Letter to the Membership

April 6, 2018

Dear Members of Ancaster Little League and Ancaster Baseball and Softball;

It has been an eventful year in 2017 and 2018, and it is time to explain as much as I can while making sense. Two years ago, a member of the league was looking to get a refund in softball, the refund was not granted as it was againstĀ«#ie policy. This member took Ancaster Little League, Little League Canada, Softball Ontario, and PWSA to small claims court, at this time Little League Canada was wondering why they were dragged in as Ancaster does not charter Little League for Softball. Little League Canada then asked that we split our umbrella organization into a Little League and everything else. In November we officially split our league into Ancaster Little League (12 and under baseball) and Ancaster Baseball and Softball (13 and over Baseball and all Softball divisions)- Mark Strongman would be the President of the newly formed Ancaster Baseball and Softball divisions, and Jake Parkhill would be the President of Ancaster Little League. In the first generation of this new arrangement we will work closely and together to keep the baseball experience the same as before. Our boards are now split, but we share common board members, including our equipment manager, grounds manager, treasurer, diamond scheduler and conveners who hold multiple positions. The goal in this new age for Baseball and Softball in

Ancaster is for you, the families of Ancaster to not notice any change to your experience with the league.

As some of you may have heard, our men’s bathroom in the new clubhouse was broken in to and vandalized on the Easter holiday weekend. We have re-secured the door, and are talking to contractors about reversing the door frames, so the door opens out, cleaning the washroom of all hate speech and replacing the sinks, urinal and toilet before our opening day. If you or anyone you know have any information about the vandalism, we encourage you to go to the police. We believe the group @L9K is responsible for the crime, as their name was tagged several times in the bathroom. They will talk, they will slip up, and hopefully, one of our members hears them, please report anything to the police. But we are not frightened, we are not scared, we will repair the damage and re-secure the door, and with the help of our community and councillor make it more secure than before.

But on cheerier subjects, Opening Day is May 12, and we are looking forward to seeing all of you at the park. On August 18 and 19, we will have the return of the 24 hour Charity game, where we raise money for Ancaster Community Services, if you have missed the first two times, make sure you come out this time, it is a wonderful event. As the dark envelopes the park, the Minor diamond becomes a camp ground and we will feature movies on the scoreboard in left field. As well, the 2018 season marks the 50th World T-Ball Championships on the civic holiday weekend, as we welcome the best T-Ball teams in the land to Ancaster, we would encourage you to come down to the park and see some great T-Ball.

Next year, for the second time in 10 years, we will be hosting the Little League Canadian Championships, and as a result, will be able to place a team in the tournament, head coach Adam Strongman and his team are starting to round into form, and the committee for the 2019 Canadian Championships are beginning to expand below committee heads as well. Aaron Gerard and Jenn Hudder have stepped up to

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be the co-chairs of the 2019 Canadian Championships and if you have an interest in helping run the championships, a call for volunteers will be made during the season.

Speaking of a need for volunteers, there are some holes in our executive, and if you have a couple of hours each month, we need people to fill a Sponsorship Executive, Blastball Convener, Rookie Ball Convener and Player Agept/Registrar. All positions are low commitment and require e-mail and communication with the rest of executive.

On the Softball side of things- Allan Grant is working hard to grow the game of softball in the area, and spaces on the Squirt teams still exist and if you wish to get more involved please see Allan when you are at the park. Our OBA teams have been formed, and the COBA season begins the second week of May. We still have limited openings in the Bantam Houseleague, but this year we will not have a Midget Houseleague team due to lack of interest from the community.

Hoping for a great 2018 season! Yours in Baseball,

Jake Parkhill
Ancaster Little League

Mark Strongman
Ancaster Baseball and Softball