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We need your help! Looking for volunteers to help with two events

We need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to help us with two events.  If you have a few hours to spare, we have two events where we need some help to make the event a success.

Beep Baseball Tournament – Looking for Volunteers: Umpires needed

The Woburn Host Lions are hosting six teams in the regions biggest beep baseball tournament in history.  We will have 6 teams competing to be crowned the best team on the east coast.  We will be running three different games at the same time and need at least 15 volunteers to make this work for three different time slots.  Come be a part of history and watch some of the regions most inspiring athletes! (Please note we play in many weather conditions including drizzle, showers and sometimes rain.)

Photo of the 4 teams who competed in Woburn in 2015. We are looking for Volunteers to help with the event in 2017

Photo of the 4 teams who competed in Woburn in 2015. We are looking for Volunteers to help with the event in 2017

When:  Saturday July 8 All day:  time slots for games are roughly 8:40-11:30 am, 11:10 am-1:30 pm and 2:10-4:30 pm

Where:  Joyce Middle School located at 55 Locust street in Woburn

What we are looking for: We need the following roles:

Field umpires – these volunteers will stand in the field and help the home plate umpire make the right decision on when a defensive player has made the stop.  These people must be mobile, have good eye sight and be able to stand on their feet for about 2 hours. This person will be exposed to the sun and or rain

Base umpires – The volunteers will stand in foul territory and help the home plate umpire determine exactly when a base runner touches the base.  They will also make sure the base is set up before the next play so the hitter can hear the buzzer inside the base.   These volunteers need to have good eye sight and the willingness to stand in bad weather conditions.  They can easily be seated in a chair between innings if needed

Base Switch operators – These volunteers will sit behind home plate and be in charge of setting the bases off when the ball is pitched using a switch.  This role merely requires good hearing and the ability to flick a switch consistently at the same time.  This person will also be under a canopy to protect the base switch from the elements and will be seated for the duration of the game

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Rock Climbing fundraiser – Looking for Volunteers: Belayers needed!

Central Rock Gym is hosting this event to help us raise money to travel to Chicago and the World Series this year:

A rock climber being belayed. We are looking for volunteers to help us belay in April

When:  Saturday April 22 from 12:30-4:00

Where:  Central Rock Gym, Watertown located at 74 Acton Street, Watertown

What we are looking for: We need help to belay our climbers.  This involves holding the ropes and helping the climbers enjoy the event.  You do not need experience but must be physically able to do the job.  We have a belay class that will start at 12:30 where you will receive training.  This is free and will also help you if you ever want to climb on your own with friends.  The event begins at 1:00 for the climbers.

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Weissman interviewed by IBM about volunteerism

IBM logoIBM recently interviewed Rob Weissman, a 13 year employee of IBM about his work with the Boston Renegades.  IBM has supported the Renegades through Weissman’s involvement over the year to the tune of $18,000 in community grants.  The article was posted internal but they have cerated a PDF for us to share with our fans and can be read here:  IBM PDF

Rob Weissman catching during the title game of the 2016 World Series. Photo by John Lykowski

Rob Weissman catching during the title game of the 2016 World Series. Photo by John Lykowski

Dr. Frates donates time to the Renegades

Dr. Beth FratesIn the summer of 2015, Dr. Beth Frates found her self watching a bunch of blind guys running around playing beep baseball and joking with each other.  She was there to support her colleague, Dr. Mike Marciello, who is a hitting coach on the team.  Dr. Frates found some inspiration from this group of Renegades and she even helped them out a few times when the coach forgot equipment at home.  That was just the beginning of her showing her big heart and willingness to help.  She wanted to find a way to donate her time and skills.

She wanted to help the Renegades in some capacity but did not have the time to become a coach of the squad.  She dropped a hint that her professional skills may be able to help many of the Renegades.  On Sunday night, May 22 she jumped on a call with 14 Renegades and she bought a passion with her to help the team.  Hitting, running, defense are all skills a beepball player needs to succeed.   The Renegades work on these skills tirelessly.  In addition the Renegades have created a culture where teamwork is essential and help is available for people on and off the field.  In recent years, the Renegades have worked hard at mental toughness as well.   However to get to the next level an athlete needs to take care of his/her body.  Tournament time is very hard on the ball players.  Very few sports require a player to play three games (which can last 2.5-3 hours a game) a day  for three days in a row in 90-100 degree heat.

Dr. Frates took time out of her work day to understand the needs of the Renegades.  She took time to listen to the rigors of a beep baseball season and what the Renegade way of handling things looks like.  We found many of the things we do are some the best practices.  However, she had some amazing tips to help the Renegades in all walks of their life.

Dr. Frates is a trained physiatrist and is a Director of Wellness Programming at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and is an assistant Professor at Harvard Medical school.  She had a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the players.  She created a program for the team to discuss ways players could perform better on the field.  She brought many tips about nutrition, meal planning, Carb loading, Pre game meals, Lunch time strategies and dinner strategies when at tournaments.  Foods to gravitate toward and ingredients to avoid.  She discussed the importance of hydration, ways to get hydration and other causes of muscle cramps.  She brought stories of what to eat after games to improve recovery time.  And when we thought it was over, she told us all about the importance of sleep, stretching, optimism and breathing to reduce stress and optimize performance.  She had passion, an understanding of our players needs and spent an additional 30 minutes answering questions from the team.  We are very grateful to have had this opportunity.   The lessons she taught us will help the Renegades perform better on the fields and compete for a championship in 2016!


But enough of this writer babbling….what did some the players have to say when it was over?

Joe Yee Dr. Frates, thank you for taking the time to speak with us about nutrition and healthy living.  The topics of Hydration and Healthy Plate is especially important to me, as I have been struggling with meal planning, and choosing the right things to eat.  It was great to hear about the examples and suggestions of the different foods that are healthy for us, and this will help us improve athletically, and our overall living.
Rob Dias  I’m excited to try and implement  some of her suggestions leading up to game time. I don’t think I can commit to eating quinoa and wheat berry (or something similar) every day, but I can certainly eat those things a couple of times a week. There are a few healthy eating options near my work so leading up to some of our games I can be sure to focus on those foods she suggested. Luckily for me I’m not a big breakfast eater, so it’s nice to know that some of my choices I have made in the past for breakfast before a game falls in line with some of her suggestions.  I really think that the call last night built a lot of value for us.
Photo of Justen Cantan The information provided was extremely informative, especially since it was tailored towards the team, our goals, and our current structure of practices and games. As a big advocate of health and wellness, I especially love how she tied in everything to the importance of self-care and overall health.
Photo of Guy Zuccarello Many thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with the team about nutrition, health, and wellness.  I learned a great deal in general and found your information about post-game recovery eating to be particularly enlightening.  I am sure we will make great strides as a team armed with this valuable knowledge.
Photo of Shayne Cantan
Dr. Fates was nothing short of fabulous, she made everything interesting and her energy was contageous.  I made sure that I took notes, questions that I have had for months, maybe even years have been answered.  Perhaps what I really enjoyed though, was her ability to incorporate the nutritional part of athletics, with the mental part of it as well, the importance of a good diet, sleep, and proper breathing.  I am also excited to hear her ideas for recovery for people who are Lactose intolerant, she seemed to enjoy the possibility of learning something new, while continuing to be an educator.  Ultimately, if you love what you do, it’ll show, she clearly does, and I’m grateful she was willing to bestow her knowledge onto us.

Its volunteers like Dr. Beth Frates who help make a difference in the lives of our players and we are grateful for her time and energy!