Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Miramar Optimist Club and Miramar Baseball

Update 5/24/2011: The information and photos below are still valuable, except for the dates for the Spring 2011 season, which is over. Here is a simple update with dates of interest for the Fall 2011 season.

Sorry it's been a while since I posted anything here. I make no excuses.

Note: There are important updates at the bottom! And a handful of photos as well.

Over the past month, I've been doing research on how to get my 8 year old son involved with Little League Baseball here in Miramar, Florida. And it has not been very easy to get that information. So let me share what I know.

The Miramar Optimist Club is a non-profit organization with a board of directors that oversees a bunch of sports programs in the city and works to help the youth of the community. You can find out more general information at their website or contact them here. Here is a list of the programs they offer as well.

Miramar Optimist Club
P.O. Box 260735
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: 954-430-1031

As I mentioned, I am interested in the baseball program for an 8 year old beginner. I tried contacting all the people and some of the coaches and even club board members regarding information on the next season. I was getting frustrated with little information, no replies and sparse updates, but with a little due diligence and patience, I was able to gather some additional information. You can visit their website, but it's a bit of a jumble and hard to ever know when updates are added. So pay attention and visit their website daily if you really want to know something.

Most importantly, the next season has its registration open NOW, so if you're interested, read on and don't hesitate. I will be going to the park later today to register and will give any new information when I know it.

Next, this is where they play. It's north of Miramar Parkway, so you don't drive around like an idiot like me. Also, the phone hotline is just a recording with some very basic info. No one will call you back and they even say "don't leave a message".

The Silver Lakes Sports Complex
17450 SW 23rs Street
Miramar, Florida 33029
(behind Silver Lakes Elementary)
Miramar Optimist Baseball Hotline: (954) 662-9962

The website right now is calling this upcoming season Fall 2010 and Winter 2011, while the registration form is titled Spring 2011. I am certainly not sure what the season is officially called, but I think Fall 2010 is out since they also name the Fall 2010 champions. Regardless, as I mentioned above, current open registration is now. Here are the times they have listed:

Open Registration for Winter 2011:
Mon. 11/29 - Fri. 12/03: 6:30 p - 7:30 p
Sat. 12/04: 10:00 a - 12:00 p

This is the most recent update they gave and it will answer some questions you probably have, though likely not all of them.

Registration forms: Can be printed out from the above website under Forms & Registration; also available during park office registration. Me: There are other forms but this is the registration form.

Items needed to register: A completed registration form, a copy of the players birth certificate, and proof of residence with a credit card, debit, or money order payment only. (No cash or checks accepted).  Me: (It sounds like they may have changed the payment methods at some point because even the current registration form talks about "returned checks" and "cash payment receipts". I'd personally go with a checkbook and credit card and figure it out there. I'll try to ask for clarification as well.)

Prices and Age chart: Check the front of the registration form for prices by division. On the back of the registration form (or page 2) you will find an age chart, which determines which division your child will play. Me: (Basically, the registration fee will depend on what age group your child is in and if you are a City of Miramar resident).

Assigned days of play:
     4U - Thursday night, Saturday morning
     6U - Tuesday & Friday night, and Saturday mornings
     8U - Monday & Wednesday night, and Saturday mornings
     10U - Monday & Wednesday night, Saturdays
     12U - Tuesday & Friday night, Saturdays
     14U & 16U- days and times vary.

Uniforms: Players will receive a full uniform: jersey, pants, cap, and one pair of socks. Belts for looped pants are provided for the coach pitch division or higher. Gloves and cleats are not included and must be supplied by the player. Cleats are optional for Peewee division. Metal cleats only allowed in 14U and 16U divisions.

Equipment: All players will need an age/size appropriate baseball glove. Athletic cups are highly recommended and required by most coaches and umpires. Bats, helmets and other items are purchased at your discretion. Consult with your coach.

Trophies: All participants will receive a trophy at the end of the season.

Important Dates: Check website www.miramaroptimist.org or www.miramarbaseball.com for information about tryouts, when practice begins, opening day, etc. Me:  (I don't see any other important dates posted as of 11/30/2010, but will try to pay attention. Again, go to their site frequently as updates magically appear).

SPONSORSHIP: If you would like or know of a company that would like to sponsor a team or our program, please see the form on the website under Forms and Registration.

Without copying everything from that page, you can also see the coaches for each division and have their contact information. There are coaching and other volunteer opportunities as well.

I can't wait to get involved. Little League baseball was a big part of my childhood and I'm very pleased my son is finally getting interested. If you are part of this organization or have any additional information or if you think I've made and error or just have tips for us newbies, please leave a comment.


Update later same evening: So I went to the registration. There was no line. In fact, the Commissioner, Coach Lewis/Luis/Not sure, put one of his assistant coaches in charge of a practice while he unlocked the office just for me. He said there would be a skills tryout sometime in January, but that I needed to keep checking the website for those dates. Apparently, the tryout is so the coaches can see the kids' skills. But if they don't make the tryout, their names go into a hat for random selection afterward.

Again. Let me know your experiences.

Update next day 12/1/2010: First, there is an awesome comment below from one of the coaches this year. Thank you so much, Yandro. I'll be sure to introduce myself one of those days. Here are some very important dates, including additional registration dates.

Open Registration for SPRING 2011

Mon. 11/29 - Fri. 12/03: 6:30 p - 7:30 p

Sat. 12/04: 10:00 a - 12:00 p

Wed. 12/08 - Fri. 12/10: 6:30 p - 8:30 p

Wed. 01/05 - Fri. 01/07: 6:30 p - 8:30 p

Coaches Selection, Training and Freeze Forms Due

Friday, January 7, 2011


Mon. Jan 10 @ 6:30 p 10U Field #1
Mon. Jan 10 @ 6:30 p 12U Field #2
Tue. Jan 11 @6:30 p 8U Field #1
Tue. Jan 11 @6:30 p 14U Field #3

USSSA Canes World Series Tournament

Wed. Jan 12 - Mon. Jan 17 PARK CLOSED


January 24 Practices Begin
February 19 Picture Day
February 26 Opening Day Ceremonies
April 3 Marlins Day (Mets vs Marlins)
Update 01/10/2011: Tryouts this week are postponed this week and some new registration dates added,  according to the website updates...

All Drafts Postponed for One Week
New registration Dates added
Open Registration for SPRING 2011
Monday   Jan 10th 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Tuesday  Jan 11th 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Saturday  Jan 15th 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Division Team Placement / Tryouts

Mon. Jan 17 @ 7:30 PM 10U Field #1
Mon. Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM 12U Field #2
Tue.  Jan 18 @ 6:30 PM 8U Field #1
Tue.  Jan 18 @ 6:30 PM 14U Field #3

USSSA Canes World Series Tournament
Wed. Jan 12 - Mon. Jan 17                PARK CLOSED
January 24                                         Practices Begin
February 19                                              Picture Day
April 3                         Marlins Day (Mets vs Marlins)

This was my original picture; I think the one up top is better now