In their joint meeting, they also decided that the players in the leagues will no longer be required to individually sell 50 candy bars to raise funds. That would have amounted to 12 boxes, or 600 candy bars, per team. Now, the teams will collectively have to sell six boxes, or 300 candy bars, said Charles “Buggs” Terrell of the TCYAA.
However, the TCYAA hasn’t yet figured out what to do about players that don’t want to sell candy bars, and will have to meet before that decision can be made, which should happen this week, Terrell said.
However, it is possible that those who choose not to sell candy bars might have to pay an extra $12 on top of the $50 fee, said Terrell.
Complex Board Chairman Ralph Thomas said the TCYAA board is also still working on what to do about fees for the summer league.
An agreement detailing the rights and responsibilities of the TCYAA, the players, the complex and the county has been written and modified, but has yet to be signed by all the required parties, Terrell said.
Last Monday, the complex and TYCAA boards listened to parents of those in the leagues as they voiced their concerns. Many of the concerns revolved around the overall cost of entering someone into a league, and some were worried about parents having to work in the concession stand.
At the Monday meeting, Thomas said the board itself has a few issues with some of TCYAA’s decisions, some of which the public had brought up, but this was partly because of some of the recent complex board meetings that were scheduled, something came up to keep the meeting from happening.
It costs $50 for a child to play for a year with the TCYAA, and although it costs about $75 annually, the remainder of that is made up via corporate sponsors and fundraisers, according to the TCYAA’s web site. Children and youth ages 3 – 15 can register with the various age-related leagues, but the price is the same.