Thank you to Wind Creek " Good To Go" Food Truck for coming out on Friday, April 22, 2016. Wind Creek donated $900 from sales to SFSA!
During the off season there have been some changes in our league affiliation. Beginning this year, SFSA baseball will join the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth baseball programs. Cal Ripken league covers ages 4-12 and Babe Ruth will cover ages 13-15. For ages 4-12 the field size, age divisions and league rules will be the same as they were last year. Babe Ruth, ages 13-15, will play a middle/high school regulation size field with a 60’ mound and 90’ baselines.
The change to the new league affiliation was made to address the long team viability of our youth baseball. By joining Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth we will join the largest and fastest growing youth recreation baseball organization in Alabama. In addition, this change will allow SFSA baseball the flexibility to grow and meet the needs of all participants. Changing to Babe Ruth also allows us to add another year of baseball for 15 year old players. The new field size will be consistent with high school baseball, preparing players to compete at that level.
We look forward to another great season and thank you for your patience as we worked through the transition process.
The SFSA Board has started the petition "Support youth Baseball and Softball Tournaments in Spanish Fort parks and fields" and needs your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:
Here's why it's important:
The city of Spanish Fort, local business and the Spanish Fort Sports Association (SFSA) are missing out on significant revenue and economic benefits associated with weekend tournaments at Spirit Park. Nearly every other park in Baldwin County and the rest of the state embraces these type activities and understand that tournament promoters need make money to bring these events to their parks. The city of Daphne estimated between $2.5 and $3 million in economic impact due to tournaments and has plans to build an additional sports complex. The cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a sports tourism department and estimated more than $20 million in economic impact per year. The city of Foley is spending $16 million to build a sport complex and is advertising it across the southeast.
The direct cash inflows to their youth sports programs from concessions or other revenue sharing arrangements allow them to keep fees low for rec programs and fund their local team in outside tournaments while purchasing and maintaining equipment. A weekend tournament will normally consist of 10 to 30 teams which translates into 300 to 1000 people spending one or two days, shopping, eating and some staying in hotels in the local area.
Most cities have employees that work with tournament promoters and have city workers present at tournaments to maintain fields. SFSA is will take on this responsibility so tournaments will not cost the city any additional payroll or manpower and will keep the city fully informed of all activates scheduled at the park through the city parks department or other designee as directed.
You can sign the petition by clicking here.
SFSA Board of Directors
SFSA will hold a board meeting on March 9 at 6pm
Please check out all the sponsors on the Sponsor page of our website. These companies donate hundreds of dollars to SFSA to support youth sports and help keep the cost down to parents. Most are small local businesses so please get out and support these businesses as they support us!
On April 16, several Spanish Fort softball teams competed in a rec tournament in Fairhope. Our girls took first in 6U, first and second in 8U and first in 15U. A great showing for Spanish Fort. Congratulations to all the girls and coaches for a job well done.
All Friday Peanut games starting on April 8, 2016 will be played at Spirit Park.
President - Tommy Hallmark
Vice President - Michael Larson
Treasurer- Christina Bolin
Secretary - Leigh Walker
Baseball - Justin Caron
Softball - Gregg Wood
Football - Pete DiMario
Basketball - Angela Revere
SFSA will hold a board meeting on April 27, 2016 at SFMS at 6pm.
All Baseball games on 3/24/16 have been cancelled
UPDATES provided by 4PM whenever possible
SF Elementary Park
Football and Cheerleading