Tomorrow, the Washington Jewish Week will be running an article about the formation of a new organization created to run Jewish sports leagues in the Washington-area. The group is headed by some former participants in the Washington DCJCC softball league who, unhappy with their experiences with us over the past season, have decided that they can do better. And hey, that’s probably good for all of us. Our capitalist system depends on competition. It’s American.
We acknowledge that we allowed the administration of our softball league to fall below our standards. We’ve made staffing changes to address this failure and given our new Leagues Director the mandate and authority to make improvements beginning immediately. To begin with, we’re offering a significant discount for those who register for our co-ed softball league prior to March 1. A lot of people have already taken advantage of this offer, so perhaps you should think about it too. Other specific areas we’d want you to consider include:
- Beautiful, manicured fields for play
- A revitalized Task Force designed to aid in the effective administration of the League
- Three levels of play, including a NEW Social League with a more equitable 6-to-4 male/female ratio
- A developing Social Committee, for those interested in brainstorming fun social events for the League
- A league-wide “Happy Hour” in late March to open the season, with others to follow
- An up-to-date League Website, updated every Monday with scores, standings, and schedules
- NEW “Early Bird” rates for those signing up prior to March 1
- NEW 35% discount for full-time students
This is our 25th year running our softball league. We weren’t the only softball league in town when we started, and we’re not the only softball league in town now. New competition for sports league participants is something we welcome, because it pushes us out of complacency and back in the direction of excellence. If we became too comfortable in our niche, that’s a mistake we’ll have to learn from. But more than learning, we’re working right now to make our 25th season our best ever.