Conococheague Little League Parents, Coaches and Friends
Call For Volunteers to Support the 9-10 State Tournament and the River City Classic
I want to take a moment to call upon our league family to assist with the 9-10 State Tournament (July 12th-18th) and the River City Classic (July 19th-30th). CLL is non-profit organization and we exists solely on what we raise from our sponsors, registration and concession sales. I am sure you see everything around you going up in cost. It’s no different for our league. Power, food costs, equipment and field maintenance all cost the league significantly more today than it did 5 years ago. Prior to becoming your League President I used to see a foul ball flying into the woods and didn’t think much of it when that ball was not found. Now I see $2.75 flying into the woods only to hope one of our enterprising youngsters digs it out for a snow cone. I had a little boy remind me a few weeks ago that he thought it was time to up the refund for a foul ball from a snow cone to a candy bar “inflation you know” were his exact words! Everything has a cost and over time every little bit adds up.
The Board chose to maintain our very low cost of player registration. If you sold your raffle tickets the out of pocket costs to our parents is $45 for a single player. You only need to look around at other leagues and sports in the area to see this is an exceptional value. It costs the league significantly more to put our kids on the field.
This year we choose to eliminate the practice of paying people to work either field duty or concessions for the River City Classic. Paying people to work actually resulted in the league losing money on this tournament. By eliminating this cost, the River City Classic will be an excellent fundraiser for the league. We don’t ask our families and players to sell things throughout the season as a fundraiser like many sports leagues and recreations do. Our primary fundraiser remains the winter Bonanza and the opening day Raffle. Seeking volunteers for this Tournament will provide the league yet one more very important fundraiser for the simple task of working one two hour game either in our press box, raking the field or assisting in the concession stand.
I hope you see the value in the experience our league endeavors to provide the children of our community and I am asking you to help us with these two Tournaments. If every person in our league gives us one day, we would have more than enough volunteers to make both these tournaments a great success while assuring our league prospers financially. As always, we are also supplementing our needs with high school students that assist us for community service hours.
As our regular season draws to a close, I want to thank everyone that helped us through this season.