Bart Sochacki Named Assistant Director of Little League’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Region
Bartlomiej (Bart) Sochacki has been named the Assistant Director of Little League’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. One of four Little League International regional offices, the EMEA facility is located in Kutno, Poland.
“Bart has been active in sports for many years and we welcome him to the Little League family,” Mr. Keener said. “His professional background will help him as he assists the leagues in the various countries in that region with their needs. His addition to that regional office should help us not only maintain the programs we have in that region, but grow the number of Little League programs.”
Mr. Sochacki, a native of Szczecinek, Poland, is a 2010 graduate of Eugeniusz Piasecki University in Poznan, Poland, earning his Master’s degree in Sport Management. During his final year of schooling, he worked with KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow, a professional women’s basketball team located in Gorzow, Poland, that competes in Group D of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Euroleague. While working for the club, he assisted with the daily operations of the team.
Mr. Sochacki, 26, also worked as a fitness instructor/personal trainer at the Nautilus Fitness Club in Poznan for the last two years. He also assisted with the organization of the Olympic Sports Picnic, an event for children with special needs.
In his new position with Little League, Mr. Sochacki will assist Region Director Beata Kaszuba-Baker with the operation of the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center. Some of those duties will include working with leagues in different countries to enhance operations, developing and implementing training programs and the operation of tournaments, including the annual Europe Little League Baseball, the annual Middle East and Africa Little League Baseball and the annual EMEA Junior League Baseball regional tournaments.
“I am proud that I have the opportunity to join an organization of people who maintain a wonderful program like Little League,” Mr. Sochacki said. “I hope my passion for the sport and the experience gained during my studies will help me as I contribute to Little League’s development in this region.”
The EMEA campus includes two playing facilities, Stan Musial Stadium, which is used for Little League division games, and Ed Piszek Stadium, which a regulation size field that can be used for games in the other three Little League divisions. The EMEA headquarters serves more than 30 countries that had 22,980 Little League players in 2010 who comprised 1,532 teams in all eight divisions of play.
“Bart has great education background in the sports field,” Mrs. Kaszuba-Baker, who has been the region director since 2001, said. “His educational background, his passion for sports, and good understanding of the sports environment will be a great addition to our staff. He is very enthusiastic about working to benefit the kids in the EMEA Region.”