Board Meeting May 9th, 2017

Attendees

 

  • Stan Parke, 1st Vice-President
  • Randall Goss, Treasurer
  • Bill Insley, Secretary
  • Dan LoConte, 2nd Vice-President
  • Brian Burke, Flag Football Commissioner
  • Marcia Kissane, Assistant Softball Comissioner
  • Brenda Nelson, Cheer Commissioner
  • Kurt Herrmann, Travel Softball
  • Michelle Cerullo, Softball Commissioner
  • Danielle Gorajski, Marketing
  • Ken Leonard, Field Maintenance
  • Tony Silvia, Baseball Commissioner
  • Jeff Gannon, Baseball
  • Ron Varek, Baseball
  • Mike Dinnon, Baseball

 

Discussion Items

 

  • Stan Parke:
    • Update from Brandi: No discussion items for the meeting.
    • Soccer: No discussion items for the meeting.
    • No new insurance requests since the last board meeting.

 

  • Softball Update – Michelle Cerullo:
    • When are due dates for Full-Time Travel Applications?
      • Board response – approx. mid-June
    • Softball season is under way – dealing with scheduling several make-up games as there have been a significant number of rain-outs.
    • Barrette’s (8U) level has been scheduled for games at Bettenhausen – Field #2.
    • High School Rec (18U) starts their season at the end of May.

 

  • Cheer Update – Brenda Nelson:
    • Registration has closed.
      • Down about 15 girls from prior year
      • 3 full teams to be formed.

 

  • Flag Football Update – Brian Burke:
    • Indoor Flag Football season at Roma has been approved.
      • Issue to Address: Referees
        • Looking for alternative assignors; potentially Southwest Conference Assignor.
        • Question from Randy – Anyone reach out to HS volunteers in need of service hours? Brian to look into it.
        • Another option – have dads potentially ref the games for the younger divisions.
          • Two (2) referees per game.
      • Registration for fall season is trickling in; helmets are mandatory -> $50/helmet.

 

  • Marketing Update – Danielle:
    • Family Fun Days – Saturday, June 3rd.
      • Time change request (move to 11:00AM – 1:00PM from 12:00PM – 2:00PM).
      • Need volunteers for dunk tank.

 

  • Baseball Update – Tony Silvia:
    • In-house uniforms – received “ok” reviews, some grumpiness with the hats. But there was a favorable response overall considering the issues with the manufacturer losing the MLB license.
    • Tournament in April hosted by 11U and 10U FT Travel teams was a success.
    • Joe Bressanelli working on scheduling make-up games for the rain-outs.

 

  • Bill Insley:
    • Reached out to Tinley Junction regarding an article and photo Brenda Nelson submitted regarding the Cheer team’s donation to Hines Fisher House. Did not yet receive a response.

 

  • Randy Goss:
    • Meeting with Accountant coming up for 2016 financials.
    • Annual audit to commence.

 

  • Question from Michelle on Concession Stand Requirements for Travel Teams:
    • Is there a penalty for not volunteering:
      • Board Response:
        • No, there is no penalty and no buy-out available.
        • No individual requirement for travel.
        • Each travel team must make sure there is coverage in the stand at their home games; otherwise, the stand will close.

 

  • Baseball (3) Instances to be Addressed at Meeting:
    • #1 – Game on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
      • Issue between Ken Leonard and Mike Dinnon
      • Stan received an e-mail stating that that Ken said that it was “bullsh*t to play this game in this weather” in front of his team.
      • Mike never heard Ken curse, but the issue was indeed over the weather. According to Mike:
        • He was greeted with hostility from Ken, when he went to introduce himself, in front of the parents/players.
      • According to Ken, Mike was loud and disrespectful towards him, and so he ignored him.
      • Jeff Gannon, an assistant coach, offered the following as he was present at the game:
        • Ken thought it was too cold for the kids to play; Ken is passionate about the kids and wants what’s best for them.
        • He did not believe Mike raised his voice at all, but he didn’t think that Mike needed to take the conflict to another level (i.e., questioning Ken – “do you need to do this in front of the kids”).
      • Danielle presents an e-mail to the Board from a parent who was at the game.
      • Ken abruptly leaves the Board Meeting.
    • #2 – Game on Friday, May 5th, 2017
      • Umpire sent a note to the umpire assignor (Joe Hawker), who then forwarded onto Tony Silvia, and then to Stan.
      • After a questionable call from the umpire, who is 12 years old, he heard the comment from the dugout: “F*ckin’ Blue”. In the e-mail, the umpire believes it came from the assistant coach, Jeff Gannon.
      • Stan asks Jeff Gannon directly – “Was it said, and how was it said?”
      • Jeff denies saying it at all.
      • Stan instructs Tony Silvia to push the e-mail through Ethics and explains the process to Jeff.
    • #3 – Game on Friday, May 5th, 2017
      • Issue between Danielle Gorajski and Ron Varek
        • Ron:
          • In the 2nd/3rd inning, one of his players runs home from 3rd base. The coaches from Danielle’s team insist on the player going back to 3rd.
          • Ron asks the umpire to have a coach’s meeting at home plate, but Danielle refuses to come out of the dugout.
        • Danielle:
          • Felt disrespected by Ron as she felt she felt she was being “called out like a dog”. She hears Ron saying that the “coach needs to know the rules”.
        • Ron:
          • Feels that this issue was less about this specific instance and more about the contentiousness over the past two seasons.
        • Arguments ensue over approaches to coaching.