SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) will be hosting the Opening Day Ceremony of San Francisco Youth Baseball League, (SFYBL). The Ceremony will take place at Kimbell Playground and Athletic Fields on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. SFYBL is a partnership between SF Rec and Park and SF FLAME (SF Fire Department). And For nearly 30 years this partnership has continued an SF tradition of giving San Francisco kids the fields, services, and commitment necessary to experience competitive and fun youth baseball with the unique opportunity of forming their own teams.
“We are proud to kick off another season of San Francisco Youth Baseball League,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “There is no better way to get out and play than with SFYBL!”
“SF FLAME is a proud tradition of the SF Fire Department, and we are excited to partner with SF Rec and Park for another year of baseball serving our youth and families in San Francisco,” said Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “We look forward to healthy and exciting competition on the fields this year.”
With the goal of serving San Francisco youth, FLAME, in addition to its partnership with SF Rec and Park on SFYBL, FLAME holds annual 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ volleyball tournaments in September, and 3rd through 8th grade boys’ basketball tournaments in November through January.
On SFYBL Opening Day, SF Rec and Park General Manager, Phil Ginsburg and SF Fire Department Chief, Joanne Hayes-White will make welcoming remarks and throw the ceremonial first pitch. Then there will be a parade introducing the teams around Kimbell Athletic Fields. And after the parade, there will be fun activities and baseball competitions, including bouncy house, batting practice, long toss, and T-ball games. Food truck, fun games and raffles will be provided at the event as well.
In the 2014 spring season, there were 2,500 players competing on 175 teams within six PONY divisions and sub-divisions. The teams were coached by 350 committed mostly volunteer coaches. The season begins in March and ends in early June with summer travel-team opportunities for 10U, 12U, and 14U kids who competed in the league during the season. In the SFYBL, base stealing, lead offs, and pick-offs are a standard part of the game starting with SFYBL’s PONY Mustang Division (9-10U). Players practice and play games on San Francisco Recreation and Parks play fields throughout San Francisco.