By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
In a joint agreement with the city park board, the Imperial Baseball & Softball Association (IBSA) will oversee the summer recreation program this year.
Under the agreement, the IBSA will hire and manage the summer rec coordinator, along with other assistants to organize soccer, baseball and softball activities.
Duties of the rec coordinator will include field preparation, hiring officials and umpires, working with leagues and supervising games.
Applications for the position are due Jan. 31, 2011 and are available at Imperial Super Foods.
This year, the city has budgeted $11,000 for the summer rec program. These funds will be managed by the IBSA with invoices and financial summaries being submitted to the park board.
Typically, the budgeted amount from the city does not cover all the costs associated with the summer ball programs.
Once the budget was exhausted, the IBSA would fund the remainder of the ball activities.
IBSA representative Brad Moline said the amount spent by IBSA each summer matches or exceeds the amount budgeted by the city.
Proceeds from the concession stands at the ball parks represent the major revenue source for IBSA.
Organizational meeting set
The IBSA will have its winter meeting on Monday, Jan. 31, at the Imperial city offices, beginning at 6 p.m.
The agenda will include review of financials, election of officers, review of recreation coordinator applications, updates on the soccer league and initial planning for the baseball and softball seasons.
Anyone with children participating in the youth activities or interested in the programs are encouraged to attend.
While one position is paid, volunteers make these youth programs succeed, Moline noted.
Coaches, concessions, announcers and others volunteer their time as well as the IBSA officers. With the growth of the youth sports programs, volunteers will be important for the 2011 seasons, he added.
Moline said people with questions, comments or ideas, or who would like to volunteer, are encouraged to attend the Jan. 31 meeting.
They can also contact IBSA members Bruce Peterson at 308-883-0069 or
or Brad Moline at 308-883-8240 or
Moline said any concerns or comments about the youth programs should now be directed to the IBSA.