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Welcome to St. Bethlehem Little League
The Little League season is just around the corner. I want to extend a warm welcome on behalf of the entire Board of Directors to our returning Little League families, as well as to all new families to our League and our community. At a time when children have many sports and activities to choose from, we are thrilled to have over 900 boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 have chosen to play at St. Bethlehem Little League. St. Bethlehem Little League is in its 42nd year of Little League organization in Clarksville, TN and has exclusively served the community of St. Bethlehem for decades, providing a positive environment for the development of sportsmanship, character, and athletic skill among our youth. Our program puts an emphasis on fundamentals, participation, development, teamwork, safety, family involvement, and fun, all while developing an appreciation and love for the game of baseball and softball. As a parent, myself, I know what a thrill it is to see your child play for the first time and watch them grow and improve through the years. These are memories that we will all cherish and I am pleased that you too will enjoy watching your children learn the game and grow as part of the St. Bethlehem Little League family.
The Board is constantly working to improve our league and make it the best it can be for the kids in our community. As such, one of our goals is to always improve on communication, and with that in mind, hopefully this welcome letter will address questions we have received about the league, financials, and volunteer commitments.
First, I would like to extend a warm thank you to our 2015-2016 Board Members. I applaud each of you for the time you have given so freely and the sacrifices each of you made to help make St. Bethlehem Little League one of the best, well respected youth Little Leagues in Middle Tennessee. With that said, I’d also like to welcome our 2016-2017 St. Bethlehem Little League Board Members, some of whom are new, and some who are past board members, as we continue the precedence of professionalism and excellence. The sacrifices of everyone’s time and efforts, including your unwavering dedication to this league, are greatly appreciated.
St. Bethlehem Little League is 100% self-funded and run by volunteers. None of the board members, managers, or other volunteers receive any compensation for their countless hours of work. It is our volunteers that make our League great and we call upon everyone to help. Volunteering your time only goes to further the betterment of the players within our League, so please don’t be shy -- just ask any Board member or coach, “How can I help?”, as help comes in many forms, from very small roles to much larger ones. No matter how you volunteer, I am confident you will find it is one of the most satisfying things you can do for your kids.
Our income comes entirely from registration fees, the concession stand, and sponsorships. Our expenses include uniforms, equipment (catchers gear, balls, helmets, etc.), utilities, taxes & insurance, and umpire fees. So, it comes down to our parents, Board and volunteers to put in the effort, like those in the past, to continue to raise funds for the League’s financial needs. St. Bethlehem Little League would not exist without volunteers. It takes good people throughout this area to make this League work and come together. Please consider becoming part of the team and volunteer when and where you can. Lend a hand and get involved. It truly takes a community. We just ask that you have a heart for kids and are open-minded and have a good perspective on what we are trying to accomplish. We are extremely grateful to the parents who take on additional volunteer jobs beyond these commitments. Have time and want to help, but not sure how? Please contact us.
We are still in need of sponsors for our 2016-2017 season to help bridge the gap in funding from our normal revenue generating streams. Do you know a local business owner who is interested in supporting their community and/or our players within the League? What about a restaurant your family visits regularly, a salon you have been visiting for years, a local mechanic, realtor, or that contractor/repair man you recommend to all your neighbors? Contact us, if you have any questions about sponsorship.
Opening Day April 8 @ 12:00, Civitain Park
Picture Day April 22, Civitan Park
Movie with a GOV! event @ 6:00pm Austin Peay baseball complex
St Bethlehem Day at the park May 13, @ Bowling Green KY, Hot Rods baseball complex
Our League is truly a one-of-a-kind place to make and share memories with kids, families and friends. I am constantly reminded by members of this great community of the numerous memories and friendships that have been created in and around St. Bethlehem Little League. Constantly I hear people tell stories about their time at STBLL. This is also evident by the past players who are now parents coming back to volunteer or coach in STBLL, or those that no longer have players in STBLL that still volunteer for this League. It is this commitment by the members of this community that have made STBLL truly one of the best places for our youth to learn to play baseball and softball. We are set for another fun and exciting season and there is no better place for a family to watch a game. Your children will always remember their time and experiences at STBLL and I look forward to seeing you all out there on the field or in the bleachers being a part of ST BETHLEHEM LITTLE LEAGUE!!
, President of STBLL