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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations of Octorara Area Little League. Our primary role is to ensure that the league provides a safe, fun, and educational environment for children to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Our current board members are:

PresidentRob Kowalchik[email protected]
Vice-PresidentDenim Kurtzhals[email protected]
SecretaryJenn Jennings[email protected]
TreasurerDave Semanyk[email protected]
Player AgentPJ Jennings[email protected]
Coach's CoordinatorRock Durant[email protected]
Safety OfficerRock Durant[email protected]
ConcessionsApril Pidgeon[email protected]
Equipment ManagerKim Himelright[email protected]
Events/Social Media CoordinatorBrianna Kowalchik[email protected]
Field CoordinatorOPEN 
Information OfficerLeah Wade[email protected]
Sponsorship CoordinatorNicole Naggy[email protected]
Umpire-in-ChiefCraig Fackler[email protected]
Volunteer CoordinatorCraig Fackler[email protected]
Board Member at-largeJR Scott[email protected]
Board Member at-largeEmily Zarrilli[email protected]
Fields Committee (non-voting)Members Needed 

We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in a board position or just want to help in other ways, please email [email protected].

Here are some of our key responsibilities:

League Governance: We sets the overall direction and policies for the league. We establish and enforce league rules and regulations, including player eligibility, age divisions, and game schedules.

Financial Management: We are responsible for the league's finances. This includes creating and managing a budget, setting registration fees, and overseeing fundraising efforts. We must ensure that the league remains financially viable and can cover our expenses.

Facility Management: We are responsible for maintaining and improving our fields and concessions, ensuring they are safe and in good condition for games and practices.

Volunteer Coordination: We are 100% run by volunteers and recruit and coordinate volunteers for various roles, including coaches, umpires, field maintenance, and concession workers.

Registration and Player Placement: We manage player registration and the placement of players onto teams and ensure that teams are balanced and that all eligible children have the opportunity to participate.

Safety and Risk Management: The safety of players and participants is a top priority. We develop and enforce safety policies and procedures, conduct safety inspections, and ensure that coaches and volunteers are trained in safety protocols.

League Promotion: To attract players and sponsors, we promote the league within the community. This includes marketing efforts, organizing opening day ceremonies, and maintaining our website and social media presence.

Conflict Resolution: We handle disputes and conflicts that may arise within the league, whether they involve parents, coaches, or players.

Compliance: We ensure compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by Little League International, the organization that governs Little League baseball worldwide. This includes adherence to age and eligibility requirements.

Long-Term Planning: We plan for the league's future by considering factors such as growth, facility improvements, and the development of player skills and may explore opportunities to expand the league's programs.

Fundraising: To support the league's operations and improvements, we organize and oversee fundraising activities, which can include sponsorships, concessions, and events.

Communication: Effective communication with parents, coaches, players, and the community is essential. We keep stakeholders informed about league activities, policies, and upcoming events.

Overall, the board of directors plays a critical role in providing leadership, organization, and direction to the local Little League program, helping to create a positive and enriching experience for young baseball players in the community.

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