Ancaster Vets Slo Pitch
Open Letter to Current AVSPL Players
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September, 2019

OPEN LETTER TO CURRENT PLAYERS OF THE AVSPL

I want to thank each of you for your participation, sportsmanship, camaraderie and support this year.    

Ray d’andrade resigned as Secretary/Treasurer earlier in the year.   Ray, along with Neil Panabaker (since deceased), were integral in saving the league 5 years ago when Bill Pridmore abruptly left his role as President and the league after the season.  I want to thank Ray for his dedication and hard work that has allowed the league to survive.

While there are still a couple of weeks of the regular season and the play offs yet to come, it is also time to start preparing for next year.

 

REGISTRATION FORMS

• Please return to your Manager, myself or John Delaney before the end of September with your registration fee.

• Please read and follow the instructions at the top of the Registration Form.  

• Please ensure that you sign both the Registration Form and the Waiver Form on the back (yes there is writing on BOTH sides)

• If you are not returning, please put your name on a form and write not returning on it.  

• If you are unsure, please complete the form with a note that you are unsure.   We will do a follow up call in early January to get a final decision from you.

• NOTE – We will not be chasing forms and payment to the same extent as in the past.  A reminder will be given after the season however it is your responsibility to get your form and fees in ON TIME.

We will be drafting the teams in late January/early February.  If we only have enough players for 10 teams, we will go with 10 teams next year.

 

INCREASE IN REGISTRATION FEE

Due to increasing costs, the Registration fee is going to $140 – an increase of $10.   The currently known cost increases are as follows:

1. DIAMOND RENTALS -  

• I hope you have noticed that all 3 diamonds at Ancaster now have lights (if you have not, take a look!).  This means they are all considered “B” diamonds by the City.  Whether the lights are used or not, the “B” diamond hourly rate is used.

The cost of a “B” diamond is $25.96 per hour.  Before the lights, the diamonds 2 and 3 were rated as “C” diamonds which cost just over $4.00 an hour.

• The AVSPL was grandfathered at the lower costs for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.  In 2021 the league will have to pay the “B” diamond rate for all 3 diamonds.

• This will increase the cost of the diamond rentals by 48% in 2021.

• A $10 increase does not cover this extra cost.  There may be a need for a further increase in the next year of two.  We are looking at alternatives.

 

2. UMPIRES

• The cost of umpires increased by $2 a game this year.

3. BATS

• Bats have gone up in price and we are not able to get them as cheaply as we once did.  It is costing about $80 more a bat.

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to me.

Good luck to all teams as we enter the double knock out playoffs Sept. 22/23 and Sept. 29/30!

 

Don

Don Pente, President

Ancaster Veterans’ Slo Pitch League.

 


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