The Christopher League 2018 Fall Ball Season has its opening game on Saturday, September 8 and runs for 8 consecutive weeks thought October 27. For those who are new to NYO, the Christopher League is a baseball league designed for children with disabilities. The Christopher League Players are assisted by Buddies who come from the community at large, and we invite that the NYO community to come out to support us. We request that the Buddies be at least 10 years of age.
All games are at the NYO Wilkens-Bronco Field and run from 9:00 to 10:30. We have a record number 45 players signed up as we are the only park that runs a Fall Ball season, so all Buddies are welcomed and encouraged to participate in as many events as they can. Please make a special effort to attend the game on October 6 as the Oglethorpe baseball team (who will once again be assisting us) has a scrimmage that day and we will need all the help we can get.
NOTE: We reserve the parking spaces near the field for Players only, and with so many Players signed up, we expect them to be filled. Thank you in advance for leaving these spaces available.
A few rules for Buddies.
- Safety is our first concern. Stay with your Player at all time. You must know where your Players are and do not let them leave the field or meander into a position of danger.
- Try to show up by game time (9:00 for home games). Although you will arrive before most of our Players, it is better to have the Buddies ready to go when called upon.
- When we are batting, keep the Players either in the dugout or on the dirt patch along the fence.
- Keep your Player entertained and have fun. If you are in the field and your Player does not want to play a defensive position, it is perfectly acceptable and even desirable to create your own game of any sort in the outfield, as long as it does not interfere with the batters, other fielders and baserunners. Play catch, play tag, discuss the likelihood of the Braves making the playoffs or the possible solutions for Atlanta’s incessant traffic woes (are electronic scooters the last-mile solution?). Try to keep your Player engaged as it can get a little boring just standing in the field.
- If you need to leave early, be sure your Player has at least one remaining Buddy.
- Be ready. I like to try to have the game moving as quickly as possible. With so many Players, I hope to get at least 3 at-bats for each.
- Uniforms, gloves or any other baseball equipment are not required. I recommend tied shoes, but flip-flops have made more than one appearance.
- I do not need to know if you are not going to be able to attend any particular game. I trust you will make it to all the games you can.
- I will sign any community service forms you give to me if you have a pen, but I cannot draft them.
- I will communicate to the Christopher League community by email. If the weather is questionable, keep checking your emails.
- See rule #1.
I have often described the games as “organized chaos”. We may have close to one hundred people on the field at any one time, so all Buddies need to be vigilant and mindful at all times. We have been at this for over 20 years, always had fun and remain undefeated!
Please contact Leo Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org) if (i) you are interested in receiving the emails I send to Buddies, (ii) have any questions, or (iii) you know of a Player who may want to join our team.