2nd Annual PPWSL Fundraiser Game: Mets (fans) v. Yankees (fans)

A fundraiser game resented by the Prospect Park Women’s Softball League

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Our post-game party has moved to The Black Horse Pub!
The Black Horse Pub has offered to donate a DOLLAR to the PPWSL for every alcoholic drink purchased by a PPWSL participant, friend or family member after the Mets v. Yankees fundraising game. The Black Horse has great pub food, indoor and outdoor seating areas so please join us after the game to celebrate a wonderful summer! 568 5th Avenue (at 16th Street),  www.blackhorsebrooklyn.com
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Come to play, come to cheer and come to celebrate at the PPWSL’s METS (fans) versus YANKEES (fans) game on Thursday, August 18, 2011. This fundraising game will support the Prospect Park Women’s Softball League. The “Mets” are PPWSL players and coaches who self-identify as Mets fans and the “Yankees” are PPWSL players and coaches who self-identify as Yankees fans. Everyone already knows who will win, right? And don’t forget to come out to cheer and then celebrate at the afterparty where the bar (TBD) will donate to the PPWSL for every drink purchased by a PPWSL participant, friend or family member after the PPWSL’s Mets v. Yankees game. Bring your family and friends – all are welcome!

Just the facts…
– Date: Thursday, August 18, 2010 at 6:20pm
– Rain dates: Monday, 8/22 or 8/29
– Minimum player donation: $20 to benefit the PPWSL
– Mets (fans): Interested PPWSL players and coaches who self-identify as Mets fans
– Yankees (fans): Interested PPWSL players and coaches who self-identify as Yankees fans
– Volunteer: To umpire, coach, keep the scorebooks or help administer the event
– Location: Prospect Park, Field One
– Register: Contact your Team Representative or send an email indicating your interest to PPWSL Vice President, Carrie Davis at carriedavis@gmail.com

About the PPWSL…
The PPSWL was conceived in 1981 as an instructional softball league designed to provide an opportunity for women of all skill and experience levels to participate in an organized, competitive sport. Integral to that mission is the inclusion of a diverse population of women. The league contends that its competitive and instructional goals are compatible. As the league expands and women’s overall athleticism increases, we continue to encourage development and endorse the benefits of players at all levels of play, working together, challenging themselves, and enjoying the camaraderie of their teammates.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Mets (fans) versus Yankees (fans) Fundraiser Game…
What or who is a Mets (fan)?

Interested PPWSL players or coaches who self-identify as Mets fans who wish to make a $20 minimum donation to participate in a fundraising softball game to benefit the PPWSL will be eligible to play on the Mets team.

What or who is a Yankee (fan)?
Interested PPWSL players or coaches who self-identify as Yankees fans who wish to make a $20 minimum donation to participate in a fundraising softball game to benefit the PPWSL will be eligible to play on the Yankees team.

I coach in the PPWSL team but don’t play – am I eligible to play in the Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game?
Yes, current, non-playing PPWSL coaches or managers will be eligible to play.

How many players will be on each team?
There will be up to 24 Mets (fans) total – two Mets from each PPWSL team. There will be up to 24 Yankees (fans) total – two Yankees from each PPWSL team.

24-players per team – that does not sound like a lot of playing time per person, does it?
That is correct – most players will play no more than two to three innings.

What if more than two Mets (fans) and/or Yankees (fans) from each PPWSL team wish to play?
If more than two participants from each category wish to play from a given team, participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis or as decided by individual team policy Additional players from each team can be selected on the same basis if some teams do not “fill” their allotment of participants. The League VP may, at her discretion, select one or more pitchers “out of order” in order to ensure each team has an available pitcher. Registration will close when both rosters are filled.

How can I register as a player?
Contact your Team Representative or send an email indicating your interest to PPWSL Vice President, Carrie Davis at carriedavis@gmail.com. In your email, please indicate the following:
• You wish to be a player.
• Your phone number and email.
• Current PPWSL team.
• Which team you are a fan of – Mets or Yankees?
• Primary and secondary positions you play.

I am neither a Mets nor Yankees fan but want to participate, what can I do?
Become a volunteer! The Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game will need umpires and administrative volunteers to handle organizational details such as collecting minimum donations and waivers from players, “Passing-the-Hat” to collect donations from spectators and fans and helping to sell PPWSL T-shirts.

Can I umpire in the Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game?
Possibly – interested PPWSL players or coaches who are neither Mets nor Yankees fans (and are not haters of either team) with a strong knowledge of softball and umpiring basics will be eligible to umpire. Two umpires will be needed.

Can I coach in the Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game?
Possibly – interested PPWSL players or coaches  who are either Mets or Yankees fans with a strong knowledge of softball and coaching basics will be eligible to coach. Two coaches or managers will be needed, one for each team.

Can I help as an administrative volunteer in the Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game?
Probably – administrative volunteers are interested PPWSL players or coaches, as well as friends or family members. Volunteers are needed to collect minimum donations and waivers from players, to “Pass-the-Hat” to collect donations from fans, to keep the scorebooks, and to sell PPWSL T-Shirts.

How can I register as a volunteer?
Send an email indicating your interest to PPWSL Vice President, Carrie Davis at carriedavis@gmail.com. In your email, please indicate the following:
• You wish to be a volunteer.
• Your phone number and email.
• Current PPWSL team (if applicable)
• Primary and secondary volunteer positions you would prefer – choices include: umpire, coach/manager, and administrative.

Why is participation limited to Mets and Yankees fans?
The Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) event is less of a softball game and more of a fundraiser and capitalizes on the novelty value inherent in Mets and Yankees hometown rivalries to generate participant interest. The actual game is of secondary importance. Participants are encouraged to have some fun while playing a few innings to support the PPWSL in the beginning of our 4th decade.

Will there be other opportunities to donate money to the PPWSL?
Absolutely, you are welcome to donate monies to volunteers who are “Passing-the-Hat,” as well as buying a PPWSL T-shirt.

Will there be other opportunities to play a game to donate money to the PPWSL?
We hope so! 2010’s Cubs v. Cougars fundraiser was so successful that PPWSL leadership is seeking to make fundraising games an annual event using a “donate-to-play” novelty fundraising theme template.

Why do I have to pay or donate money to play in the Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game – I already paid a fee at the start of the season?
The Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) fundraiser intended supplement the monies the League raises from Team Fees, which include permits, equipment and umpires fees. Team Fees might have to be increased without fundraisers like this.

Where will the game be played?
The Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game will be played on Field One. We will be taking advantage of the low number of rainouts this season and will be playing on an unused field from a potential PPWSL rain date.

When will the game be played?
The Cubs v. Cougars game will be played at 6:20pm, the usual PPWSL start time. No new innings will be started after 7:50pm.

What if it rains?
Pre-registered players will be informed via email if the Mets (fan) v. Yankees (fans) game will be rescheduled due to rain or poor field conditions. Potential rain dates are Monday, 8/22 or 8/29.

My circumstances have changed and I cannot make the game as planned – what should I do?
Please email PPWSL Vice President, Carrie Davis at carriedavis@gmail.com, as quickly as possible if you have pre-registered but cannot, for some reason, play. Carrie will offer your roster slot to the next person on the waiting list.

What about equipment and uniforms?
The League will supply a set of bases and two balls. Players should supply their own playing equipment, including uniforms. Mets players should wear a black or predominantly black T-shirt. Yankees players should wear a white or predominantly white T-shirt. We hope to be able to offer commemorative T-shirts as part of future games.