Little League Baseball, Inc., United States Eastern Region

State of Pennsylvania Association of District Administrators


Meeting Minutes

November 10, 2007 11:00 a.m.

Recreation Building, Little League Headquarters, South Williamsport, PA


State Coordinator Glen Fiebig called the meeting to order.  Roll call was taken by sign in sheet.  Districts represented: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31 and 32.  Also present was Eastern Region Director Don Soucy and honorary member Earl Mercadante.


Motion to approve the meeting minutes of August 25, 2007 was made by District 22.  Second by District 15.  Motion passed.


Motion to approve the finance report dated November 10, 2007 was made by District 13.  Second by District 12.  Motion passed.




  1. Joe Wendler reported on the creation of District 6 by splitting District 14.  It will be split north and south with the north portion consisting of 10 leagues and becoming District 6 which will be in Section 4 and the south portion consisting of 14 leagues remaining District 14 in Section 7.  No leagues from adjoining districts will be included in the split.  The proposal is being submitted to the Charter Committee for approval after which there will be an election for a District Administrator for District 6.  Joe will handle matters for District 6 until the election of the new DA.


  1. Obligations for leagues hosting state tournaments were discussed.  Motion was made by District 12 to require hosts to provide state pins for all participants at state tournaments, a championship pennant for the state champion as well as a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania flag for the Senior League Baseball champions.  Second by District 22.  Motion passed.


  1. Motion was made by District 9 to require hosts to provide division pins for all participants in the east and west division tournaments and an Eastern Pennsylvania/Western Pennsylvania championship pennant for the tournament champion.  A pennant is not to be presented for qualifier tournaments that send the top two teams to the state championship tournament.  Second by District 23.  Motion passed




  1. Bill Dithrich presented a proposal for the 2008 tournament calendar.  After discussion and modification of several dates District 5 moved to adopt the calendar.  Second by District 14.  Motion passed


  1. Report on the recent PVUA meeting was made by Terry Bean, who attended the meeting.  The organization is working on umpire training.  They are developing a protocol for selecting and recommending umpires for tournaments.  They have scheduled 2008 umpire clinics for February 9 in Connellsville, March 2 in Scranton and April 7 in Williamsport.


  1. Pool play.  Glen reiterated that the championship game must be played for any pool play tournaments.


  1. Motion was made by District 1 to amend by addition the following section to the by-laws to become effective in 2008:


Section 1.03  Member in Good Standing

A member in good standing shall be defined as a Regular Member that is not in arrears in dues and has attended or been represented for at least 50% of association meetings for the past 12 months.


Second by District 22.  Motion passed.


  1. Motion was made by District 12 to grant Honorary Membership to Jim McDonald in recognition of his 15 years of service to District 30.  Second by District 15.  Motion passed unanimously.


  1. Motion was made by District 22 that sections will abide by the state association by-laws.  Second by District 30.  Motion passed.


  1. Dan Merck gave an additional report on the progress of the PVUA.  He highlighted the action taken by the organization to permit the districts to register all the umpires in their district for a one time fee of $50.  There is no limit to the number of umpires a district can register.


  1. Eastern Region Director Don Soucy spoke on the following items:


·        Asked districts that were due for administrator elections in 2007 to hold elections immediately and those that have held their election to submit the election results.

·        The District Administrator clinic held at Eastern Region Headquarters last weekend.

·        The ASAP program.  He commended the membership for the 71% participation rate the state has achieved, but encouraged all to strive to get more of their leagues to participate.

·        Road Shows coming to Pennsylvania.  Coming soon to District 30 and District 17.

·        Asked for concerns on any issues that he can take to the management meetings at headquarters this week.  Concerns voiced were the new pitching rule prohibiting a player from pitching in consecutive games and how rules of lesser impact are presented and voted on at congress and then between congresses rules with much greater impact on the leagues are made by the Rules Committee without input from all the administrators.  There is also the concern over how the rule changes impact the small leagues.


  1. Marc Shoenfelt from B2B Baseball gave a brief summary of his program and expressed his desire to work with the districts of Pennsylvania in training coaches.


  1. By agreement the next meeting date is set for March 15, 2008 at the Recreation Building at Little League Headquarters.


  1. Motion to adjourn by District 14.  Second by District 3.  Motion passed.


Respectfully submitted,


Bill Dithrich

DA PA District 1


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