2016 OPENING DAY – Saturday, June 4, 11a-2:30p, T-Ball Field
OPENING DAY is POSTPONED (yet AGAIN) until Saturday, June 4.
June 4 games will be rescheduled.
May 21 games might still be on as originally scheduled. You should be hearing from your coach soon if you haven't already. If you have not heard from your coach about these games, assume that the game is still on as scheduled (1 hour in light rain or dampness is more tolerable than 3hrs).
New Message from the President…
We as a Board struggled again with this decision and the consequences of postponing this event yet again. There is much planning and re-planning that goes into each rescheduled event. In the end, the forecast of a chilly, cloudy, and wet day did not seem like fun for the kids, and Ark Rentals cautioned us about a safety concern for the bounce house when it gets wet. The event is supposed to be fun, safe, and enjoyable for all. So we decided to postpone until June 4 with the hopes that better weather will make it so.
Our apologies for the inconvenience this causes yet again.
Thanks for your understanding.
Message from the President…
This was a very difficult decision for the League. Various forecasts have varying probabilities of thunderstorms beginning as early as noon, midway thru our event. The bounce house has a wind restriction, which requires deflation during high winds, even if there is no rain or thunderstorms. This day requires much advance coordination with many vendors and is the biggest financial expense our league has each year. Our fear is that if we do have the event tomorrow, and the weather does arrive midway, some kids would not have a throw at the dunk tank or be able to enjoy the bounce house – and we would have a lot of upset kids. Our league can't afford to have a do-over. For those reasons (and because of an uncertainty regarding field conditions), the League has decided to postpone once again.
We realize the rescheduling of this event twice causes great inconvenience and may now present conflicts for you and your child (and even some coaches). We did take this into consideration. But our goal always is to provide the best experience for our kids in a safe and fun manner. We believe – based on reviewing many long-range forecasts – that May 21 will be able to do that.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Thanks for your understanding.
Opening Day is a fun-filled day of activities and competition. NO baseball games will be played, so kids will NOT need their gloves, helmets, bats or chest protectors/heart guards. But please wear Uniforms (Coaches too)!
PLAYERS SHOULD ARRIVE AT 10:45am. Our Program will begin promptly at 11:00 AM, and your child definitely does not want to miss the beginning. Many kids think Opening Day is the best part of the season.
Programs will be available at the Concession Stand during the event. Within the program will be the schedule of events. During Opening and Closing Ceremonies, only players and coaches are permitted on the field. However, during the other events, you are more than welcome to follow your players as they progress through day. But please be cognizant of your surroundings – Players will be running the bases and balls will be thrown. REMINDER: These are 4-6 year olds – ACCURACY is still developing. If someone yells "heads up", your best bet is to not do that.
Your child can bring their own drinks/snacks if they wish. However, our Concession Stand will be open throughout the event for purchases of drinks, snacks, candy, pizza, and hot dogs. And each T-Ball Player will receive 1 Free Hot Dog & 1 Free Drink. [Please note the Concession Stand may close momentarily during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.]
Built into the schedule is a 15-min Concession/Break period. This would be a great time for your player to get their free hot dog & drink, and will also be a good time to get autographs by the Reading Fightin Phils mascots.
Also built into the schedule are two sessions in the Bounce House. While your team is in the Bounce House, siblings are welcome to join the players. But PLEASE remind the older siblings to watch out for and HELP the younger Players and kids. After all, this day is for the Players. It is also the time when we need 2 parents from that team to man the Concession Stand. Please volunteer.
The Relay Race toward the end of the day is a Team competition with the winning Team receiving a free pizza party. There are also 4 individual competitions throughout the day with winners receiving medals: Speed Run, Long Throw, Speed Throw, and Accuracy Throw. The top 3 girls and the top 3 boys in each category will receive medals. HOWEVER, your child will only receive 1 medal even if they finish 1st in each category. Our goal is to spread the medals around as much as possible. Also note that NOT everyone will receive a medal at the event. Don't get discouraged. During our Closing Ceremonies in June, EVERYBODY receives a trophy.
At the end of the day and after the Players have had an opportunity to take one, siblings make take home 1 balloon.
The purpose of the day and the League is to have fun! Hopefully everybody will!