2006
2006 SEASON
2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

9/10 GIRLS SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
HOON/BOWEN TRAVAUX LADY VOLS


9/10 GIRLS SOFTBALL 2ND PLACE
ALL POWER EQUIPMENT TIGERS

 

7/8 YEAR OLD BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
MAIDEN & JENKINS MARINERS


7/8 YEAR OLD BASEBALL 2ND PLACE
ADAMS ATHLETICS

 
9/10 YEAR OLD BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
KFC METS


9/10 YEAR OLD BASEBALL 2ND PLACE
OUECU GIANTS


11/12 YEAR OLD BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
RIDER INSURANCE SCRAPPERS


11/12 YEAR OLD BASEBALL 2ND PLACE
ELKS 973 THUNDER


CONGRATULATIONS!!!


On behalf of the Lady Vols, we would like to thank Sandlot for the opportunity to include girls softball into your league.  Although there were a few hurdles that needed jumped over this season, overall things went relatively smooth.  Most of us are already looking forward to next year.  Once again, thank you and keep up the good work!!


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2006 LEAGUE SPONSOR FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

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TO THE THE PLAYERS AND  PARENTS OF THE ATHENS SANDLOT LEAGUE
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2006 SEASON!
 
FROM THE ATHENS SANDLOT BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
KEVIN SCHWARZEL, MIKE RIDER, BILL FOURNIER, KEITH MCGRATH, BOB STARON & GEORGE MCCARTHY


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Prgress Update

11/29/06 Poured footer for backstop with help of Jay Maiden.  Concrete by Smith Concrete.

  


  

11/25/06 - Dug rest of footer and installed rebar on new field ???? again with the help of Jay Maiden. 
 
11/24/06 - Reworked Old Field #9.  Began digging footer for backstop with the help of Jay Maiden (Maiden & Jenkins) who volunteered his backhoe and time for the weekend.
 
11/18/06 - Took down rest of forms on dugouts.  Removed fencing from Old Field #9.  Marked out backstop of new field which will be ?????????????? field.
 
11/11/06 - Took down concrete forms to dugouts.  Removed fencing on Three Rivers and graded for better drainage. Begin demolition of Field #9.
  

  

10/28/06 - Last week the City Rec Dept. reworked all the infields getting rid of grass and leveling out surface (Thanks Chris!).
 
Continued cleaning up the fields and getting ready to take down concrete forms.
 
10/23/06 - Poured concrete roofs on Crosley Field.
 
10/22/06 - Prepared and installed yellow fence top on Jacobs outfield fence.  Installed green fence top on dugouts and safety cages on Jacobs and Crosley Fields.
 
10/15/06 - Completed framing out dugout roofs including rebar reinforcements - now ready to pour.  Cleaned up extra fencing and buidling materials.
 
10/1/06 - Framed dugout roofs on Crosley Field to get it ready for pouring concrete.  Started weeding Fenway's warning track.


  

9/16/06 - Cut down the weeds on and around Wrigley Field outfield fence to help the ivy grow. Trim grass around Fenway fence line.
 
Plus - Additionally the City has promised to bring in special dirt this fall to help slope the fields further and fill low spots for better drainage as well in addition to refinishing the infields as well as grass seed for the outfields. They also will connect the electric to the sprinkler system on Fenway which will help the newly installed sod.
 
9/6/06 - Field improvements don't happen overnight.  The new field's surface has to be turned, scraped, surveyed and compacted to get water to drain off correctly.  Jay Maiden from Maiden and Jenkins volunteered his time and equipment to survey and level the infield at of Three Rivers Stadium Saturday and Sunday.  The hope is to provide better runoff or surface water and prepare the surface for final preparation for play next spring.   He also helped dig out the dugouts for preparation of pouring the dugout's concrete pads. Thanks Jay!


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The History of Sandlot. . . .the short version. . .
 
In 2004 Athens Sandlot started with a 9/10 year old baseball division (60 players) . . . and a goal of renovating the exisiting fields with dugouts and fencing. . . . . 
 
In 2005 we added a 7/8 year old baseball division and a 13 year old division (155 players). . . Our goal turned into a vision of creating something special for the kids.  We ended up creating three replica major league parks (Fenway, Wrigley, and Jacob's Fields)!
 
In 2006 we grew again adding an 11/12 year old baseball division, a 14 year old  baseball division PLUS 9/10 and  11/12 year old  Girls Softball Divisions (408 players)! 
 
AND we added three more replica parks (Three Rivers, Riverfront and Crosley)!
 
It can even get better but only with your help!!! The Board Members, commissioners and coaches volunteer their time.  Coaches also umpire 7/8 and 9/10 year old games in their divisions. Parents staff the concession stands which is the primary source of revenue for the league. Sponsors help with uniforms. 
 
Only with everyone's help is the league a success year after year!
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!


ATHENS SANDLOT GIRLS  9-10 TAKE THIRD IN JACKSON SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT! 

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The 8 year old baseball team finished the summer with a 27-6 record with first place finishes in four tournaments (Athens, Vienna, Marietta and Wellston) ! 
 
Athens Sandlot Baseball Board -  On behalf of the coaches, players and parents, we would like to thank you all for your support of the 2006 team.    We all look forward to a great 2007.  Thanks again  T.C. & Trevis

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2006 ATHENS SANDLOT LEAGUE DIVISION CHAMPIONS!!
 
11/12 YEAR OLD BASEBALL CHAMPIONS - RIDER INSURANCE SCRAPPERS
 
9/10 YEAR OLD BASEBALL CHAMPIONS - KFC METS
 
9/10 GIRLS SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS - HOON/BOON TRAVAUX LADY VOLS
 
7/8 YEAR OLD BASEBALL CHAMPIONS - MAIDEN & JENKINS MARINERS
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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On behalf of the Lady Vols, we would like to thank Sandlot for the opportunity to include girls softball into your league.  Although there were a few hurdles that needed jumped over this season, overall things went relatively smooth.  Most of us are already looking forward to next year.  Once again, thank you and keep up the good work!!

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Athens Sandlot Says "THANK YOU!" to the Athens Foundation for
2006 grant award of $5000
 
Athens Sandlot Says "THANK YOU!"
to the Rotary Foundation for
their 2006 grant award of $3000 
 
Athens Sandlot Says "THANK YOU!" to the O'Bleness Foundation for their continued support!

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Dear Players, Parents, and Community Members:
 
The season is coming to an end!  We hope you have had a great time!
 
We appreciate your patience and participation throughout the year. This season was organized and run by six Sandlot Board Members and five commissioners. They took on the responsibilities of distributing flyers to all the schools, running registration day and evaluation day, making teams, creating the rules,  purchasing uniforms for over 400 players and coaches T-shirts, scheduling the games, scheduling the umpires, wrote five grants, scheduled and staffed the concession stand, and  purchased/catalogued/distributed equipment to name only a few things.  AND they built THREE new baseball fields (Riverfront, Three Rivers, and Crosley) AT THE SAME TIME!
 
The Board of Directors were usually at the fields every day of the week coaching games, helping out in the concession stand,  working on the fields, or umpiring. Commissioners helped make sure the games were running smoothly, on time and also helped with umpiring.   Five of the Board Members were at the fields every day including every Friday after work getting fields ready for Saturday play.  If it rained, the Board Members were there until midnight (or later)  getting water off the fields and raking and lining the fields so we could play on the weekends. They also would purchase and stock the concession stand full of good stuff to eat for Saturday and throughout the week. They would arrive at 6:30 in the morning to continue working on the seven fields to get them ready for play by 9:00.  At the end of the day they pick up the garbage and clean the concession stand. 
 
Sandlot spent approximately $15,000 on uniforms, $7500 on umpires and $9,000 on equipment including catchers equipment, umpires equipment, bags, baseballs and softballs in the regular season. We wrote and applied for three grants and received one award from the Athens Foundation for $5000 for field construction.  Two more grants are in the works.  In addition to exisiting 7/8, 9/10 and 13 year old baseball divisions we added 11/12 and 14 year old baseball divisions plus 9/10 & 11/12 year old GIRLS SOFTBALL !!!
 
Athens Sandlot also had our first parade and we revamped the website. Plus, with a lot of  help from Jay Maiden (Maiden & Jenkins)  we built two new 7/8 baseball/girls softball fields complete with dugouts, home run fences and backstops (Riverfront & Three Rivers).  These were made specifically in mind for the Rec Department's summer T-ball League as well. 
 
We also built a new 9-13 year old field backstop and dugouts  (Crosley Field) which will double as a softball field for tournaments. With the help of Rudy Baumgartel (Albany Nursery) we have a grass infield, irrigation and drainage on Fenway! We added approximately 750 ivy plants to Wrigley!  We also framed and poured cement pads for the porta-potties and concession trailer at the city's request.
 
This is over $100,000 worth of Sandlot improvements made this year (Three Rivers, Riverfront, Crosley)  in addition to $150,000 worth of Sandlot improvements added last year with three new fields (Fenway, Jacobs, and Wrigley). 
 
Other volunteers helped as well including Mike Baker, Matt Harris, Jason Adams, Big Joe, Keith Bolin, Steve Bolin, Frank & Kelly Gorzack, Rick Crossen, Trevor Thompson, Chris Matters, Hurston Richmond (We Kare Lawn Care), T.C. Howard, Tom Vander Ven, Timbi Hoon, Gina Rider, Steve Mack, Tiffany Schwarzel, Esta Bickley, Max Schwarzel, and Dave West.  I'm sure there are others we missed and we want to thank you as well. 
 
Athens Sandlot awarded scholarships to 36 players to needy children to pay for their registration fees totalling $1260.
 
We had thirty (30) team sponsors including Rollerbowl, Sonic, Mathews Insurance, Mr. Adams, Maiden & Jenkins, Lawn Masters//Landot Used LLC, Wingett Builder LTD, Servpro, Dreamcatcher Anesthesia, Hocking Valley Bank, Don Wood Automotive (TWO TEAMS!), Ohio University Credit Union, KFC, Chase Bank, Housinghotlink.com, Albany Nursery Co./McGrath Paint & Body, O’Nail-Hartman Insurance, Abbey Carpet, Athens News, Kitchen Creations, Rider Insurance, Athens Paint & Decorating, Elks 973, Wendy’s, Athens Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Associates, Hoon/Bowen Travaux, All Power Equipment, Cooley Enterprises, KFC, and Matthew Sweeny Appraisals provided  uniforms!
 
Diagnostic Hybrids became our 2006 LEAGUE SPONSOR!
 
Parents successfully staffed the concession stand (and trailer) and 102 people volunteered to be coaches for 34 teams.  Five coaches did double duty as commissioners.   All six Board of Directors were coaches as well.
 
With the city’s help we have three new drinking fountains, porta-potties, two new bleachers,  and water running to Wrigley, Jacobs, and Fenway! We also have new electronic scoreboards thanks to the City who got the scoreboards  obtained from Coca-Cola.  The City also ran the electric service to the scoreboards.
 
We’ve had an incredible year!  We hope you enjoyed it! In order to make things work even better and more smoothly next year we need your help.  It is only with the help of volunteers that Sandlot can continue to run.  Hopefully you and your kids had enough fun this year for you to come back and help again.  Next year we will still need commissioners, coaches, field maintenance people, and concession stand managers, coaches and concession workers, plus evaluation and registration day volunteers to help things run even more smoothly.  If you are willing to help, speak up and don’t be shy!   Every bit  helps and is appreciated!  Athens Sandlot is not run by the City and can only work with your help!
 
Enjoy the league tournament!  When the season is over and you still want to play baseball, sign up for Athens City Rec Baseball.  Their season starts just as ours ends! 
 
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!
 
FROM THE ATHENS SANDLOT BASEBALL & SOFTBALL  LEAGUE

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Thanks to the Athens City Rec. Dept. for contributing $20,000 in improvements in 2006!
 
Dir. Kevin Schwartzoff (Rec Department) contributed the following on behalf of the City: On the two new coach pitch fields, turf removed, removed trees, grading and new infield dirt installed (Thanks Bruce - Rec Dept!).
Purchased infield dirt from Kurtz Bros, Columbus Ohio ($2500). 
Also purchased four players benches $1207, four bleachers $1240 and two picnic tables $400. Homeplates, bases and pitch rubber $500. 
Purchase $1375 worth of dirt from BT Material. 
Crosley Field Backstop Fence $4572, field re-grading and new bases, picnic table. Three water fountains  (Fenway, Wrigley, Jacobs) $2567 (excluding labor) and installation of water line extension from newly installed water line for the park. 
Water line installed and backflow preventer for Fenway Field irrigation system. 
Purchased new picnic tables for all fields. 
Obtained 3 new electronic scoreboards from Coca-Cola, installed at Wrigley, Fenway and Jacobs. Materials to install boards cost $1800 excluding labor.
Installed warning track on Fenway and Jacobs.
Rental of Porta-Johns for the spring/summer.
Allow use of concession stand and concession coke trailer to raise revenue for continued renovations.

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2006 ATHENS SANDLOT BASEBALL LEAGUE

34 teams * 408 players * 8 Divisions * 30 Team Sponsors * 102 Coaches * 12 Commissioners * 6 Board Members *

1 League Sponsor (DHI, Inc)

6 New Fields Built by Athens Sandlot

Fenway, Jacobs, Wrigley, Crosley, Three Rivers, Riverfront