BBF BOARD ROLES

IMPORTANT: The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the National Governing Body and an all volunteer organisation i.e., non-salary positions. All positions below are elective and two year terms. The descriptions below are indicative, subject to change and incomplete. Being a part of the BBF Board, you must accept a "Duty of Responsibility" and accept you are accountable for your actions in the areas you are elected to lead to the Federation. The BBF Board values a culture or ethics, governance, accountability, diversity, equal opportunity, value driven and activity to match your prescribed responsibilities.  Your Code of Conduct matters at all times while being a part of the Federation. Before applying make sure you have the best intention of the Federation in your role, ample time to contribute, ensure that you have a high standard of conduct, and are fit for purpose to hold the respective position. As a board member, if you are elected, you pledge to safeguard, mitigate its risks, promote our sport and strengthen the Federation. 

We seek the right balance of diversity, gender, professional skills, experience, independence and knowledge to make-up our board. 

President

 

The President of the BBF, will work closely with the Board of Directors, serving as Chief Executive of Operations (including communications) and as the main link between the different divisions within and external of the BBF. The ideal candidate for this position has previous corporate or sports management experience, compliance/governance experience and a proven track record for effective team management and results-driven leadership. Leadership skills, professional qualifications a plus, and including the ability to manage time effectively and handle both internal and external conflicts. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • Direct the Federation in strategy and keeping with the vision outlined and agreed by the board.

  • Fund or donation raising. 

  • Partner with members and third parties to grow the Federation, strengthen it and ensure its sustainability. 

  • Represent the Federation as required, including attendance of important functions, sports events and public meetings.

  • Work closely with the Treasurer to prepare annual budgets, complete risk analysis, and advise the Board of Directors with commercial opportunities to investment risk and return

  • Oversee quality control and governance throughout the company, establishing goals for each division in partnership with division Officials or Commissioners.

  • Main liaison with members, national teams, BSUK, BSF, WBSC, CEB, Sport England, UK Sport and any other NGB or third party organisation. 

  • Developing and implementing operational plans, policies, processes and procedures to enable the Federation to achieve its goals. 

  • Monitoring actions and performance of different divisions and reporting to board.

  • Taking appropriate corrective actions where issues and problems are acknowledged and reporting to the board.  

  • Backing up other commissioners and officials where required. 

  • Ensure the Federation complies with all rules, laws and regulations for our sport. 

  • Training and development of board. 

  • Recruitment of directors (officials and commissioners) and succession planning. 

Secretary

 

The Secretary of the BBF, will work closely with the Board of Directors, serving to support the President. The ideal candidate for this position will have broad skill sets (corporate law, finance, governance, compliance, strategy and corporate secretarial practise). 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • Guiding and supporting the board of their responsibilities. 

  • Supporting the Chair of the Board (President). 

  • Promoting a culture of good governance. 

  • Ensuring good information flows within all divisions and between members. 

  • Monitor and ensure the proper systems and controls are in place to comply with any laws, regulations, rules or policies. 

  • Identifying, assessing and mitigating the Federations risks. 

  • Good record keeping. 

  • Recruitment of directors (officials and commissioners) and succession planning. 

  • Training and development of board members. 

  • Develop good working relationships with all commissioners and officials. 

  • Providing support and advice. 

Treasurer

 

The Treasurer of the BBF, oversees all aspects of the financial management of the Federation. The Treasurer is the Chair of the Finance Committee and controls the bank accounts for the Federation. Should be a qualified accountant. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • General financial oversight of the BBF and National Team Programme. 

  • Financial reporting. 

  • Banking and record keeping. 

  • Risk financial analysis of the financial management of the Federation. 

  • Preparing and signing off the year-end financial reports. 

  • Liaise with the designated divisions about financial matters. 

  • Ensure the appropriate financial systems and controls are in place. 

  • Oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements to the members, board and respective committees. 

  • Create a framework to enable the board members to fulfil their statutory requirements. 

Development Official

 

The Development Official of the BBF, oversees aspects of the development and participation of the sport for the Federation at all levels (youth, adult, and National Team Programme). The Development Official role is to research, assess and propose new ways and programmes to increase the participation of our sport. Further, to reach out with members and other divisions to enhance development and participation opportunities. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • Work with the President relating to development opportunities. 

  • Research development opportunities. 

  • Development KPIs reporting. 

  • Record keeping. 

  • Reach out to members to collaborate on opportunities to extend their reach to new and existing participants.  

  • Organise other coaching, player and coaches events with other divisional officials or commissioners. 

Coaches Official

 

The Coaches Commissioner of the BBF, oversees aspects of coaches development. Further, he or she will liaison with other commissioners , members, coaches and third parties to develop coaching and opportunities to enhance coaching for all levels. You will be required to provide feedback on performance, skill and improvement techniques to improve the skills of our member coaches. Good communications required, and organisational skills, experience is baseball a must, the ability to work with all types of coaches at different levels and patience. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • Research different coaching training programmes. 

  • Work on developing different techniques, opportunities and tactics for coaches at all levels. 

  • Support existing member coaches.

  • Monitor coaches to ensure they adhere to rules, policies and guidance from the BBF (the NGB of the sport). 

  • Liaison with coaches at all levels. 

  • Keeping up to date with good coaching practises. 

  • Assisting coaches with positive attitude and self-discipline to be a better mentor to players. 

Senior League Commissioner

 

The aggregate Seniors (adult) Commissioner of the BBF, oversees aspects of seniors baseball, leagues and rules. You are required to liaison with member senior team officials, and develop and oversee the annual league schedule. Further, collaborate on rules and interpretations of select rule proposals to the board. The primary point of contact for senior league queries, statistics and standings. Should be an individual with good baseball experience, organisational skills and thinks well under pressure. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • The preparation of the annual league schedule.

  • Ensure the processing and registration for the league and divisions is properly organised. 

  • Senior league rules proposed, policies and guidance. 

  • Co-ordinate the registration of teams to the respective league. 

  • Establish the policy and guidance for each level for participants to take part (NBL, Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A). 

  • Liason with senior member clubs to collaborate on issues and proposals to enhance the leagues.

  • Organise with the Development Official and President the National Baseball Championships. 

National Teams Programme Official

 

The National Teams Programme Official oversees our National Team (GB Baseball) at all levels. The individual should have a strong understanding of baseball and time commitment. You should be prepared to have the time available to liaison with the board and coaches to develop each our national teams at all levels. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • Work with the National Team Coaches. 

  • Prepare budgets and liaison with the General Manager of the National Team Programme. 

  • Recruit volunteers to support the National Team Programme. 

  • Work on the organisation, planning, logistics and fund raising to take part in international and national team events or tournaments. 

  • Record keeping. 

  • Reporting to the board about key national team requirements, rules, funding requirements and opportunities. 

  • Fund raising. 

  • Take part in the National Team Programme Committee. 

Officials Commissioner

 

The Officials Commissioner oversees officials and rules at all levels. The individual should have a strong understanding of baseball, rules (adult and youth) and time commitment. You should be prepared to have the time available to liaison with officials and coaches to develop, interpret and enforce rules at all levels. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • Organise officials for all BBF events or leagues. 

  • Assess impact, recommend and implement rules for adult and youth baseball. 

  • Investigate and conclude decisions for appeals or rule infractions. 

  • Develop and organise Officials Clinics. 

  • Liason with teams to understand and plan on new ways to develop new team officials. 

  • Organise rules for the BBF Handbook. 

Youth League Commissioner

 

The aggregate Youth Commissioner of the BBF, oversees aspects of youth baseball, leagues and rules. You are required to liaison with member youth team officials, and develop and oversee the annual Youth Super League schedule. Further, collaborate on rules and interpretations of select rule proposals to the board. The primary point of contact for youth league queries, statistics and standings. Should be an individual with good baseball experience, organisational skills and thinks well under pressure. Moreover, you are expected to communicate policies (Safeguarding) and minimum requirements (DBS checks) where applicable to coaches or adults involved with youth teams. You may have to be DBS checked if required. 

 

Examples of responsibilities

 

  • The preparation of the annual league schedule.

  • Ensure the processing and registration for the league and divisions is properly organised. 

  • Youth league rules proposed, policies and guidance. 

  • Co-ordinate the registration of teams to the respective league. 

  • Establish the policy and guidance for each level for participants to take part YNBCs, PONY competitions. 

  • Liason with youth member clubs to collaborate on issues and proposals to enhance the leagues.

  • Organise with the Development Official and President the Youth National Baseball Championships. 

  • Ensure all teams are aware of the applicable rules and clarify where applicable. 

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