head because he is special. All that was asked
for from President Rinehardt is to apologize and hold yourself
in a higher standard as you represent Ketchikan Little League.
Tony was asked if he wanted to coach the All Star Team for the
9 & 10 year old "select" team. Of course he wanted
to since he did last year as well. Well no way did he get to
after my letters! For the remainder of the season he was scoffed
at, talked about in the stands by board members and our team
was labeled because I took a stand on what I believe in as a
paying parent to our league and a volunteer!
I asked how long each seat for the board is and was told one
year. Which means all the seats of board members are coming open
for election. When is the election held, where is the election
held, how can I get information on the election process in ADVANCE
so those people who want to be nominated can be? There are some
very qualified parents, community volunteers and current volunteers
to the league that would best suit this board and stop the political
favors and get the league back to where it should be ~ ABOUT
THE KIDS AND FOR THE KIDS!
I encourage those families, parents, grandparents, volunteers
and community members to become more active in Ketchikan Little
League! Join the board, become a volunteer, come umpire and attend
the games. Support all those boys and girls who are learning
to play ball and teach them good values.
As for this letter, I know that the board reads SitNews and I
have heard that many people read my letters. Who will respond?
Will Ketchikan Little League answer the questions asked? Do the
parents who pay for the league, volunteers of the league, youth
in the league and our community have the right to know what is
happening? SURE they do. If someone was taking money you would
all be asking questions. As far as I am concerned we ALL are
having our money taken and we are paying for a service that is
not being provided in the way the bylaws and policies say it
will be! Why is no one concerned about breaking codes of conduct
and political favors then? Is it because your children don't
participate or you too are afraid of the repurcussions you will
get from speaking out?
On a better note, I do want to thank all of those who volunteered
their time to the league, the umpires and coaches who came and
made this possible for the kids. There are a few people I particulary
appreciate from this season but don't worry, I won't name you
so you can be free of this political mess and get treated the
way my family has been.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "I was born and
raised in Ketchikan and a mother of 5 children.
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