Transition to evening games successful for Kiwanis baseball

by Rob Tetro

Derek Tombs has returned for his second season at the helm of Kiwanis Baseball. He enjoys his position, just as his father once did as Kiwanis past director.

To encourage more players to take part in the program, the games have been moved to the evening. By changing the times of the games, Tombs feels that he will accomodate players better,

Last season, the program featured 19 teams and 260 players. This season, the number of teams has jumped up to 26 with 325 players in the program. Tombs has mentioned previously that his ultimate goal is to have a league that features 500 participants. The numbers show that his vision is not an impossible one.

It seems Tombs’ vision is inspired by the desire to provide youth baseball and softball players of Oswego County a positive social outlet to be apart of during the summer.

“I like to see kids outside and active instead of playing video games and in front of the television,” said Tombs.

Aside from the move to evening competition, Kiwanis Baseball features other changes as well this summer. The Minor League and Softball League fields now have drainage systems in place. New grass and dirt are also new additions to these fields.

Tombs expresses his appreciation for the work that Fulton Kiwanis Club and Fulton Little League has put into Kiwans Kidhaven.

“All the work that Kiwanis Club and Little League has done to the fields has made our complex one of the nicest in the area.”

Tombs  suggests that there are a number of reasons why the decision was made to allow Kiwanis Baseball to become a summer evening pasttime. With some parents working during the day, players were forced to walk or ride their bikes to the fields in potentially sweltering summer heat for games.

Tombs and Kiwanis Club opted to bring Kiwanis baseball to the evenings so that parents could safely accompany their children to the games and other league functions. Tombs feels that whether its volunteer coaching or other league functions, everybody wins when there is more parental participation.

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