by Lisa Tome
For many people, little league is a few months a year pastime.
For Debbie Schertz, it's been a 30 year labor of love
Schertz, of Rising Sun, began volunteering with the league when her son, now 39, was a player. She now serves as Assistant District Administrator and Secretary for District 5 which includes all the teams from Cecil County and Havre de Grace.
Her obligations include attending district meetings year round and taking minutes. She also attends the state meetings a few times a year.
Right now, it's her busy season. She types up all the schedules for All Stars and runs a tournament.
As the person in charge of running All Star tournaments, Schertz oversees everything - from the coin toss to the rules to monitoring the outcome of any potential protests. She also has to keep up with the ever changing rules and make sure the game is fair. "You've got to make it fun or you wouldn't do this," Schertz said.
She also has to deal with all kinds of situations, including difficult parents. She said she deals with potential negative situations in a positive manner - simply by going and talking to someone who may have a problem with how things are done.
"I love it. I really do. This is something the kids can be proud of. Even if a team loses, I make a point of talking to the losing team," she said.
She has worked with the same group of volunteers for years including chief umpire Joe Smith and Patti Gilcher. She said the whole staff - including those who work the booth and the grounds crew - is very dedicated. "There must be something wonderful about Little League. We keep coming back for more," she said. "We're like a happy family."
She is retired and worked for the school system serving at Rising Sun Elementary. She wrapped up her career last year after 17 years as a 10-month secretary at Rising Sun Middle. She said that retirement gives her more time to volunteer and more time with Joe, her husband of 40 years.
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