Information on our 2021 season: It has been cancelled due to the pandemic


Note: For our 2020 season that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have waived the processing fee for refunds and voided the published deadline date for requesting refunds. Participants were given the option of receiving a refund or having their registration used for our 2021 program --- now it's for 2022!  All 2020 participants are requested to review the information provided on our website page http://www.stanleyparkoptimist.com/form/4145 , answer the questions thereon and then submit the form. This IS the process we utilized for everyone, i.e. use the link! 

Batting assistance for a Junior T-Ball player. (2019)

 Photo: Coaching assistance for a Junior T-Ball player. (2019 season)

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 to the Midland Park site. These additions are entirely grass, i.e. no dirt infields, and helped us facilitate scheduling for families with multiple players in our program's various leagues. They also let us focus on keeping our games in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener. For our 2019 season, again with funding from KSA, we added an additional play area at Franklin Park for our Junior T-Ball league.

We hope you'll be involved with us in some capacity - player, coach, volunteer, one of your team's safety coordinators, umpire and/or sponsor. All of our leagues are co-ed with basic breakdown for the 2021 season would have been as follows:

Blastball league for those born in 2016, 2017 and early 2018
Junior T-Ball for 2014, 2015 and 2016
Senior T-Ball for the 2012, 2013 and 2014
Junior 3 Pitch for the 2010, 2011 and 2012
Senior 3-Pitch for those born in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.*

* Players born in 2006 registered for our 2020 season are also eligible for Senior 3-Pitch.

2021 zone restrictions 

Proposed fees only as playing guidelines and restrictions have to be confirmed.    

Registration fees for 2021:

Note: There is a 3% processing fee applicable for online payment processing.

Blastball: $45

Junior T-Ball: $75

Senior T-Ball: $90

Junior 3-Pitch: $95

Senior 3-Pitch: $95

Sorry, due to safety considerations, we will not be offering our ball program in spring 2021.

IF YOU WANT TO BE ADDED TO OUR CONTACT LIST,

Please send an email to: ball@stanleyparkoptimist.com and you will kept informed.

(If you stayed registered with us through 2020, you will be requested to complete a survey on how you want us to handle your registration fee. Your spot for 2022 is already assured!)

General Information: Between May 10 and June 27, weather permitting, we plan to play as many games as possible at Franklin and Midland Park --- only venturing elsewhere (usually to Smithson School). As in 2019, there is no gala wrap-up season-ending celebration planned for our 2021 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.  Participants may select up to TWO days they cannot play (IF necessary) and we'll do our best to avoid scheduling games on those two days. Game days will vary from week to week among the available slots, i.e. we do not play specific days each week. Each team generally has two games scheduled each week; weekday & Sunday games are 6:30 pm starts, Saturday games start at 9:00 am. (Once we get to the end-of-season playoff games for the Senior T-Ball and 3-Pitch teams, our capability of honouring multiple playing-day restrictions is more constrained but we'll do our best to comply on a "best-fit" scheduling basis. We cannot promise anything beyond that except for Coaches & Assistant Coaches --- of ALL leagues ---who may, if needed, request a 3rd playing day restriction.) Refer to the information on preferences and requests

Professional photos for our 2021 season will be scheduled to be taken at games during the first two weeks of the season. 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 and a web page for each team. 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 and, although batting helmets are available on a shared basis, players may wish to have their own.***For 2021, helmets may need to be on an individual basis, i.e. NOT shared. 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 the safety concerns generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, sharing of team snacks and post-game socializing are not likely to be allowed in our 2021 program. Rather than a snack coordinator, as of 2021, each team will be required to have a "Safety Committee" to ensure all safety guidelines and protocols are followed at ALL team events.  

 

 

Mall registration sessions for 2021

There won't be any.

 We encourage you to register ASAP once registration opens - especially if you have any special requests. You'll be able to register online anytime - 24/7 - and sooner is better! A downloadable form will also be available for the 2022 season for submission by mail. Lots more information on the program is on this website. We hope you'll join us and play ball!   Refer to playing day preferences and special requests. 

Refund Policy: IF the 2021 season is approved to start on May 10, there will be a $15 processing fee on all requests for refunds up to April 26, 2021,  for our 2021 season.  Sorry, but - unless our season gets canceled, we do not issue any refunds for requests received on (or after) April 26. Any refunded amounts have to be processed to the same person and in the same manner as the initial payment was made. The deadline date will be adjusted should the start of the season be delayed by lockdown restrictions due to a pandemic.

 

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