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7/16/2014 - The homepage has been relatively quiet this season as the focus has been keeping Twitter up to date and emails and texts to the Captains. As we enter the final weeks of the regular season, it is an exciting time. Playoff position and the excitement for where teams end up being seeded is always fun. There have been very few incidents on the field this season which is great. It is great that we can be competitive, but also display the proper sportsmanship on the field. The League has been around since 1991 and when the weather cooperates, it runs seamlessly. Other times, Mother Nature wreaks havoc and we're forced to reschedule.
There is a two hour rule prior to postponements because the weather can and does change rapidly. There is nothing like the weather forecast of Scattered Thunderstorms to result in a tough call. Many times like tonight, we managed to pull it off. Other times like early this week, the decision was made to postpone. As technology improves, the League uses Dark Sky, Weather.com, Acuweather, Weatherbug, Wunderground, and resident weather experts to make the call.
It is tough managing many opinions. It is even tougher to maintain and offset the schedule. The Commissioner and the Captains' do their best to keep everyone informed.
Don't forget that consistent updates are sent to the captains and posting occur on Twitter. #GWhyNotSoftball.
8/20/2013 - ScoresCongratulations to Baker's Dozen who secured their first title knocking off last year's champion, the SBS Giants, sweeping the first two games of the best of three series. The first game was won by Baker's Dozen 12-3 and the second game was won by Baker's Dozen 10-1. Awaiting the official summary and recap! Final bracket 2013 Playoff Bracket Layout - Final.
1/8/2013 - Sometimes it feels so great to help others.
Every now and then you get to do something that makes you feel so great as it affects so many other people in a positive way. Based upon the email responses that I got back after my communication in early December, we have collectively assisted a large number of individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Sparked by all of the positive responses to donate the money to a good organization, I set out to see our funds go to a specific need rather than a blanket donation. I also wanted to see our donation reach others who share their passion in the community and support outdoor recreational activities. I reached out to Rob Walsh, Commissioner for SBS, and asked him for suggestions. He put me in touch with a member of the Brooklyn Bulldogs of the 78th Precinct Youth Council who referred me to the East Rockaway Little League.
The area around East Rockaway was devastated where many lives were lost and many homes were destroyed. The Brooklyn Bulldogs reached out to their President for me to see what else they needed. After a couple rounds of communication, we donated $1500 to help them purchase a new water pump that was purchased last year, but was destroyed by the salt water. The pump supplies water for the sprinkler system to water all of the fields.
Yesterday, I received a call from the League's President, Martin Andressen. He has been working with local East Rockaway Little League for over 40 years and I cannot do justice to describe the amount of gratitude he had toward all of us for the contribution. Their League serves 800 kids with over 2000 serviced when you include Travel and neighboring use of their facilities. They'll be operating at almost 70 percent capacity this year. In addition, they have a 3 year old Challenger program for those with Special Needs.
I know many of you are aware that we also do a 50/50 each year to raise money for NSSA, which is an organization that serves many of those with autism in the NY area. Without the 50/50, I have made certain that they were not forgotten sending them a $100 on behalf of the League in addition to the $200 in name of SBS for winning the 2012 Championship.
See the letter - Hurricane Sandy Donation