Hi Fay & Associates Parents,
We’ve had a great couple of weeks of practice! We have a great group of kids who have all been working hard getting better, even when it’s hot and steamy outside (like it was this afternoon). Please thank them for us for all of the effort they’ve put in, and the positive attitudes they’ve all had at every practice.
We now have our schedule, including games and a new practice night, for the rest of the season. Tomorrow night (Monday, 6/29) will be our last Monday night practice for the year, and we’re planning on holding a scrimmage with the Engel and Volkers team that also practices at Thorpe at 7:00 on Mondays. Per guidance from MBA, parents are welcome to stay and watch the scrimmage as long as you follow these guidelines:
Q: Can fans attend games and scrimmages?
A: Yes, after receiving new guidance, the areas behind the plate are now open for fan seating observing the 6 foot recommendations from the MDH and CDC. The previously suggested areas down the base lines are now reserved for extended dugout areas, unless coaches determine otherwise according to the layout of the field. Please be aware that certain fields (like Bennett 5) have less room for fans so keep that in mind when you consider who in your family will attend those games.
Q: Is there a limit of how many fans can attend a game or scrimmage?
A: There is no limit of how many fans per player at this time, but we ask that each family be considerate, courteous, and cautious of how much safe space is available for fans.
We will still have our practice scheduled for 7:00pm this Thursday (7/2), then we shift practice days to Wednesdays at 7:00pm at Thorpe Park Field 1 (this is the other field at Thorpe, in the opposite corner from where we currently practice. Starting next week, we have one practice per week on Wednesdays and 1 or 2 games each weekend through mid-August. The schedule is below:
Monday, June 29th 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 2 Practice/Scrimmage
Thursday, July 2nd 7:00pm – 8:30pm Freeman 3-Youngstedts Practice
Wednesday, July 8th 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 1 Practice
Saturday, July 11th 12:30pm – 2:30pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. Heartland Roofing/Siding/Windows
Sunday, July 12th 12:00pm – 2:00p Freeman 3-Youngstedts Game vs. Team Winegarden, Realtors
Wednesday, July 15th 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 1 Practice
Saturday, July 18th 10:00am – 12:00pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. TBD (Dick’s Sporting Goods)
Wednesday, July 22nd 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 1 Practice
Saturday, July 25th 10:00am – 12:00pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. Mad Dog Products
Sunday, July 26th 12:00pm – 2:00p Freeman 3-Youngstedts Game vs. Boyer Building Co.
Wednesday, July 29th 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 1 Practice
Saturday, August 1st 12:30pm – 2:30pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. Engel and Volkers
Sunday, August 2nd 2:30pm 4:30pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. Heartland Roofing/Siding/Windows
Wednesday, August 5th 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 1 Practice
Saturday, August 8th 10:00pm – 12:00pm Freeman 3-Youngstedts Game vs. Team Winegarden, Realtors
Sunday, August 9th 12:00pm – 2:00pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. Dick’s Sporting Goods
Wednesday, August 12th 7:00pm – 8:30pm Deephaven, Thorpe 1 Practice
Friday, August 14th 6:00pm – 8:00pm Freeman 3-Youngstedts Game vs. Heartland Roofing/Siding/Windows
Sunday, August 16th 12:00pm – 2:00pm Bennett 2-Bigham Game vs. Mad Dog Products
You can also find this schedule at https://www.leagueathletics.com/Schedule.asp?org=minnetonkabaseball.org
We recognize that you may have weekend plans over the next month and a half and may not be able to make every game – not a problem but please let me know in advance if you know you won’t make a game so we can plan line-ups and pitching/catching rotations. Also, with just 11 kids on the roster we hope that we’ll only have 1 or 2 kids out of action so we don’t need to forfeit any games.
Finally, we have ordered jerseys and hope to have them before our first game. It sounds like MBA is not providing baseball pants as part of our uniform this year, so you will need to purchase a pair (or two) from a sporting goods store. I’d love our team to have the same color pants (ideally white or gray) but feel free to buy what makes the most sense for your player.