Kauai Softball Ohana,
This email is to inform everyone of what was discussed in general at our first information meeting for our trip to Kauai on the 17th to the 23rd of October in the year 2022. We started on time at 11:30am a the activity room at Calavera Park. I reminded everyone that we will always start on time and encouraged everyone to know that our goal is to always respect time that when we call practice, to meetings, to game time that we're always mindful and respectful to each other on being on time.
We discussed some general rules for our goodwill games there. We will be playing with 11 players on the field and batting everyone on the roster. This will be coed with no minimum. We will be playing 7 inning games on bases that will be 60' distance. 5 runs per inning limit with open inning in the last inning. We will be using a 14" ball in compared to the 12" ball that we use in our league. Pitching height will be 6' to 12'.
As of now the game days will be either on Wednesday and Thursday OR Thursday and Friday. Our goal is to have game times be at 8:30am (1st game) of the day and 10:30am (2nd game) of the day. Basically we will have to days of games to be played on the first half of each game day. This will allow everyone to make plans for the balance of the day. Keep in mind that the last time we played there, the host teams provided and shared their food with us and even entertained us with music and song on the second day.
The games that we play are goodwill games and not an all out winner take all tournament game. We talked about purchasing game jerseys to match what we have already purchased in the past so basically those that do not have jerseys purchasing some for this upcoming venue. I believe the jerseys are around $20.00 each.
We will be calling a couple of practices when we get closer to departing. Possibly 2 practices to get used to the 14" softballs on defense and with hitting. As of now it looks like we might have enough to make 3 teams. We are hoping to find a venue with 2 or 3 fields at the same park to be able to stay in the time frame we are proposing. I did share that we have a team from Maui that want to come and join us this coming year but for now it's so early in the preparing stage that it's more talk than walk.
I wanted to make clear that everyone is free to fly whatever airlines they want, rent vehicles from who ever they want, bring who ever they want, stay however early or late that they want and stay where ever they want, be it time shares, family or friends, using points or personal contacts. My goal is to help whom ever I can with your planning and to make sure that you have a good experience while there. Most of the group are staying at the Sheraton Resort and to stay there for 7 days and 6 nights the total cost is as follows:
Total Cost Per Room – Below is a breakdown of the charges per night as well as for entire stay for the room category we are offering of Deluxe Oceanfront.
Deluxe Oceanfront View, Guest room
Discounted Daily Rate $ 319.00
4.712% $ 15.03
13.25% $ 42.27
Discounted Daily Rate Inclusive Sub
Total $ 376.30
Resort Fee $ 30.00
4.712% $ 1.41
13.25% $ 3.98
Resort Fee Inclusive Sub
Total $ 35.39
Inclusive Daily Rate Grand
Total $ 411.69
Total Nights 6
Total Cost $ 2,470.12
If you decide to come earlier or stay longer at the Sheraton you can use the same rates to your advantage. Also, once I sign a contract with them, they will set up a web site for everyone to log in by themselves to pay their own rooms and to ask any questions directly from them. .
As of now we have 24 confirmed players and 9 players considering still to join us. Please fill free to ask any questions. (Link to Al's Contact Page) Remember anyone can join us and make any suggestions for us as a group. We have a little over 11 months till we land on Kauai and to save our aluminum cans.
Leigh Peterson will be helping by giving Kauai Softball it's own page on the NCSS web site, and we will make sure that during the regular season when we plan to go to Kauai, that no games will be scheduled so we won't be missing any games.
Great meeting today and already the excitement is in the air. This is your trip and I am looking forward to another great time with all of you,