Petition to Culver Marina Little League, Julie Valdez
CULVER MARINA LITTLE LEAGUE NEEDS TO REGAIN USE OF SENIOR FIELD IT HAS ONSITE
www.culvermarinalittleleague.com I am on the Board of Directors for Culver Marina Little League which is in Del Rey. Our League was established in 1956, and is on the La Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. We respect the land we are on by maintaining our fields clean and following current protocols established by an Agreement signed in 2013 by the former Little League President and CDFW representative. We need to revise our Agreement. Culver Marina Little League has four baseball/softball Fields – see picture. Three are in use by our League which are: Tee-ball, Minors and Majors Field. We also have a Senior Field that is not in use due to restrictions by the CDFW 2013 Agreement. To quote our website “Since 1956, Culver Marina Little League has been an anchor of the community as a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, instructional and fun baseball & softball environment for the children of Marina Del Rey (and surrounding areas), ages 4-16.” Unfortunately, we are unable to serve children 13-16 years old due to the Junior/Senior Field restrictions. Many of our kids are at-risk. Our League is a Safe Haven for the youth of our area. We are losing our kids, especially at-risk kids, at such a vulnerable age. The Del Rey area has a wide range of residents, including the Mar Vista Gardens Housing Projects and surrounding low income area. Culver Marina Little League provides up to 100% registration waiver to our low-income residents, thus providing access to the activity that the kids love in their own community - close to their home. Families do not have the means to go to another League outside the Community. We need to regain access to the Senior Field that is within the CDFW Access Limits and a field we once used. The field is already there. We need to revise our agreement by CDFW that allows us access to the four fields within the Access Limits. We need approval to have games and practices on this Senior Field. Mr. Bonham, as previously stated, we have been at our location since 1956. Generations of Del Rey residents have enjoyed the baseball and softball recreational activity on the ecological reserve. The Access Limits have already been established in 2013 Agreement and we do not have plans to go outside those parameters. We just need the four fields. Please help our kids!
Petition to santa rosa girls softball
New President and Board Members for the Santa Rosa Girls Softball League
The current President and several Board members at Santa Rosa Girls Softball League must be replaced now!! I get that we are all Volunteers here; giving what little of our spare time we have in our busy daily lives to the youth in our community. However, this should be fun & enjoyable, not frustrating & extremely stressful. Unfortunately, I feel this Board, in its current state, has more to do with personal gain and nit-picking, and I do not believe that it can move “together” in a positive direction. In my opinion, we have a toxic situation here and unless a drastic change is made (i.e.; complete overhaul of the top ranking spots), we are headed towards the overall demise of the Santa Rosa Girls Softball League. Coaches, parents and the softball community have had enough of the current management and they need to be replaced!!
Petition to Board of Education
Fix the baseball facilities at Troy Athens High School to make them safe and playable.
The Athens baseball community encourages the district to make the baseball facilities safe and playable venues that are a source of pride for our community. Regrettably, the current facilities do not meet these practical standards. Problems: Years of neglect have left the baseball fields in a hazardous and disgraceful condition. The unfortunate location of the Athens varsity field is problematic. It sits between the high school building and football field in frequent shadow from the gym and visitor football stands. A lack of sunlight and constant drainage from the building and football stadium leaves the field a swampy mess each season. Compounding the problem, heavy equipment has been driven on the field leaving tire tracks and ruts in both the infield and outfield playing surfaces. Sand, instead of an appropriate clay-based material, has been used to fill holes around bases, the plate area, and on the pitching mound. The bullpens down each foul line have not been maintained, leaving them unlevel, unusable, and unsafe. Unsuitable grass has been installed over the years, likely due to low-bid sod replacements. Infield sod for a baseball field needs to be a sports turf blend not typical lawn sod—which is currently in place. The current grass is not level and way too thick for baseball. There is no longer a batting cage, sound system or functional scoreboard. Fencing has not been well maintained and now protrudes in many areas and is dangerous. Lack of weeding has left the warning track nearly non-existent due to overgrowth. The main field entrance gate (regardless of the weather) is always muddy and often pools with water due to the poor field drainage. Dangerous tools, stakes and assorted metal objects have been left on the field and have turned up during games. Exposed sewer grids located in the outfield make footing even more treacherous. Necessary Improvements: A new playing surface, preferably synthetic turf instead of natural grass because of the field’s current location and drainage problems. Varsity Coach Mike Morris has specifics on how funding can be secured through donations and fundraising to make this possible. [For Safety, Maintenance, and Competitiveness] Netting installed above the fence line down both base lines. This is both a safety and cost necessity. Due to the location of the field next to the school building and football field, foul balls careen in all directions during a game. From a safety perspective, spectators are in constant danger of being hit by a batted ball. From a money standpoint, 3x times as many baseballs are needed for a game at Athens due to the large number lost on the roof of the high school. [For Safety and Budget] New bullpens installed down each foul line with mounds and in-ground plates. [For Safety and Competitiveness] A batting cage needs to be reinstalled. After removal in the summer of 2018 there has been no replacement. All other OAA and Division 1 baseball and softball programs have outdoor batting cages. From a competitive standpoint, this is a necessity that would greatly benefit all baseball and softball teams. [For Competitiveness] The JV field is in desperate need of a walking path from the parking lot, cemented dugout floors and extended netting along the base lines. [For Safety]
Petition to NCAA
More softball/baseball scholarship money, and a paid 3rd assistant coach.
Baseball and softball players work their entire lives to earn the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. However when it gets time to be recruited, even with a scholarship opportunity, more often than not the burden falls on the student athlete and their family to pay thousands of dollars in tuition to even make the opportunity they rightfully earned possible. Baseball programs typically have up to 11.7 scholarships to offer 35 student athletes, and at most softball programs have 12. This is not enough, and needs to change. Additionally, the NCAA recently announced that the AD's vote failed and they will NOT pass regulation to have a 3rd paid assistant coach in baseball and softball, and that position will remain a VOLUNTEER position. This is all despite outcry and support so that coaches get the financial support they need to live and empower their student athletes, and this announcement is harmful to both the coaches and their players. Join us in getting the NCAA’s attention, and let’s bring change to both softball and baseball to move the game forward for future student athletes and coaches who will create lifelong impact.