Preparing for Opening Day- Sad Goodbyes

Yesterday the Sluggers participated in a scrimmage against the Diamonds, and suffered a loss but won valuable experience as we are about to step into the real game of softball following the ASA designated rules in the 10 and under division. This is the Sluggers first year to participate in this division and we are considered the babies coming in. With hard work and dedication though, we will excel in what we love most- softball.

Changing subjects now. On Wednesday, sadly, Coach Candice lost an inspiring individual in the world of softball. Charlie McVay was a gentleman who coached a group of young ladies for many years that included Coach Candice’s cousin Peigh. I’m sure your asking yourself why this is important to the Sluggers team, so I will be happy to let you know.

I recieved this statement in a coaches clinic recently and I thought I would share it:

“Coaching  gives one a chance to be successful as well as significant. The difference between the two is that when you die, your success comes to an end. When you are significant, you continue to help others long after you are gone. Significance lasts many lifetimes. That is why people teach, why people lead, and why people coach. As I leave the field of play, I enjoy the feeling of being a winning coach. But more important, I hope that I have been a person of significance in the lives of these young women (men).”

– Coach Lou Holtz

I felt this was important to share with you at this time because Coach McVay was successful, but more importantly significant. He inspired those girls through playing ball and along the way to be repsectable and successful young ladies. Not only did he inspire the girls he coached, but along the way he inspired their families, and this includes Coach Candice. He encouraged young ladies to play the game of softball. This is how Coach Candice started her love for the game. Although he was done coaching by the time Coach Candice started to play, he attended a good portion of her games to cheer her on and teach her. This is also why Coach Candice coaches this sport, in the hopes that one day she may be considered successful and significant.

All who knew Coach McVay will remember his encouraging words, support, and love. He will forever be missed, and as we go into our opening day for the 2012 season the Sluggers would like to dedicate our games to Coach McVay. Win or lose tomorrow, we will enjoy one anothers company and the fact that we are one big happy Slugger family.

Below is the important information that we gave the parents for opening day in case you didn’t receive the imformation or you lost it.

                      Sluggers Softball Opening Day Agenda

Saturday, April 7th

This year, we will all need to meet at the 10 and under field bright and early at 8:00am. We will then walk over as a team to the new field to get our pictures taken. Please have your forms filled out and ready to go, and your daughter in our complete Sluggers uniform: Black pants, polka-dot slugger socks, hair ribbon, cleats, and hat. If the girls own a lime green helmet, please clean it up and bring it to pictures as well.

At 9:00am the Opening Day Ceremonies will begin where our own Slugger Alexis will grace us with her beautiful voice singing the National Anthem this year. Let’s cheer her on and give her big Slugger support.

Once the opening ceremonies are over, we will go to our field and set up for our first game at 10:30pm. If we can have some parents reserve a shady spot on the outside of the field we are playing at that would be great.

At 12:00pm we will walk to our picnic and eat a light lunch before we play again. Below is a list of what we need you to bring for our cook out. If you are unable to bring these items, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make different arrangements.

When 1:30pm rolls around, we will play our second game.

We will be having a hotdog lunch barbeque for our opening day. Please bring the assigned item(s):

  • Hotdog Barbeque Supplies:
    • Drinks-                                         Coach
    • Barbeque Grill –                          Hope
    • 100 Hotdogs, Potato Salad-     Terri
    • Catsup, Mustard –                      Kiara
    • 3 packs each Hotdog Buns-     Julia, Mercedes, Alexis, Champagne
    • Plates & Napkins –                     Sonny
    • Chips –                                          Zeanna, Lizette, Champagne’s Aunt
    • Desserts –                                     Jasmine, Janessa

Bring your own lawn chairs.

It’s going to be a long day, so don’t forget the sunscreen.

Let’s play ball!


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