The British Baseball Federation Board will be looking for a new Secretary after John Walmsley resigned at the end of last week. The decision, taken “after serious deliberation”, leaves two major places on the Board vacant following Rob Rance’s resignation as President in May. Darrin Muller is currently filling Rance’s former role on an interim basis.
Walmsley had been the Board’s Secretary for two and a half years, combining the role with that of President of Richmond Baseball and Softball Club. His desire to dedicate more time to Richmond was one of several factors cited in his resignation letter to the BBF Board, which also included an outline of what he believes the sport needs to focus on to move forward.
“The level of conversation in the sport is too often dragged down to ‘he-said-she-said’ accusatory politics rather than addressing the key questions that I believe should be at the heart of the sport’s agenda for the coming decade:
How do we increase access for children and create a pathway from 5 to 25?
How do we improve coaching and umpiring standards?
How do we increase the numbers of women and girls playing baseball?
How do we create and strengthen more clubs to succeed?
How do we organise better leagues and tournaments?
How do we better market and promote the sport?
How do we build and maintain better fields and facilities?
How do we strengthen our place internationally – on and off field?
How do we act together to broker equipment and supplier agreements?”
Walmsley stated that he had “met many great people and had some wonderful experiences” as Secretary and signed off by wishing “all baseball participants well in their future endeavours both on and off field”. He will continue to play an active role in British baseball as part of the Richmond club.