Saturday, December 24, 2016

Carson Raymond Field Lighting Project Update

As we end 2016, the NCRL Board wanted to provide an update on our fundraising efforts to light Carson Raymond Field.   Buoyed by the efforts of our players and families during last Spring’s “Line Drives for Lights”, we have secured a total of $45,000 towards the project.   This is half of what is needed to complete the project.

In addition to our fundraising efforts, we applied for a grant through MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund.  The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint effort between MLB and the Major League Players Association.  The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities.

Earlier this month, we were notified that NCRL was one of the finalists for this grant cycle.  If approved, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will cover the remaining funds required to complete the project.   We expect a decision on our grant in late January.

We would have not been able to get this far in the process without the support of the NCRL community.  Thank you!

Does Your Company Reward Your Volunteer Hours?

Are you a full-time coach or do you help out at your kids practices, have you worked in the concession stand, or have you helped with Opening Day or the Skills Challenge?

If so, your company may consider that time "volunteer hours" and will make a donation to support the Northside Cal Ripken League. Often times employers will donate money on behalf of their employees who give time as a volunteer for certain non-profit organizations.

For example, State Farm will donate $500 on behalf of their employees who give at least 40 hours of volunteer service to non-profit organizations.

If you have given volunteer time to Northside, please check with your employer to see if they make any type of donations for this activity.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Support Northside by shopping on Amazon

Are you an shopper? If yes, did you know you can shop AND donate to Northside at the same time? If you go to and select Northside as your charity, 0.5% of the proceeds will be donated to help us make baseball even better in Charlottesville!

Local Baseball Opportunities for Winter Break

Local opportunities are available for Winter Break Baseball Camps!

The Dugout, The Baseball Company and T.E.A.M.S. Training Center are offering camps for local kids wishing to improve their skills this winter. Check out the flyer from The Dugout or T.E.A.M.S. website or The Baseball Company info form for more information on costs and how to register.