Periodically we will feature new volunteer opportunities or areas where we face a particular need for help.
This week we focus on two areas: our Home Run Hit-A-Thon and our snack bar.
The Home Run Hit-A-Thon runs Friday and Saturday, and we need volunteers to do things like help our players participate and to record the distances for their hits. All shifts are two and a half hours. Currently, we have no volunteers to help us on Saturday between 10:45 and 3:30. If you can help, especially during these times, sign up for a slot using the Hit-A-Thon SignUpGenius.
Our snack bar provides players and visitors with a chance to get a cool drink and a snack during game times. And, it’s fun! Shifts are two hours and 45 minutes, and early shifts get to run the grill! Currently our greatest needs are:
On April 28, a griller in the morning and volunteers to cover slots from 12:00 – 5:30.
On May 5, a griller and another person to help cover the slot from 9:15 – 12:00.
The Falls Church Kiwanis Little League has a rich and fascinating history, which is highlighted in this article in the Falls Church News Press. This great read offers some insights into our league you may not have known--including the fact that a FCKLL alum played in the major leagues!
Which player was it? Check out the article to find out.
Note: The article contains an unattributed comment that criticizes other leagues. While we are pleased that the article paints our league in a positive light, we wish it would not have pointed fingers at other leagues. The comment is not attributed to any person and we are unsure of its origins. Ultimately, we are proud of the way we encourage both healthy competition and player development, but don't feel the need to criticize other leagues for their approach.
Also, the article incorrectly identifies the FCKLL team for players with special needs as the Sluggers. That team is named the Challengers.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year--the home run Hit-A-Thon--takes place on April 27 and 28. This event generates roughly a quarter of our league's revenue, and will help us pay for new batting cages this year. It also helps us keep registration costs as low as possible.
Look for the USA Baseball logo before buying a bat!
New Specifications for Bats
In 2018, Little League programs will be using new bats that meet new specifications.
The good news: The new bats will be safer (they play more like wooden bats).
The bad news: Your slugger’s old bats can no longer be used at Little League events.
You don’t need to buy a new bat: FCKLL will provide two new bats for every team in the league. But if you want to buy a new bat, be sure it meets the new standards and carries the USA Baseball logo. (For a list of approved bats, visit usabat.com.)
What should you do with your old bat? Don’t throw it away! We will be collecting old bats (and any other baseball equipment in good working order) to donate to need children in other countries. Bring your equipment to Assessment Day on Feb. 18, or Opening Day on April 7.