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Friday, February 04, 2011
To:       MARA Families of 11 & 12 year old players - Spring 2011
Fr:        Eric Wheeler, Majors Commissioner 2011
Re:       Re-draft effective for Spring 2011

Parents,

The M.A.R.A. Board of Directors held its February meeting last night. The issue of how to best serve the players registering for the Spring 2011 baseball season in the Majors Division was discussed and a vote was held. There have been many conversations and discussions on what is best for the league; and there are many opinions. The Board knew that regardless of the outcome, there would be people upset by the decision. I will begin with a brief background.

In Majors, there has been a long-standing tradition of players remaining with a team from the time they enter the division until they finish their 12 year old season. This tradition dates back many years when M.A.R.A. was part of the Little League sanctioning body. In those times, you had some 9 & 10 year old players that played in the Majors division and they would remain with their fellow players who were similar in age until they were 12 year old. Now, the Majors division is comprised only of 11 & 12 year old players and we have seen a trend of unbalance develop from year to year. Last year, the M.A.R.A. Board of Directors voted to re-draft every season forward beginning with the 2012 spring season.

The current M.A.R.A. Board has realized that due to travel baseball, middle school baseball, and other factors; that we are losing players every year and it is affecting our Majors division every season. Some years it is an insignificant number of players lost, other years it is a more critical number. In order to provide each and every registered 11 & 12 year old player the best opportunity to be a part of an evenly balanced, competitive team, the Board feels that re-draft is necessary immediately. Every other division in M.A.R.A. conducts a re-draft every Spring and Fall season and Majors should follow suit.
This decision affects those families of 12 year-old players. To these players and families, I apologize for the disruption or inconvenience that this will cause to your ‘senior’ season at M.A.R.A. I hope that everyone will understand our position. If you played in Majors as an 11 year-old last Spring, you can understand the imbalance in the 12 year old age group and hopefully you will agree with the Board decision.

Because of the re-draft, ALL players registered for Spring Majors will need to attend Assessment Day on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Assessments will run from 10:00am – 11:30am for 12 year olds and from 11:30am – 1:00pm for 11 year olds. Major’s assessments will be held on Field #12. Please arrive 3o minutes prior to start time to check in and have your player warm up.
If you have any further questions or concerns, you may contact me to discuss.

Best Regards,

Eric Wheeler
704.200.8436