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This year the SWS Board of Directors, as mandated by state law, has instituted a criminal background check policy for all parents interacting directly with the players. That means all coaches and assistant coaches must get two clearances to participate. I have included the link to both the PennsylPSP website for the criminal background check and a link to the Child Abuse History Clearance. Again you must have both clearances to coach. The cost for each clearance is $10 and is paid via the website.
The key phrase in the law is "direct contact with children". As this law goes into full effect in July, 2015, we will continue to monitor how the law is interpreted and enforced. It is widely believed the clearances are only required of coaches and not, forexample, team moms or concession stand workers as they are technically "supervised" by coaches with clearances. Again, that may change based how this all unfolds.
Once you have completed your clearances please print them off and bring a copy to your first practice. They should be submitted in a sealed envelope with the coaches name, team and age level on the front. Head coaches will collect them and get them to the commissioner at the respective level. We recommend using a sharpie marker to obliterate your social security # prior to submitting your clearance forms. Keep a copy for your records if you volunteer for other youth organizations as they will also need this information. The deadline for submission is .
For those that coach, thank you. We understand that this is one more burden, and cost, but as we all know the safety and well-being of the children is paramount. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com
President, SWS Board of Directors
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SWSBSA and LSLL Joint Venture Announcement
Dear SWS Parents and Friends,
It is my pleasure to share with you some very good news for the Lampeter Strasburg School District’s baseball community.
As you may have already heard, the Strasburg Willow Street Baseball and Softball Association has agreed to enter into a joint venture with the Lampeter Strasburg Little League in an effort to bring these two terrific organizations together. The board of directors have ratified this arrangement and we are currently finalizing the unification process.This joint venture is long overdue and was made possible because of years of work from board members past and present of both organizations.
So what does this mean for 2014?
Our first step is to have all the players in the community register with SWS. Little League players that prefer to stay with an affiliated team can do so, assuming there is enough interest to field a team. No players (12U and up) will be assigned to a Little League team from a Lanco team and vice versa. That decision is solely at the discretion of the player and their parents.As for our 10U level and below, those in-house programs will stay intact and will see a significant jump in 2014 with the inclusion of the players from Little League. We still have the ability, if at some point down the road there is interest, to form a Little League affiliated team at this level.
As for governance, the SWS Board of Directors will act as an umbrella organization. Under this umbrella, Little League will have a small Board of Directors so that they remain in compliance with their charter. A member of that board will be granted a seat on the SWS Board of Directors. Obviously there are all sorts of benefits to this move and likely more that we will discover along the way. Resource sharing alone will help cut costs, giving us the ability to keep our registration fees reasonable for the foreseeable future.
On January 26th at 7:00pm at Lampeter United Methodist Church (corner of Village and Book Roads) a community meeting is being held to talk about the joint venture and answer questions. In the meantime, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns.This is indeed an encouraging move for our baseball community, and I want to thank the countless number of dedicated board members and community leaders that helped make it a reality.