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District 12 administrator tries to stay on the ball

This is about the time when District 12 Little League administrator Bob Gibson stuffs his car full of notes and gets a stock of batteries.

Gibson knows he must be prepared for anything and everything as his All-Star baseball and softball tournament kicks into high gear.

It's those last-minute deeds and errands that will creep up on Gibson, which is why he pays a great deal of attention to each them.

"I'm always ready and excited for the kids," said Gibson, who just finished his third year as the district administrator and was elected for a second three-year term a week ago. "This definitely consumes your life but this certainly makes it all worthwhile."

More than 12,000 players will begin action in 19 leagues (North of Ulmerton Road) with players competing in seven age divisions. Teams include players in the Majors (ages 11-12); Juniors (age 13); Seniors (ages 13-15); Big League (ages 16-17) and Minors (ages 9-10).

"Certainly, this is the busiest time for all of the wonderful dedicated volunteers that support Little League," Gibson said. "So many people work so hard to make this all come together."

This is just part of the job that Gibson embarks on during the year. Since he took the job three years ago, District 12 has added two leagues and he says it might add its 20th league next year. With a fall league program and the regular season beginning in full swing in March, Gibson's job has become a heavy endeavor.

"The questions and problems continue throughout the year because of the increase of the program," said Gibson, as he was interrupted on his cellular phone Friday afternoon a couple of times, including by his wife, Janie. "You really have to have a special place in your heart and an understanding family and wife to continue at this. That has helped me tremendously."

Teams that win the tournament advance to sectional and possibly state, Southern Regional and World Series competition during the next six weeks.

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