There has been a lot of negative information swirling around the league and I hope this helps resolve most of the inaccurate information. The current board has been together since late August, not even a full year. In that time we have restructured operations and started the use of the By-Laws for the first time ever. It is a shame that the current board has to spell out all they have accomplished since August. Who wants to write a letter patting themselve on the back, we would rather have the changes and improvements noticed by everyone. But here it goes:
We are proud of the relationship IYSA has with the City. Those who chose to spin a positive relationship with the City as a negative have no business speaking for the parents and the players of IYSA. Because of the relationship we built, the City has placed new covers over the dugouts and bleachers on D1, D2 and D4. D3 has no structures to place new covers for bleachers or dugouts. We are working with Paul Stalma from the City to rectify D3 structures for dugouts and bleachers. The City has recently resurfaced all fields including Rotary as well as replacing sod where needed. Those items where accomplished by this board and the great relationship IYSA has with the City. Those items were not planned in the City's budget prior to the current board reaching out to the City for these improvements.
The league now has over 50 new players under our newly formed Champions Division. All of these 50 plus kids have special needs. All of these Special Needs Children have never had a uniform on or ever stepped between the lines of a baseball field. It warms our hearts to see them out there as it does anyone else that shows up to see them play.
Last 4th of July, the league had a fireworks booth. From that booth we generated over $7000 which covered for the fiasco of an All Star tournament that lost the league nearly $2000 last July. How does a Fundraiser lose $2000? But this board ran the fireworks booth for 8 days for 24 hours a day to generate the money. We have filed the paperwork to again have the 2014 firework stand to generate more revenue this year. Hopefully everyone can help this year.
Our pictures came back this year in 6 days not 3 months. In every packet there was an apology letter from the Studio, a free 8x10 and they donated $400 back to the league for not being prepared properly. The current board pushed them to make the situation right and the Studio did.
For the first time in years we will have baseball and softball All-stars in Indio. This board promises that this year we will make these events profitable.
All five of the fields needed new pitching mounds at the cost of $3200 to $3500 a piece ($16,000 to $17,500 total). The board with the help of a few parents refurbished the existing mounds for less than $1000.
All coaches are now required to pass a background check which is run through Pony. First time ever.
All umpires are certified.
The snack bar is turning a nightly profit and that is after we pay the umpires each night. That has not happened in years.
New schedule is out we resume play again on Monday, March 31. There have been scheduling issues and there are numerous reasons. But moving forward let’s concentrate on what good has been done and not listen to those who chose to bring done board members for personal reasons. We are proud of where we are at and feel great about where we are headed. Schedules are located on the left side of the front web page under forms.
The Majority of the Board Members