2018 Family Day at the Ball Park

  • Photos courtesy of Ray Chiasson
The Yellowknife Fastball League and the Yellowknife Minor Fastball Association jointly held their fifth annual Family Day at the Ballpark event in Yellowknife on June 21. This free, public annual event is aimed at introducing Yellowknife’s young fastball players to new role models and inspiring kids in the community to be active and participate in team sports. It featured a game made up of all-stars from the adult Yellowknife Fastball League, followed by a game between two of the U14 recreational league teams. The experience was meant to mimic a major-league event, complete with announcers, music, activities, hot dogs, food from local food vendors, and all the bells and whistles to make it a fun day out at the park. This year’s event saw over 200 children, parents, and players participate.

It also provided for the opportunity to honour some of Minor Fastball’s 2018 ambassadors of the game, including:

  • Ben Mager, U9 Division
  • Brigid Murphy, U9 Division
  • Nate Lalonde, U9 Division
  • Kailee Andrews, U9 Division
  • Kolby Melanson, U9 Division
  • Hawke Williams Ellis, U12 Division
  • Mackenzie Chiasson, U12 Division
  • Loïc Hipfner, U12 Division
  • Giselle Penney, U14 Division

These ambassadors of the game were nominated by their coaches based on their demonstration of YK Minor Fastball values such as sportsmanship, respect for teammates, coaches, and (in U12/U14) umpires, winning humbly/losing graciously, helping with equipment, listening well and following instructions, and trying hard at practices and games.

Special thanks to sponsors and friends of Family Day, including:

Yellowknife Minor Fastball division sponsors:

  • Clark Builders (U4: Clark Little Builders division)
  • Inukshuk Ventures (U6: Inukshuk AdVenturers division)
  • Avery Cooper (U9: Avery Cooperstown All-Stars division)
  • Kavanaugh Brothers (U12 and U14 Kavanaugh Brothers division)

YK Fastball League team sponsors:

  • Fire Prevention Services ltd (Blue Jays)
  • Optimum Crush (Rockies)
  • Slades Fire Protection (Slades)
  • Matanobee Petroleum (Trappers)
  • Cold Cash ATM (Orioles)
  • Home Building Centre (Cardinals)
  • Tamarack Computers (Thunder)

Family Day Friends and Sponsors:

  • NWT Softball
  • Northbest Distributors
  • Yellowknife Co-op
  • Cabin Radio
  • NWT Recreation and Parks Association
  • Yellowknife Lions Club
  • Catherine Babin Lavoie Face Painting
  • Terry Brooks Balloon Animals
  • Murray’s Treats and Eats
  • One Of A Thai
  • Raymond Chiasson Photography
  • Gastown – Ltd

For more information on Family Day at the Ball Park contact:

Yellowknife Fastball League
[email protected]