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BOSL NEWS – President's Message 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Season!

I would like to welcome you all to the 2018 season!  Like every season, the Board of Directors are already busy planning and preparing for what is going to be another great year.
 
The player draft has been moved up to March the 3rd.  So, you and your teams will have a few more weeks to prepare for the season, being it practicing on the field…or at the bar.
 
Registration is as strong as always, but diamond availability and the continued Sherwood Park revitalization has required that we reduce our league back to 16 teams. 
 
The City of Burlington has removed our permit for Brant Hills.  The City has reclassified it as a youth field due to the size of the field and the proximity of neighbors.  So once again, we will have no choice but to include games on both Mondays and Wednesdays in addition to our traditional Tuesday and Thursday’s.
 
The Sherwood Park revitalization stage being conducted by the City this year involves removal of the main and secondary parking lots, removal of the pavilion/bunker, and the removal of the diamond with no lights. 
 
As you can imagine, this is going to drastically affect our tournaments throughout the year.  We ask in advance for your patience and understanding that these issues are beyond our control.  We are working tirelessly to run events with the fun and fellowship experience that we have all grown accustom to.  The venue will not be the same and is not able to be the same, but our intentions are to honor traditions as much as possible.
 
On a more positive note, we are excited to announce our continued support of the Burlington Food Bank Partnership West !  Myself and members of the Board had the opportunity to tour their facility and see exactly where donations go.  Their organization is 100% funded by support of charitable donations. Last summer of record breaking fundraising efforts was the only thing that keep them going supply wise throughout the summer!

Through our visit we were made aware that this food bank is responsible to feed over 300 families in the Burlington area in addition to supplying food to local parishes and support groups within the City of Burlington.   Giving back to the Community is what differentiates the BOSL from any other league.  We look forward to your continued support through our various fundraising efforts during the course of the season.
 
In closing, I would like to thank the continued efforts of our Board of Directors, the support of our Sponsors, and all of our volunteers that make the overall BOSL experience a great one!
 
Ron Evinou
BOSL President