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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.