On behalf of the 2012 Board of Directors, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 2012 Windsor Baseball season. We are underway planning for the upcoming season and look forward to your involvement to make this season successful.
Our goal is to provide the children in our league the opportunity for success, to learn about teamwork, respect, self-discipline and good sportsmanship while teaching baseball concepts and an appreciation for the game. As we begin meeting in October, we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing our efforts of the previous year to determine how we can improve. We discuss issues in regards to coaches, umpires, playing fields, rules, etc. Our goals sometimes outpace our abilities as we are all busy parents, ourselves, trying to find time in our schedules to come together twice a month. It's not always easy, so bear with us if we haven't addressed issues you would like to see resolved. Let us know, but be considerate that we, too, want things to be better.
As we begin our 5th year of affiliation with the Babe Ruth League we ask ourselves, "Are we seeing positive results?" The entering freshman baseball class will attest to one of our goals: preparing our players for high school ball as they will be the first class who participated in Cal Ripken throughout most of their little league career. We look forward to hearing from those coaches.
Another goal is to provide the best baseball experience for all our players. As players move up, real baseball is introduced: leading off, bunting and stealing are just a few of the basic skills these players learn and then bring with them up to the Majors division. Our Majors division is now totally comprised of players who have been playing Cal Ripken.
Last season, we saw the opening of the new baseball complex located within Keiser Park. This complex is the culmination of many years of work within the Town management as a result of community discussions urging for the development of ballfields within the Town. Thanks to all those who participated, our raffle fundraiser was a huge success. We raised a little over $16,000. These funds will be used exclusively to provide scoreboards for our fields. We are currently in discussions with the Town to facilitate this purchase in time for the 2012 season.
As always, thanks are given to the many volunteers who step up to the plate to make our program work: managers, coaches, team parents, umpires and many others who work behind the scenes. If you haven't taken the time to volunteer, please think about doing so this season. Help deliver on the goal of providing a positive and rewarding experience to our kids.
Please feel free to speak to any Board member, at any time, about anything. Issues or comments can be rapidly addressed with open communication; especially with your child's coach(es). Let's continue to provide a terrific, positive environment at the ballpark to help our kids learn and grow.
Again, I welcome you to the 2012 season. Let's PLAY BALL!!!