Barron 'on the verge of tossing softball up the creek'

John
John Browne
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

He's still on the outs with SNL and has been told he can't have anything to do with provincial senior tourney

Bill Barron, who has been involved in softball for the past 52 years is seriously thinking ending his involvement in the sport.

A long-time St. John's league secretary-treasurer and former member of the provincial softball executive, Barron was informed Tuesday by Softball Newfoundland and Labrador (SNL) adult director Ross Crocker that he could not have anything to do with the upcoming senior men's provincial tournament.

Bill Barron, who has been involved in softball for the past 52 years is seriously thinking ending his involvement in the sport.

A long-time St. John's league secretary-treasurer and former member of the provincial softball executive, Barron was informed Tuesday by Softball Newfoundland and Labrador (SNL) adult director Ross Crocker that he could not have anything to do with the upcoming senior men's provincial tournament.

Barron says Crocker was reporting on behalf of provincial president Lloyd Power.

"I'm on the verge of tossing softball up the creek. That's the way I feel about it," Barron told The Telegram.

Power confirmed Barron won't be involved in this year's provincial senior championship, adding, "We have a group of volunteers who are capable of keeping the stats and running off the tournament. That's where that stands."

Barron, who has been involved "in one way, shape or form" in most of the provincial tournaments since 1963, said, "According to Mr. Power, the suspension must be forever."

Power, who doesn't use the term suspended, said Barron was "removed from the board and he is not a member in good standing," with the association. "There are a number of issues that are still in play regarding Mr. Barron that I can't comment on," he said.

"He was given an opportunity to appeal and he did not appeal," noted Power. "In terms of being a representative of a sanctioned Softball Newfoundland and Labrador tournament, no, he does not have that support."

Asked how Barron might possibly get back into good standing with the provincial association, Power said, "I guess he could always write a letter asking for it."

Barron was relieved of his duties as finance director in 2005. He was nominated for provincial president at the association's annual meeting in May, but was informed he was no longer a member in good standing of the association and therefore couldn't seek a position on the executive.

Power said Barron was dismissed as financial director over a "serious matter" and that he's been instructed by legal counsel not to comment further. However, he did add the association's decision was supported by the provincial government's Department of Sport, Recreation and Culture.

"Mr. Barron can tell the media anything he wants," said Power.

"We are taking the moral high ground."

The provincial senior tournament opens at Lions Park Thursday night and Barron said, based on its own bylaws, the provincial association can't keep him out of participating in the event, even if it wanted to.

Barron said Softball Newfoundland and Labrador's bylaws state responsibility for hosting provincial tournaments, including appointment of a host committee and a working chairperson, as well as the provision of suitable playing fields (approved by SNL), balls, scorekeepers and statisticians etc., are in the host league's charge.

"Once the tournament is awarded to the St. John's senior league (or any league), the provincial association has absolutely no responsibility in the host's operation of the event," said Barron.

Asked if he would get involved in the tournament under the current circumstances, Barron answered: "You never know."

Barron claims Power is "cherry picking the constitution to do what he wants to do.

"It's unfortunate."

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: The Telegram, Department of Sport

Geographic location: St. John's, Lions Park

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments

Recent comments

  • Sr
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Really not news worthy? I guess you are not familiar with softball in the city then. This man has kept Sr Softball going for many years. He goes to the park night after night, and get's absoutely nothing in return from it, as he does it for his love of the game. He keeps the Sr league going and without his efforts, there would be no provincial tournament because there would be no teams to play in it. If there was no league, we would not have the teams to participate in this tournament, because the teams that play in the league and provincials are the same. Do you think that guys would just put a team together for this weekend, without playing all year? I highly doubt it. Mr Barron was good enough to do stats at last years Nationals, but is not in good standing with SNL? How does that make any sense? I do not know why he was suspended from SNL, nor do I care. This man is one of the most honest people you will ever meet in sport. But the personal issues that exixt between both Mr Barron and Mr Power are not helping our game. Here we have a man that wants to come down to the park for the weekend and give up his time to help do the stats for the tourney. But because of the feud that exists between them, the president of the governing body says no way . I think this is terrible. The league and its players are in full support of Mr Barron and feel that the league exec and SNL must meet to reslove this matter

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    In the articles thus far written about Mr. Barron, I have yet to see or hear anything from Softball NL that's been directed at Mr. Barron in a derogatory way. He himself admitted there were individuals at their AGM who tried to overthrow the Board and it seems as though he is a very bitter man.

    All sports associations have their problems but this really needs to end. The media should take an example from Mr. Power and take the moral high ground. There's no story here anymore. Unless the bitterness of one man who can't seem to let the issue go is something the Telegram thrives on. Must be a slow news day/month.

  • Darrell
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Just get over it boys. This is really not newsworthy at all.

  • Sr
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Really not news worthy? I guess you are not familiar with softball in the city then. This man has kept Sr Softball going for many years. He goes to the park night after night, and get's absoutely nothing in return from it, as he does it for his love of the game. He keeps the Sr league going and without his efforts, there would be no provincial tournament because there would be no teams to play in it. If there was no league, we would not have the teams to participate in this tournament, because the teams that play in the league and provincials are the same. Do you think that guys would just put a team together for this weekend, without playing all year? I highly doubt it. Mr Barron was good enough to do stats at last years Nationals, but is not in good standing with SNL? How does that make any sense? I do not know why he was suspended from SNL, nor do I care. This man is one of the most honest people you will ever meet in sport. But the personal issues that exixt between both Mr Barron and Mr Power are not helping our game. Here we have a man that wants to come down to the park for the weekend and give up his time to help do the stats for the tourney. But because of the feud that exists between them, the president of the governing body says no way . I think this is terrible. The league and its players are in full support of Mr Barron and feel that the league exec and SNL must meet to reslove this matter

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    In the articles thus far written about Mr. Barron, I have yet to see or hear anything from Softball NL that's been directed at Mr. Barron in a derogatory way. He himself admitted there were individuals at their AGM who tried to overthrow the Board and it seems as though he is a very bitter man.

    All sports associations have their problems but this really needs to end. The media should take an example from Mr. Power and take the moral high ground. There's no story here anymore. Unless the bitterness of one man who can't seem to let the issue go is something the Telegram thrives on. Must be a slow news day/month.

  • Darrell
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Just get over it boys. This is really not newsworthy at all.