To begin with, we wanted to draw attention to the park
that had been driven by for years, by thousands of Wichitan's, who had no idea what took place there. To do so we spent
nearly $6,000 of the league's operating funds to purchase yellow poly-cap fence guards for all 5 fields and to convert
the old concrete AYSO street sign into a 6' tall baseball to proclaim Planeview Ballpark as the Home of Northeast Baseball.
This last year has been another year filled with
improvements for the facility. With the help of the City of Wichita, the facility has had quite a list of things done in the
off season. All of the fencing along the foul lines of all 5 fields has been replaced. This was much a much needed improvement
because the old fencing had turned upwards at the bottom causing a hazard to players getting to close. In addition, 27 new
trees have been planted around the facility that in future years will help provide much needed shade. Probably one of the
most asked for improvements is also underway and that is the remodeling of the restroom facilities. We are incredibly excited
to cross this one from the list!
Across the next 3 months, volunteers including David
Haas, Brian McGuire, Jamil Toubassi, Mark Rudy, Fred Sousa, Brett Cass, Glen Whitman, Aaron Lovelady and many others
spent their weekends installing the yellow poly-cap fence guards. This not only provided a much needed aesthetic for the park
but also made it much safer to play at the fields. The difference was immediately noticeable to everyone that drove by and
to those who attended the park.
Also this season we are excited to announce the addition
of two 70' batting cages available to our teams. For years, David Haas stressed the importance of tools like this to help
improve the level of play. As one of main goals in a facility fundraising drive that we began two years ago, it
has taken the gifts of funds and time to make these a reality for the league. We appreciate everyone that gave so willingly
to this project and we look forward to making the other goals of that effort a reality over the next couple of seasons.
We provide league play for hundreds of youth baseball players in the community ages
7-14, at very reasonable rates compared to other leagues in the area, and have done so for the last 15 years or more. We also
hold NBC points tournaments and host the 13U NBC Hap Dumont State Championship Tournament.
of this has been done through donations and many, many hours of volunteer work. As a non-profit association in the City of
Wichita, Northeast Baseball derives all of its funds through player registrations and donations. Everything we receive goes
directly back into our programs and our facility.