“If we can’t fill the board seats, we can’t re-charter and we can’t have a league. It’s a very real concern.”-Zach Haws-KYSBA president
By Laura Colvin
Kuna Melba News editor
Play ball! Maybe.
Unless Kuna parents or other adults step up to the plate, the upcoming Kuna Youth Softball and Baseball Association (KYSBA) season could be in jeopardy.
“As of now, we don’t have a complete board,” said KYSBA President Zach Haws. “If we can’t fill the board seats, we can’t re-charter and we can’t have a league. It’s a very real concern.”
According to Haws, KYSBA had more participants last year than any other youth league in the valley; 550 Kuna and Melba kids, age 4-15, played on 35 teams organized and facilitated solely by adult volunteers from the community.
Currently, the KYSBA needs to fill six to eight important positions, including, for example, vice president of baseball, director of Double A Baseball, director of Triple A Baseball, majors director and a12U/14U softball director.
Board members are asked to attend an evening meeting, approximately twice a month during the season, which typically lasts from March until around the time school gets out for the summer.
And, while the VP of baseball position will require at least some experience and a more intense time commitment during the season, most of the other positions don’t require any special skills; knowledge of the game is a plus, but volunteers don’t need to be sports fanatics.
“We need people who can answer emails, return phone calls, put together a practice schedule,” said Haws, who’s been involved with KYSBA since about 2008. “They don’t need to have experience running a league or anything like that. We just need some people who are willing to pitch in for the kids in this community.”
According to the KYSBA website, the organization’s goal is to give boys and girls structure, teach skills necessary for team sports, and impart the importance of respect, leadership and sportsmanship, while also enjoying one of America’s favorite passtimes.
For a list of open positions or more information about volunteering with KYSBA, contact Zach Haws at 514-5442.