MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
YAKIMA YOUTH BASEBALL – Oct. 8, 2007
Call to Order & Minutes: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Minutes from the previous meeting
were distributed and approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer’s Report was passed out; balance on hand as of 10/8/07 was $23,316.80;
still need to pay L & I (approx. $350), Pete Orgill for field maintenance, and Kimmel for golf towels (approx.
The golf tournament was a big success, raising approx. $11,000.00, thanks mainly to the efforts of Pete
Orgill. Ken Weaver suggested that we set this money aside for capital improvements (equipment, field
The American Legion State Tournament raised approx. $7,000.00 – way more than in previous years. One
reason for this was not allowing food or beverages through the gate, increasing concession sales.
Coach’s Report: Mike Bailey has a lead on a new John Deere Triplex mower through Mike Boekholder of
the Philidelphia Phillies; their lease will be up in November and they may be willing to sell it. No firm cost
at this time – he thinks approx. $12,000 – 15,000. If we were to purchase it, we would NOT share it with
YVCC. There was also discussion about purchasing a Gator to drag the field; we currently have one in
storage, but are unsure of the condition.
There was a situation with the Blues this summer where the coach (Lloyd Gage) suspected some of the
players of smoking pot in their room. He confronted the players and discussed disciplinary actions with the
team. He felt he had dealt with the problem appropriately, but YYB procedures were not followed properly.
Mike spoke with him and feels it is too late to do anything further, but Lloyd is aware of the correct
procedures for next time.
Mike is working on next year’s schedule. He is hoping to have 10-12 teams for the Firecracker Tournament,
using both Davis & Parker Fields. Our tournament fees will be going up $350 to $400. Mike and Ken
Weyrick have been talking to several local businesses about sponsoring the tournament. The Scarlets will be
hosting a 4 day tournament the weekend before this. Mike is not planning to have the Beetles on the road as
much this year since so many teams are willing to travel to Yakima. He is hoping to have a big trip this year,
possibly to Reno, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Alaska or Montana. We need to discuss the budget before
making a decision.
The Legion is down to around 30 teams in the state, down from around 97 teams in 1990. Teams at the Junior
level appear to be gaining, while Senior levels are dropping. Again, we may want to start looking at other
options. Whatever we decide, we need to work with the Paks so we are on the same page. We are losing a
couple of teams from Seattle, but gaining 1 from Moses Lake.
Ways & Means: Pete Orgill reported that Mike Trammell (Pepsi) would like to be more involved in the golf
tournament next year. Next year’s tournament is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. We had 32
teams this year, and hope to double that next year, allowing for 2 flights.
The WIAA State Volleyball Tournament is coming up Nov. 8 – 10. We need to get the word out to all
players and parents about the opportunity to earn money toward player fees this way. We will e-mail all
parents in our data base and rely on Team Moms to contact any other players.
Dave Ross will apply again for the grant money from Legends Casino and look into funds that may be
available through the Parker Youth Foundation.
Old Business: Pete Orgill again mentioned the idea of the local high schools creating their own summer
baseball teams and eliminating the Scarlets program. Pete will talk to Bob Oliphant and see what his interest
is and report back at the next meeting.
Nominations for next year’s Board were discussed. Ken Weaver will talk to Bob DiPietro to see if he would
be willing to serve as President next year. If not, Ken said he would consider serving one more year. We will
continue the discussion at the next meeting after he has spoken with Bob DiPietro.
Ken Weaver made the motion to appoint Cress Bradford as Vice President for a 2 year term, replacing Reedy
Berg. Motion seconded and passed unanimously.
New Business: Mike Bailey would like to keep the existing bus instead of getting a larger one requiring
CDL’s. He feels it would be better to invest in a van or suburban, rather than a larger bus. It is much easier
to travel with 2 vehicles, especially when one is smaller and easier to navigate.
Hamer Electric from Longview still has not paid their tournament fee from this summer ($700). Dave Ross
will send them a bill.
Adjournment: There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45
p.m. The next Board meeting will be held on Nov. 12, 2007, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the meeting room at
Jack-son’s Sports Bar.