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NABL to be new youth league name

November 13, 2013

DECATUR/MONMOUTH UNITE—A meeting Tuesday night decided the fate of the merger between two youth leagues naming the newly formed North Adams Baseball League as the successor. Above, former Monmouth League president Ian Gilbert speaks to the gathered meeting, while Dan Bieberich (left) and Scott Christner, two other committee members listen. (Photo by Dylan Malone)

    The new youth baseball league merger combining the former Decatur and Monmouth Baseball Leagues now has a name: the North Adams Baseball League.
    In a meeting at Bellmont Middle School on Tuesday night seven members of a forming committee addressed the public on the constitution of the new league and its future.
    As well as naming the new league, chair members set up rules and regulations as well as a skeletal structure for positions within the new organization. Positions on a board of directors will be voted on each year with a Root Township Trustee and 16 elected members to make up the committee for that year.
    President, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, safety officer, player agents (overseers of all-stars, team drafts, and eligibility) , director of building and grounds, umpire in chief, concessions manager, and travel ball coordinator are among the positions to be filled in the new league format.
    Scheduling of games for all age groups will commence while the group takes nominations for each committee member. The member nominations will commence until November 26 and the new board should be announced by early December.
    Games for next year's seasons are currently being analyzed with potential league games against regional opponents in cities such as Bluffton, Hoagland, New Haven, Woodburn, Monroeville, Monroe, and other locations.
    Former Monmouth president Ian Gilbert illustrated the group's hopes for the new merger.
    "We had to cut some kids last year because of a lack of volunteers and teams. With the merger we no longer will have to do that and that is what this is all about. The kids."
    Gilbert went on to mention his hopes for aiding the league, "We are going to need all the volunteers we can get. The more people on board, the more successful this league will become."
    Announcements and news for the league will be forthcoming.

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