Minutes of Board Meeting

Canterbury Inn, Shakopee

August 14, 2008

Roll Call showed all directors present

Motion Barry, seconded Brennan, carried to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as mailed

Meeting called to order by President Richter at 1:00 PM

The board met with Tournament committees from Chaska and Shakopee to go over last minute details. President Richter wished both sites a successful tournament.

President Richter appointed Jeff Jonckowski of Shakopee to the auditing committee

Motion Rademacher, seconded Forsman, carried, to approve Red Wing to play Ellsworth, W.

Motion Roufs, seconded Hartmann, carried, to approve Gary Wilfahrt Jr. to play for the Duluth Huskies, return to Hanska for post season play, only if he meets his eligibility. (Wilfahrt has returned and will be eligible to play for Hanska).

Motion Forsman, seconded Brennan, carried, to approve the return of David Deminsky from the River Bats. Deminsky will be eligible to be drafted for post season play.

Motion Hartmann, seconded Forsman, carried to approve the return of Josh Churchhlll from the Northwoods league. He will be eligible for post season play.

Motion Brennan, seconded Roufs, carried, to approve Mike Kvasnicka to play for the Moon Dogs, return to Elko for post season play. (Kvasnicka has returned and will be eligible for State play).

Brad Lusti requested permission to play for the Madison Mallards, return to midway for post season play, only if he meets his eligibility. Motion Barry, seconded Brennan, carried, to approve Lusti's request.

Pat Lenton has returned from LaCrosse and will be eligible for post season play.

Motion Forsman, seconded Roufs, carried, to approve the Green Mill Brewers to play the St. Paul Police.

Bret Mitchell has returned from the Rochester Honkers, he has met his (4) game eligibility, and is eligible to be drafted by St. Patrick.
The board approved Lance Anderson, Darren McEathron, and Jon Radmacher to play in the Twin City Fall League.

With no further business a motion by Barry, seconded Brennan, carried, to adjourn, 3:00 PM

September 1, 2008

The Minnesota Baseball State Tournament came to a close today as three new State Champions were crowned. (Class "A") St. Louis Park (Class "B") Mankato Twins (Class "C") Elko. The board congratulates our three new Champions as well as the other 45 participating teams.

The board also would like to thank Chaska and Shakopee for a great job. This years tournament attendance was 14,116.

(The Sportsmanship Trophy) was won by Maple Lake

The next meeting of the MBA will be October 18, 2008. It will be held at the East Side VFW in St. Cloud. Board meeting at 1:00 PM. Commissioners meeting at 3:00 PM. Dinner at 4:30 PM. Annual meeting will follow. League officers and commissioners please send back the meeting card you will find in your minutes, we need them for ordering meals. Read insert on the annual meeting. Meeting cards

Minutes of Board Meeting
Eastside VFW St. Cloud
Saturday, October 18, 2008

Meeting called to order by Vice President Roufs at 1:00 PM

Roll called showed Richter absent due to father’s funeral.

Motion Brennan, seconded Forsman, carried, to approve the minutes from the previous meeting as mailed.

Motion Kreger, seconded Hartmann, carried, to approve the following players to play in a tournament in Phoenix, AZ., - Ryan Olson, Dale Dingmann, Chris Clemenson, Jeremy Perchel, Todd George, Doug Lonske, Brook Lyter, Mike Perchel, Todd Fuller, Aaron Olson, Mike Anderson, Aaron Jenkins, Andrew Gilbert.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried to approve the following players to play in a Fall Baseball League, and also to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida, dates November 2 thru November 24 - Dave Fauth, Dave Hinkemeyer, John Jenson, Jay Johnson, Bob Klefsaas, Herb Koch, Mike Marquardt, David McDonald, Kyle Messner, Matt Miller, Randy Moselle, Doug Parks, Tom Steinbach, Dan Vandehey, Mark Fiala, Rod Schafer, John Cosgrove, Tom Arnold, Jim Johnson, Tim Martin, Tom Traen.

Motion Rademacher, seconded Brennan, carried, to appoint Josh Wigley as the new Section 5 Commissioner. He will replace Jim Wigley who the board would like to thank for his dedicated service over the years.

Motion Hartmann, seconded Rademacher, carried, to reinstate Mike Hoelscher, he will be eligible to play in the 2009 season.

Jerry Walerius president of the DRS league along with Terry Fredrickson, John Roiger, and Ash Larson from the Elko baseball team came before the board. Their question was, could they operate one of their leagues, with only 3 “C” Teams, as Elko was moved up to Class “B”, or would they need to find a fourth “C” team to make an eligible league. After lengthy discussion the board tabled this matter until the November meeting, when a decision will be made.

Motion Kreger, seconded Forsman, carried, to approve Christopher Doney to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida starting October 26, 2008.

The auditing committee met and completed their audit.

The Region and Section Commissioners met at 3:00 PM and discussed items of concern.

The meeting was recessed for dinner.
Meeting was called back to order by President Richter at 5:30 PM

Roll Call showed all directors present.

(Section Commissioners) #1 Dan Plein, #3 John Breimhorst, #7 Mike Kieke

(Region Commissioners) #3 Marlin Reinardy, #4 Don Dvorak, #7 Gerald Roepke, #8 Paul Froncak, #10 Larry Sakkinen, #12 Keith Hanson, #14 Monty Hinzmann, #15 Randy Schoenberg.

(League) Metro Minny, DRS Red-Blue, Cannon Valley Classic, River Valley West, North Star East-West-North, Crow River North-South, Victory-East-South-North, West, Land O’ Ducks-Teal-Wood, Corn Belt-South-North, Lakewood Central, Gopher, Lake & Pine South, Stearns County North-South.

(Guests) 11

After a welcome statement by President Richter, the following committees were appointed: (Credentials): Brennan, Kreger. (Nominating): Forsman, Hartmann, J. Zellmann, M. Bennett, R. Beckmann. (Tellers): Forsman, Hartmann, J. Zellmann, M. Bennett, R. Beckmann

Board Members: Reported on assigned committees they were on.

Secretary-Treasure-Zellmann reviewed the financial report, Dave Hartmann a member on the auditing committee stated the audit showed the financial statement to be correct, balanced and complete. A motion by Mike Kieke, seconded by Monty Hinzman, carried, to accept the financial report as presented.

Nominating Committee: Reported the following nominees for election to the Board of Directors-John Richter, Tom Rademacher, Mike Barry, Chairman Forsman called for nominations for the floor. After the required number of times. Motion Mike Kieke, seconded Paul Froncak, carried, to close nominations and submit a white ballot for the three incumbents to serve a three year term on the Minnesota Baseball Board.

Commissioners held their meeting earlier in the day and these are some of the concerns they discussed. (How are Regions and Section sites selected.) (Rosters if not filled out completely should be fined not $50.00, but hold back their state tournament pay.

Dave Hartmann gave a brief talk on our new website (M-Design). He told the assembly everything has been going quite well and the number of people that visit the site is up. He also mentioned that there is an Expo planned for the 24th of January for MBA coaches and players. There will be Baseball speakers and vendors and it will be held somewhere around Bloomington. This information will get back to everyone as soon as it is finalized.

Hartmann also reported that a number of Board members checked on the Bird Island site and found that they were making progress. Mike Nagel chairman of the Bird Island site told the assembly they are working with the National Guard on renovating the park. And if there was any team that wanted to renovate their park they should contact him and he will give them a number to contact.

The floor was then open for discussion: (It was brought up that the board look into renting auto scorers like the high school league does it could save money?) (Can a league operate with 3 “C” teams?) (If a 3 team league would be allowed, would they send one team to the Region or Two?) (Mandate each tournament team buy a block of tickets) The board will review all these questions and concerns at the November Meeting.

John Richter introduced the winner of the 2008 Mike Downs Award-Wally Quass of Chaska.

Next meeting of the MBA will be November 22, 2008 at the Eastside VFW, St. Cloud at 11:00 AM

Being to further business to come before the board, motion by Hinzmann, seconded Koch, carried, to adjourn. Adjournment coming at 7:10 PM

Meeting called to order by President Richter at 7:30 PM

All directors answered roll call.

First order of business was election of officers, motion Forsman, seconded Barry, carried, to submit a white ballot for the tree incumbents. For President: John Richter – For Vice President: Fred Roufs – For Secretary Treasure: Bob Zellmann

Rates set for “Ads” in the 2009 MBA handbook – 1/3 page $35, ½ page $50, Cover and Full page $75, Center Fold $400 each site.

Motion Hartmann, seconded Kreger, carried, to set President salary at $1,000.00. -Secretary-Treasure $3,000.00 – Office rent $3,000.00 - Clerical $1,000.00 – Equipment Allowance $1,000.

Motion Rademacher, seconded Barry, carried, to set Board expense at $30.00 per day, mileage at $.50 per mile.

Next meeting of the MBA will be November 22, 2008 at the Eastside VFW, time 11:00 AM.

With there being no further business, motion Forsman, seconded Rademacher, carried, to adjourn.
Adjournment coming at 9:15 PM.


Meeting was called to order by President Richter at 11:00 AM

Roll call showed all directors present

Motion Brennan, seconded Barry, carried, to approve the minutes from the previous meeting as mailed.

In attendance was Brian Grupman, Eric Engelman, Bob Becker, Terry Fredrickson, Larry Sakkinen, Bill Schulte, Tony Beneke, Mike Pauly, Bill Nelson, Jim Johnson.

Eric Engelman representing the Plato Blue Jays came before the board asking that they be reclassified back to Class "C". After many questions from the board and after the board reviewed their schedule that they played against "B" teams in 2008 a motion was made by Hartmann, seconded Roufs, carried that Plato should remain in Class "B". Voting against the motion, Zellmann. Motion carried 8-1.

Terry Fredrickson of Elko came before the board with some concern to see if the board had decided what they plan to do with leagues that are left with only (three) C teams due to a team being reclassified. After a lengthy discussion a motion by Forsman, seconded Rademacher, carried, that in reference to the MBA rule book page # 6 Article 1 -(E) the new rule will read- starting in 2006 all leagues that have "C" teams must have a minimum of 4 "C" teams to be eligible for post season play. (If league is left with three Class "C" teams, as a result of the State Board moving one of their teams to Class "B", they will be able to continue as a 3-team league. The 3 team league will only be allowed to send one representative to the Regions.) Any exceptions to this rule will be reviewed by the board.

Next order of business was reviewing our sections and making some changes for 2009. A motion was made by Roufs, seconded Forsman, carried, to put (Elko) in Section # 5.

Motion Barry, seconded Hartmann, carried, that (Plato) be moved from Section # 4 to Section # 8.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to put (Sauk Rapids) in Section # 7.

Motion Roufs, seconded Rademacher, carried, to move (Hamel) from section # 8 to Section # 7.

At the annual meeting the Section and Region commissioners had some concern on teams not completing their rosters. Their recommendation was for not complying, teams should forfeit their State Tournament check. They thought the $50.00 fine we now access teams was not enough. After discussing this matter to some extent, a motion by Barry, seconded
Kreger, carried, that a team that has qualified for the State Tournament and does not have their player roster filled out completely, will forfeit one State Tournament game share. Voting against the motion Hartmann.

Two other items that came up at the annual meeting were: 1). Renting lap tops to be used for scoring at the State Tournament. At this time we have no money amount what this would cost us or if it would even save us money. So the board will continue going ahead to purchase two lap tops as soon as possible. 2). to mandate each team in the State Tournament to buy a block of tickets to help attendance. This was tabled; the board would like to survey all options before making a decision.

A motion by Roufs, seconded Brennan, carried, to approve the 2009 Calendar of Events.

The board next reviewed the MBA handbook and made the following changes.

(Page 6-Article 1-E) These changes you will find in the beginning of these minutes.

(Page 9-Article 1 -B) This is all new. The radius requirements for all players will be calculated using the web site (or a website that uses longitude and latitude for computations). The radius was set at 30 miles from players' residence to the ball park address. This will also change the college rule to a 30 mile radius. This is similar to the previous rule using (as the crow flies). However, the new rule is from (players' residence to address of Ball Park). The old rule was (city limits to city limits). This should clean up and make it easier to define the radius rule.

(Page 10-Article 9-(F) Added-(Class B teams will be given an option of using both 1). Their league schedules and 2) their section seeding games to count towards their 4 game eligibility,)

(Page 12-Article 11 -E) Added (A rural player who is a first year player will also be required to get a release. He must obtain his release from the community that is nearest his residence.) In years past a rural player did not need a release.
(Page 12-Article 11 -F) Once a player plays a game with a team in current season and then released, he can no longer go back to that team in the same current season without board approval.

(Page 14-Article 13-F) Tournament Sanctions - All events that bring at least four teams
together to play will require a Tournament Sanction form to be filed with the State Board
before the event is held. There will be (no fee) for sanctioning your event. However, failure to do so will result in a $ 50.00 fine. Failure to pay the fine will result in the team not being eligible for post season play. This event must be sanctioned before the 4t" Sunday in July. Sanction forms can be obtained from the MBA Secretary or the MBA website (

(Page 16-Article 16- 1 -B) This was added- Unless it's a three team league, then the league will send only (one) team to the region play-offs. This rule is part of (Article 1 -E) which you will find at the beginning of these minutes.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to approve all changes made in the 2009
MBA handbook.

Starting with the 2009 season, base coaches will be required to wear helmets at all teams while on the lines.

The board was informed that the Expo that was planned for the end of January was canceled. This was due to uncertainty on getting speakers and a site. Should there be any changes, the board will keep you informed.

Bill Schulte and Tony Beneke Tournament chairman from Gaylord and Arlington met with the board. They assured the board that their park improvements are near completion. Both sites are planning to sell advanced tickets.

The next meeting of the MBA will be January 3, 2009 at the Holiday Inn, St. Cloud, Time (11:00 AM).

The Board would like to take this time to wish everyone a Happy and Merry Holiday Season.

There being no further business to come before the board, motion by Brennan, seconded Barry, carried to Adjourn. Adjournment coming at 5:00 PM

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