SPECIAL “POP UP” GAMES COMING SOON!
We’re making plans for some special COVID-friendly play in 2021. All kids with special needs who want to play ball on a non-competitive co-ed environment are eligible! And if you’re a first time player,19 and over, you may be interested in playing on one of our adult teams.
First, all players must register even if not sure about ability to play in 2021! Due to the pandemic, we did not play in 2020, which means we’re using our 2019 database. This, as you might imagine, is sadly out of date. So, if you want to be included in our communications, YOU MUST REGISTER using our online service calls SportsEngine. Your registration allows us to update our records and communicate with you about our 2021 plans. Here’s the link to SportsEngine to copy and paste into your browser (Chrome recommended):
SO WHAT IS DIFFERENT FOR 2021?
Our June Saturday play will limit the number of players and spectators and will be individual-based rather than team based. We will NOT be sending out a team play schedule. You will need to sign up for the time slot(s) that you wish to play.
Here’s what these “pop up games” will look like:
- 4 Saturdays in June–5, 12, 19, and 26
- Play begins at 9 AM (adults)
- 40-45 minute games starting at top of the hour
- Required registration (online)–no walk-ins
- Temperature check and “day of” COVID waiver (online)
- Up to 6 players on a team/in the dugout to allow for social distancing
- No buddies
- 8 adults to manage each game–a pitcher, catcher, outfielders (3), dugout managers (2), scorekeeper, announcer
- 2 family members/caregivers per player in the stands (additional guests are welcome to watch from outside the fence)
- No water jugs in the dugouts. Ok to bring bottled water for the player.
- Limited concessions available–wrapped items and bottled drinks (no cooking)
- No merchandise sales
Our goal? Be as safe as possible. And provide an environment where the kids can still have fun and play baseball. Please note that all of this is subject to change and/or adjustment as the weeks and months play out during these uncharted times.
So, if you’d like to sign up your player for play time in June, please copy and paste this link into your browser:
Let’s Play Ball!
Questions? If all else fails, please contact Joyce Byrne, player committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not familiar with Miracle League, you may have questions. We also continue to get questions as to how the Kiwanis Miracle League is like or different from the Pioneer League or the Challenger League which have been playing in Des Moines for many years. Thanks to Jim Sanders, who is the director of the Pioneer League and a past member of the Kiwanis Miracle League Board of Angels, we have a comparison of the three leagues. Please click on 2011 Comparison of Three Leagues for more information.
Please also know that we a separate entity from other Miracle Leagues in the area. We are managed solely by volunteers under the Kiwanis name. Our facility maintenance, concessions, registration, volunteers, teams, etc. are all completely separate as the KIWANIS MIRACLE LEAGUE AT PRINCIPAL PARK.
If you have any questions, again, please contact Joyce Byrne at joycelbyrne@aol..com or leave a message at 515.280.5017 (our Miracle League #). We will get back to you. Or email us at email@example.com.
We continue to actively recruit team sponsors for our 2021 seasons. Because of the generosity of our Team Sponsors, we again anticipate no cost for play in 2021. If you know of a company or individual who might be interested in being a 2021 Team Sponsor, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details are available here on our web site–just return to the home page and click on “Become a Team Sponsor”.
Kiwanis is all about kids–and what a great way to support kids and community through the Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park. If you’re interested in more information about Kiwanis, please contact Jan Burch, president, Kiwanis Miracle League board of directors, at 515.457.7691 or email@example.com.
updated 4.5.21 1:55 PM