What we're about
"BUILD IT, AND THEY WILL COME"
Welcome to the NYC's Co-Ed Oakland Gardens Softball Meetup Group 2010 & Beyond.
We are 700+ members STRONG and growing. Thanks for your participation and making this a really GREAT interactive social group!
I want to re-introduce myself & welcome new & existing members to our Softball Meetup Group based near Oakland Gardens adjacent to Bayside/Fresh Meadows, 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 June 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 the GLOVE 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 created the FB site and please 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 2016 - Steve "SPIDER" Wilson stepped up as a long time member and literally measured the playing field each and every Sunday prior to our 1st game setting up the bases and foul line cones. Steve is our EVENT ORGANIZER backing up Rob & Carlos. Thanks Spider!
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.
OGS has a ZERO TOLERANCE for "on field" bad behavior. There should be absolutely no place for disruptive actions, arguments & fights as 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 per playing member/guest(s) that should go to ROB or one of the others in the Leadership Team and then to Spider, CarlosV/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 Cake, Wine & Cheese Parties etc.
We meet generally in one of the following 3 fields:
1) Peck Field - located mainly on Underhill Road & 190th Street (west of the Blue Bay Diner)
2) PS 213 Carl Ullman School (usually when it rains the days preceeding a meetup date)
3) Hempstead Ballfield located on the Cross Island Parkway South Exit 26-B (opposite Belmont Racetrack)
PS: The emergency back up field is Cunningham Park Field #17 (off Clearview Parkway 76th)
Co-Ed Oakland Gardens Softball, Queens Meetup Group’s LEGAL DISCLAIMER
Waiver of liability
When you RSVP “YES” please be sure to read and understand the below.
If you join us for an event, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant/Event Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event or during transport to and from a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear.
The Co-Ed OG Softball Queens Meetup Group does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by the Organizer or Assistant Organizers.
This release extends and applies to and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability.
Your attendance on an event signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this group or event you understand that you are attending all events AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Organizers and Assistant Organizers of this group are just that, we organize the events and participate together as friends.
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.