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Welcome to the NYC's Co-Ed Oakland Gardens Softball Meetup Group 2013 & Beyond.
We are nearly 500 members STRONG and growing. Thanks for your participation and making this a really GREAT social group!
I want to re-introduce myself & welcome new & existing members to our Softball Meetup Group based in Oakland Gardens in Bayside Queens.
We are a diverse, co-ed group of like minded softball die-hards, players, novices, fans and fanatics. We welcome all of you to join us and have a good time at our events.
I want to take this opportunity to THANK our Founder "DON" from the BRONX known warmly by our group as "DONNIE BASEBALL" for all that he's done since he started this meetup group in the Summer of 2007. Don showed his generosity during the 1st 3 summers & I commend him for all that he gave to the group. Good luck Don in whatever you do next and we hope to see you occasionally in OG's.
Additionally, I want to recognize CARLOS-V for his loyalty, dedication and hard work each and every Sunday since July 2007 preparing for games and clearing up all the equipment at the conclusion of the day. Carlos is our field general extraordinaire and should be commended and respected for all of the selfless efforts he makes for this meetup group.
During that summer of 2007, my first experience was meeting DonY, BillyM, MikeA & CarlosV in July, all of whom I say with pleasure are still somewhat active in this group. It was softball and free pizza @ PS 46 off Springfield Blvd.
Jack "The Glove" - stepped up the following year (2008) and created weekday meetups for "PRACTICE" that many of our members enjoyed attending and have gotten better as a result. Honorable Mention goes to JohnM and JamesY who all assisted Jack in his week night meetups.
Emily - "Everyone loves Emmy" in 2008 became our group's true blue : cheerleader, fan, player & glue! Please find us on FaceBook. Emily runs the FB site and be sure you join. Here is the link:
In 2010 - Jack O'Halloran, a member since 2009 known to the group as "Capt'n Jack" (the most youthful 75 y.o. we know) stepped up as our voluntary on-field registrar for check-ins and member "pay before play" donations. Thank you Captain for your tireless efforts and love of people and sports.
In addition to our softball meets, we have hosted bowling & pool (non swimming) parties during the off season as our group has become tighter and friendships have blossomed throughout the year.
I want to reiterate - that this meetup group is strictly for fun. As competitive as I am personally, I think the core group knows that it's all about having a good time when you attend our events.
There should be absolutely no place for disruptive behavior, arguments & fights, and the organizers and assistants will not tolerate them. Let's all act maturely and I guarantee we'll get along. If you're not happy about something, please feel free to write to me privately.
There will be a "Sunday Only" member donation of $2-$1/$2 minimum per playing member/guest(s) that should go to Cap't Jack or one of the others in the Leadership Team and then to CarlosV or Rob. Please note this will be used for miscellaneous meetup membership fees, permits, equipment as needed and social events we host during the Summer & Fall i.e. BBQ's Pizza Birthday, Wine & Cheese Parties etc.
We meet generally in one of the following 3 fields:
1) PS 213 Carl Ullman School (usually when it rains the days preceeding a meetup date)
2) Peck Field - located mainly on Underhill Road & 190th Street (west of the Blue Bay Diner)
3) Alley Pond @ Springfield/76th Street usually before and after soccer season
PS: The emergency back up/concrete field is Holy Cow Park located behind St Francis Prep HS off Francis Lewis Blvd (south of the LIE-495)
Thank you for your support and I look forward in meeting you many times during the course of 2010 and beyond.
-OGS Active Member since July 2007
-OGS Head Organizer since March 2010
Meetup Organizer - Updated March 2010
Update dated March 10, 2012
After lengthy discussion among the organizers of OGS, we will be instituting a "NO Playing Minor Policy" during 2012.
For sake of liability and safety, we don't want "young children" under the age of 17 to participate in our softball games because of the risk of injury.
I trust that you understand this difficult decision and hope you will abide.
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