|Hi Everyone, my name is Mike Kaiser and I'm on the MSA Board. Hopefully I can answer a couple questions, and take any I don't know plus any suggestions to the next board meeting.
FEES: The cost is $80 ($105 for 2, $120 for 3). Those prices are in line with other communities. Ours have generally been the lowest around, the reason for the increase was that it cost MSA over $4,000 last spring and summer to cut the grass at the park (soccer paid to have it cut in the fall). That cost was somewhat offset by the sale of the mugs, but not entirely. With the passing of Issue 1 the grass SHOULD be cut by the city again, although that's not 100% guaranteed. If the city does cut the grass we'll be able to come up with a plan to utilize the extra income this year which could include things like rebuilding the league's savings (used for large purchases and/or emergencies), field repair and maintenance, equipment upgrades, etc). How much will it cost next year then? I don't know, we haven't talked about that.
'mhornets1': If your son's team didn't have restrooms or concessions, you must be the parent of a 13-15 year old (I have 2 boys in that league also). We are aware of those issues and at least as far as concessions are concerned, we did have people running back and forth toward the end of the year, maybe that's something we should do from the start this season. And there's always the choice of bringing in porta-potty's but there's always concerns with those (security, cleanliness, added cost). And didn't we have a wet spring? I think that's the reason there were a lot of practices in the grass last year; plus we were trying to improve Fields 4 & 5 (they were better, although additional work is still needed). There are plans to upgrade the entire park, adding more fields, restrooms, parking, etc. As everyone knows that requires cash. Once the city gets out of Emergency status maybe we can tap into the Park Fund (?).
MSA vs Traveling or Select Teams: MSA is intended to be RECREATIONAL Baseball. That's not to say it's not competitive and we're just goofing around. It means it's open to all, everyone gets to learn & play, games are right in town (or very close), and things like that. With REC League there is still a commitment by the kids (and parents) but nothing like a Select Team, both with time and money. In order to give our REC League kids an upgraded level of competition we've been part of a SUNDAY LEAGUE for the past 2 years. It's made huge strides in that time. Sunday League is available in Coach Pitch (7 & 8), 'C' Ball (9 & 10), and hopefully 'B' Ball (11 & 12) (last year we weren't able to field a 'B' Ball team due to low numbers). In this league you play double headers every Sunday against similar teams from Valley View, Hunter, Madison, and ???; and generally in Post Season Tournaments too. This is a GREAT AVENUE for those families who can't or don't want to commit to playing 5, 6, or even 7 days a week as Select Teams do.
Well, lunch is over, please let me or any board member know your questions, comments, and concerns.
See you at the park, Mike (hope I didn't misspeak on any of these issues, I'm sure someone will let me know if I have)