Everything You Need to Know About Opening Day 2019!

Updated Friday April 26, 2019 by SLL.

Spring has arrived and now it’s time to Play Ball! The 2019 Smithfield Girls' Softball and Smithfield Little League Opening Day is less than a week away as volunteers work tirelessly preparing for another successful season for all of our children!

Please carefully review the following information pertaining to Opening Day Festivities:

Everyone Loves A Parade!
The 2019 Opening Day will begin with a parade of ballplayers and coaches that will begin at St. Michael’s Church and conclude in the middle of Whipple Field. Families are encouraged to line the parade route and cheer for the teams as they walk by. Once the teams have passed, all are invited to congregate in the middle of the Whipple complex for a very brief speaking program and first pitch. Click here for the parade route.

Player Drop Off for Parade
Please make sure you drop your player off at St. Michael’s Church no later than 9 a.m. as roads surrounding the Whipple Field Complex and St. Michael’s will be shut down for the parade of players. After you drop off your player with their coach, park your car in one of the approved areas and secure a prime viewing location on the parade route. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to download a helpful resource when dropping your player off at St. Michael's.)

Supporting Those in Need in Our Community
Baseball and softball teaches more than throwing, catching or hitting a ball. These youth programs also teach good character and the importance of one’s role in our community. Players are asked to bring one (or more) of the following items to St. Michael’s: mayonnaise, catsup, juices, canned ham, corned beef, beef stew, baked beans, jarred tomato sauce, syrup, mayonnaise, canned or dry milk, cookies & crackers, sugar, coffee, Jello, paper towels, napkins, tissues, toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, deodorant or shampoo. These items will be donated to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry and the Town of Smithfield Food Pantry and distributed to those in need in our community.

Parking
Parking at Whipple Field is first-come, first-served. Parking will also be available at the Portuguese American Club, only from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Please know that parking is prohibited at St. Michael’s Church and in the lot adjacent to Whipple 1, the baseball field.  Note that parking at the Whipple complex is at your own risk. Beware of foul balls! Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Bring Your Appetite!
The grills will be running all day and the concession stand will be fully stocked to feed the many expected to attend the Opening Day festivities. Remember, concession stand revenue helps to support the operations of both leagues. New this year, SLL will have a pop-up concession stand near the photo tents serving ballpark franks, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and lots of snacks and beverages.

Each team (A through Majors) must provide three volunteers for only one hour to help run the concession stand. Sign up here.

Photos
Forms will be available at Opening Day, however families may pre-order their picture package by clicking on this link & click Online Ordering and enter the keyword SLL19 to access pricing.  Scroll to the bottom for the team photo schedule.

Raffle
The leagues will also be holding a raffle with dozens of awesome raffle baskets available.

Schedule

8 a.m.                                Volunteers arrive at St. Michael’s Church
8:30 a.m.                          Coaches arrive at St. Michael’s
8:45-9:15 a.m.                 Players drop off at St. Michael’s

9:00 a.m.                          Families Encouraged to Begin Lining Parade Route
9:00 a.m.                          Volunteer Safety Briefing
9:15 a.m.                          Parade Staging
9:30 a.m.                          Parade Starts, Commences to Whipple Field
10:15 a.m.                        National Anthem/ Volunteer Recognition / First Pitch
10:45 to 3:30 p.m.          Pictures

11 to 9 p.m.                     Games Played

4.26.2019 6PM SLL Photo Schedule.pdf
2019 SLL Photo Order Envelope (5).pdf
St. Mike's Drop Off Information.pdf