Ellison touts pluses of Senoia Area Athletic Association
From STAFF REPORTS
Jennifer Ellison, president of the Senoia Area Athletic Association, spoke to the Senoia Optimist Club at its Sept. 20 meeting.
Ellison, a CPA with an office in Senoia, has now served for two years as president of the association.
“So when the time came to make the decision to move from the Little League name to the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), it was easy. USSSA opens up more unrestricted venues and sports for players. Now the teams can play in any district, there are more tournament options, and multiple sport options. With the transition to USSSA, all age groups of girls’ softball will have the opportunity to play. In the future, no sport is off limits.”
Participation has risen already from last year’s 2012 fall season, with the anticipation of having well over double the players in spring 2013. Fees for the players each season are based on operating costs.
The Senoia Athletic Association relies on business sponsorships and tries to keep its costs at a minimum. Things that help in managing the overall costs include the profit from concessions and using volunteer umpires. But with everyday expenses such as uniforms, equipment, insurance, charter fees, and field costs, the association doesn’t make any money on player’s fees.
No player is ever turned away due to finances, Ellison told the club. Payment plans are offered and the association is able to provide scholarships to those players in need.
The transition to the USSSA has been seamless and should only grow the opportunity of organized sports in Senoia, Ellison said.
A Home Run Derby to raise money is anticipated in the spring. For sponsorship opportunities or to sponsor a team or player, you can find more information at http://senoiaathletics.com .