This is long overdue.
I realized just this week that no one really knew why we had double headers on April 14, but no games on April 21. In the absence of information, a lot of rumors and incorrect information circulated. There was no grand conspiracy. The short of it was that the Singles League asked us for favor and, in the interest of establishing a good relationship with them, we agreed to trade one week’s worth of field time.
Here’s how it went down.
Jake Rueben from the Singles League wrote me in February asking whether we would be open to giving up one week of our field time, in exchange for having an entire day of softball on a different week. He wanted to schedule an all-day tournament before he starts their season in early May. Moreover, he had been planning to buy a water pump to drain those parts of the field that are consistently under water. (Think about the shortstop area on Field 2 and the second base on Filed 1.) Jake initially asked us to split the cost of the pump, but later simply offered the pump’s purchase as a benefit for both leagues. Since they play before us, it’s almost certain that we’ll have those areas dry as they will have pumped the water before their own games.
The final agreement between both leagues was to swap permits to enable full days of softball. We got their 12:00 – 4:00 permits on April 14, and they got our permits from 4:00 – 8:00 on April 21. We had the double headers to cram two weeks of softball into one week, and they presumably played their tournament this past Saturday.
Since we share the same field, both leagues have complementary interests in maintaining a good relationship. James, Eddie and I felt that letting them play on April 21, would be a gesture towards securing that goodwill. Moreover, we had discussed the possibility of chalking the fields before our own games and offering to do that earlier, with the help of the Singles league, although those discussions did not yield any agreement. In any case, we appreciate that they have always been diligent about finishing their games on time and, on multiple occasions, letting us take the field well before 4:00. This will come into play throughout the playoffs, as we will be struggling to finish two games before the autumn sun sets.