Biography by Janet Leonard for 2017 NBBA Board of Director Position

I’ve been showing up for a long, long time. When I started in the league in 1986 the count was 5 strikes and 2 pass balls and the bases were at 90 feet. Teams only used 5 or 6 zone numbers, via a single number caller. Defensive strategy and implementation was seldom a priority.
I’ve played on at least nine teams in the N B B A, one of them for two separate runs of more than six years each, and for the Wichita Sonics for 7 years.
I’ve caught, spotted in five championship contests, and am proud to say I have a Championship from both the left and the right side of the field, right there between the lines.

I have been a World Series scorekeeper and served 3 years as an assistant to the Tournament Director.
I have chaired a 3 person committee that conducted the NBBA league’s financial internal audit 4 years ago.
In the year 2000, I participated in the Taipei World Series with the Columbus Vipers, and that year shipped the league’s entire equipment inventory from my garage.
I have also chaired the Rules Committee and currently chair the Memorials committee.
This year I have returned to an on field spotter’s role.

For many, many years I have shown up to participate in board meetings to stay involved and monitor issues that are of high importance to me: equipment, rules and the overall health & welfare of the league. I’ve seen it go from 26 teams down to 13 and rebound back up to 24 in Rochester, New York in 2015.
After almost 2 decades of board attendance without the privilege of a vote, I decided to run and served for six years. I became a member of the Tournament Committee. I was a member of the bat advisory committee, and of the Vision Committee that developed patching requirements to thwart cheating via blindfold manipulations.

While not eligible to run last year, I have chosen to do so again now in hopes of continuing to serve the N B B A and its members. I’ve worn many hats, but most importantly, I show up.
I hope to serve with continued outspoken honesty and common sense and would appreciate your vote.

Janet Leonard