Cubs vs. Cougars Fundraiser: August 19, 2010

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

Come to play and come to cheer at the First Annual CUBS versus COUGARS game on Thursday, August 19, 2010. This fundraising game is based on the classic “Rookies versus Old Timers” theme and will support the Prospect Park Women’s Softball League. Interested players will donate a minimum of $15 and play a few innings to benefit and support the PPWSL. The Cubs are PPWSL players and coaches 29 and younger and the Cougars are PPWSL players and coaches 40 and older. Please consider volunteering if you can’t play – we need coaches, umpires and administrative volunteers. So, have some fun and play a few innings to celebrate the beginning of the PPWSL’s fourth decade (and don’t forget to come out and cheer)!

Just the facts…

  • Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:20pm
  • Rain dates: Monday, 8/30 or Thursday, 9/2
  • Minimum player donation: $15 to benefit the PPWSL
  • Cubs: Interested PPWSL players and coaches ages 29 and younger
  • Cougars: Interested PPWSL players or coaches ages 40 and older
  • Volunteer: To umpire, coach, keep the scorebooks or help administer the event
  • Location: Prospect Park, Field One
  • Register: Email PPWSL Vice President Carrie Davis: 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 Cubs versus Cougars Game…

What or who is a Cub?
Interested PPWSL players or coaches ages 29 and under who wish to make a $15 minimum donation to participate in a fundraising softball game to benefit the PPWSL will be eligible to play on the Cubs team.

What or who is a Cougar?
Interested PPWSL players or coaches ages 40 and older who wish to make a $15 minimum donation to participate in a fundraising softball game to benefit the PPWSL will be eligible to play on the Cougars team.

I coach in the PPWSL team but don’t play – am I eligible to play in the Cubs v. Cougars 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 Cubs total – two Cubs from each PPWSL team. There will be up to 24 Cougars total – two Cougars 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 Cubs and/or Cougars from each PPWSL team wish to play?
If more than two participants from each category wish to play from a given team, the oldest participants will have priority for the Cougars and the youngest will have priority for the Cubs. 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?
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.
  • Date of birth.
  • Current PPWSL team.
  • Primary and secondary positions you play.

I am neither a Cub nor Cougar but want to participate, what can I do?
Become a volunteer! The Cubs v. Cougars game will need umpires, coaches 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 Cubs v. Cougars game?
Possibly – interested PPWSL players or coaches ages 30 to 39 with a strong knowledge of softball and umpiring basics will be eligible to umpire. Two umpires will be needed.

Can I coach in the Cubs v. Cougars game?
Possibly – interested PPWSL players or coaches ages 30 to 39 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 Cubs v. Cougars game?
Probably – administrative volunteers are interested PPWSL players or coaches, as well as friends or family members of all ages. 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.

– Date of birth (umpires and coaches/managers only).

– Current PPWSL team.

– Primary and secondary volunteer positions you would prefer – choices include: umpire, coach/manager, and administrative.

Why is participation limited to Cubs and Cougars in this game?
The Cubs v. Cougars event is less of a softball game and more of a fundraiser and capitalizes on the novelty value inherent in the classic “Rookies v. Old-Timers” competition theme 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 our 30th year and 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! If the proposed Cubs v. Cougars fundraiser is successful, it could become an annual event and/or a “template” for other “donate-to-play” novelty fundraising themes. Other novelty fundraising themes to consider for the future include: Yankees (fans) v. Mets (fans), West Coast v. East Coast, Parents v. Non-Parents, Couples (v. each other), Cats (owners) v. Dogs (owners), Long (hair) v. Short (hair), a “Home Run” event, Alumni game, and so forth.

Why do I have to pay or donate money to play in the Cubs v. Cougars game – I already paid a fee at the start of the season?
The Cubs v. Cougars game is a fundraiser intended supplement the monies the League raises from Team Fees. Team Fees might have to be increased without fundraisers like this.

Where will the game be played?
The Cubs v. Cougars game will be played on Field One. We will be taking advantage of the unusually 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 6:30pm, the usual PPWSL start time. No new innings will be started after 7:45pm.

What if it rains?
Pre-registered players will be informed via email if the Cubs v. Cougars game will be rescheduled due to rain or poor field conditions. Potential rain dates are Monday, 8/30 or Thursday, 9/2.

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. Cubs players should wear a white or predominantly white T-shirt. Cougars players should wear a black or predominantly black T-shirt. Based on the relative success of this initial game, we hope to be able to offer commemorative T-shirts as part of future games.