- Work Party - 3/1/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
- Rain Outs call: 215-487-1559
LATE REGISTRATION HAS OPENED!!!
Online registration has begun for players age 7 - 15. League age is your age as of May 1, 2014. To register, use the online registration form located under the "Online Forms" tab to the left.
15 year olds are eligible for the pony level!!
6 year olds who turn 7 in the 2014 calendar year are eligible for the I Level!!
(T-ball registration will be announced in the near future for those who are too young for the Junior League)
We will also have 1 more in-person registration day:
Sat. March 8th - 10 am to noon
Late registration begins March 3rd - Late registration fee is $140 per player (no multiplayer discounts).
Breakdowns will occur on March 16th!!!
Due to weather and not being able to complete the work on the fields in time....
OPENING DAY IS NOW APRIL 26TH!!!!
Criminal and Child Abuse Clearances
Beginning this season, all managers, coaches and umpires must have their criminal background clearance and child abuse clearance. This is mandated by Parks and Recreation from which we receive many of the permits for the fields that we utilize and will also be required at our complex.
If you plan to manage, coach or umpire, we thank you and hope you understand this requirement as it is in the best interest of the children. Please follow the links below. The criminal background check usually is returned instantaneously online. That report has to be sent with the child abuse clearance form you can find using the bottom link (also found under our handouts to the left). This typically takes 2-3 weeks to be returned. Once you receive your clearances back, please provide a copy to your organizational president. They will provide all the forms to the Board. Please be assured that information is kept confidential.
Building Maintenance 2014
The 21st Ward Junior Baseball League is looking for volunteers to join the Building Maintenance Crew. There is currently a ton of work at our building to get ready for our 2014 baseball season. Please contact Nick Rosley at 215-817-6061 or email@example.com . Volunteers need to respond by 2/28/14.
In helping with the building, you will need to use your own tools etc. Volunteers with pickup trucks would make a huge difference so we can get rid of trash etc. We are dedicated to making a memorable experience for the kids and supply them with a safe, reliable and presentable appearance.
Field Maintenance 2014
The 21st Ward Junior Baseball League is looking for volunteers to join the Field Maintenance Crew. There is currently a ton of work at our fields to get ready for our 2014 baseball season. Please contact Joe Rauscher at 267-257-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Volunteers need to respond by 2/28/14.
We provide most of the tools needed like mowers, trimmers etc. Volunteers with pickup trucks would make a huge difference so we can get rid of trash etc. We are dedicated to making a memorable experience for the kids and supply them with a safe, reliable and presentable appearance.
Work Parties 2014
The following dates are for work parties for all Coaches, Parents, and Volunteers:
3/1/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
3/8/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
3/15/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
3/22/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
3/29/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
4/5/14 Saturday 8am-12pm
4/6/14 Sunday 8am-12pm
From 4/7/14-4/11/14: As needed to set up for Opening Day (Time TBA)
Opening Day 4/12/14 Early Morning Setup/Prep (Time TBA)
All work counts towards your work party hours for the 2014 Season.
Names, dates and length of time will be saved in a log file and submitted to the Advisory Board.
Be part of something great in 2014
Click on our "Handout" tab for information on our 2014 Sponsorships. Should you have any questions or need additional information please reach out to Jim Marino, Ways & Means Committee Chairman at 215-487-7471 or email email@example.com.
21st Ward Junior League
Providing Baseball & Softball for Children since 1957
Sponsors for the 2013 Junior League Season as of April 26, 2013
HOME RUN SPONSOR
Kingkiner Tree Service
CLEAR THE BASES TRIPLE SPONSORS
Maria’s Ristorante on Summit
STAND UP DOUBLE SPONSORS
Councilman Jim Kenney
DeBellis & Sons Construction
Michini Heating and Cooling
Roxborough Ridge Runners Car Club
Stanley's True Value Hardware
SINGLE HITTERS SPONSORS
East River Bank
Gentle Approach Dog Training
Henry James Saloon
Holod's True Value Hardware
The Men's Club
Mike McBride Allstate
Mister P Pizza & Pasta
Go Orioles! From Ragusa Family
Philmont Heating & Air Conditioning
Roxborough Mr. Storage
St. Chris Care at East Falls
Summit Spine & Wellness
Ye Olde Ale House
LATE INNING CLOSER SPONSORS
Dr. Ralph’s Automotive Services
Lisa Regan, Author
T & F Farmers Pride
Be part of Something Big at the 21st Ward League - Be a Sponsor!!!
Sponsor packets can be downloaded from the Handouts tab to the left.
2014 Philadelphia University RAMS Baseball COACHES Clinics
Date: Sunday 3/23/14 @11a.m
Location: Philadelphia University 4201 Henry Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19144 (GYM)
Host: Pat Horvath- Head Coach Philadelphia University Rams Baseball & Rams Baseball players
Topic: Coaching/Open Forum (Coaches are expected to participate in drills)
Audience: Coaches, Board Members
Registration: Must register through 21st Ward Junior League Baseball’s Website to be eligible
Equipment: Gloves necessary
Philadelphia University Rams Baseball invites the 21st Ward Junior League for our 1st Coaches Clinic of 2014. This clinic will be hosted by Pat Horvath (Head Coach) of Philadelphia University Rams Baseball and Rams Baseball players. This clinic will run as an open forum. We are encouraged to have all of our questions prepared prior to our clinic and expected to participate in the drills!
This clinic will focus on how to get the most out of practice while incorporating hitting, defense, pitching, and base running. 21st Ward coaches are expected to participate in the drills and ask questions.
Topics that will be discussed:
- Proper Team warm-up
- Getting the most out of a 1 ½ hour practice
- Incorporating game like situations into practice
- Base running, hitting, defense, and pitching
- Planning practices based on age group
- How to make sure that the players are having fun but getting better at the same time
It is in the best interest of our League to have all coaches representing 21st Ward attend this free clinic. A registration link will be posted on 21st Ward’s website. Please fill out the registration form to be eligible for this clinic. Any questions contact Nick Rosley (firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-817-6061).
Mark Your Calendars - - - March's Meetings
Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm - Advisory Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 12th at 7:00 pm - General Body Meeting (Only 3 General Body Members attended the Feb Meeting)
Currently, only 4 members of the General Body have obtained votings rights (less than 1% of the families in our League have someone with voting rights). The voting membership consists of the Advisory Board and those General Body members who have attended 4 of the last 8 General Body meetings.
Tigers Annual Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser
You're invited to an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support the Tigers Athletic Club.
WHEN: Sunday, March 2, 2014
TIME: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
WHERE: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Androrra Shopping Center
COST: $7.00 per person
For tickets please reach out to Dana Opiela at 267-972-8774 or Mike Opiela at 267-972-8917
The Elected and Advisory Boards of the 21st Ward Junior League met Sunday night for over 3 hours to discuss the recent polls that were placed on our website and what role the responses play into the future of the Jr. League. Both polls were very close to 50/50, so, there was no clear cut direction from the General Body Poll results. Let me assure you that decisions made will be based off more than poll results. The elected board and the advisory board will continue to work tirelessly and diligently to ensure that all decisions and changes are made with the best of intentions for the league and most importantly the KIDS. The meeting was a productive one beginning the process of moving the league forward.
Over the past few years we have seen the decline in overall numbers for the entire league. We have witnessed firsthand the effects of that decline in the crowds at the fields, the lack of volunteers at work parties, the combining of organizations at levels and most importantly level of play during games. In some instances, teams have been put in a position where they struggled to compete and some KIDS are being faced with playing at levels that do not match their skill set. We want to bring back the energy and enthusiasm that many of us grew up with to the Jr. League and we believe that working together and putting aside personal needs and wants for the betterment of the KIDS is the only way progress will be made.
There are many things that will be looked at in the upcoming months and discussed at the monthly General Body Meetings. To start, a sub-committee will be put in place to study draft options for the 2015 season. Once the committee comes up with a recommendation, a proposal along with the necessary Bylaw changes will be brought to the Elected and Advisory Boards for approval to go to the General Body for a vote (this is how the process works). This process takes time, so, there cannot be a draft this season. We will make adjustments this year with respect to our breakdown of the teams for this season to attempt to level the playing field for the KIDS at all levels. Change takes time......PLEASE BE PATIENT.
We are sure you have noticed that we have already made steps to improve the League over the last few years and continue to try to improve the experience for the KIDS. Some things that we have accomplished over the last few years include:
1. Improving the complex (field work, fences, tree/brush clearing, two new industrial mowers purchased, etc...)
2. Building improvements (kitchen upgrades, new heater/air conditioning units)
3. Increased League Sponsorship which allows us to connect with our local community and improve our KID’s experience while keeping the registration costs as low as possible.
4. Our Tournament is back and was very successful last year. We anticipate an even bigger success this year for our Father's Day Weekend Tournament!!!
5. Connecting with Philly U's coaching staff for an upcoming free clinic for our coaches (more on this soon) as well as clinics for our players.
6. Our Fall League continues to be one of the best the area has to offer.
7. Instituted child abuse and criminal background checks for coaches and umpires (starting this year).
8. More to come…………..
We thank you ahead of time for any help you can provide the League as we move towards achieving our goal to provide the KIDS of the 21st Ward the best experience they can have!! We look forward to hearing your opinions on these matters through your attendance at the monthly General Body meetings.
Remember, these are KIDS playing a KID’s game……get involved and work together to afford them the opportunity to have some FUN. At the end of the day, it really is all about the KIDS!!!
JACK HORGAN MEMORIAL FIELD
Thanks to all who joined our baseball community on Saturday, May 11th, as we celebrated the naming of the 'Old Line Road' field for former 21st Ward Commissioner and long time A's president and coach Jack Horgan.
The rain held off and ceremony began at 11am and was attended by close to 200 people, a reception followed for the family and the A's and Giants C teams played the first official game on the field with the Giants prevailing in 8 innings!!!
A great day for the 21st Ward Baseball/Softball family!!!!
The list for who each organization calls up from has been posted under the handouts!!
Rain Outs Hotline: 215-487-1559
Fillies Softball Web Site
Click on Fillies logo above to visit their website.
Smoke Free Complex!!!
The Complex is a Smoke Free Facility . . .
Please refrain from smoking on the Fields, in the Driveway, at the Snack Stand, etc.
For more information on going Smoke Free - visit the Smoke Free Philly website (just click on the logo)
Win or lose, I pledge to do the best I can, to be a team player,
to respect my teammates, my opponents, the coaches, and umpires
and to improve myself in spirit, mind, and body.
I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
I will positively support all managers, coaches, and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.
ABOUT THE 21st WARD JUNIOR LEAGUE
The 21st Ward Junior League is a non-profit organization
that serves the children of Northwest Philadelphia (the 21st Ward).
We have no paid employees, and can provide sports activities to resident children only through volunteer efforts and participation. Fees are designed to cover the cost of the baseball and softball programs that we offer. The parents or guardians of each child participating in the League's programs are asked to provide 2 hours of time per season in field maintenance and trash pickup to enable us to keep costs low and to maintain our quality facilities that are enjoyed by all.
Contacting The Junior League
YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME
TO CONTACT THE JUNIOR LEAGUE:
1)TO KEEP YOUR QUESTION/COMMENTS PRIVATE.SEND US AN E-MAIL:email@example.com
2) To send email to a League Officer or Board Member, go to the League Contacts and select mail for that official, if available. If email is not available, please choose another Officer/ or Board Member and your email will be forwarded.
3) BY PHONE,or to check for rainouts: 215-487-1559
Let us know what information you are looking for on this site and how we can make it more interesting..
21ST Ward Junior Baseball & Softball League