Calgary Challenger Little League

The Challenger Little League of Calgary helps to establish strong bonds of friendship and understanding between Little League teams in Calgary and surrounding areas in an atmosphere of sharing and caring.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Great Start to the Season

For the first time in years Mother Nature smiled on us. What better weather could we have asked for? The sun was shining and hot, the wind was calm and shade was hard to find. As with every year Dave Spratt and myself carpooled into the fields around 8:45 am and did a walk around the fields. They were perfect! Rotary Park had racked the fields and the grass looked like it had been cut and green grass was being to grow.

As with every year registration went off with out a problem. I would like to thank the registration team for their hard work and organization in ensuring everything was ready to go as the players started to arrive.

A very special thanks needs to go out to Airdrie Little League who had representatives (buddies) from 3 teams. Here’s their website www.airdrielittleleague.com, thanks to the Parents, Coaches and Players, I know from talking with many of the players and parents that your contribution is extremely valuable and appreciated.

To all the parents out there that I saw snapping pictures. I’m hoping that you might send me one or two so that I can post them here on this blog and on Facebook. If you have any other stories or comments feel free to send them to me, I would love to share them with others.

Next Saturday is only 6 days away. If it’s sunny remember to bring the sunscreen I’m a perfect example of what could happen if you don’t.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Let’s Play Ball Saturday May 2, 2009

With the winter season behind us there’s a chill in the air, the snow is still a thought in our minds. The fields are now dry the clay is being prepared and the grass is everyday getting greener after a long winters nap. There’s a feeling in the air, a smell. What could it be it’s on the tip of the tong?

It’s the start of CHALLENGER LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL; this Saturday May 2, 2009 is the start of baseball. I know from past years that many of our players are excited to be playing ball. Most have probably been waiting, asking, begging to get out there and play, to see old friends and make new ones, to get out on the field and play.

It looks like Mother Nature is going to be a little kinder to us this year. As of Tuesday April 28, 2009 the forecast is for a high of 10 C, although this doesn’t sound great especially for the earlier times as it is going to be pretty cold (it sure does beat 18 inches of snow and every vehicle having a hard time getting out of the parking lot at Fire Park.)

Please remember that we are playing at an outdoor facility (Rotary Challenger Park) and will have to dress for the weather conditions (that includes spectators. A.K.A mom, dad, brothers, sisters and other guests.)
District #3 Little League will again be providing buddies. They have been a great supporter of Calgary Challenger Little League over the years. These are the kids and coaches (with the help of our volunteer coaches) that help out the athletes on the field. It is a learning experience for both the Challenger Athletes and the Little League athletes and coaches, because at the end of the day everyone is a Winner and the game is fun.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Calgary Challenger Little League NEW WEBSITE

Calgary Challenger Little League has a new look website. If your looking for more information about this program or are interested in Volunteering please click on the link on the left hand side of this blog and it will take you right there. If you have any questions or comments that you think others might want to know more about, please post a comment on this blog and I will get you an answer.

There are many things that are in the works and many challengers to make it all come together. There's to the upcoming season and good weather in our forecast.

Hope everyone had fun in the off season and is now getting ready to go. See you all at Rotary Challenger Park on opening day.

Jason

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Getting Ready for 2009

Happy New Year.

It amazing how fast times flies by. This new season is just a few short months away from starting and already my thoughts are about baseball. I hope that we have better weather this year and that everyone is happy and healthy.

See here on this blog again, I'm hoping that I can improve and make this a useful tool.

Jason

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Final Day June 21, 2008

The morning started off great. There was much more going on at Rotary Challenger Park than most weeks. There was a jumping castle, face painting, crafts, I never did see the petting zoo but it was also there, Harvey the Hound, Calgary Fire Department and the Rotary Club of Calgary and some of their members were also out providing food and drink.

Oh, I nearly forgot there was BASEBALL too. As always Saturday morning baseball was being played. The first teams to take to the fields were BEARS vs. BRAVES (East) and GIANTS vs. CUBS (West). I was a little concern when at 9:50 then weren’t many players but by 10:00 the fields had players and coaches a team. Each player was hopefully announced by myself at least once at bat by way of the stereo system that the park let us use, and by the end of the game all looked to have had a good day. After the game the players parents and coaches went to the picnic tables behind the fields where the last day of Baseball really has meaning. For the younger players it’s always nice to see them receive the pictures and trophies, always a smile and the look at accomplishment. They then headed to the BBQ and took in a few of the other events.

The 11:00 time featured 4 more teams, DODGERS vs. ROYALS (East) and JAYS vs. RANGERS. This time was very challenging for a few reasons. One, the parents had to try and get the kids past all the activities that were taking place between the parking lot and the field. Even with a few late bodies the games continued on. I was dealing with problems of my own when the mic for the stereo system lost power and I was only able to read off the players from a quite place. At the end of the game players, coaches and parents went to the picnic tables for pictures and trophies. Then these players were off to the BBQ and other activities that where at the park.

12:00 MARLINS vs. ASTROS (West) and CARDINALS vs. METS, as always this time almost seems to run itself. The players know what going on they come to play and have fun. Again with so much activity going on there seemed to be a couple of players that came in a little late but everything went well. There seemed to be better hitters than when we played out first time out. I think a couple of the coaches when worried about being hit. Good job and great hitting.

A special thanks to Sunridge Little League for providing buddies for our final game, I hope to see you again next year. Good luck in your games.

With end of the 12:00 just after 1:00 and the last batters coming around for that final home run of the season a little sense of loss entered my mind. For the past couple of months Calgary Challenger Baseball has been a driving force in my life. Every year it is fun to come back and see how the players have grown and how their skills have improved. While I will be missing Challenger Little League for the next 10 months, I will be anticipating next year and the new players that will come out and learn.

Have a great summer; fall and winter see you in the spring.

On behalf of Calgary Challenger Little League

THANK YOU

Monday, June 9, 2008

Picture Day

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the players as they came out to Rotary Park for individual and team pictures. The Burns Administration Building was just right to help accommodate us. We should put out a special thanks to Renfrew School for being able to give us a little more space in the boardroom.

Hopefully our next 2 weeks are rain free. See you there. Jason