Happy New Year! We wanted to take this opportunity to review 2023, and to invite you to visit the facility in 2024-we have a lot to share with you and many of this past year’s projects need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
In 2023, SCAA hosted, sponsored, and supported 15 different teams playing in 7 different leagues, playing both Spring and Fall Seasons. Our facility hosted 152 home games and our teams played at least an equal number of away games at facilities as far North as Upper Mount Bethel and as far south as Norristown. The total number of home games and teams is down from 158 in 2023. The number of decreased games is the result of especially wet weather in September and October.
January saw a tremendous start to our Capital Campaign to renovate the infield of Silver Creek #1, “The Legion Field.” Our volunteers sold over 500 Lucky Lottery Calendars before the New Year began. We are always looking for additional people to sell calendars and it’s a great reason to reconnect with your friends from your days at Silver Creek.
In March, Silver Creek was the recipient of a grant from the Gregory W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund and St. Lukes that enabled us to deploy 3 Automated External Defibrillators, installed in alarmed cabinets at both Snack Stands and the Picnic Grove’s Kitchen. Twenty-five of our Coaches, Assistants and Volunteers worked with Saucon Valley High School’s Training Staff to learn AED use and CPR. Part of this process required our drafting an Emergency Action Plan.
In June, Palisades High School Graduate and Silver Creek Alumni Nathaniel Appiotti was the first recipient of the newly established Silver Creek A.A. Community Baseball Scholarship. This scholarship supports one student with baseball experience at Silver Creek who plans to continue their formal or vocational education after high school. This scholarship aims to honor the legacy of good sportsmanship and community fellowship adhered to by Silver Creek.
Also in June, our Father’s Day Car Show celebrated its 21st Year and we achieved a record breaking 546 Show Cars, 1,593 Spectators, 700+ Cheeseburgers, more French Fries then we thought there were, 1 Fantastic Weather Day and the most Amazing Cars.
Torrential rainfall on July 9th resulted in severe washouts to both SC#3 our multi use Baseball/Softball diamond and SC#4 the field used by our youngest players. There was cleanup to do in the grove and we could not have restored the fields in time for Fall Baseball without the equipment and expertise of several of our neighbors.
September featured more rain and coaches working many hours to keep the Fall Season on track. It also saw our return to Connie Mack Bux-Mont and a restoration of our program to the 15-16 Age Bracket. Our largest Rental Client, The Gasket Goons Hot Rod Bash canceled their first date due to sodden ground and their rescheduled rain date for the same reason.
In October, Silver Creek’s teams braved yet another rainstorm to decorate and ride a float in Palisades Regional Fire and Rescue’s Halloween Parade. We were honored with the 1st Place Float Overall Award and we are grateful to Coach Anthony Renner for once again loaning us his Hay Wagons and Tractor.
On November 4th the final game on the old infield of SC#1 was played by Alumni, Coaches, Players and Community Members. This pick-up baseball game exists as a moment in time that is both an ending and a beginning for Silver Creek. It was a privilege to be a part of it.
Despite the challenging weather, we were able to begin our planned renovation of the infield on November 7th. Working with Advanced Athletic Services, a division of Bob Viersma & Son Inc. in Allamuchy, NJ, the renovation was completed November 15th. Additional work at SC#1 was completed and donated by locally owned Improved Earth.
- Established new infield skin grades, 2 inches below final elevations
- Installed DuraEdge on infield, baselines, home plate, approximately 100 tons
- Laser graded all areas to ensure positive surface drainage
- Rebuilt mound and plate, Installed pitching rubber, home plate, anchors, and bases
- Installed big roll fescue sod on all prepped areas, approx. 14,000 ft²
2024’s Major Volunteer and Development Events and Available Volunteer Shifts are:
- Spring cleanup day: ~early March
- Opening Day ceremonies: Saturday, April 20
- 22nd Annual Father’s Day Car Show: Sunday, June 16
- Clash at the Creek 12U & 14U Baseball Tournament: Friday-Sunday, July 19-21
- Silver Creek's 5th Annual Cornhole Tournament: Saturday, September 28
- Facility shutdown day: ~early November
Projects under consideration for 2024 pending finances and volunteers:
- Acquiring a Zero Turn Field Groomer for use on all 4 fields – DELAYED FROM 2023
- Painting the exterior of the Fieldhouse/Training Room/Team Room-Garage
- Grandstand sponsor positions, concrete, high fence and Installation of SC#1 Scoreboard
- Masonry repairs on SC#1 3rd Base Dugout and in the Picnic Grove
- 6 vinyl windows for Picnic Grove Restrooms, 2 vinyl windows for Snack Stands
- Painting Restrooms and Stalls
Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss how you might want to help with these projects. We have Lucky Lottery Calendars for sale for $25, Field Banners hung between late April and November for $200 new and $84 annually to renew yearly or $300 for 3 years for New Sponsors, and our 22nd Annual Father’s Day Car Show Program to help subsidize our plans. Visit the Father’s Day Car Show Page on our website to learn more.
SCAA meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Thank you to everyone for your hard work - past and present - to make “a place for the kids and for all our families” the unique experience that is Silver Creek.
SCAA Officers, Trustees and Coaches
Silver Creek Athletic Association
2943 Route 212 GPS: Please use Hellertown, PA 18055
P.O. Box 165 firstname.lastname@example.org
Springtown, PA 18081 www.silvercreekathleticassociation.com