Tolland Little League

2018 Annual Report

Tolland Little League

2018 President’s Annual Report

As of October 15, 2018


Introduction:


  • This report is furnished in accordance with Article VI, Section 2 of the Tolland Little League Charter.
  • First I wholeheartedly thank all of the volunteers on the board of Tolland Little League (TLL) and all of the coaches and other related volunteers for making softball and baseball possible for children in Tolland.  It is a significant amount of work, and I appreciate it.  I am sure the players and parents do as well.
  • This year the TLL Board said goodbye to Jenn Overkamp, Ruben Morales, Bob Millington, and Rob Keane.  My special thanks goes out to these outgoing board members for their hard work, leadership and support.
  • We have several open board and officer positions going into the 2019 year.  We will begin our recruiting effort now.
  • Overall TLL had a successful year in carrying out our mission.  We had a successful regular season and competed very well in all-star play.

Financial Results:

  • Our total income was $81,200 from registrations for the season and clinics, as well as fundraisers that included team and individual pictures and the Hit-A-Thon fundraiser that was a tremendous success this year.
  • Total expenses were $107,394 from chartering, insurance, clinic costs, grounds expenses, and field project costs.
  • The expenses for field projects included:

     - Dugouts:  We spent about $27,000 to install dugouts at Cross Farms Fields A and C.  The old fence dugouts were removed, and new concrete pads with covered dugouts were installed.  This will help players stay warmer during those early season games, cooler in the spring/summer heat, and out of the inevitable shower that the teams will play through.

    - Scoreboards:  We spent $15,000 to purchase and install new scoreboards at Cross Farms A and C with the field C scoreboard powered by a solar panel.  These help parents and fans stay engaged with the game and make for a better experience for the players.

    - Lions Field: We funded the completion of the field renovation that was done along with the Lions Club and the Town.

    - Flagpole: We purchased a flagpole and related equipment.  A Tolland Eagle Scout installed the flagpole and a surrounding garden with a memorial stone.


Teams and Enrollment:

  • Enrollment in baseball was strong again this year, but enrollment in softball was again significantly off from last year, which is something we as the TLL board will work on in 2019. 
  • Outside of the regular season, we had 9/10, 10/11, and 11/12 baseball teams compete in District 8 baseball all-star tournaments.
  • We had teams at the minors, majors, and juniors levels play in our fall season too.

Conditions of Fields and Facilities:

  • Conditions at the fields in Tolland were very good this year in what was some challenging weather.  The resources from the Town do a terrific job preparing our fields for play.
  • We used clay for the pitcher’s mound at Cross Farms Field C this year, and completely rebuilt the mound at River Park Field 2.
  • We were again able to use the gyms at THS for clinics, open batting cage, and our evaluations.  Use of THS adds significantly to our development capabilities in the offseason.  This development leads to success not only at the TLL level but also at higher levels, where American Legion programs were very successful this past year.

Safety:

  • Safety is top of mind for TLL.  We had a few typical injuries that go along with softball and baseball.  Thankfully none were serious.
  • We purchased a significant quantity of ice packs and will continue to do that in the future.
  • We file our A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) with Little League International every year.  This provides savings on our insurance.

Feedback:

  • We followed up on a parent survey that we conducted after the conclusion of the 2017 season.  The results of that survey were favorable with very good feedback.
  • We will send a survey to coaches based on the 2018 spring season and build the results of that survey into the goals and plans of TLL for 2019.

2019 Priorities – the following will be part of what we focus on as a TLL board:

  • Improve softball registration numbers
  • Improve coach training and development
  • Invest in new equipment, especially at the lower levels
  • Execute on field enhancements
  • Address issues identified by the coach’s survey