Five New Members Begin Terms on Little League International Advisory Board
“Little League is a passion for my family, and I look forward to working with the Board,” Mr. Ellis said. “I hope the ideas and opinions we share will help make Little League the premier youth baseball and softball program in the state of South Carolina.”
Mr. Hoy, from Torrance, Calif., has spent 31 years of his life working with Little League. He has served in virtually every volunteer position in the local Little League organization including coach, scorekeeper/announcer, member of the Board of Directors, local league president and vice president, player agent and district tournament site director.
For the last 10 years, Mr. Hoy has been the District Administrator for California District 25. He has also been an umpire for 17 years.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as one of the representatives from the Western Region to serve on the Little League International Advisory Board,” Mr. Hoy, who is retired after spending 40 years as a marine clerk/longshoreman at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors, said.
Mr. Shuff, from Calhoun, La., has been a Little League volunteer for 12 years. He began his association with Little League in 1998 as the Player Agent for the West Ouachita Little League in Calhoun and the following season became the Assistant District Administrator for District 3 in Louisiana. In 2000, he was elected as the District Administrator for District 5, a position he continues in today. Mr. Shuff is an engineering consultant.
“I truly feel this is a huge honor to serve on Little League’s International Advisory Board,” Mr. Shuff said. “I hope to not only represent my district, state and region, but to benefit the Little League organization.”
The Advisory Board, which has existed in its present form since 2000, convenes twice a year, once by conference call and once at Little League International in South Williamsport. Each board member serves a three-year term.
Little League considers the input of the Advisory Board vital in providing an effective program to ensure that all participants, parents and volunteers have a rewarding and enriching Little League experience. Board members are current and former district administrators, assistant district administrators and other volunteers whose many years of experience at the local level of Little League operations is highly valued by Little League International.
Below is a list of the current members on the Little League International Advisory Board.
|Name||Region||State or Country||Term Expires|
|Robert “Biff” Newnam||Eastern||Delaware||2011|
|Rob Fitch||Canada||British Columbia||2012|
|Bob Olson, Jr.||Central||Minnesota||2012|
|Travis Ellis||Southeastern||South Carolina||2013|
The Little League International Advisory Board is currently meeting in South Williamsport, Pa. Members of the board are, from left in the front row, Tony Tulino, Larry Brown, Brent Shuff, Serafin Gomez, Rob Fitch and Robert “Biff” Newnam. In the back row from left are, Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations for Little League Baseball and Softball, Marty Hoy, Joe Wendler, Irwin Altman, John Mitchell, Jr., Travis Ellis and Bob Olson, Jr. The Little League International Advisory Board meets twice a year, once by conference call and once at Little League International. The purpose of the board is to provide insight, perspective and opinion on current aspects of the Little League program and proposed new initiatives. All board members are current or former district administrators, assistant district administrators or other volunteers with many years of experience at the local and district levels.