Those are the two words McKinney Little League President Lonea Gilbert will now hear in the spring, and she can’t wait to hear them.
Those words can now be yelled following the City of McKinney’s decision earlier this month to let the Little League take the field.
“I had faith all along that the city would see that the new leadership of MLLB was doing great things and truly had the best interest of the children in mind as we made changes to our baseball program,” Gilbert said in an e-mail Friday.
Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Director Lemuel Randolph said earlier this month that McKinney City Manager Jason Gray ruled to allow Little League to take the field in the spring under probationary terms despite reported financial and accountability issues among prior board members.
Randolph, Gray and the newly constructed Little League board met earlier this month. Gilbert said the Board of Directors put together an action to start ironing out the kinks and have “added permanent starch to keep the wrinkles from reforming.”
“Due to our own insight and the city’s, the MLLB Board of Directors has worked hard to create a safe, highly functionable program for the children,” she said.
Randolph said the baseball organization, however, must meet registration deadlines to ensure that the 2014 season is played. Gilbert said registration will open Dec. 30 and close Jan. 26, and if the league does not meet registration deadlines, McKinney Baseball Association will bring in the players registered for Little League.
Randolph said the league must notify the city Jan. 27 if they meet the registration benchmark.
Gilbert said the league agreed to close regular registration Jan. 26 and increase advertising efforts if fewer than 10 teams are registered within two weeks of registration.
Early registration began Wednesday and will last until Dec. 29. Regular Registration will run from Dec. 30 to Jan. 26.
“We are so excited about our partnership with the City because we are able to provide a high-quality, professionally managed, Little League baseball program for the families of McKinney,” Gilbert said.