Kyle, the Youth Coordinator at Parkwood Hills Little League and the Manager at the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, organized teams for the Parkwood Hills Little League in June. A team drop out at the last second with secure funding in place. So he started a new team and with no cost to parents.
The twins were not interested at all; neither did they know how to play baseball. It never hurts to try though.
This program took place on Tuesday every week from June 30 to August 30 at the Fisher Heights Park. The twins were registered at the last minute and had the first try-outs on July 7. There were four teams playing: Britannia, Dynes Sports, St. Louis Wings, and BGCO Blue Jays, which was the the team that the twins were in. They received t-shirts and baseball hats with the Blue Jays’ logo printed on them. They played almost all of the games scheduled except for the one on July 28 where they have to attend a “Kids can code” event.
They were very excited with the new game and wanted to continue. It is very interesting that during the summer, almost every Tuesday afternoon we had showers in Ottawa. The kids were enjoying it so much that the coach decided to go ahead if there was not thunder threating.
On Aug. 18 they had a semi-final game for the play-off season and one week later the bronze medal /champion games followed by the big end of season party.
Wow, what an amazing season of baseball we’ve had! A little bit wetter than we would have liked, but in the end, the progress that each player made from the beginning of the year until the end of the season was astounding. To think that in June some of our players had never even held a bat before is pretty remarkable considering how far they’ve all come.
First off I would like to thank all our coaches and volunteers for all their hard work throughout the year. Your patience and great attitudes are what made this season so successful and is a big reason why every player I talked to this week said they had tons of fun this summer. I’d also like to thank all the parents for driving the players, organizing snacks, and braving some interesting weather in the stands this year as well! Thanks also have to go out to Matt & Sarah, the coordinators for the Parkwood Hills Softball Association who helped with field bookings, website hosting, and did double duty as our photographers/paparazzi at the finals this week putting together some great action shots of the kids. And finally I’d like to congratulate all the players on an amazing season of baseball. I can honestly say that it was a pleasure to watch your games each week and was constantly blown away by the skill and enthusiasm you each brought to the field day in and day out.
Now for the fun stuff!
Year end party:
-We will be attending the Ottawa Champions vs. Rockland Boulders baseball game this coming Saturday evening. If everyone could please aim to arrive at the stadium for around 6:00pm that would be ideal. The stadium (for those that haven’t been before) is located at 300 Coventry Rd. It is easily accessed via the 417, at the Vanier Parkway exit. Coventry rd is the your first right and the parking lot is your first right once on Coventry. Parking is $5.00 for those planning on driving.
-Once at the stadium, we will be meeting just inside the atrium to the left (near the Champions souvenir stand). If you arrive late, or cannot find us, please ask one of the stadium staff to show you how to get to the Champions Club room in the upstairs portion of the stadium as that is where we will be congregating for the first hour.
-Once we make our way up to the Champions Club, we will be meeting with Champions President David Gourley who will be giving out baseball cards to the players/siblings, and hopefully some of the Champions players will be coming up for a quick autograph session prior to the game. We will also be serving hotdogs (Halal options are available), and receiving some free swag courtesy of our friends at Lixar (a local high tech company).
-At approximately 6:50pm we will then make our way down to the seats to watch the game which starts at 7:05pm. Tickets are general admission so feel free to sit wherever you wish at this point.
-We would like to ask that the players please wear their jerseys to the game if possible to help identify them.
Hope to see you all at the game!
All the best,
A few weeks (August 12) prior to the party we were invited by the Canadian Hearing Society to visit the baseball stadium in Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park to watch the game between the Ottawa Campion and Rockland. I was new to the game and relied on Chen’s explanations to understand the rules. However the twins seemed to know all of them. At the end of the game there is a routine that kids are invited to greet the players, the twins were too shy to go ahead.
At the year-end party, after the game was over, I went up to where the game took place to see the grass. Cherry managed to approach the players . One of the players passed a baseball to her, a boy reached out and tried to grab it, but the player outmanoeuvred him and passed the ball onto Cherry. Cherry was over-joyed by the unexpected gift and patiently lined up to get the signatures of three players: Sébastien Boucher #18, Tyler Heil #4 and Drew Cisco #2.
Now Cherry always smiles whenever she sees the ball. Rose seems not to care, as cool as she is used to being. (When Rose saw the article, she changed the last sentence to “Rose seems to keep her happiness inside.”)