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Marching To The Batter’s Box

Local little league celebrates with

parade and 57th Opening Day

The 57th year of the Garden City Athletic Association’s (GCAA) baseball, softball and Challenger Division seasons got underway with the Opening Day parade on Saturday, April 6.

Once the crowd gathered at the village gazebo, Al Vanesco, GCAA president, introduced Mayor John Watras for the ceremonial throwing out of the first ball. Before tossing a fresh set of baseballs out to the young boys and girls, Watras told the group “we are looking for good sportsmanship, respect for our coaches and players, and to build a solid learning environment, but most of all, to go out and have fun.”

The mayor then led the group of trustees and GCAA board members to toss out the first pitch to the eager girls and boys.

With the first pitch completed, it was time for the guests of honor to pick the top four banners that marched in the parade and were on display. The group selected the Boston Red Sox (with real red socks hanging), Oakland A’s (one of the most colorful), Chicago Cubs (excellent mascot replica) and a hometown favorite, the New York Yankees.

The baseball players ranged from five years old in the Rookie League up to seventeen-year-olds in the Senior League. Except for the Rookie League, which plays only on Saturdays, teams normally play twice a week, one weeknight game and once on Saturdays. The regular season takes the teams through early June. For age groups 9 and above, the teams will compete in playoffs that lead up to Championship Saturday

At the end of the season tournament teams are selected for several of the age groups and they go on to compete in local and national tournaments – maybe even getting to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.    

The girls softball division is organized into five leagues with the youngest in kindergarten playing twice a week in a clinic setting. The remainder of the divisions go up to and include eighth grade, and they play the majority of their games on week nights.  

The Garden City Athletic Association also supports the local chapter of the Challenger Division, which has as its most fundamental goal to give everyone a chance to play, regardless of limitations. The baseball program consists of games as well as clinics designed to teach and improve the skill level of those children involved so that these youngsters become part of a regular athletic program. The Challenger Division plays its games each Saturday at the Garden City Community Baseball fields (#1 and 3) right behind the Garden City pool.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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