2014-15 Sports Committee Report
Reed S. Hunt, Chair and S. Clayton Leech, Vice-Chair
· Successful Basketball League & Co-Ed and Lawyers’ Softball Leagues, with the Softball Leagues reaching maximum capacity of 18 teams.
· Continued and improved marketing and promotion on www.MeckBar.org for the Lawyers’ Basketball League - including weekly e-mail blasts, team pages and score updates.
The Sports Committee was formed in 2012-13 to coordinate MCB sporting opportunities, including basketball and softball leagues and any additional sporting competitions developed. The Sports Committee in this fiscal year focused on the Lawyers' Basketball League and the two Softball Leagues (Co-Ed and Lawyers) and their preparation.
The Committee engaged participants of the Lawyers’ Basketball League through online team web pages, weekly Basketball Blasts and updated scores and schedules. These pages featured team names, player photos, and contact information to increase social interaction. The Committee worked with support from Basketball Commissioner Ryan T. Smith to add exciting new multi-media content to wrap-up the league and final games. All feedback on the venue and referees were positive for the second year at the Dilworth location.
Following the success of previous years, both Basketball and Softball Leagues offered opportunities for MCB members to sign-up as individuals or teams. The individual sign-up process helps increase the diversity of the leagues to include individuals from solo and small firms who may not have access to a full team of players.
For both leagues, the Committee created framework and documentation to define the role of league Commissioners, the Sports Committee and MCB Staff Liaison. This included roles, responsibilities, term limits, and appointments. This document was approved in Fall 2014 by vote of the full Committee, and will help continue a successful execution of the leagues with oversight from the appropriate parties.
Lastly, the Committee also began to lay groundwork for and discuss a future Lawyers’ Kickball League. Discussions will continue in the following fiscal year regarding this opportunity or other sporting ventures.
1. Continue to increase the social aspect of the current MCB sporting events.
2. Continue to increase the awareness of and participation in the MCB softball and basketball leagues.
3. Review and revise the MCB Leagues' Rules & Regulations as needed.
4. Explore new sporting opportunities for the fall 2015 season.
5. Define Commissioners role, responsibilities, term limits & appointments.