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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do we do in the event of rain? Are games cancelled? How/when will we know if our game is cancelled?

If conditions aren't playable, then affected games won't be played but that decision can't be made based on a forecast..
We monitor the weather radar ( https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/map/radar?lat=43.4303&lng=-80.4831) as conditions do change and forecasts aren't totally accurate --- % chances of rain are rarely 100% and timing is everything!!!

Decisions on such aren't made until closer to game time as the actual situation can be determined. ..
If we're still assessing the situation (up until an hour before game time), decisions may have to be made at game time at the diamond by the coaches of the teams involved along with the officiating crew. Such decisions are on an individual game basis as often one diamond may be playable while another is deemed not to be by those at the actual game site.

IF the City cancels the permits --- by 3 pm --- then all games/events are cancelled for the affected sites for that day. This is usually based on the anticipated field conditions that will exist at game time for a particular location. We monitor the City site ( https://app2.kitchener.ca/fieldconditions/ ) and get notified if any of our scheduled events are affected (as late as 3 pm). After 3 pm, we make our own decisions as noted above.

Summary,
We try and play whenever possible!


What equipment does my child need?

NOTE: THIS RESPONSE HAS BEEN MODIFIED FOR OUR 2022 SEASON: For 2022, we encourage players to have their own equipment if possible so sharing can be minimized. With the exception of a fielding glove*, we provide everything needed for participation: bats, balls, batting helmets, face shields and catchers' equipment (for 3-pitch).
To minimize sharing in 2022, we hope to be able to include enough loaner helmets c/w faceguard to teams so they can, in turn, provide such to players who do not already have their own.
Players who have their own bat will not be required to share it with any other players.
Catchers' equipment will have to be shared but we hope to provide each team with an extra set to lessen the amount of sharing during an individual game.
Players should have closed shoes suitable for running, i.e. running shoes -- not sandals, flip flops, nor bare feet. Fielding gloves are not necessary for Blastball but our T-Ball and 3-Pitch players do use them. For T-Ball, we use a 9" soft-core ball so a basic (beginner) glove is recommended. We use a regulation 11" softball (misnomer as it's not soft-core at all) for 3-Pitch so a glove suitable for softball is recommended. Note*: Through donations, we do have an inventory of loaner gloves for those who do not possess one. Arrangements to borrow (or exchange) a glove can be made at the start of the season --- for the season.


What time do the games start?

All games (except those scheduled for play on Saturday) start at 6:30 pm. Saturday games start at 9:00 am.
The evening "bonus" games in September (2022) have to start at 6:00 pm due to the earlier sunset. Saturday games will generally be 9:00 am starts.


What days do you schedule games?

Teams generally have two games scheduled each week. Actual game days vary each week but are scheduled within any the playing day parameters provided on the registration forms. During weeks affected by holidays, i.e. Victoria Day in May, some teams may only have 1 game on their schedule.


I was wondering how much I would have to pay if I received any subsidized funding? As a single mom, money is very tight right now but my child is excited to start playing ball again.

We do offer payments terms and subsidized registration fees to ensure that everyone who wants to play gets to play and enjoy the experience. To help us "stretch our dollars further", we do encourage those in need of financial assistance to contact the City pf Kitchener and apply for the City's Leisure Access Program which provides funding for City programs such as swimming lessons. (While our program is not eligible for funding from the City program itself, the acceptance criteria are the same as for Canadian Tire's Jump Start Program and Jump Start does cover registrations in our program.) Regardless of funding assistance obtained from outside sources (e.g. JumpStart, House of Friendship, OutReach, etc.), we won't hold up your registration awaiting payment but do ask that you pay what you can afford --- when you can afford it.
In support of our Fee-assistance Program we, in turn, receive funding from the Kitchener Sports Association to ensure that everyone gets to play! In addition, we maintain an inventory of loaner gloves and provide each team with helmets, masks and bats so there's no equipment required for your child to own to be able to play and play safe.


What if the 2022 season ends up getting cancelled? How do I get a refund?

We wouldn't have opened registration for 2022 if we weren't comfortable that we'll actually be granted permits to play --- and offer a program that everyone can enjoy. IF things take a turn for the worse and regulations prohibit us from offering a viable program, participants will be offered a full refund (without penalty). Such a turn would, most likely, also result in most other children's recreational activities also being canceled. Cancellation part-way through our "official" season will be considered a postponement as we already have dates in September reserved in case of such an eventuality. If the games in May and June proceed without closure due to the pandemic, our play dates planned for September will be considered as "bonus" games.


What's the plan for the 2022 ball season?

At this time, (March 2022),we are planning to play starting May 16 and are accepting registrations. Specifics on modifications to some of the procedures and resultant rule changes are posted on the website. All participants (players, parents, volunteers, spectators, officials) are required to abide by safety protocols and teams may also require and enforce their own additional measures. Compliance is not optional. Social distancing while be encouraged while the sharing of equipment will be minimized. Team equipment (bats and balls) will be sanitized on an ongoing basis throughout each game. Each team must have at least one one volunteer supervising a crew of volunteers assigned to oversee safety policies and procedures.
Our 2022 season will include play in May and June, break for the summer vacation period (no scheduled games/events in July and August), and then offer additional playing time after Labour Day in September.


How do I ensure my child will be on the same team as his/her friend(s)?

Specify the names of any friends in the space provided for such on the registration form. (We only require the name(s) not explanations -- and proper/correct full names work best!) Note that making more than one or two requests is often not possible especially if the others also have made requests to be with others. Mutual requests work best as playing day preferences have to be given priority. Advice: Check with the other player to confirm he/she is actually registering with us, which league they are registering in and whether they have any playing day restrictions. (Requests from bonafide coaches carry a lot of weight!)


How many teams are there?

The number of teams in each league is determined by the number of children registered to play by the end of March. The exact number varies from league to league and from year to year but recently (pre-Covid) we've had 10 to 16 Blastball teams, 12 to 16 Junior T-Ball teams, 8 to 10 Senior T-Ball teams, and 5 to 8 teams in each of our 3-Pitch leagues; total 48 to 54 teams. As of March 4, 2022, we have enough registered players already to offer a viable program. we do not anticipate having a schedule wherein teams will play every other team in the league, at least not in May or June. More flexibility should be available for the "bonus" events planned for September.


When can I get my child's game schedule? (2022)

Short answer: By May 1st, 2022. Schedules are released on a league basis as noted below, not to individual players until confirmed.

Team schedules are not set until after registrations are processed. They are then reviewed with the coaches in mid to late April (for conflicts, errors and such) and then subsequently, posted on the website approximately two weeks before the start of the actual season.
Every team has an entirely different schedule, all based on the preferences of the players on the various teams. (IF you need to change your playing day preferences, you must do so before the coaches approve the schedules. Email: ball@stanleyparkoptimist.com Once the schedules are approved, the team rosters are set and no changes are allowed.
So, team schedules will be reviewed with each team's coaching staff in late April and then posted on the website as soon as that specific league's schedule is approved. We expect to have everyone notified of their team's schedule by May 1st. There will be no games scheduled until May 16.. Teams schedule their own team meetings and practices and will be expected to have at least one (more preferably) before their first game.


For a child born in 2017, with little or no playing experience, which league is better: Blastball or Junior T-Ball?

For our 2022 season, yes you have the option of either Blastball or Junior T-Ball. Your question of which one is best is impossible for anyone to answer definitively but here are some things to consider:
Your child would be one of the oldest in Blastball or one of the youngest in Junior T-Ball. None of the children in either league will have much, if any, playing experience as there hasn't been any play for the last two years. Both leagues are all at the introductory level but Junior T-Ball does involve all 3 bases, positional fielding and is much closer to the "real" game even though there is no scoring. (Blastball only involves one base so no base running but does present more opportunity to bat.) Complete league descriptions are on this website.
That said, the biggest consideration is what your child's friends, classmates and/or neighbours are doing. If he/she has a friend who's registering, then that could be the deciding factor. (Friend request should be mutual and not have conflicting playing day requests.) Kids like to play, at least initially, with known friends even though they'll meet many more during the season.
Also, your child may be able to provide more guidance as a preferred level of play.


So, no games until May 16? Is the schedule really just a few weeks in May and then June until school breaks for the Summer? September games but none in July and August? Is that correct?

Yes, for 2022 that is correct: .
Historically, our season has always been 8 weeks with play starting May 1st (weather permitting). This has become an issue over the past 6 or so years as weather conditions have kept the fields too wet for the City crews to get ready --- and then too wet for anyone to play on. We're still hoping to catch a break --- everyone could sure one after being locked up for so long!

With a start date of May 16, there are only 6 weeks for us to schedule games so we sought (and have) permission to hold some games/events in September for the teams that wish to resume play at that time. Schedules for each team's September games will be arranged with the coaches in May/June. Coaches may also wish to hold onto the equipment for possible practices and such over the summer.

Also, in view of health and safety precautions, we're trying to minimize congestion at the park and spread things out a bit May and June so no back-to-back games and minimal games on the long weekend in May.


I registered already but now want to change my playing day preferences; also my child has a friend request to add. What should I do?

The person who completed the registration form can make additions/corrections any time up to when the organizational meetings are held. Send an email to us (Registration@stanleyparkoptimist.com) with the request details and don't forget to include both your name, contact # and the player's full name.


My child wants to play but the registration fee is a barrier for us at this time. What can I do?

We don't turn any child away. You can still complete the registration paperwork online and check off one of the options (e.g. cash) for payment later. You can then see us at one of our information/registration sessions and confirm the registration status. Unless you are getting funding from an outside source, e.g. JumpStart, we ask that you pay what you can afford (as you can afford to do so). We get funding through the Kitchener Sports Association and accept donations so we don't have to turn anyone away for financial reasons.


What's the last date I can register to play?

Registering early is always recommended, especially if you have playing day restrictions or "friend" requests. Once April hits, the number of teams in each league has to be set so the number of roster spots becomes limited. These are then filled on a first-come basis. As leagues fill up, we employ a waiting list in case of withdrawals. Late fees apply April 7 for the 2022 season (for any spots that are still open.) Once the team photos are taken in the first 2 weeks of the season, the online registration system is formally shut down for all leagues. (Warning: Registration for specific leagues usually closes well before the photo dates.)


What happened to the 2020 season?

The short (truthful) answer is, it got cancelled in early April. (Our 2021 season never even got "off the ground".) We continued to monitor the situation but there never was a realistic opportunity for us to offer anything remotely close to a viable program -- up until February 2022 when restrictions started to be loosened and a 100 people could be allowed to attend an outdoor event. (We needed that and a green light for teams to play an actual game!)


I rolled my child's registration over from the cancelled pandemic 2020 season to 2021 to 2022, now what?

All registrations rolled over to 2021( and then to 2022) are now valid for the 2022 season. We require permits from the City of Kitchener and have been informed that we're good to play! These "pre-registered" participants have been requested to update all information regarding playing day preferences, friend requests, volunteer roles, etc. and sign the necessary waivers. If they decide not to join us in 2022 then they can request a full refund with no penalty up until April 25, 2022. We will not carry rollovers for this group to 2023.


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