The Batter’s Box
The Batter’s Box
Summer 2012 – Issue 1 Spring 2013– Issue 3 •
About The Batter’s Box
Double Pitcher Contest
Charities & Sponsor Bar
Wiffle Ball for Dummies
DOs & DONTs
The Weekly Catch
James Salgado, Charm Reyes, & Jon Reyes Please direct any comments or questions to your league representatives. You can email us at email@example.com
OR if you see us, just come up to us!!!
Coming Soon To a “Batter’s Box” Near You Every team will be offered a space every edition of the Newsletter to submit something funny... write about their game... whatever...and since we’re doing a newsletter every Tuesday of every week, you have plenty of time to come up with something! If your team doesn’t submit anything, and isn’t in the newsletter, talk to your captain!
Ideas for Team Submissions Then email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
When I say, submit something for your team, here are some ideas: • Play by plays of the game • Document the debauchery at the bar - i.e. describing someone’s amazing acting skills hobbling across the bar with a “sprained ankle” just to Ice a teammate. ] • Draw pictures!!!!! • Favorite quotes, poems, song lyrics, movie scripts, YouTube video, or motivational speeches! • Email chains from the morning after . • Funny pictures of you, your team, or something random on the internet • Give your team member awards - drunkest, loudest, person with the least shame, best off the face catch, etc.! • Anything. Really. Someone on your team is creative.
Submissions are due EVERY Tuesday by 9 p.m. ** If you need extra time, email me and just let me know.
Double Pitcher Contests
Backyard Sports Club’s email is email@example.com. I look forward to working with all of you! DISCLAIMER: if you have problems with keeping your language in check, not bashing refs, being overly nasty to other teams, and other no-no’s, the Editor does have the right to not include your write up in the newsletter if the content is deemed inappropriate or out of line. We will try to screen write ups as they are received, will try to let teams know so that they have time to resubmit, but there is no guarantee. The easiest thing to do is to keep it clean, be nice, and remember this is all in good fun.
Backyard Sports Club Summer Leagues Men’s Flag Football Dates: July 14-Aug 25 Days: Sundays Where: Oceanfront 13th Street Sponsor Bar: Calypso Price: $60 Early Bird Special
Kickball Draft League Dates: July 10-August 31 Days: Wednesdays Where: DLH Fields Sponsor Bar: TBA Price: $55 Early Bird Special
Futsal League Dates: July 9-Aug 27 Days: Tuesdays Where: Jewish Community Center Sponsor Bar: TBA Price: $60 Early Bird Special
Blue Diamond Wiffle Ball Dates: July 11-August 24 Days: Thursdays Where: Lake Taylor High School Sponsor Bar: Uno’s Price: $55 Early Bird Special Registration OPEN
Women’s Powder Puff Dates: July 14-Aug 25 Days: Sundays Where: Oceanfront 13th Street Sponsor Bar: Calypso Price: $60 Early Bird Special Registration OPEN
Recess Kickball Dates: July 12-August 31 Days: Fridays Where: DLH Fields Sponsor Bar: Uno’s Price: $55 Early Bird Special
Announcements 2nd Annual Sand Wiffle Ball Open
August 17th 2013 RUN Powered by ADP
Cost: $30 per player; Late registration after July 30: $40 per player. *Teams Co-Ed, minimum of 10 - maximum of 12 players (must have at least 4 Females/Males). *Ages 21 and up. *Sponsor Bar: Calypso's Bar and Grill. Charity: Surfers Healing
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*Pool Play Games and Top 2 from each pool will advance into single elimination round. *Register at www.backyardsportsclub.com, under the 'Tournament' tab: www.backyardsportsclub.com/tournaments. If you would like to volunteer to help, please send me a message. Please message me for any companies wanting to be a Tournament Sponsor and I can e-mail or mail the sponsor letter. Thanks to everyone for helping to make a difference! For more info search “Sand Wiffleball Open” on Facebook!
Hair Graphics Owner and Master Stylist, Joy Godfrey has been creating avant-garde looks for over 10 years. Educated by some of the leading companies in the salon industry; Vidall Sasson, Bumble & Bumble, Wella and Paul Mitchel, to name a few. She has a acquired a multitude of skills to give clients the exact look they want. Her work is inspired by the love of art and design specializing in texture cuts and creative color techniques. Joy believes that your hair is a very important part of your life, as well as your selfimage and personality and looks forward to working with you.
Pembroke Chiropractic Holly Hickson and Marcie Masterman from Holey Balls in Your Mouth work at Pembroke Chiropractic for Dr. Mark Soccio. Allow your body to “Fall Into Good Health” this season without the use of harmful drugs or surgery. Our holistic approach goes beyond the medical approach. Our first goal is to help you get out of pain as quickly as possible by assisting your body’s inborn ability to heal. Discover Chiropractic!
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook! Happy Healing! 757-490-5828
REMINDER: There is NO smoking at the fields! And please be discreet if you are drinking alcoholic beverages. Coolers and Solo cups are your friends!!! We do not want to lose these fields, so PLEASE respect the rules! Thanks Please send any requests for “Announcements” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Double Pitcher Contest How Low Can You Go? This week’s game is LIMBO! 1 guy and 1 girl will represent each team. We all know the rules to limbo. No part of your body can touch the bar and no part of your body (other than your feet) can touch the ground. The last person standing will win the DOUBLE PITCHER for their team.
Congrats to the Wiffskey Milita and Colin Shields for chugging his beer like a champ thus winning last week’s “Double Pitcher Contest”
Week 4 Schedule – Thurs, May 9th 6:30 Games • Down Wiff It vs. Rec N’ Ballz • Da Bombers vs. Holey Balls in your MOUTH • Wiff Alotta This vs. Wiffskey Milita
Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
7:15 Games • Da Bombers vs. Rec N’ Ballz • Make it Rain vs. Holey Balls in your MOUTH • Sons of Pitches vs. Clown Babies
Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
8:00 Games • Wiffskey Milita vs. Clown Babies • Down Wiff It vs. Wiff Alotta This • Sons of Pitches vs. Make it Rain
Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
Week 3 Scoreboard Teams Sons of Pitches vs. Rec N’ Ballz Down Wiff It vs. Holey Balls in your MOUTH Make it Rain vs. Da Bombers Wiff Alotta This vs. Rec N’ Ballz Down Wiff It vs. Wiffskey Militia Make it Rain vs. Clown Babies Wiff Alotta This vs. Clown Babies Da Bombers vs. Wiffskey Militia Sons of Pitches vs. Holey Balls in your MOUTH
Score 9-7 8-13 19-9 6-17 5-2 9-3 6-8 L-W 4-16
Standings Team Name
Wiffskey Militia Down Wiff It Rec N/ Ball Make It Rain Sons of Pitches Holey Balls in your MOUTH Clown Babies Da Bombers Wiff Alotta This
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 0
2 2 2 2 3 2 3 4 5
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Please submit all scores and write ups about your teams to email@example.com
Team write-ups Exactly 10 showed up for MIR. I hope this is this happens every week for us. If not we will be short. Da Bombers are a great team. They Ashley the Bomb over the fence Tullar, so if we can keep runners off base that will limit their scoring chances. MIRs line-up has been up and down this season. We are still looking to find our groove. Their is a lot of potential there with this group. MIR took the early lead in this game and never looked back. We played good defense and hit the ball. This was a great game for us to get back into our groove. We look to seeing you guys again Bombers.
I wasn't sure how this game was going to end. Clown Babies have all types of good players. This game came down to who had the better defense. Everyone was hitting the ball but MIR held their ground and played good D. I did see a lucky catch out there for Jordan; while she was talking smack in the outfield. She got lucky and caught a ball out of no where to prevent several scores from coming in. In the end MIR made the babies cry a little. - Jon Reyes Are first game of the night was against Down Wiff It. Wow, what can I say? That team is really Down Wiff It. This was tough game, the wind was blowing all over the place, and the ball was blowing right to our opponents. There was many scoreless innings in this game as it was a defensive battle. Unfortunately, we were on the short end of this stick. I hope we get another chance to dance with the tie dye team. Game 2 for us was against Da Bombers. We love playing Da Bombers, because they are family. Finally the wind slowed up and the bats decided to come out to play. We got back on track with the help of many key players. Colin, Carolyn, Jess, Dyan and Joe all led us to victory by going 3 for 3. Also, Joe had an unassisted double play. Way to go Joe! As a bonus, John came off the disabled list. It was nice to have him back. - Marcus Blagen
Promoting Ball Awareness...Since 2008
We played a short handed Rec 'N Ballz team on the tiny field. I was certain balls would be flying out of the yard left and right. We welcomed back Angel who'd been playing in the Caribbean Wiffleball leagues all winter. His first at bat was a grand slam and his second was a 2 run homer. I'm glad our Island scouts found him. Play of the day was Robbie taking a relay throw from left field and gunning me down at home plate... by HITTING ME IN THE HEAD!!!! Good game by all, was a lot of fun as always. Probably the worst defensive game we've played in three seasons. Even if the errors had turned to outs, I still don't think we would've had enough offense to win. Both facets of the game escaped us for this annual "Chop-a-Thon". I'm pleased to announce that neither myself nor James Salgado stayed exclusive to the chop for this game. I'm proud of the professional growth. Thanks to Holey Balls, we've now extended our streak of consistently average play. we've gone 1-1 every week and stand at an even 3-3 for the season. Looking forward to another split this week! - Will Buker
Wiff Alotta This is finally showing what we are made of! We got some solid hits, scored runs, and had a blast. We’ve found out what we were missing: jello shots! A few shots in and we were rollin’! Vince hit a home run and we were very close to winning our second game until a few errors gave the other team some runs! We had the lead going into the final inning and couldn’t hold onto it unfortunately! This week’s opponents better watch out because we are comin! - Lee Werner
Team write-ups Make it rain: 9-19We started off a little rusty but got it together towards the late innings however it was not enough to beat Make it Rain. Shoutout to Ashley Burres, at pitcher, for taking a hard hit to the knee, which created quite the commotion. Welcome back Kevin Vona, fresh from the disabled list and fit right in at shortstop and had a couple good hits also. Shoutout to Tom as well with the inside the park homerun!! We definitely needed those runs to catch up! Its always fun playing our extended family, Wiffsky Militia. The game was tight for the first few innings. We played well from a great catch by KP, and good fielding by Kevin and Mike. We lost Derrick to a separated shoulder (yep in Wiffle Ball) but he will be back. Also, welcome the newest member to our team, Lauren! (She is accepting free batting lessons from cute guys) Shout out to the Militia fam for a great game!! - Ashleigh Tullar Rec Nâ€™ Ballz settled for a split on a cold Thursday evening with strong winds crossing the fields. We lost our first match-up against a tough Sons of Pitches team, who displayed a solid defense as well as timely hitting. I think their shortstop had about 6 RBIs on 2 homers. Timmy Britt kept us in the game with a Grand Slam, but we still fell short a couple runs (9-7 score, maybe? I don't know). In the nightcap, we pounced on Whiff Alotta This early and never looked back, earning our 4th win on the season. Hopefully we'll be able to put together two good games this coming Thursday. - Robbie Wright
Vs. Down Wiff It. We got 9 runs in the first inning and never looked back. As always, we relied on our base hits and agressive base running. Our defense handled the rest. Good game by everyone. Vs. Sons of Pitches. Chicks...and guys did the short game. Our base hits found the holes and ripped through the Sons of Pitches defense. Holey Balls does great when we are facing the wind and we definitely capitalized on it. Great game by all. - James Salgado
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Imagine an afternoon baseball game… A Player hits the ball and heads for first base……… Imagine teammates cheering….. Now picture the player in a wheelchair. Imagine all the players are children with disabilities…….
The Annual Little League Baseball Worldwide Challenger Jamboree held in Norfolk, Virginia is a very special event that enables boys & girls ages 5-18 with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in the sport worldwide. The Jamboree gives kids the opportunity to socialize in a positive atmosphere to play baseball rather than watch from the stands as others play. This innovative event makes it possible for every child to participate in a structured athletic program regardless of their disability. EVERY KID DESERVES TO PLAY!
Challenger Little League Gives Kids a Chance to…..Play Ball!
In 1896, the Norfolk City Union of The King's Daughters was formed to provide health care for indigent mothers and their children. In 1961, The King's Daughters established Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters exclusively for children. Today the hospital is a comprehensive health care center, still carrying on the tradition of the founding King's Daughters to treat all children who need the special care available only at CHKD. Children are admitted for routine illnesses as well as complex conditions and injuries. CHKD provides the highest designation of neonatal intensive care in our region as well as specialty units for pediatric intensive care, rehabilitation, cancer treatment, medical and surgical care and transitional care.
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters relies on its friends in the community to help make sure the hospital is available to all children who need its services.
Wiffle Ball Well, since no one wants to read the official Backyard Sports Club Wiffle Ball rules, here is a simple Wiffle Ball for Dummies to help you out as the season starts out! PLAY OF GAME • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Rotation. Players may rotate from one field position to another. Each Captain is to provide the opposing team a batting order prior to start of the game. Team must bat in order, if not batter out of turn will be automatically out. 6 innings equal a normal game. A 20 run rule is in effect after four complete innings. Three outs per inning for each team. Team pitches to themselves: 3 pitches for males, 5 pitches for females. Bunting is illegal and will not be permitted. No Walks No Stealing Pegging is allowed. If there is contact to the head or face the runner will be awarded the base. Tagging up is allowed. Runner can leave base once the fielder has touched the ball. Runner must wait for the ball to be hit before leaving base. Pinch Runner. An injured player may receive a pinch runner after he/she reaches first base. The last player out of the preceding inning becomes the pinch runner.
Batting • •
Batting. Everyone on a team must bat. Running. Runners must stay within the base line and fielders must stay out of the base line. Fielders trying to make an out on the base may have their foot on base, but must lean out of the baseline to avoid contact with the runner. Runners hindered by any fielder within the base line shall be safe at the base to which they were running. Scoring Plate. The incoming base runner must tag home plate located behind the batter’s box. To tag a runner out at home plate, the catcher must stand on home plate for a force out or be tagged with the ball prior to touching home plate.
The Calls •
Out. A count of three outs concludes the other team’s half of an inning. An out occurs when: The count reaches three strikes A player is touched by the ball at any point while not on base A runner who is on the same base with another runner is tagged by the ball. A hit ball, foul or fair, is caught in the air A fielder tags a base to which a runner is force to run A runner is off the base when the ball is hit A player slides into a base. A player leads off or steals. Runners may only leave their bases after the ball is hit. The batter can strike out only if he/she swings at a pitched ball and does not foul tip the third strike. A foul tip backwards that is caught above the catchers shoulder. Fly Balls. If a fly ball is caught in foul territory after the third strike, the ball remains live. Home Run. A ball that clears the fence in the outfield and is within the foul poles will be an automatic home run. Dead Ball. The umpire will automatically call a dead ball when the ball reaches the pitcher, so long as the pitcher is standing on the mound. All runners who are less than halfway between bases must return to their previous base, and all runners who are more than halfway between bases may proceed to the next base. Infield Fly Rule: No infield fly rule will be called.
The Extra Base When running to first base, remember to run across the outside base. The reason for this is so the first baseman doesn’t crush you trying to tag you out. However, if you’re running to 2nd, you can touch 1st base and book it to 2nd.
Wiffle Ball Well, since no one wants to read the official Backyard Sports Club Wiffle Ball rules, here is a simple Wiffle Ball for Dummies to help you out as the season starts out!
NO CLEATS! Unless the ground is wet!
NO GLASS BOTTLES!
Wiffle Ball MOST IMPORTANTLY….DO NOT, DO NOT THROW YOUR TRASH BAGS WITH EMPTY CANS OR BOXES OF “ADULT BEVERAGES” INTO THE TRASH RECEPTICALS THEY HAVE AT THE FIELDS. These DO NOT Go Into the Trash Cans at the Fields:
The Dos and DONTs www.backyardsportsclub.com
DO NOT bring alcoholic beverages to the field….or at least be discreet about it!
DO clean up after yourselves! Unfortunately, maid service was cut out of Backyard Sports Club’s budget due to the economy.
DO be friendly to the Refs: Please do not yell at them…just remember, you’re the one that will look like a jerk if you yell at them.
DO NOT be “that guy.” We do not own Uno Chicago Grill or the premises around it; so when you do something stupid, you’re not excluded from any laws just because you are wearing a Backyard Sports Club t-shirt.
DO NOT leave a fellow wiffleballer behind; we take care of our own. Don’t let your teammate drink like a champ and drive home. Find the closest decent looking guy/gal, introduce them, and have them go home together.
DO NOT be bitter. It’s super important that if you end up having a “sleep over” with a fellow wiffleballer, be cool with them for weeks to follow. We’re a small community, you’re gonna end up seeing them all season! When they drop you off at your car, hug it out, smile…and say “hi” the following week.
DO NOT try to guess that persons name!
DO go to our sponsor Bar, Uno Chicago Grill. It’s what the cool kids are doing.
DO NOT fight! This is a fun league, HAVE FUN! If you fight, fun’s over for you, you’ll be kicked out.
DO always wear your Backyard Sports Club shirt. I know laundry once a week may be too much, so it’s cool if you go a couple weeks without washing….unless you’ve got bad B.O. like Robbie Wright!
DO NOT smoke at the fields!
**DISCLAIMER** Nothing in the Backyard Sports Club Newsletter is to be taken seriously, except for the schedules and scores! Please send scores, recaps, pictures, questions, funny quotes, and/or any information that you would like to be added into the week’s newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org
The weekly catch B y
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For this week’s catch, I am proud to present Lee Warner, or better yet known as Squishy. Lee, the captain of Wiff Alotta This, has a big personality, is an unnecessarily enthusiastic George Mason fan and doubles as Steve Urkel in his spare time. Despite the fact that he holds down multiple jobs, he always makes time for the frequent bar appearance. If you were to go out with him, expect plenty of free shots of Fireball because he somehow knows every single bartender in the area. He might even take you out for a good night of boot-scoot-boogying and share his excellent taste in music with you. Make sure you pack your travel-size trombone on your date, because Lee enjoys a goodnight serenade. If you are lucky enough to be with him the next morning, you will without a doubt hear the words “I am never drinking again.” Whatever you do though, do not take him to get Mexican for hangover food. Lee is a great guy and a wonderful friend, but he definitely has a wild side. Don’t worry though, if he bites you, it will most likely be an accident… Ladies, you should definitely get to know Lee. He can’t wait to tell you how beautiful you are!
Camera Whores or……………?!?! So….I obviously lost control of the camera Thursday night. I gave it to Joe Equitan to take pictures, but apparently it landed into the hands of a Clown Baby..hmmmm, I wonder how that happened. When I went to transfer all the pictures I noticed only 1 color…Baby Blue. Sorry for the lack of pictures, but the camera died, I’m guessing from the Clown Babies taking 1000s of pictures of themselves and deleting it cause maybe it didn’t come out to their liking or something. Way to go Clowns for killing the camera!
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Norfolk, Virginia Backyard Sports Club, Blue Diamond Divisions