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Make Visions of Baseball Dance In Their Heads

by Keenan Longcor

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Join the Friends of Base­ball Board and our Dia­mond Dreams Chair, Mark Atkin­son in giv­ing the gift of base­ball this hol­i­day sea­son. Pur­chase a $25 youth mem­ber­ship for the BATBOY or BATGIRL in your life and your gift will be matched by our part­ners at Atkin­son Insur­ance. Your gen­er­ous gift will bring the joy of base­ball to the child in your life and make the Dia­mond Dreams of a child in Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton possible.

Two Ways to Win!

signed_mariners_ball For just $25, you can give the gift of base­ball and the child in your life could win a signed base­ball from our Dia­mond Dreams part­ners, the Seat­tle Mariners. Every youth mem­ber­ship will DOUBLE your invest­ment in base­ball and soft­ball in our com­mu­nity. That’s right — we will get to invest $50 for your gift of $25!

 

 

mexico_vacationFor $120, you can take care of the grownup fans too! Your Dia­mond Dreams mem­ber­ship for the base­ball fanatic in your life enters you in our draw­ing for a dream 7-day vaca­tion for 2 in Mex­ico at Vaca­tion Internationale’s Tor­res Mazat­lan Lux­ury Resort (pic­tured above) with air­fare from Alaska Air­lines.

 

Diamond Dreams launches with over $10,000 in seed funds

by Nova Newcomer

Diamond Dreams_LogoMem­ber­ship has its benefits…for you and your community!

Now you can share own­er­ship in Friends of Base­ball. Become a mem­ber and see your gift mul­ti­plied. Friends of Base­ball cre­ates oppor­tu­ni­ties for suc­cess on and off the field.

One of the top rea­sons that kids do not play base­ball or soft­ball is due to finan­cial inel­i­gi­bil­ity. 3.5 mil­lion kids will lose access to sports in the next decade. Friends of Base­ball is revers­ing this trend in Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton by pro­vid­ing a safety net to boys and girls who want to play ball.

We have worked together with our com­mu­nity part­ners to pro­vide over $2.4 mil­lion in pro­gram­ming, grants, schol­ar­ships, and equip­ment and serve over 40,000 chil­dren since 2005.

With your sup­port we will “Keep Kids on the Field of Play.” We have devel­oped a mem­ber­ship level for every­one and every mem­ber receives ben­e­fits devel­oped specif­i­cally by part­ners in our com­mu­nity who want to rec­og­nize your generosity.

Join at: http://friendsofbaseball.org/diamonddreams

Could this be the youth in your life on July 27th?

by Nova Newcomer

Get your tick­ets today for FOB Fam­ily Day on July 27th and this could be the youth player in your life!

When you bring your fam­ily or team, the youth play­ers in your party get a CHANCE TO TAKE THE FIELD with Hops play­ers for intro­duc­tions and other COOL PERKS!

The first 25 fam­i­lies who buy ticket pack­ages will also receive a cool base­ball back­pack for each youth player (2 back­packs per family).

Buy your tick­ets today!

Hops Fam­ily Day Ticket Pack­age Details

  • Sun­day, July 27th, 4:05 pm
  • $19 Ticket Pack­age per per­son includes
    • 1 Field Reserved Seat
    • Hot Dog
    • Soda or Water
    • Your Choice of chips or popcorn
  • Chance to be selected to be on-field to take a posi­tion for player introductions*
  • Meet with Hops play­ers on field for pic­tures and autographs**
  • Visit with Bar­ley, the Hops mascot
  • Chance to be selected for an on-field competition

* Play­ers must wear base­ball or soft­ball uni­forms to par­tic­i­pate.
* * To par­tic­i­pate in on-field pre-game activ­i­ties, play­ers should plan to arrive in uni­form at 3:00 pm.

 

Join us for FOB Family Day with the Hops

by Keenan Longcor

Home PlateFriends of Base­ball is proud to announce that we have part­nered again with the Hills­boro Hops to bring Port­land Metro leagues and teams a fun day at the park with fam­ily! The Hops will take on the Boise Hawks in the 4:00 pm Sun­day game.

We were inspired to help you spon­sor play­ers, repair fields, dis­trib­ute equip­ment, and sup­port your coaches to keep kids on the field of play. And now we want to cel­e­brate your sea­son with you!

The first 25 fam­i­lies who buy ticket pack­ages will also receive a cool base­ball back­pack for each youth player (2 back­packs per family).

Hops Fam­ily Day Ticket Pack­age Details

  • $19 Ticket Pack­age per per­son includes
    • 1 Field Reserved Seat
    • Hot Dog
    • Soda or Water
    • Your Choice of chips or popcorn
  • Chance to be selected to be on-field to take a posi­tion for player introductions*
  • Meet with Hops play­ers on field for pic­tures and autographs**
  • Visit with Bar­ley, the Hops mascot
  • Chance to be selected for an on-field competition

* Play­ers must wear base­ball or soft­ball uni­forms to par­tic­i­pate.
* * To par­tic­i­pate in on-field pre-game activ­i­ties, play­ers should plan to arrive in uni­form at 3:00 pm

WE Need Your Help!

by Keenan Longcor

Friends of Base­ball and Madi­son H.S. needs your help! Unfor­tu­nately, we are fac­ing another sit­u­a­tion of van­dal­ism and we need some assis­tance to help our friends on the Madi­son base­ball team. Their very vital trac­tor trailer was stolen over the past week­end. Check out the video clip: http://www.kgw.com/news/High-school-baseball-teams-equipment-stolen–258041051.html. We have mobi­lized to cre­ate another fund­ing drive to make them whole again. You might remem­ber this past win­ter, the Port­land com­mu­nity was able to mobi­lize to help the North Port­land parks, let’s do it again! 100% of all dona­tions made in the month of May will go to help this won­der­ful team, a school and pro­gram filled with deep base­ball traditions.

TO DONATE NOW! Please visit www.friendsofbaseball.org/giving-options/ and give to the cause. To pur­chase a used trailer like they had they will need $3,000…to get a new one, they need $6,000. Let’s see if we can’t reach $6k and get them a shiny new one! What do you say?

Thank you in advance for any con­tri­bu­tion you can pro­vide, every lit­tle bit counts!

FOB and the Madi­son play­ers and coaches

Its been a busy pre-season…

by Keenan Longcor

Well the 2014 sea­son for Friends of Base­ball is in full swing for sure! We have been busy, really busy around here lately and we haven’t even hit open­ing day yet! Just a quick update on what we have been up to…

As you likely saw, we started our Dia­mond Dreams Schol­ar­ship pro­gram this year, and we have had a won­der­ful response. It has pleased us more than you know to be able to help more than 25 play­ers thus far through fund­ing and gear dona­tions. We are hav­ing a blast! We hope to help more before the sea­son begins!

Addi­tion­ally, we recently received two very large gear dona­tions which we will work hard to get into the hands of the play­ers that really need them! As we have said from the begin­ning, we can’t do what we do with­out the help of some amaz­ing part­ner­ships over the years. It truly takes a village…and we are happy to be a part of such an amaz­ing base­ball com­mu­nity here in Ore­gon! Thank you to adi­das and to West Linn Youth Base­ball for their recent gear dona­tions! Your dona­tions will not go unno­ticed or unused!

Finally, some­thing we are very excited about! As you likely read in the news or on our Face­book page, sev­eral of the North Port­land parks were van­dal­ized over the recent win­ter storm. We chal­lenged the com­mu­nity to step up and help, and they came through in true Port­land form! We were able to rally the troops to match our $1,000 pledge and raise the $2,000 needed to repair the dam­ages ball­fields! The best part, we didn’t have to much to rally the troops! That’s how much we appre­ci­ate youth base­ball around here. A big thanks to all of those who sup­ported us for their contributions!

That about cov­ers it…we are hav­ing way too much fun and its only pre-season! Bring on base­ball, we can hardly wait!!!

 

 

Help Us Repair Damaged Ballfields in North Portland

by Keenan Longcor
Damaged ballfields at Kenton Park

Dam­age to the North Ball­field at Ken­ton Park

While many of us spent happy days dur­ing the most recent snow­storm sled­ding with fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors and recov­er­ing with hot cocoa, a few van­dals had other plans. Sev­eral indi­vid­u­als drove their ATVs and cars on the ball­fields at Ken­ton and other parks in North Port­land. Port­land Parks & Recre­ation esti­mates dam­age to the ball­fields at $2000, an unplanned main­te­nance expense.

Friends of Base­ball wants your help. We want to make sure the repairs to these ball­fields can be made promptly to make sure these fields are safe for our kids when the sea­son starts, such as Board Mem­ber Nova Newcomer’s 6 year-old son who played his first t-ball games on these fields.

Read about our pledge on Oregonlive.com

Or read the orig­i­nal story that pro­moted our involve­ment on Oregonlive.com

Friends of Base­ball is pledg­ing an emer­gency grant of $500, we will increase that pledge to $1000 if you can match with your gen­er­ous donations.




With your help, we can keep kids on the field of play.

 

 

Announcing FOB’s Diamond Dreams Scholarship Program

by Keenan Longcor

As you may have heard Friends of Base­ball recently insti­tuted a NEW Pro­gram for the 2014 sea­son. We real­ize one of the top rea­sons youth play­ers fail to par­tic­i­pate in both base­ball and soft­ball pro­grams is due to finances or sim­i­lar hard­ships. In our eyes, this should never keep a child from play­ing ball! Our Board of Trustees recently autho­rized a $5,000 grant to test an inno­v­a­tive new pro­gram. This pro­gram will pro­vide 50 play­ers within Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton an aver­age of $100 in team schol­ar­ship fund­ing and/or the needed base­ball or soft­ball gear to ensure par­tic­i­pa­tion this season!

This is how it works. Authen­tic­ity is essen­tial to the integrity of this pro­gram. To pro­tect this, we are ask­ing league coaches and admin­is­tra­tors to act as the nom­i­nat­ing party for indi­vid­u­als to be con­sid­ered for this pro­gram. We only ask that you send two to three para­graphs in email for intro­duc­ing us to these indi­vid­u­als along with their spe­cific needs. A bit of the player’s back­ground, the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion that they find them­selves in and any per­sonal thoughts you might have relat­ing to these play­ers. (Send to: info@friendsofbaseball.org)

It is that simple!

We also hope that leagues might be able to part­ner with us within this Dia­mond Dreams pro­gram on occa­sion. Might a league be able to pro­vide the sea­son schol­ar­ship and Friends of Base­ball pro­vide the fund­ing for the base­ball or soft­ball gear?

We believe this pro­gram can begin to make a sig­nif­i­cant impact in our com­mu­ni­ties. If suc­cess­ful, our board will con­sider a sub­stan­tial expan­sion of the pro­gram year over year in sea­sons to come. Our board has autho­rized a ‘quick turn­around’ to insure we can respond swiftly in rela­tion­ship to the upcom­ing 2014 season!

Please let us hear from you. Addi­tion­ally, we hope you will also under­stand if and when this year’s fund­ing resources have been depleted. Frankly speak­ing, we can only hope we get to the point where we use all of our funds for the year…

Keenan & Ben,
Friends of Baseball

MLB Umpire, Jim Joyce Joining our Clinic’s Team!

by Keenan Longcor

You hope­fully felt the excite­ment in our ini­tial announce­ment of our upcom­ing Friends of Base­ball, 2014 Port­land Coaches clinic at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity! Well, I come to you again with One More Announce­ment. Just when we all thought it couldn’t Get any Bet­ter than to have Dave Gasser and Jim Dietz share their coach­ing knowl­edge, we had the very rare oppor­tu­nity to ‘Turn a Triple Play.’

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Jim Joyce, callin’ it like he sees it!

We are thrilled to announce, in addi­tion to the all-star cast, Oregon’s very own, MLB Umpire Jim Joyce will be join­ing the event (from 3:30 to 5:00pm)! If you are a Coach OR an Umpire, and you haven’t already signed up, please join us and Reg­is­ter HERE! Send ques­tions to info@friendsofbaseball.org.

 

Joyce will be sure to bring a new per­spec­tive, lend­ing his 40+ years’ expe­ri­ence as an umpire to the coaches and umpires that will be brought together this year. There is no game with­out umpires, and who bet­ter to share the view­point of umpires than Jim Joyce. As you likely know, Jim has been a part of a few con­tro­ver­sial plays of late, and would love noth­ing more to share his out­look on some of those, as well and what he has learned over the 25 years as an MLB umpire. Hear Jim’s per­sonal reflec­tions on his iconic call at first base with Armando Galar­raga and much more! This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Also, our friends from Base­bal­lism will be there sell­ing some great apparel and por­tions of the pro­ceeds will go directly back to FOB!

2014 Coaches Clinic Jan­u­ary 12th, 1-5pm
Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity, Gym­na­sium
2811 NE Hol­man St, Port­land OR, 97211

Announcing the 2014 FOB Coaches Clinic — Portland, OR

by Keenan Longcor

For Friends of Base­ball, there has been no other event that gets us more excited than our annual Coaches Clinic. It has always been a top pri­or­ity to do what we can to help edu­cate, inform, and fur­ther develop the coaches of Ore­gon and SW Wash­ing­ton youth base­ball and soft­ball play­ers — 2014 will be no dif­fer­ent. While last year was a year of expan­sion and reach down to Cor­val­lis and Eugene, this year will be about focus and a refresh. Part of our focus this year will be to hone it down to just one clinic, cen­tered on our home turf in Port­land. While we know this may make it dif­fi­cult for our friends and coaches down south we hope through the suc­cess we had last year, more coaches saw and felt the tremen­dous value Coach Gasser brings to the table, and he will not dis­ap­point in 2014. We are hon­ored to have him return as our head­line act!

Not only will we have refreshed con­tent from Coach Gasser, but we are beyond thrilled to report we will also have a spe­cial “Guest Coach” join­ing Coach Gasser for the after­noon, for­mer head coach of San Diego State Uni­ver­sity, Jim Dietz. Coach Dietz’ Career included 1253 Col­lege Wins, Top 20 of all Col­lege Coaches, and instructed the likes of HOF’s, Dave Win­field, Tony Gwynn as well as Travis Lee & Mark Grace! This will be a day, for any coach, to remember!

Last year’s venue was such a nat­ural space for the event, we couldn’t say no to a repeat. We will be hold­ing the event at Con­cor­dia University’s Gym­na­sium again this year. The per­fect place for Coaches Gasser and Dietz to inter­act with the par­tic­i­pants, pro­vide actual demon­stra­tions and really get down and dirty with their pow­er­ful coach­ing tech­niques and strategy!

Please coor­di­nate your coaches and leagues early, and come join us on Jan­u­ary 12th, 2014 for our best Coaches Clinic yet!! Reg­is­ter HERE! Early reg­is­tra­tion starts NOW!!