2016 OPENING DAY – Saturday, May 7, 11a-2:30p, T-Ball Field
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!