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Tip Of The Week
When playing in the outfield, it's always better to keep a pop fly in front of you. If the ball goes over your head, you'll have to chase it down and deal with awkward bounces. You also have to turn around to throw it in. Throwing in while you can see the infield is much easier.
Midseason Charity Party Announced
by Chris Hutchings
Our three-headed team of Social and Charity board members have been hard at work whipping up a bevy of soiree plans for the mid season party on TUESDAY, March 21st at 8:00pm. The mid-season party will take place at Brennanís, and includes some free food and drinks. Non-WAKA guests are more than welcome to come for a minor $5 entrance fee (proceeds go to a free domestic draft beer and our charity), but please RSVP if you’re planning to come. We have a bunch of great activities planned, including music on the patio and Dogtown’s first flip-cup tournament! Please RSVP yourself and any guests as well as any advance flip-cup teams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our charity this season is Girls On The Run, Southern California. They are a charity whose objective is to reduce the display of at-risk behaviors among their participants (including teen pregnancies, eating disorders, substance abuse, and depression) by providing girls with tools and encouragement to make healthy decisions and form healthy self-images. It's a great program that supports kids in our area!
We need to reiterate that this party takes place on a Tuesday. This is not a game night, but wear a WAKA shirt anyway to show solidarity. We will have a portion of the patio for our private use. It's going to be a great time. Don't forget to RSVP! If you need a flyer to help remind you, you can find it here. For more information about the party and a detailed description of Flip-Cup, check out the latest Ghost Man On Third.
The week of Sixes
by Chris Hutchings
Week four turned out to be a week full of sixes. Two games resulted in six run wins, one game resulted in a six run tie and the last game of the night, uh... could have had something to do with six if the lights didn't go out before it ended. I'd like to congratulate everyone for playing under these rain-soaked conditions and hope nobody has broken any toes against a kickball that has two to three inches of mud on it. Keep up the good work, players! We're halfway through the season and there's still time to knock those Cheerleaders off their little perch in first! But they need to lose first. Also, congrats to the Turtle Wranglers on their second tie that breaks them out of the oh-fer bracket. Good luck in the second half!
Freedom of the press
This web space, kindly provided by WAKA and lackadaisically maintained by the Dogtown Web Collective & Brain Trust (that would be Chris Hutchings) is the center of our demanding information distribution process. Everything we know and wish to share with you, the ever truth-seeking WAKA kickballer, is digitally logged for your examination, pontification and amusement (bemusement?).
But this site is so much better when it's filled to server capacity with that sultry harlot known as content. Chris' noble attempts at bending the odd three syllable word around a dangling participle rarely bears much food for thought once the after dinner mints have been polished off... and his literary allusions hecka suck.
So much happens in a single week of kickball that we could fill almost TWENTY KILOBYTES of text each week! But alas, with family, work and that beer quota he has to fill each waking hour, Chris doesn't have much time to squeeze entertaining stuff into the page after updating scores and key kickball news.
So that's why we're calling on you. You the average kickball player. The one that's on the field and sees a teammate catch an infield fly and turns it into a double play. We want to hear from you. We want to know how your game went. We want to know how cold the beer was after your game. We want to know why your team is going to downright SCHOOL the rest of the division. We'll even post your stupid jokes about naughty parrots and their titillating and candid observations about infidelity.
People in the division want to hear from you. Chris started doing this because he was unpopular. But now he has brokered this web gig into an opportunity to take abuse from Pat Sattler about how he wrote "February 22th" again. (At least somebody talks to him now.) Developing content for the division is fun and we all like to see regular features. Here's a few ideas to get your brains churning: Weekly prognostications, game recaps, kicking/fielding advice, a personals or classified section, photo of the week, home-made comics, team bios, featured player bios, editorials on kickball, stat crunchers... whatever! We want it. It doesn't need to be long. Just whip up a simple email now and then and whip it off to Chris for inclusion. Take pictures, draw pictures, include pictures with some text. If you want to post something regularly and want a fancy graphic, we'll make one for you. We want you to be our friend too.
So get cracking out there. Let's make the web site something better than a place to just check the standings. If you have submissions or questions, contact the webmonkey and include "Dogtown Press" in the header of your email.
Registration Now Closed
Registration is closed and the teams are locked in. If you missed the deadline, check back with us in a couple months when we fire up the Dogtown '06 Spring Season. Thanks to everyone who registered and a hearty welcome to all our new players! Play ball!
Next Game Night: Mar 15th, 2006 @ 7:00pm
Oakwood Recreation Center - Diamond 1/2
Division Bar - It's official!
Our WAKA Division Bar, Brennan's of Marina Del Rey, is even more important than our home field. It's the heart and center of the division's social aspect. The field is a place for team solidarity, but the division bar is where you learn that the people in the other dugout are just as good-natured and fun loving as yourselves!
If that doesn't sell you on it, then how about happy hour deals for WAKA players all night, every game night!? In addition to their $2.50 burgers (2 for 1 pricing), we also get $2.50 domestic tap beers (Bud & Bud Light)! What other bar can you drop $10 and get 3 beers and a burger? Nowhere, that's where.
So make an effort to come out after every game and let the division know that there's no ill-feelings. What happens on the field, stays on the field. What happens at the division bar are the memories we keep for many seasons to come!
Brennan's has welcomed us with open arms! We have a new home for the post-game Dogtown celebrations and libations! Once you're done with your game or cheering on other team favorites, get those cleats on over to Brennan's for some food and drink. They have a wide selection of games and live music as well as a large patio where they host turtle races every Thursday night! If nothing else, come by for a game of flip-cup and reclaim any tarnished glory you may have lost on the field by displaying your finely honed drinking-dexterity. We'll see you there!
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