2017 President's Note

Updated Wednesday January 18, 2017 by Lori Byrd.

President’s Welcome Note

December 31, 2016

Dear Kennewick National (KN) Parents, Players, and Volunteers:

Welcome to the new year of KN Baseball. I am excited to reunite with many of our existing players and family members, and look forward to meeting new families that are introduced into our great league.

Last season, KN provided the opportunity for around 430 youth athletes to learn and play the great game of baseball, and we hope to continue into 2017 and beyond with similar numbers. Kennewick National Youth Baseball is a proud member of the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball Youth Division and I am confident and excited to continue that relationship through the upcoming years. Though you may have heard of significant changes in the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken organization, I can assure you that the overall goals of the organization has remained the same.

There were many accomplishments to celebrate during the 2016 season. New on-line registration was rolled out at the beginning of the year that aided in streamlining the process for most. We made significant changes to our website that included the addition of a mobile app to assist coaches and families with team tracking and communication. A significant change was made in the management of the concession stand when we chose to contract to an outside vendor for the control of that facility. So far, all feedback and financial outcomes have been positive. Additional improvements to the field conditions were also made by the installation of new sod in select areas.

As your 2017 KN Board proceeds forward, we will continue to make improvements for our players, families, and spectators. Facility improvements will be the priority this year. This will include new fencing around portions of the fields, exterior and interior work on the scoring tower, and security upgrades throughout the facility. We will also proceed forward with a replacement program for our league owned player equipment; including catcher gear, batter helmets and other miscellaneous equipment. If you have any questions or additional ideas on how to improve our league, please do not hesitate to share them.

Last year, in my first year of Presidency, I was very fortunate to have devoted members of the Board of Directors dedicated to helping me in running KNYB. I am thrilled to have many of those members returning this year. I am also excited to welcome several new members to the board and look forward to working with them on guiding this league into the future. These board members, along with a variety of other supporting positions, is what keeps our league successful. It amazes me the amount of preparation, work, and sacrifice that many of our fellow parents make each year so that our kids have a place to play baseball. I would like to encourage ALL parents and family members of KNYB to take an active role in our league by VOLUNTEERING!

As we start the league year, your child’s coach will be asking for help in a number of areas during the season: such as Team Parent, Assistant Coach, Field Prep, and more. We will also ask for your help before the season begins to clean up and prepare the facility for the upcoming season. Each and every family is asked to put some time in for general field upkeep and other minor duties to keep the league running as efficiently as possible.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or another Board Member. If you can’t catch us at the field, our personal contact info can be found on the league website at www.knyb.org.

Thanks for all your time and for allowing your child to experience one of the greatest game on earth!

Let’s PLAY BALL!

Ryan Nicholls
2016/17 President – Kennewick National Youth Baseball League
president@knyb.org