Our biggest kickball season ever is well underway. There's 394 teams packing the park this year so here's some updates to keep you all up to speed on the "going-on's" and "what's up's" this summer as we continue to have fun and give back to our community.
For the summer players, the summer schedule has already been tweaked and re-arranged a few times to help alleviate some general parking concerns, the make-up games missed on Tuesday the 12th, and general ol' logistics for other reservations in and around the park. As always, we ask that you do not print or screenshot the online schedule, as changes still may occur. If there's changes day of, we'll facebook it, text it, e-mail it and tweet it. So if you missed an update, it's time to like our facebook page or follow us on twitter. You can also re-sign this season's liability waiver with the same e-mail address to add a mobile number for text updates.
There will be no games the week of Independence Day (July 2nd - 6th), so enjoy the time off with all of your new kickball buddies! Just a quick note that when we get back, some Tuesday teams will have a double header on July 10th, with the last game starting as late as 8:15pm to make up for the missed 6/12 games.
The East Ave Crawl will take place on Saturday, July 14th and the the Monroe Crawl will be on Saturday, August 25th. Take of work now, Our pub crawl are always FREE, just show up in your Summer 2012 kickball t-shirt to be eligible for the great prizes that we give away all day long. It's open to everyone so feel free to bring your non-kickball friends as well. We'll be doing another school supplies drive for the Rochester City School District again on the Monroe Crawl. Don't forget to take advantage of those back to school specials and lets help some youngsters in need get a head start on the school year. Here's the results and thank you letters from last summers donation: http://www.rockickball.net/article.cfm?Page=Articles&ArticleNumber=217
Now for some BIG NEWS!!! For the first time ever, the Kickball League of Rochester will be organizing the kickball tournament that takes place during the Ten Ugly Men Festival
. Ten Ugly Men takes place on July 21st in Genesee Valley Park. Registration will be held on our website starting July 10th through that Friday or until filled. Each team will be required to have a minimum of 10 players on their roster going into the tournament, with no maximum to your team size. We were able to wrap the initial team registration fee into the ticket cost so there's no hidden fees for you. This double-elimination tournament will cost $50 per player and includes your team t-shirt (all teams will have a different color shirt), Referees, Equipment (bases/balls/cones), & entrance into the festival (which includes: 5* drink tickets, unlimited food, live music all day, access to the always fun slip-n-slide, and unlimited fun with all your friends). ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the Ten Ugly Men charities. A trophy will also be provided for the winning team, with the possibility of some other goodies as well. The tournament is strictly limited to 32 teams and is expected to fill up very fast. Again, registration will be held at http://www.RocKickball.net
and more details on this will be posted shortly, so free up that day now and start organizing with your teammates and through the holiday week.
After a two year hiatus, KLOR will again be returning to "Bonzai". Bonzai 2012 is on Saturday, July 28th. It's in our own backyard at the Highland Bowl, featuring acts such as "The Offspring", "EVE6", "The Gaslight Anthem", "Oberhofer", "Our Lady Peace", & "Walk the Moon". Come join us as we chill out, relax, and enjoy some great tunes in the park! More info here: http://thezone941.com/events/scions-bonzai-2012/
KLOR is working with some kickballers at the American Cancer Society in Rochester to put on another kickball tournament on Saturday, August 18th. It will be limited to 32 teams and is expected to fill up very fast. Registration will open on our website in late July, so stay tuned. There will be additional opportunities for the teams to raise additional funds; with the highest fundraising team to win a separate prize and other goodies. ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the American Cancer Society. More info to come so stay tuned to our website and facebook page.
The "Field Days" event mentioned at the Captain's Meeting will not take place this summer due to circumstances outside of our control. We will now be looking at revamping this plan for a 2013 event date.
We have a lot of new faces this summer so we just want to toss out a few quick reminders.
Glass bottles and containers are not allowed in the park or at the games. This is a park rule and one that we will enforce. We have instructed our referees to stop and/or end games if glass is present at the fields. We've found broken glass in the middle of our fields before and it's not something pleasant to slide into or fall on during a game. The parks are also carry-in/ carry-out.
Metal spikes or metal cleats are not allowed. These ruin the bases, balls, and are a safety hazard to all players on the field. Please notify the official immediately if you see a player wearing this type of footwear.
Carpooling and proper parking is recommended. Please park the appropriate distance apart and next to cars when arriving for your game. Leaving big gaps between cars ultimately creates a lot of wasted space and when it's your time running late to a game you'll be grateful you found a space on time. Crittenden has plenty of fields but not a lot of parking. Parking on the main road and side roads by Crittenden is not recommended as it creates blind spots as cars exit the park onto the road. We've also seen cars get ticketed and towed while players are in a game. Carpooling not only helps the environment, creates a team friendly atmosphere, and opens up more spaces; but it's safer if you're one of the teams that likes to take advantage of the social atmosphere.
Lastly, and most importantly, we want to reiterate our fundamental rules. We wish all players to be respectful and show great sportsmanship before, during, and after the games. Thank you in advance for continuing to make this league so amazing.
*Correction: 5 is the correct number of drink tickets - this was earlier announced as 6.