Although the weather doesn’t seem to ever want to cooperate at some point it should stop raining, snowing, sleeting and being overall yucky (that is a technical weather term) so that we can play some ball. With that hope in mind here are some important league info and updates:
Kick Off Scrimmage and Party on SUNDAY, APRIL 27 AT KELLY PARK we will have our first (of what we hope will be an annual tradition) season kick off game. At 3pm we will have a VA vs. MD scrimmage. It will be followed by a potluck party. Details for the event will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars now to bring along your family, friends and join us.
League Schedule: I know many of you are anxiously awaiting our league schedule so you can begin making plans for the summer. We are waiting to confirm a few last field details and hope to have the schedule out to you by April 11th. I appreciate everyone’s patience, I would like to make sure that we publish an accurate schedule so all of you can make your plans accordingly.
Board Meeting: The next meeting of the Board will be on SUNDAY, APRIL 13 FROM 3-5PM. The meeting will take place in the conference room of South Paws Veterinary Hospital ( 8500 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA). As we are using the Hospital’s conference room and the hospital will be open for business at that time, I ask everyone interested in attending to please arrive by 3pm so we can be escorted to the conference room together. If you are late, please contact me at 703-501-6056 so arrangements can be made for someone to meet you at the front desk.
The Board meeting is open to everyone and we encourage players to attend the meetings and participate in the operation of your league. If you are unable to attend, you can share your ideas, thoughts, opinions, etc with your team rep or you can contact me directly at bonnie.hoffman.
Of significance on April’s agenda is a discussion of the rules for the 2014 season. Your team rep should provide you with information on rules under consideration for amendment, review, removal or inclusion this year. If you have rules you wish to place on the agenda for consideration, please provide that information to either your team rep or to myself by Friday, 4/4 so that they can be included on the agenda.
A copy of the 2013 rules is available on the website www.easternwomensbaseball.org under the heading for Player Info.
Survey: In an effort to improve the quality of the league, to find new and better avenues for recruiting and marketing and to make the league more responsive and representative of the interests of the players in the coming weeks you will be asked to complete a brief survey that will be distributed through an on line survey instrument. Please take the time to complete the survey as your input is vital in our continued efforts to improve the league.
Thunder: For the past several years Dave Fyfe has very generously given of his time and energy to coach the Thunder and both the team and the league are very appreciative of the same. He will be stepping aside this year as the Thunder coach in order to pursue some other interests, although he will continue to coach the Flames so we can all look forward to seeing him out on the field.
As a result, we are actively seeking a coach for the 2014 season. In the coming days you will all receive a separate email with a formal announcement of the coaching vacancy and the process the Board has adopted to fill that vacancy.
In the interim, the Thunder will still hold tryouts on the following dates:
SUNDAY, APRIL 5 FROM 11-12:30 AT LANGLEY H.S., 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12 FROM 11-12:30 AT SPRING GROVE, 55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, MD (the field is on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital. Follow signs on the grounds to the Ball Field)
If you are interested in trying out for the Thunder but are unable to attend either try out date (and have not already spoken with me) please contact me directly to discuss alternative tryout options.
**Please arrive in time to be dressed, stretched, warmed up and ready to begin at 11am**
As always, if you have any questions about the league, please feel free to reach out to either your team representative or to myself.
Here’s hoping for sunny skies and warm days!