As 2021 comes to an end and we gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays, it also seems like a great time to thank our players, families, coaches, volunteers and sponsors for an amazing 2021 at Lowes Creek!
First, our league continues to grow and flourish, despite a declining trend nationally. We welcomed 255 players for the spring season, which represents an increase in participation of approximately 10% from just a few years ago. We also welcomed 84 players in our second year of Fall Ball for the Minors and Majors divisions. As a League, we were able to complete several outlay projects in 2021 thanks to the generous financial support and efforts of volunteers, families, and businesses. Please continue to visit our website or follow us on Facebook to learn more about these projects and our business sponsors.
Looking forward to 2022, we would like to take this opportunity to provide several updates and information to all of you. First and foremost, registration for the 2022 spring season will open on January 10th. The Off-Season Workouts program will also return. We will be offering two options for both the Majors and Minors Divisions (Ages 9-10 and 11-12 respectively as of April 30, 2022) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting February 8th. For the Rookies division (ages 7-8 as of April 30, 2022), we are looking for some assistance with workouts this year. We do have the option of Wednesday evenings starting February 8th anytime between 4-6 pm, but are short-handed on volunteers to lead the workouts. If you or someone you know is interested in helping, please contact a Board Member as soon as possible so that we may lock in a specific time frame like 4:30-5:30 or 5-6 pm. Please visit our website for more information and to sign up for both the 2022 league season and the workout sessions through Sign-Up Genius. One final note on league dates, we are anticipating League Evaluations being held March 14th and 15th, and the travel ball tryouts being held at the beginning of April. Time and place – TBD.
2021 marked the first-ever Lowes Creek Annual Golf Outing fundraiser at Hickory Hills, and it was a great success. We are planning for an even better golf outing this year on May 22nd, so mark your calendars and please consider sponsoring a hole, donating a silent auction item, registering a team, or volunteering at the event. Please note, this is the league’s only fundraiser and it’s a great way to get together in a social setting and to raise some needed funds each year to continue to improve the ballpark and the player’s experiences.
Finally, the upcoming 2022 Season at Lowes Creek will be a special one. Lowes Creek was founded in 1967, so we will be celebrating our 55th Anniversary in 2022 with special events, uniforms and merchandise options commemorating our league. Recognizing that Lowes Creek has been a 100% Volunteer run organization from the beginning, that is quite an accomplishment worthy of recognition!
Again, a Sincere Thank You and Best Wishes this Holiday Season from the Lowes Creek Board of Directors. We look forward to seeing you all at the ballfields in the Spring.