As we are finally approaching the halfway point of the season, I wanted to update you on some events going on and remind you about the balance of the league schedule.
SATURDAY, JULY 13–The Bowie Baysox are hosting their annual Salute to Women in Sports featuring the players of the AAGPBL. Game starts at 630pm. We have been offered the opportunity, as a league, to purchase discounted game tickets–Box seats normally $15 are only $10 when ordered via our account and using our access code. Tickets can be purchased until 3pm on Saturday.
The ticket link: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=94794#.UdGY05y1uo0
The code is: EWBC (all caps).
We have also been invited to send 2 representatives from the league onto the field as part of the pregame ceremonies. If you will be attending the game and would like to participate as one of our league representatives, please let me know ASAP. I have to forward the names of our representatives to the Baysox Thursday at noon. The on field participants will need to be at the stadium no later than 5:45pm (gates open at 530)–the on field ceremony starts at 6pm
Please invite your family and friends to join us for a great day at the ball park. The Bay Sox are the Orioles AA affiliate and have been a great supporter of our league and of women’s baseball. Our league’s corresponding support of them by attending events such as this are an important component to our continued relationship.
HELPING HIGHLAND AIM HIGH: As most of you know, last year we began Give 10 for 10, a program inspired by our late teammate, Carmen Dominguez. Carmen’s legacy of appreciating each day we are given and taking each opportunity we have to make small but meaningful contributions to our communities, lives on in the deeds each of us does and the way each of us lives our lives. To that end, Give 10 for 10 has worked to identify different projects that can help make a meaningful difference in the lives of others through small and simple acts. Our current project is Helping Highland Aim High.
Highland Elementary School is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, and serves a culturally diverse population of over 530 students. Eighty-four percent of the students live in poverty and over 60% participate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. Despite these obstacles, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2009, marking it as one of the nation’s outstanding public or private schools.
This success is due to the hard work of the students, teachers, staff, and community. Supporting them all is Linkages to Learning, a school-based collaboration among the county Health and Human Services, the public schools, and community-based nonprofit service providers.
Maintaining this level of success is challenging, however, especially in the current economic environment. Give 10 for 10 is collecting cash donations and supplies to help this school continue to provide these kids with opportunities to succeed in the classroom and in life.
To that end, we are currently undertaking an effort to help provide the school, its students and their families with the support needed and we are asking you to help.
On SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 all four league teams will be playing at Langley H.S. It is our last scheduled games of the regular season. During the course of that day, we will be collecting donations for Highland School. We will be accepting new and GENTLY USED children’s books, financial donations and items Linkages for Learning has identified as being needed by Highland families.
A complete listing of the family needs can be found on our website: www.give10for10.org.
We are asking each league team to consider adopting a Highland family and together working to gather the items the family needs. We want to encourage you to share this project with your family, friends and co-workers and collect their donations and bring them with you to our August 11 collection day. If each person makes a single, small contribution–one book, one pair of sneakers, one dollar–then collectively we can make a big difference in the lives of these families.
SCHEDULE UPDATES/PLAY OFF ELIGIBILITY
Because of the number of rain outs we have already suffered this season as well as a recent change to the availability of one of our fields, there have been a few updates to our league schedule. Please be sure to regularly check the league website: www.easternwomensbaseball.org for game locations and times.
SUNDAY, JULY 14–the game between the Barncats and Fury, scheduled for Langley H.S. has been moved to Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, VA. ( 4718 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA). Game time remains for 11am.
SUNDAY, JULY 21-the Blues will play the Fury at Langley HS. This will be a double header, making up 2 of the teams’ rain outs. The first game will begin at 9am. The Flames will play the Barncats at 3pm at Kelley Park, making up one of the teams’ rain outs
SATURDAY, AUG. 3–the Fury will play the Blues at Bachman Sports Complex. This will be a double header, making up the 3rd of the teams’ rain outs. The first game will begin at noon.
We are still finalizing the rescheduling of the last of our current rainouts–the Flames vs. the Barncats. An update will be sent in the coming weeks with the date, time and location of this game.
PLAY OFF ELIGIBILITY:
As a reminder, in order to be eligible for playoffs, you must play in at least 5 regular season games. Additional information about the eligibility requirements can be found under the Player’s Info tab on the website, www.easternwomensbaseball.org. Please take the time to review the rule (along with all the league rules) to make sure you and your team take the steps needed for you to be eligible to play in this year’s tournament.
As always, if you have questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to share them with me or with your team representative. We encourage players to become more active in the operations, growth and development of our league, as the league only succeeds when everyone makes the effort to help.
I hope to see everyone on the 13th at the Baysox and wish everyone good luck for the rest of the season.