Dunwoody Senior Baseball (DSB) City of Dunwoody Proposed Changes to Operating Agreement
1. Talking points A. The financial impact on DSB would be devastating - Fees will have to go up 48% B. Dunwoody High School baseball will need to schedule directly with the City and pay in advance for field use – no refunds for rainouts or schedule changes. In past years DHS and PCMS run tryouts, hold practices and play games on the Brook Run baseball fields. Under the proposed changes new fees would be created and DHS/PCMS parents will be charged thousands of dollars to rent the fields. C. DSB has operated for 46 years, the last 10 in partnership with the City. No more. DSB is now just a renter. D. The trickle-down effect of this action will cause DSB to raise fees at an estimated 48% increase for use of fields i.e. PCMS middle school player entry fees for a team could go from $2600 to $3900. The average Dunwoody kid playing in DSB rec leagues could see entry fees go from $300 to $450 per player. E. If your youth plays travel baseball with many of the travel teams that serve Dunwoody kids each of these travel programs will be required to raise fees. The newly created fee structure proposed by the city will drive tournament rental costs and field rental fees up. F. For many years DSB has provided field time to the Jewish community center for its teams at no charge including the 2019 Maccabi games that were held in Atlanta. They would now have to pay at a least $1000 a day under the city’s proposed changes.
Recommendation: Work out an arrangement with Dunwoody Senior Baseball to accomplish the city’s goals that leaves DSB in control of the programs as it relates to the Brook Run baseball fields. The spirit of the agreement in 2017 when Dekalb County Schools and the city of Dunwoody did a land swap was that Dunwoody Senior would have a home and continue to serve the community as it has been for 46 years.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED Send one email to each council member, not a blast to all.
Please personalize and stay positive if you can. a) Lynn Deutsch, Mayor: firstname.lastname@example.org b) Pam Tallmadge, District 1 Local: email@example.com c) Jim Riticher, District 2 Local: firstname.lastname@example.org d) Tom Lambert, District 3 Local: email@example.com e) Stacey Harris, District 1 at Large: firstname.lastname@example.org f) Joe Seconder, District 2 at Large: email@example.com g) John Heneghan, District 3 at Large: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we move into August and the start of "school" the Diamond Club is happy to announce once again that we are organizing a Dunwoody Wildcats Upper League team for the Dunwoody Senior Baseball (DSB) fall rec league. This is a great opportunity for freshmen at DHS to play baseball on a full-size field against older competition, and for upperclassmen to play live baseball in the fall - and maybe work on some skills along the way. The only eligibility requirement is that the player is a registered student at DHS.
The DSB Fall Upper League starts in late August and runs through the end of October, with games played at the Brook Run Park Baseball Fields located next to Peachtree Charter Middle School. The season is planned to have 10 games followed by single elimination playoffs; games generally avoid football schedules, and so in case you are also on the DHS football team it is possible to play for both.
We plan to cap the team size at around 13 players to ensure plenty of playing time for all. Exact cost is TBD but we anticipate the fee at around $160, which includes the DSB fee and jersey; each player provides his own pants, shoes, hat and playing equipment. We will add that DSB has some new COVID related rules for players, coaches, umpires and spectators, and we will be sure to let the team know what is expected of them under these rules.
If you are interested in playing on the team (or if you have any questions), please email Peter Keohane at email@example.com. The deadline for us to register with DSB is mid August so anyone who is interested must let us know no later than Wednesday, August 14.