What's the plan for 2020? Is there going to be a season or not?
The short (truthful) answer is, no (which couldn't be stated definitively until early April). We continue to monitor the situation and work on details so that, when we do get an "amber" light, we'll have a viable program to offer. This could be with modified playing rules, less sharing of equipment, no "team" snacks, team "health" coordinators .... we'll see! Once the light turns "green" (most likely not until there's a viable vaccine for the Covid-19 virus) we'll get back to our program in a workable format.
Updates will be issued as the situation evolves and firm decisions are made. Rest assured, we'll play if/when it's deemed safe to do so. Please bear with us as we all work through this uncertainty with the situation changing almost weekly.
What if the season gets cancelled? How do I get a refund?
The last option on the table for 2020 was for us to cancel the season outright. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. The decision was made with the understanding that safety considerations meant that there'd be no summer activities of any kind for our local kids: no sports, no swimming pools, no day camps, no summer camps = lots of inactivity!
Registrants for our 2020 season were offered the option of a full refund or having their fee transferred to our upcoming 2021 season. We're Optimists and we're here for the kids!!
We're open to exploring all options to ensure kids have the opportunity to be active later this summer or, more likely, this autumn --- please! Hopefully we can get something that'll work but nothing can be confirmed yet; too much uncertainty. A lot will depend on whether the school reopen this spring, whether the parks are open, whether gatherings of more than 5 are allowed and... whether people will want to participate. At this time, no one knows what the future holds but hopefully there's a light out there somewhere and in includes some outdoor fun with the kids!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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 mall registration sessions and confirm the registration status. Unless you are getting funding from an outside source, r.e. 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 equipment does my child need?
With the exception of a fielding glove*, we provide everything needed for participation: bats, balls, batting helmets, face shields & catchers' equipment (3-pitch). 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.
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 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.
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 we get into our "late" registration period, the number of teams in each league is set so the number of roster spots becomes limited. Most of the teams will already have their full allotment of players and those with open spots are filled on a first-come basis. As leagues fill up, we employ a waiting list in case of withdrawals. Once the team photos are taken, early May, the online registration system is formally shut down.