How To Get Re-Elected: Saddam’s Iraq and The Irish Goodbye!

Awwww yeah…The 2017 SRRBBL Board Elections….they NEVER happened!  We’ve said it before, the gift that keeps on giving!

After the 2016 US Presidential Election, just mentioning something about an “election” gets people fired up on both sides of the aisle.  The 2017 SRRBBL Board Elections were a mess!  We wish we could blame it on the Russians, because they are good at messing with elections, but even the Russians didn’t want to touch the SRRBBL Board Elections, they knew better.  Did someone else try to “tinker” with the SRRBBL Board Elections?  We’re not saying that.  At all.  That would be “fake news”.  Or would it?  Hmmmmmm…..

The most unbelievable thing to happen during the 2017 SRRBBL Board Elections…other than the elections NOT happening…was the original voting rules that the SRRBBL Board sent out on April 20, 2017–after reading them, we were blown away and questioning whether or not we were living in bizarro world….seriously, we felt like Mugato in Zoolander:

Let’s take a look at the SRRBBL Election Rules put out by the SRRBBL Board back in April, all the while taking note that, aside from Rule “A” below, all election rules were not in the original SRRBBL By-Laws or contained in any documents available to the SRRBBL Community.

A. Per the SRRBBL By-Laws only Head Coaches that are registered and in good standing with the League are permitted to cast a vote or nominate person(s) for the Board of Directors.

Seems somewhat normal, on the surface.  But, does anyone know who approves all Head Coaches?  Because if it were anyone running for a Board position, say…maybe an incumbent Board Member, as an example–that would seem like a major conflict of interest, right?  When you think about it, Head Coaches might be scared to present a candidate or vote against the incumbent SRRBBL Board Members running for office, in fears that they would be discriminated against.  But we can’t imagine the SRRBBL Board treating any Head Coach different for “speaking out” about anything related to the league, right?  We can’t imagine that the SRRBBL Board would remove SRRBBL Community Member email addresses from SRRBBL email distributions, just because they spoke out, that would be spiteful and silly?

Now, what about the coaches who graciously stepped up after the season started, BECAUSE THE LEAGUE DESPERATLY NEEDED COACHES, and coached all season, even during the All Star Weekend and in the County tournament–are they able to cast a vote or nominate someone for the Board?  Seems like the answer would be a resounding, “Thank you for stepping up, and yes, nominate and vote”.  Oh, the SRBBL Board told that Head Coach “No”,  because he was not “officially a registered coach” at the beginning of the season?  Well, that seems odd. Wait, was that Coach one of the SRRBBL Community Members who attended the last SRRBBL Board Meeting, prior to the planned SRRBBL Elections, where tough questions were being asked by him and others?  We can’t imagine that had any bearing on his “status” in the league.  Why would that Head Coach, all of a sudden, be deemed “not official”?

So, only Head Coaches, who were approved to coach, by the incumbent SRRBBL Board Members who are looking to be re-elected, can cast a vote or nominate someone for the Board, but only if they were officially registered as a Head Coach before the season, despite stepping up late to help coach all season in a volunteer league that needed Coaches. 

Got it!

B. If voting via email, the voting must originate and be received from the email address that is on file in the SRRBBL database for the previous season. No other email address will be accepted.

Ahhh…the infamous “SRRBBL database” of Head Coach’s email addresses.  With just the mere mention of it, we envision this to be some massive underground, one acre data room full of multiple servers in racks and perfectly color-coded wires, cooled by state of the art air conditioners and backed-up by a first class $1M generator…and guarded by Neo from The Matrix. (We know all you tech sales people in the 20165 just threw up in your mouth as we recklessly and incorrectly described the elite state-of-the-art products and services you sell.)  Who manages this database and where does it reside?  Wait, is this the same database where, right around SRRBBL Board election time, some Head Coaches mysteriously received the emails and some didn’t?  Ok, that one?  Maybe the reality is one decrepit server in a bedroom closet next to the kitty litter, or just a list on a computer that is manually updated…like the SRRBBL 2016-17 financials seem to be.

Now, what if a registered Head Coach is not getting emails, but casts a vote or nominates a person for the Board, but from a different email, trying to compensate for the lack of organization on the part of SRRBBL and it’s database?  Does it count?  Oh, it doesn’t count?  Even after it was demonstrated, time and time again, that the “SRRBBL database” is as reliable as the National Enquirer?

OK, slight twist, lets try this again. Only Head Coaches, who were approved to coach, by the incumbent SRRBBL Board Members who are looking to be re-elected, can cast a vote or nominate someone for the Board, but only if they were officially registered as a Head Coach before the season, despite stepping up late to help coach all season in a volunteer league that needed coaches…and they can only cast a vote from an email address that is in the “SRRBBL database”, even though that “SRRBBL database” was more like names scribbled on a pad of paper, and a lot of Head Coaches were not getting emails because the database was not properly managed. 

Understood, we are in the zone!

C. Each ballot must contain a minimum of 1 and no more than 3 names for Director(s).

Huh?  What does that mean?  No, seriously…what does it mean?  What if a Head Coach voted for only one nominee, what happens to the other two votes they could have cast? How are Head Coaches guaranteed if a Head Coach votes for one nominee that the other two votes don’t automatically go to someone else or an incumbent?  This is a major loophole / reason for concern when there are four names on the ballot and three of them are incumbent SRRBBL Board Members. If a Head Coach only wants to vote for one nominee, how is that being addressed?

Third times a charm, lets see if we are keeping up.  Only Head Coaches, who were approved to coach, by the incumbent Board Members who are looking to be re-elected, can cast a vote or nominate someone for the Board, but only if they were officially registered as a Coach before the season, despite stepping up late to help coach all season in a volunteer league that needed coaches…and they can only cast a vote from an email address that is in the “SRRBBL database”, even though that “SRRBBL database” was more like names scribbled on a pad of paper, and a lot of Head Coaches were not getting emails because the database was not properly managed, and if the Head Coach is fortunate enough to get the email contained within the database, and vote only from that exact email address, and only votes for one candidate, it is unclear if that Head Coach’s possible other two votes go towards, say…someone else, because…well, you’ll see, keep reading.

D. The absence of cast vote will be a no change vote for the incumbent Directors currently serving on the Board.

Well ain’t that just the bees knees!  Far be it from us here at Save SRRBBL to be political experts, but last we checked, in most elections run here in the great United States of America at any level in any organization, “absence of votes” are exactly that, “absence of votes”.  We’re certain Russia did not tinker with the SRRBBL Elections, but we are now realizing that election Rule “D” parallels some of the election processes we have seen in countries across the world where there is corruption as far as the eye can see.  In all honesty, we think registering dead people as Head Coaches and counting their votes makes more sense than “absence of votes” counting as a no change for the incumbents. Seriously, that is how wrong Rule “D” really is!

The SRRBBL Board says they are using this rule because of the “low participation we get from coaches who are not interested in being caught up in this smear campaign. If it were not the rule, every malcontent that to be removed from the league….”.  That’s a quote from SRRBBL Board Member John Salamone in an email sent on April 21, 2017.  At every step, SRRBBL Board Member Salamone has tried to paint this SRRBBL Community movement, from it’s infancy to its current full-steam power, as “disgruntled”, “malcontents” and a “smear campaign”.  FYI, it is a movement by the SRRBBL Community to impact change in a league their kids play in and a league they pay for, that they own, and do it in a proper way.  It is concerning that the Board does not see this.  It is concerning the SRRBBL Board has done everything they can to solidify their positions on the SRRBBL Board, why is that?

Version 4.0…lets see if the updates provided more features or better service?  Only Head Coaches, who were approved to coach, by the incumbent Board Members who are looking to be re-elected, can cast a vote or nominate someone for the Board, but only if they were officially registered as a Head Coach before the season, despite stepping up late to help coach all season in a volunteer league that needed coaches…and they can only cast a vote from an email address that is in the “SRRBBL database”, even though that “SRRBBL database” is more like like names scribbled on a pad of paper, and a lot of Head Coaches were not getting emails because the database was not properly managed.  Originally unclear was if a Head Coach only votes for one candidate, what happens to that Head Coach’s possible other two votes,  but have since understood that a Head Coach “not voting” counts towards votes for the incumbent SRRBBL Board Members, so we’re guessing only voting for one candidate means the other two votes will go towards incumbents, as well. 

Alright, alright, alright…now we’re cookin’!

E. Head coaches can vote in person at the Cascades Library. Votes will be accepted in person from 3-5pm on April 27th.

Wait, what?   Does that strike any of us as…really, really odd?  Voting in person, held during normal business hours, when most of us are at work?

Just to clarify, when the all the emails were flying back and forth in April, both in smaller distros with the SRRBBL Board on copy and with 80+ SRRBBL Community Members on copy, it was clear that quite a few of them wanted to avoid on-line / email and tallying of that voting by the SRRBBL Board Members, to avoid integrity issues.  How did the SRRBBL Board respond?  They still moved forward with on-line / email voting, but they decided to pretend to compromise and hold an in-person voting from 3-5pm.  It’s weird, because the last SRRBBL Board Meeting was held at night, after most are home from work.  In fact, every youth sports organization that the Save SRRBBL bloggers have been a part of, holds any and every organization-related meeting after work hours or on weekends.  It’s safe to say that for most people, the work day ends at 5pm or 6pm.  Is the SRRBBL Board asking people to leave work early if they want to vote in person, when all of their other meetings…we know, they have had very few over the last four years per SRRBBL Coached and others…are at night after normal work hours?

At this point it seems getting a Masters in Election Science is required in order to understand the SRRBBL Election Rules, here we go again.  Only Head Coaches, who were approved to Coach, by the incumbent Board Members who are looking to be re-elected, can cast a vote or nominate someone for the Board, but only if they were officially registered as a Head Coach before the season, despite stepping up late to help coach all season in a volunteer league that needed coaches…and they can only cast a vote from an email address that is in the “SRRBBL database”, even though that “SRRBBL database” is more like like names scribbled on a pad of paper, and a lot of Head Coaches were not getting emails because the database was not properly managed.  Originally unclear was if a Head Coach only votes for one candidate, what happens to that Head Coach’s possible other two votes,  but have since understood that a Head Coach “not voting” counts towards votes for the incumbent SRRBBL Board Members, so we’re guessing only voting for one candidate means the other two votes will go towards incumbents, as well. And if you are keen on integrity and prefer to vote “in person”, in our best Bill Lumbergh from “Office Space” voice, “…yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhh, we’re gonna need you to leave work early and maybe take vacation hours in order to vote in your kid’s youth basketball organization elections.”

F. The votes will be tallied by the current Board of Directors.

Hot diggity dog!  If Rule “F” isn’t the icing on the cake, we really don’t know what is.  There are many ways we could look at this, each of them just as delicious as the other:

  1. Sure, given all the other election rules we just talked about, which all seem to be very equitable and well thought out, to encourage fairness, it makes sense to have the current SRRBBL Board tally the votes, why not?
  2. Go for it!  Even if the current SRRBBL Board Members are seeking re-election, we see no conflict of interest here at all.  None.  Nope.  All legit.  Especially given the fact that SRRBBL Commissioner Anton Perkins has used SRRBBL Community email addresses to sell his music and partner with his own company, Horizon Institute.
  3. No problem!  Why wouldn’t we have faith in a Board that reports questionable financials to the IRS, reports wrong numbers to PRCS and and provides false and / or completely erroneous and questionable financial information to the SRRBBL Community?  Tally away, SRRBBL Board…tally away!

Wow, that entire recap of the rules was a long painful type, we bet the long read was even worse. Maybe we should have just led with one SRRBBL Member’s quote from back in April, which was one of the most signifcant quotes of the Save SRRBBL campaign:

“So let me understand this.  The board controls the entire nominating process and purposely leaves off people they don’t like.  The board will only accept in person ballots but only during normal work hours.  The board will accept emailed ballots but they must be sent to Anton.  The board runs what can be equated to a campaign ad by including their bios in the election announcement but they’ll misspell the name of the only other person they allowed on the ballot.  If one fails to cast a ballot then that action is considered a vote for incumbents.  And finally, Anton only gets to count the votes.
 
What is this Cuba?  Or Saddam’s Iraq?  Unbelievable.  Anyone with a shred of honesty and decency should be embarrassed to be part of this debacle…This has got to be the most crooked, rigged election that I’ve ever seen.”

At the end of the day, though, the SRRBBL Election Rules, in all their magnificent glory, became irrelevant.  The SRRBBL Board did cancel the SRRBBL Board elections, on the evening of April 26, 2017, one day before the elections were to be held, due to mounting pressure from the SRRBBL Community regarding the election rules being unfair, but they never made changes nor held another election.  Even after a Member of the SRRBBL Community outlined a clear and inclusive plan for holding a proper election, the SRRBBL Board ran silent and deep…CIA style.  SRRBBL Community Members continued to ask for upddates, and the SRRBBL Board was radio silent. In fact, Members of the SRRBBL Community were left in the dark for 30 days…..30 DAYS!!  It made the Irish Goodbye look amateur hour!

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Dave Carver at PRCS notified Members of the SRRBBL Community that he had spoken with SRRBBL Commissioner Perkins and one other SRRBBL Board Member on Friday, May 26, 2017. During that discussion, the SRRBBL Commissioner informed PRCS that the SRRBBL Board held their own elections and voted themselves back in as SRRBBL Board Members and they had rewritten the SRRBBL By-Laws to allow for this, with help from their recently retained attorney, Robert Showers.  We are still perplexed as to why the SRRBBL Board did not deliver any of this news to it’s SRRBBL Community, and yet shared the information with PRCS?  Once again, the SRRBBL Board does not know their audience, and really just doesn’t care.

Despite the debacle that the 2017 SRRBBL Board Elections turned into, we refuse to walk away with out learning from this experience, and giving back to others.  In an effort to help others, we have sent an email, and you can read a copy of it down below!


Dear Russia,

We hope you are well, and we don’t know what to think of you these days.

Regardless, if you have the time, take note on how to meddle with elections by reviewing the SRRBBL Board Election debacle, a good read of the the election rules would pair nicely with a fine bottle of vodka. 

Don’t reinvent the wheel, learn from the best!

Sincerely,

Save SRRBBL

cc:  Corrupt Countries