Welcome to Stanley Park Ball
Blastball, T-Ball & 3-Pitch leagues - Let's play ball!Updated Friday November 8, 2019 by Stanley Park.
Photo: Junior T-Ball action in a game featuring the Ticket Shield Knights vs PKG Photography. You just have to love the enthusiasm and improvement in play over just 8 weeks. Thanks coaches and all the volunteers who stepped up to help the kids learn the game and develop their skills. Well done!
We're getting ready to play ball May 11!
We hope you'll be with us!
In 2017, in conjunction with the City of Kitchener and a grant from the Kitchener Sports Association, we added two additional play areas (for Junior T-Ball) to the Franklin Park site and one at Midland Park. This helped us facilitate scheduling for families with multiple players in our program -- and allowed us to keep our games in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener. For our 2020 season, again with funding from KSA, we'll actually be able to use an additional play area in Franklin Park and all screens have been expanded for use by our Junior T-Ball league.
Since the late 70's, there's been T-Ball in Stanley Park. Since taking over the responsibility for running it, it's been one of The Optimist Club of Stanley Park's major programs - and still is. Our Ball Program has branched out to include Blastball, two levels of T-Ball and two levels of 3-Pitch.
Note regarding registering: It is always advisable to register as soon as you determine you want to participate in a sports program as spaces do fill up. In our program, earlier registrants also determine the organization framework wrt the scheduling of the teams -- i.e. late registrants are inserted in available spots as best we can. Late & last-minute registrations are processed on a first-come basis when the registration fee is covered. We begin accepting registrations for our Spring 2020 season by mid-November and we're getting ready to start play as soon as we get the "go ahead" --- hopefully by May 1st (or soon thereafter). If you want to join us in 2020, don't try and be last, you should register sooner rather than later!
In 2019, we had 48 teams involving over 530 players, 130 to 200 coaches (& assistants), numerous additional volunteers and 38 umpires & scorekeepers to keep things organized. Please look over the information on this and some of our other programs. We hope you'll want to be involved. For the 2020 season, with a similar number of players (or more) expected, we anticipate needing the same number of umpires, volunteers, coaching staff and sponsors. Use the appropriate on-line link.
General Information: We plan to play as many games as possible at Franklin and Midland Park --- only venturing elsewhere (usually to Smithson School) when absolutely necessary from May 11 thru to June 24 (weather permitting). As in 2019, there is no gala wrap-up season-ending celebration planned for our 2020 season. Each team's final game will be scheduled as per its player availability preferences and players will receive their photos, trophies/medallions, cards, etc., at their final game.
Blastball & Junior players may select up to TWO days they cannot play and we'll do our best to avoid scheduling games on those two days. (We may be able to even avoid 3 for head coaching volunteers!) Game days will vary from week to week amongst the available slots, i.e. we do not play specific days each week. (Circumstances only permit us to offer players in SeniorT-Ball and 3 Pitch the opportunity to designate ONE day to have absolutely no games scheduled on. We cannot promise anything beyond that --- except maybe two for head coaches.) Refer to the information on preferences and requests.
Professional photos for our 2020 season will be scheduled to be taken during the first weeks of the season as per each team's preferred playing day restrictions. It is expected that most appointments will be scheduled in conjunction with one of the team's games (at the same location). The appointments will be confirmed with the team's coaching staff at the league organizational meeting(s) held in late April. Individual shots can be submitted, for those who miss their team's photo appointment, during the following week of the season. (More information on the photo offerings)
Our fee includes: T-shirt, baseball cap, photo package including trading cards, trophy/medallion, app for communication with the team and a team Webpage. It also covers equipment, park rentals, supplies and umpires (Senior T-Ball and both 3-Pitch leagues). Players have to supply their own baseball glove (gloves aren't needed for Blastball --- we do have loaner gloves for T-Ball and 3-Pitch players who have a need for one. We supply helmets for everyone, on a shared basis, but players may wish to have their own. All players in our Senior T-Ball and both our Jr. & Sr. 3-Pitch leagues are required to wear face protection when playing an infield position --- equipment is supplied. Participation is at player's own risk so parents are advised to carry insurance which covers such participation and ensure their child is dressed appropriately, i.e. suitable shoes, leg covering, etc. We strongly recommend long pants and no jewellery. Players cannot participate wearing sandals or flip-flops.
Effective since 2015: Defensive players, when playing infield positions, must wear facial protection. (Each team is being supplied with the necessary safety equipment.) This is mandatory for Senior T-Ball, Junior 3-Pitch and Senior 3-Pitch but remains optional for our Junior T-Ball league.
We allow players with other commitments to "arrive late" or "leave early" without penalty. (It's a really good idea to let the coaches know ahead of time about this.)
We expect a parent/guardian to not only attend, but also help at games & practices. Everyone is required to "pitch in" as needed to the extent they can with the coaching, managing = helping in whatever way possible. Following our receipt of a grant from the Healthy Kids Program in 2018, it is hoped that each team will have a "healthy snack" coordinator to promote healthy snacks and use of the team's water jug (carrying over from two years ago.).
More information? Registration information.
NO HOME INTERNET? If you know someone without Internet access that needs information on one of our leagues (or wishes to register) please pass on the information by using the printable form available through the link at the bottom of this page.
Participation in our program requires agreement to the Parents/Guardians Agreement:
"I(we) agree to abide by all league policies (including the “no tobacco” ), safety requirements, code of conduct , and promote good sportsmanship. I(we) grant permission for the named registrant to participate at my(our) own risk once all required fees are paid. I(we) acknowledge that the information provided on this form may be used by league officials to facilitate the operation of the league. I(we) are aware that action photos may be taken & consent to their use by the league for promotional purposes and will co-ordinate our website participation with the team's website volunteer. I (we) will work with the team's snack coordinator to promote healthy snacks. I(we) am/are familiar with the Ontario Human Rights Code and accessibility regulation requirements.”