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 the 2019 season, again with funding from KSA, we added an additional play area at Franklin Park for our Junior T-Ball league. This "new mini-diamond" has yet to be used --- but that's going to change for 2022!
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 2022 season as follows:
* Early means before June 1st, 2019. ** Players born in 2006 & 2007 who registered for our 2020 season, and remain registered, are also eligible for Senior 3-Pitch in special roles to be determined.
Registration is closed for 2022
Sorry, but we're already playing ball.
We hope you'll consider joining us next year.
General Information: Between May 16 and June 26, and again in September***, weather permitting, we plan to play as many games as possible at Franklin and Midland Park --- only venturing elsewhere (usually to Smithson School) if absolutely necessary. As in 2019, there is no gala "organization" wrap-up season-ending celebration planned for our 2022 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 team's 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
***To make up for the late start of the season and to provide teams with the opportunity to play make-up games due to rain-outs, we fully anticipate that the scheduling for 2022 will include the opportunity to play some additional games during September (after Labour Day) with evening events scheduled for 6:00 pm starts. Schedules for the September games will arranged in consultation with each team and then released in June.
Professional photos for our 2022 season will be scheduled to be taken at games during the first two weeks of the season (or prior as arranged with individual teams). 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, composite photo, 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. Note that, although batting helmets are available on a shared basis, players may wish to have their own.***For 2022, we plan to make our loaner helmets available to players who don't have their own on an individual basis for the season, i.e. NOT shared at all. All players in our Senior T-Ball and both our Jr. & Sr. 3-Pitch leagues have also been required to wear face protection when playing an infield position --- and will be for 2022 as well. We have supplied equipment for players without their own on an inning-by-inning as-needed basis but, for 2022, this may need to be adjusted to be adjusted to "loans to individuals for the entire game" with appropriate changes to our playing rules.*** 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. There will undoubtedly be mandated regulations in place due to the pandemic.
*** If you don't have a helmet for you child (as noted, we do have loaners), and would like your child to have his/her own, please visit Sportco (Ken or Kevin if available) and they'll get your child fitted and ready to play. Sportco is also our supplier of bats, balls, gloves = everything for ball players! Sportco: 880 King St East., Kitchener
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 --- including for 2022 --- 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 2022 program. Rather than a snack coordinator, as of 2022, each team will be required to have a "Safety Committee" to ensure all safety guidelines and protocols are followed at ALL team events. There will undoubtedly be mandated sanitization requirements that each team, (and each player, coach, official and spectator) must comply with. Whether or not proof of vaccination is required for attendance/participation has yet to be determined.
In-person Information/registration sessions for 2022
All sessions have now been held.
We encourage you go over the information on this website including the FAQ section, and then register online. If you don't wish to pay online, you can mail or drop off payment (cheques should be made payable to "The Optimist Club of Stanley Park). You must enclose the payment, along with a note explaining which participants the payment covers, in a sealed envelope addressed as follows: c/o The Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N., Kitchener, Ont. N2A 4K7
Note that the registration process is not complete until suitable financial arrangements, including requests for consideration for a fee subsidy or financial assistance, have been completed.
When registration is open, you can register online anytime - 24/7 - and sooner is better! Lots more information on the program is on this website. We hope you'll join us next year and play ball! Refer to playing day preferences and special requests.
Refund Policy: There is a $15 processing fee on all requests for refunds up to April 25, 2022, for our 2022 season. Sorry, but - unless our season gets canceled, we do not issue any refunds for requests received on (or after) April 25. 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 the pandemic. Note: There will be no refunds to anyone affected by an exclusion from participation for non-compliance with any mandated health/safety regulation.