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Dec, 2022

Important Updates for 2023!

Hello Little League families,

It took a good snowstorm to finally sit down and put together some important updates for our league. This email will fill you in on our leadership change, league name change, new board and volunteer structure, 2023 registration, and exciting news about field improvements.

Leadership Change: Our long-time league president, Aaron Francis, stepped down at the end of the 2022 regular season. Aaron oversaw an incredible period of growth for our league at a time when many surrounding leagues were losing players to other sports. Aaron brought together a dedicated team of volunteers over the years who strengthened our programming, built a partnership with the town on development of the Hunter Road Fields, and engaged volunteers to help provide the best possible experience for all our youth players. As a result of his commitment, we are now seeing the benefits at the high school level where both softball and baseball programs are competing against the best teams in Maine. I want to thank Aaron for his many years of commitment and we look forward to continuing to work with him to engage high school and middle school players into our skill development trainings, player evaluations, and general mentorship to continue building a strong feeder program. 

The league board asked me to step into the league president role for a transitional period as we rebuild. Many of you may recognize my name as I've been doing communications, registration, scheduling, and general admin support with Freeport Pownal Little League for the past 5+ years. Prior to that, I was a board member of Machias Area Little League. Both my boys played in Little League and they are now aged-out of the program. My goals during my tenure will be to build a robust board and volunteer corps with smaller, focused roles and responsibilities so that more volunteers can find a role and so transitions are less impactful when volunteers move on. We also want to provide more skill development for players and training for coaches. Lastly, we are partnering with the Town of Freeport on some field improvements to continue offering the best facilities in the region.

League Name Change:  Prior to COVID, the league officially added Durham to our league boundary. We've always had Durham players in our program, but prior to this formal addition to our program they needed special waivers to compete at the All-Star level. We continue having conversations with Durham Baseball and Durham Softball about ways to offer the best programming and coaching to kids in RSU5. As those discussions unfold, the league board felt this was the right time to go back to our roots and recycle our old name. Going forward, we will be known again as Tri-Town Little League (3TLL). We felt this name was more inclusive of the three towns we serve (Durham, Freeport, and Pownal) and reinforces a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for Durham players who wish to participate in our league. We will be updating our website to prior to the launch of our 2023 registrations (see more below).

Updated Board & Key Volunteer Structure: This fall, the Tri-Town Little League board approved a new board and key volunteer structure. There will be a 7-member governing (voting) board made up of a League President, Secretary, VP of Baseball, VP of Softball, VP of Finance, VP of Operations, and VP of Facilities. Each of these VP's then has a corps of volunteers that work directly with them on those areas of league operations and programs. You can view the current Board & Key Volunteer roster HERE. In addition to these key roles, we will be reaching out throughout the winter to recruit and invite back coaches who are the heartbeat of our spring, summer, and fall programming. We will also need a large group of concessions volunteers to make concessions possible.

We are currently looking for a lead volunteer to fill the Tee Ball Director position to support Tee Ball coaches and players as they enter our program. Ideally, a 2nd year tee ball coach will step into this position for the upcoming season and help identify a 1st year coach to mentor with them during 2023 for them to take on the role in 2024. The Tee Ball Director would be supported by our VP of Baseball & Softball, Baseball & Softball Directors, and Coaching Directors. Please email me at [email protected] if you are interested or want to learn more. 

We will also be creating and sharing out new email addresses for different organization functions (ex. registrations, baseball, softball, scheduling, fields etc.) so you can more easily and directly connect with the volunteers leading these different functions.

2023 Spring Registrations: We will open our spring season registrations on January 1st. The Early Bird Special will expire on January 15th. Registrations will close on March 5th so that we can complete evaluations and player drafts for Minors & Majors and begin setting rosters and schedules for all spring programs. A separate email will be sent out with registration emails and a flier will be sent home with students in RSU5 in early January after the holiday vacation. We will again be offering multi-player discounts and scholarships to help reduce financial barriers to participation. Junior League registrations (league age 13-14) will open in the spring when middle school winds down. We will also offer summer and fall opportunities and those registrations will be shared during the spring and summer. 

Lastly, we are exploring indoor training for players and coaches this winter and will share more news and registration information as those details unfold.

Field Improvements: We approached the Town of Freeport and the Hunter Road Field Committee this fall about adding covered dugouts to all three Hunter Road fields. Brian Steele, 3TLL's Special Projects Manager (he's also our Equipment Manager), worked up a plan, material list, and rendering of the dugouts. The Town of Freeport has provided preliminary approval and we'll be working with them on a construction plan and timeline as well as some joint fundraising. Stay tuned for more details as we will likely ask for your financial support and we may need your physical presence at a future Town of Freeport meeting to show your overall support for the project. If all goes according to plan (which it rarely does), dugout construction will begin in the summer of 2023. We are also looking into pricing for larger solar or battery powered scoreboards for all three fields at Hunter Road. In the meantime, here is a rendering of the dugout to give you a sneak peak. 

I hope you're as excited as I am about these initiatives. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2023 season. 

On behalf of the Tri-Town Little League board and key volunteers, I'd like to thank you for your commitment to youth sports and we look forward to partnering with you in the new year. As always, reach out with questions or concerns or to let us know you want to volunteer or coach this upcoming season.

Warm regards,

Tom Boutureira
League President
Tri-Town Little League


Tri-Town Little League - Durham, Freeport & Pownal
PO Box 67 
Freeport, Maine 04032

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