March updates

All,

Although it doesn’t seem like it, spring is just a few weeks away, so its time to start dusting off the rust and getting to some baseball.

We have some upcoming events in March. I hope all of you will take the time to participate–as you know, the league can only thrive and grow if everyone helps out.

1. MARCH 7: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Old Town Alexandria–a great opportunity to show your support for the league and to be in a parade (something that everyone should do at least once in their lifetimes). Contact Jen Hammond, jenniferrhammond@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

2. MARCH 14: Board of Directors Meeting. All league BoD meetings are open –this is an opportunity to be a part of the decisions that are made about your league-the March meeting will include a discussion of this season’s schedule, budget, and rules. The meeting will be held from 12:30 to 2:30pm at BASES, in Glen Burnie, MD

3. INDOOR WORKOUTS: Each Saturday in March, we will be hosting indoor work outs at BASES in Glen Burnie, MD. Workouts in March are from 1030am to 1230pm (note the time change from February’s schedule). Practices are open to all players; no pre-registration is required. Costs will vary depending upon the number of players attending, but are generally between $10-$15/person.

I also want to share/remind you about two fundraising initiatives we have this season:

A. Amazon Smile: for those of you who shop on Amazon, we are registered with Amazon Smile–a fundraiser program offered to charitable organizations, Amazon will donate .5% of your eligible purchases to the league. Just go to http://www.smile.amazon.com and select the Eastern Womens Baseball Conference as your charity and use Amazon Smile to make all your Amazon purchases. Using Amazon Smile gives you access to the same Amazon products and prices as you have via the traditional site, but allows for us to receive a donation based on your total sales.
Please feel free to share this with your family, friends and co-workers–its a great way for us to raise money to help support the league.

B. Combined Federal Campaign: this year we will again be participating in the Capital Region’s Combined Federal Campaign. For those of you who are federal employees, or have family/friends who are–consider designating the EWBC as your CFC charity of choice. In addition to all the funds we receive as someone’s selected charity, we will also receive a percentage of the undesignated funds –the percentage we receive is in direct relation to the amount of named contributions we obtain, so please share this anyone you know who may be a federal employee–the more donations we receive directly, the greater percentage of undesignated funds we earn.

Some future events to add to your calendars now:

APRIL 26–VA vs. MD scrimmage–we will host our second annual VA vs. MD scrimmage on Sunday, April 26 at McLean H.S. Game time is TBD, but will likely commence at 11am.

MAY 2-3–Opening weekend. This year we hope to try something a bit different with our opening weekend, with all 4 teams playing on the same date and in the same location so that we can all celebrate the opening of our season together. We currently anticipate these games will be held at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg, MD.

MAY 22-25: Baltimore-Washington Diamond Classic. This year we will proudly celebrate the 10th anniversary of our tournament, the Diamond Classic. From our humble beginnings as a small regional event, the Diamond Classic has grown into the premier women’s baseball tournament in North America. Last year’s event featured 10 teams, with players from through out the US and Canada. This year’s event is anticipated to feature several former players from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League as well as a coach’s clinic on Friday, May 22.

We hope you will invite your family and friends to join us to celebrate a great weekend of women’s baseball. Games will be played in and around the Baltimore region. We are also actively recruiting volunteers–we need approximately 15 folks to help with the event. All volunteers receive free admission to all tournament events as well as a special goody bag filled with tournament swag. If you are interested in volunteering (or have a friend/family member who would like to volunteer) please contact me.

JUNE 7: Big Train Game–on Sunday, June 7th we will be a featured community organization at the Bethesda Big Train game. The Big Train is a wood bat summer league (similar to the Cape Cod League) for college players aspiring to play professionally. On selected nights the Big Train hosts community organizations–providing the organizations with both a fundraising and community outreach opportunity. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks, but please pencil this date on your calendars and plan to join us at the ball park.

JULY 18: Bowie Baysox Women in Sports Night–we have been invited to again participate in the Bowie Baysox’ Women in Sports night. The event, which features a variety of women’s sports teams from the DC/Baltimore Metro area is highlighted each year by the attendance of several former players from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. We have been honored each year to be a part of this event and to share the stage with these amazing ladies. Additional details will follow regarding the purchasing of tickets for this event.

Look forward to seeing everyone out on the fields soon.

Bonnie Hoffman
President, EWBC

EWBC Update

All,

As we are only days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, I wanted to update you on some events and opportunities for the EWBC for the coming months.

1. Fundraising: We have two fundraising activities that I want to share with you and hope you will share with your friends, family, and co-workers. First, the EWBC will be a part of the Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign. As many of you either work for federal government agencies or know those that do–this is a great way for you to help support the league. The CFC allows us to receive both direct donations by those who specifically earmark their funds to go to us, and for us to receive a percentage of the non-designated funds donations to the CFC. The percentage of undesignated funds we receive is in direct proportion to the donations we obtain so each contribution via the CFC helps us in two ways. Please consider the EWBC for your CFC donations and encourage your family, friends and co-workers to the same.

AMAZON SMILE: while we may not all be federal employees, virtually all of us (and our friends, family and co-workers) by things on Amazon. As a charitable organization, the EWBC is able to participate in a fundraising program offered by Amazon called Amazon Smile. The process is very simple–we receive .5% of every sale someone makes using our link to Amazon. They do not pay any extra for their order, receive the same service from Amazon and have access to all the same resources Amazon has. While .5% may not seem like much for any individual order, over time this can produce significant fundraising dollars and only requires folks to use our link when they go to Amazon.

Please use and share our Smile link and help support the EWBC:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1994518

2. Community Events: We had a great turnout and great response to our appearance at Orioles Fan Fest. Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us. We are very excited to see many of the folks we met have expressed an interest in joining the league. We have also been invited to do an interview about our league for WJZ News in Baltimore in early May.

Our next event is on March 7th. We will be marching in the Old Town Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day parade. This is a great opportunity to promote the league (and who doesn’t love a parade!). We want a strong showing from the league and ask each of you to consider coming out and joining us. Please contact Jen Hammond: jenniferrhammond@gmail.com for additional details and to sign up.

3. Indoor Practices: Beginning on Saturday, February 21 we will be hosting indoor workouts at BASES in Glen Burnie. February 21 and 28, the workouts will be from 12-2pm; for the month of March the workouts will be each Saturday from 1230 to 230pm. The workouts are open to everyone. For returning players, this is a great way to get back into the swing of things (pun intended) and for new folks, this is a great opportunity to meet some of the other players and get a feel for the game. You do not need to pre-register to attend, just show up with your glove and sneakers (well, and pants/shorts and a shirt). Cost will vary depending on the number of people participating but are usually between $10-$15 per session.

If you need directions to BASES, please visit the website (www.easternwomensbaseball.org) as the GPS directions will often lead you to the wrong location.

4. Season Updates: We are currently working on finalizing the season schedule and hope to have it available to you by April 1. The season will begin the first weekend in May and end the weekend before Labor Day in August. Plans are currently underway to hold our second annual VA-MD scrimmage the last weekend before the start of the regular season (4/25-26) and we are organizing what we hope will be a great opening weekend event at Kelley Park for May 2 or 3.

As always, if you have questions, suggestions, or ideas, please feel free to share them with me or with your team rep.

Look forward to seeing everyone.

Bonnie Hoffman
President, EWBC

Upcoming Events

All,

As we prepare for another bit of snow, I thought I would warm up your day with thoughts of baseball.

1. ORIOLES FAN FEST: as a reminder, on Saturday, January 31, we will be participating in the Baltimore Orioles Fan Fest. This event brings thousands of baseball fans together, and with it a chance for us to share with them all the opportunities the EWBC provides for women and girls interested in playing baseball. We are still looking for 1-2 volunteers to help in the afternoon (2pm-5pm). If you are interested in participating, please contact me.

2. INDOOR PRACTICES: Beginning Saturday, February 21, we will be holding indoor practices as BASES in Glen Burnie, MD (directions are on our website, http://www.easternwomensbaseball.org) The schedule is as follows:
2/21 and 2/28:   12 noon to 2pm
3/7, 3/14, 3/21 and 3/28:    10:30am to 12:30 pm

These indoor practices are open to the entire league. You do not have to preregister and you only pay for the sessions you attend. The cost will vary based on the number of participants, but generally runs between $12 and $15/person/session. This is a great opportunity to spend a few hours each week in the warm and happy world of baseball.

As the league adds other indoor practice dates/times/locations I will update you.

3. BOARD MEETING: the next meeting of the EWBC Board will be held on Sunday, February 1, from 12noon to 2pm at the conference room of South Paws Veterinarian Hosptial (8500 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA) All board meetings are open to everyone and I encourage you to be a part of your league. This meeting will focus on the 2015 budget and schedule. Our March meeting will address the season’s rules. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact your team representative to share any thoughts, ideas or suggestions you have to improve the league.

4. SAVE THE DATES: We have already planned a few events for the upcoming season and hope you will add these to your calendar.

(a) Saturday, March 7: We will again be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria. This is a major community event, bringing out thousands of people from throughout the DC Metro area. We will be looking for 12-15 players to represent the league as we march through the streets of Old Town. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Jennifer Hammond (jenniferrhammond@gmail.com)

(b) Saturday, April 25: We will be hosting our Second Annual Maryland vs. Virginia scrimmage. The time is TBD, but it will be at Kelley Park in Gaithersburg. We will pit the Maryland teams against the Virginia teams, with a league get together to follow. As this will be the last weekend before the regular season starts, its a perfect chance to get ready for the season opener and to see old friends and make new ones. More details will follow as the date nears.

(c) May 22-25: We will be hosting our 10th annual Baltimore-Washington Diamond Classic. This tournament has grown to become the premier women’s baseball tournament in North America. Last year’s event featured 10 teams, with players from across the US and Canada. We are hoping you will make plans to invite your family, friends and co-workers to join us for an exciting weekend of baseball.

(d) June 13: We will be participating in this year’s Capital Pride Festival in Washington DC. Last year’s event brought us great exposure and we hope this year will further recognition and awareness of our league and the opportunities for women and girls to play baseball and will bring some mid-season recruits. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Erin Foley (ecf.ewbc@gmail.com)

Finally, as always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the league and encourage you to become an active partner in making sure the league continues to grow and thrive. We are looking for volunteers to assist with our website and social media, recruitment and league development. If you are interested, please contact me directly at: bonnie.hoffman@hotmail.com.

23 days til pitchers and catchers report!!!!

Bonnie Hoffman
President, EWBC

Co-Eds Battle Cancer Charity Baseball Game

All,

I am pleased to announce the date and details for our annual Co-Eds Battle Cancer Charity Baseball Game.

DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
LOCATION:  Nike Park in Great Falls, VA   ( 1199 Utterback Store Rd Great Falls VA 22066.)
TIME: Noon to 3pm (game will begin at noon, so please plan to arrive between 11 and 1115 to register and warm up)

DETAILS: The game, which will feature a mix of players from the EWBC and some area men’s leagues, will raise money to support three local cancer-related charities: Life with Cancer (which provides support and assistance, without cost, to cancer patients and their families for those battling all types of cancer http://www.lifewithcancer.org/), Zero Cancer (which works to end prostate cancer, https://zerocancer.org/) and Capital Breast Care Center (based out of Georgetown Hospital, which provides free breast cancer screenings and services,  http://capitalbreastcare.georgetown.edu/)  All three groups were selected not only because of their excellent records of serving the community, but because each is locally based, assuring the money raised helps those in needs in our own community.

PLAYERS: All those interested in playing in the game should RSVP to Jennifer Hammond at: jenniferrhammond@gmail.com

Registration Fee is $25.00/player and includes a player goody bag and tournament shirt.

FUNDRAISING: In an effort to assure we raise as much money as possible for these three very worthy organizations, we ask each of you to reach out to your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors and ask them to support you and this event. They can pledge money directly to you, or they can go online and make a donation in your name. All donations will be made through Give 10 for 10, our local charity which honors the legacy of our own Carmen Dominguez who died from breast cancer several years ago. Give 10 for 10 is a 501c3 organizations, as are all three of our designated charities, so all contributions of funds or merchandise are tax deductible. Donations can be made at: www.give10for10.org

SILENT AUCTION: we will again be hosting a silent auction. The items for sale will be posted online, allowing those who are unable to attend the game to submit their bids electronically, and will also be available for in person bidding at the game.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1. Play–we would like to see at least 20 EWBC players take part in this year’s game
2. Volunteer–we need volunteers to help with the event, from pre-event organizing to assistance on game day with set up and clean up.
3. Raise Money–our goal is to award each of our three designated charities at least $1000. To meet this, we need your help–if each of you can secure even a single donation of just $10, it will go a long way to helping us meet our goal.
4. Donate–we are looking for items for our silent auction and raffle. If you have a good or service that you can donate please contact Jen Hammond (jenniferrhammond@gmail.com). The more items we have donated, the more opportunities we have to raise money for these charities.
5. Spread the word: invite your family, friends, co-workers and colleagues to join us on the 27th. Whether they play in the game, make a donation on line, or purchase one of our silent auction items—everyone can make a difference in our efforts.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact myself (bonnie.hoffman@hotmail.com) or Jen Hammond (Jenniferrhammond@gmail.com)

I look forward to seeing you all at the ball park!

Bonnie

Girls Bring Their Game to the LLWS

Mo’Ne Davis (Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons) and Emma March (Canada) will play on the big stage that is the Little League World Series starting on Friday, August 15. Click a link below to read about it:

March 30 League Updates

All,

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!

Bonnie