Forget the cold, this post will warm you up!
One of the benefits of coming to work at the ballpark each day is that we are always thinking about baseball season! With the bone chilling weather we’ve been having lately, this keeps warm thoughts in our head and gets us through the long, cold winter months.
Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in just about five weeks, so baseball season is not as far away as we may think! We’re counting down the days, and doing so with the 2014 ValleyCats calendars! (See below on how you can get your hands on one!)
Our complete schedule is featured in the calendar, as well as weekly promotional deals and information.
You may have noticed “Education Day” listed on the schedule for Tuesday, June 17th. It is tentatively slated as an additional morning/day game (exact time still TBD), and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it’s potential success!
It is designed as an opportunity for local schools to attend the ballgame as an educational field trip. We have created a curriculum that centers on character development along with some more traditional subject matter as it relates to the game of baseball.
The character development aspect will build on the ValleyCats’ existing “Strike Out Bullying” program that features interactive in-school assemblies, a uniquely created “Peace Pledge”, and a custom activity book.
The program will be rounded out with fun activities to educate students in areas such as mathematics and geography. This will include items on the geometry and dimensions of the field, player statistics, and mileage charts for travel between the various cities throughout the New York-Penn League.
We’ve been in touch with multiple school districts, and have received great feedback! We are also seeking some community-minded corporate partners who would help to fund the students trip to the ballpark. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated!
We’re still nailing down our official promotional schedule, but a few new promotions that could make their way onto the 2014 promo calendar include Reality TV Night, Big Apple Night, Glow in the Park Night, and nights which will promote different counties within the Capital Region.
As far as giveaways go, you can count on yet another addition to our Heritage Series Bobblehead Collection, as well as a championship themed giveaway item, and more! We’ll be making official announcements on these later this month, or early February.
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Year of the Cat!
Sure, 2014 is considered to be the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, but according to the ValleyCats calendar, it is the “Year of the Cat!”- or “El Año del Gato!” Celebrate with one of our 6 or 12 game mini plans!
We are currently running a special offer through the end of January, where if you purchase or renew a mini plan, you will receive a ValleyCats 2014 calendar!
You will also be entered to win a commemorative championship photo book or bat, pictured below!
‘Cats still accepting ‘4 in 24’ Youth Field Renovation applications
The application deadline for our ‘4 in 24’ youth field renovation project is approaching fast. If your youth league is interested in having a field makeover, you have until February 3rd to submit your application.
The renovations will take place in a 24-hour time period in early April 2014, as the four chosen youth fields will have new sod placed on their infield while also seeing their pitcher’s mound and home plate areas rebuilt.
*Leagues are required to submit photos of the field along with their application.
The ‘4 in 24’ is the kick-off event for the ValleyCats and BlueShield of Northeastern New York’s Community Grounds Crew Program, an initiative that undertakes additional projects and renovations on numerous other youth fields throughout the spring and summer.
“Show on the Road” to continue in 2014!
Based upon the great success of last year’s “Show on the Road” at East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League, the show will go on in 2014!
We’re very excited to continue this partnership with Hannaford Supermarkets, as it is such a great youth initiative. As part of the event, we bring our mascots, PA announcer and promo team to a selected youth baseball league, and put on a show worthy of “The Joe.”
There is pregame entertainment, ceremonial team introductions, a live performance of the national anthem, and in-game promotions including fan favorites such as the Mayors’ Race, T-Shirt Tosses, Pony Hops and more!
Look for an official announcement to be made next month.
Until next time, to keep you thinking warm thoughts, here’s a fantastic photo which is featured in our 2014 calendars! All photos were taken by team photographer Greg Fisher (SportsThroughTheLens.com).