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Letter from League President
Hello Margate Baseball & Softball Family,
I wanted to take the time to update everyone on the status of the league and our current plans as well as future plans. As we all know, the effects of Hurricane Irma have caused a few things to be delayed for our fall season but we are on track to start and finish the season on time. I hope that everyone was safe and that things are getting back to normal for everyone. As we get ready for our Fall Season and upcoming Spring 2018 season there is a lot of things going on.
As many of you may have seen there have been a lot of changes to our fields at the sports complex over the past 6 months as well as the league name change. We changed our league name from Margate Pony Elite Baseball & Softball to Margate Baseball & Softball. This made things a lot easier to show what we truly are and what we are all about. As for fields, changes such as home run fences, closing in the fields and pitching mound repairs have already been completed. Other things that will be completed by the start of the Spring season are new dugouts, new playground area, new batting cages, field leveling and other important things to improve our facility and make an enjoyable experience for our league. The board has worked numerous hours and days to try and get this done and it would not be possible without the partnership between the league and the city. We have also added new girls’ softball travel teams to Margate Baseball & Softball to help jumpstart our softball rec program and try to build that as well. We are excited to have the Margate Lady Legacy Softball teams part of our great league.
Another big change coming this Spring is the move from Pony Baseball to USSSA Baseball. This will have no impact on our league as far as registrations and basic rules. Rules will remain the same with the only change being who we are chartered with. The reason for this change is to help better our rec program and help our league stay competitive with other leagues when it comes to baseball and softball all-star tournaments as well as player development. As the season goes on you will start to see USSSA banners hung around the field to show our new partnership with them. As you can see some banners are already starting to show on the homerun fences. The City of Margate banner is on all homerun fences in centerfield and really gives a great look to the fences. With our partnership with the city, the city will be looking for major sponsors to help our league with future upgrades and other league needs by adding additional banners on the outfield fences throughout the season. This is an exciting opportunity for the league to offer unmatched services to our kids, parents, and volunteers as time goes on.
We, as a board, are very excited about the turnout for this Fall season. We have a lot more kids involved this season and our registrations are higher this Fall than they have been in 5 years which is very exciting. We are hopeful that this momentum will carry into the Spring season and we can meet or exceed our participation numbers from years past. The Fall season had some changes this season as well. We did a tryout and draft for the first time ever to try and balance the teams out and make it more competitive in the Fall. Though this is something new for us we do realize that we can do a better job and already have plans for next Fall. We understand that things are not perfect but we, as a board, are committed to making the necessary changes in order to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
The integrity and reputation of the league and the City of Margate is a major focus for the board and the only way we can do this is to offer a great community baseball program while protecting each and every child that is part of our league. Safety has and always will be our top priority as should be by any youth organization. We will continue to revamp our rules and policies to make sure we are current with anything and everything that may put a child at risk.
On a final note, I want to THANK EVERYONE for their participation and being part of our great baseball program. We would not be able to get this done without people volunteering, giving feedback and doing what is right by our league. As a board, we are here to answer any questions you may have and are always open to suggestions on how we can make things better. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again and we look forward to a great Fall season!
Margate Baseball & Softball