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USA Baseball Adds Six to New Board of Directors, Changes to Executive Committee Also Made

Age Cutoff Date Rule Change to be Adopted in 2006
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DURHAM, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2005) – The USA Baseball Board of Directors approved the addition of six new members at the organizations’ annual meeting this past Saturday at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, including the addition of four new recent athlete representatives. In addition, several other changes to the USA Baseball Executive Committee were approved, as well as a motion to adopt an April 30 age cut off date for youth baseball in the U.S. The change will be implemented beginning in 2006 and in place no later than the 2007 season.

“We have been examining and discussing this important issue for some time now,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball. “As an organization we feel as though this will be a positive change for our sport that will promote continued participation at critical junctures in an athlete’s development.”

The four new recent athlete representatives include Mark Prior of the Chicago Cubs (1999-2000 USA Baseball National Teams); Huston Street of the Oakland Athletics (2002-03 USA Baseball National Teams); Chris Lubanski of the Kansas City Royals (2001 USA Baseball Youth National Team & 2002 USA Baseball Junior National Team), and Bridget Veenema (2004 USA Baseball Women’s National Team).

In addition, Jerry Kindall and George Grande were added as At-Large Representatives. Kindall – the former Head Coach at the University of Arizona and Major League player with the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins – is a Senior Advisor to USA Baseball.

Grande is the current television play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds and acts as the host of the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY. He has also hosted numerous USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award shows and presentation ceremonies in the past.

New organizational representatives include Tim Mead of the NAIA, Jim Quigley of Dixie Baseball, Mike Dimond of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), and Damani Leech of the NCAA. Mike Gaski was re-elected President of USA Baseball, a position he has held since 2001. Gaski is the current head coach at the University of NorthCarolina-Greensboro. His involvement with USA Baseball began in 1991, when he served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors as Vice President.

“Mike has served an integral role in the recent growth of the organization, and there was no hesitation on our part to ask that his term be extended,” said CEO Seiler. “Additionally, we’re excited about the new representatives of our various member organizations and look forward to working closely with them to further the organization’s objectives.”

Changes to the USA Baseball Executive Committee include; Jack Kelly was elected as Secretary General; Kindall was elected Vice President – Administration; Elliot Hopkins (NFSHSA) was elected Vice President – Secretary; Sandy Jones (Dixie Baseball) was elected as an At-large member; Ernie Young (Cleveland Indians), Jason Dobis and Prior were elected as Recent Athletes; and Lindsay Burbage was retained as non-voting General Counsel.

Additionally, the contract of USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was extended through 2005.

2005 USA Baseball Executive Committee
President Mike Gaski
Secretary General Jack Kelly
VP, Treasurer Abe Key
VP, Administration Jerry Kindall
VP, Secretary Elliot Hopkins
At-Large Sandy Jones
General Counsel Lindsay Burbage
Executive Director Paul V. Seiler
Recent Athlete Jason Dobis
Recent Athlete Ernie Young
Recent Athlete Mark Prior

USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball Olympic Team, the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate), the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), and the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under) which participate in various international competitions each year.