Petition to University of Wisconsin Madison Athletic Department, Barry alvarez
Bring Back Varsity Baseball to UW-Madison!
The athletic department recently decided to spend 130 million dollars turning existing seats into club seats and adding a deck for Camp Randall rather than spend a tiny fraction of that on baseball. This decision came after a survey to alumni asking how donor money should be spent and listed only improvements to amenities at Camp Randall.... not necessities whatsoever. The operational budget of the average Big Ten baseball team is 1.3 million per year. Barry Alvarez says we don't have the money to support baseball. You do the math. I have been working every angle to try and bring back varsity baseball and we have garnered enormous support from the community, fans, writers, coaches, kids, athletes, former athletes, etc... However, the decision ultimately lies with the AD. Mr. Alvarez isn't willing to even have the discussion about a possible path forward. My proposal shot down his old excuses and I believe he now is avoiding the conversation because he knows the argument against it doesn't have a leg to stand on. I'll continue to work behind the scenes, but it's time for a public uproar demanding more from our flagship university. Help bring back UW's first ever sport. Sign this petition, spread it on social media, write and call the athletic department, do what you can to show your support. Thank you and On Wisconsin! Bringing our national pastime and the University's first sport back to Madison will accomplish all of the following: - Bring back a proud program and make good on a promise to the former ball players to reinstate the program when the financial picture is better. - Get on par with the rest of the Big Ten by offering the same major sport that the rest of the conference offers. - Inspire thousands of youth who look at the Wisconsin Badgers athletes as role models. This improves youth and high school programs all over the state. Not to mention the positive influence it has on so many individual lives. - Give the fans what they want and deserve. They have been supporting the University and Wisconsin Athletics for decades and they desire to have baseball back at the flagship university. The Milwaukee Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, The Timber Rattlers, the Madison Mallards and other Northwoods league teams, and even home talent teams all over the state have shown how popular baseball is in this state and there is no doubt the Badgers would follow in, and build on, that tradition. Link to the full proposal for bringing back Varsity baseball to the Wisconsin Badgers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4IPeL9xuDafZDFqTXV1N1paZXM/view
Petition to Scott Haggerty, Richard Valle, Wilma Chan, Nate Miley, Keith Carson
Support the Oakland A's Coliseum Revitalization Plan
East Oakland has waited too long for real economic and community revitalization. The Oakland A's as 50-year partner are fully committed to honoring the legacy and community with a bold and ambitious plan worthy of East Oakland. Sign our petition now to show your support for the A's Coliseum Redevelopment project. On Tuesday, April 23, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the term sheet between the County and the Oakland Athletics for our purchase of the County’s 50% interest in the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Complex. We unveiled a true vision for the Coliseum site after nearly a year of community engagement in East Oakland. We listened to what the community wants at this site and delivered a privately financed plan that will meet the needs of our community. This deal is a fiscally responsible opportunity for residents and taxpayers of Alameda County. Read more about our vision below. About our plans for the Coliseum Site: In November 2018, we unveiled our vision for the redevelopment of the Coliseum site, seeking to transform the current Coliseum site in ways that will address several specific community needs and opportunities expressed by East Oakland residents. Preliminary plans of the privately financed project include a large park, surrounded by substantial new housing, including affordable housing, a skills center, community gathering space, office and retail developments, and restaurants. The new park would be anchored by the two focal points of Oakland sports history: Oracle Arena, repurposed as a concert and cultural events center; and the original Coliseum baseball diamond, preserved to inspire the next generation of ballplayers. For more information on the A’s Coliseum redevelopment project, visit oaklandballpark.com .
Petition to International Olympic Committee
Olympic Softball 2024
France has decided not to allow Softball into the 2024 Olympic games. As a global softball community, let's let the IOC know that the 2024 games must have softball! This game that we love has earned a place in the games. Year after year our players dedicate their lives to this game. Young ladies all over the world are looking to the 2020 games to see their heroes in action. We can't stand by and let our sport and our players be sidelined in 2024. This is our chance to unite and let the world know that this game has gone far past a hobby for girls. This sport creates heroes for generations and to exclude them from the games is an insult to the years of blood, sweat and tears the women have shed in order to advance this sport.
Petition to Larry Dolan, MLB
WE WANT OUR CHIEF WAHOO BACK!
The Indians' fan email reply told me I have to address this to MLB, not the Indians organization. It appears MLB and the Indians Organization does NOT listen, nor care to listen, to their fans! Indians fans buy the tickets, merchandise, etc..the protesters do not spend one thin dime! Cater to those who write your paychecks. The courts recently ruled it goes against the 1st amendment to force a team to change their name or logo. There are thousands of Indians' fans who want their beloved Chief Wahoo incorporated back the way it was before all the P.C. hype! We also "dislike"..(to be mild), the block "C"! TOO many reasons to mention why it's sooo awful! We know where Chief Wahoo can still, barely, be seen. But the block "C" has taken over his spot everywhere else. It appears it doesn't matter what the fans want because absolutely NOTHING has been done or even acknowledged. It's very disheartening that not ONE person has acknowledged our plea. I have one of many pages full of fans who want this! Included are some links to 2 of those many pages, showing how Indians' fans..and even other people, want Chief Wahoo back as our prominant logo. Indians fans want their Chief Wahoo back! Below, 2 facebook support pages: https://www.facebook.com/KeepChiefWahoo/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Keep-Chief-Wahoo-697346770308085/?ref=hl
Petition to Major League Baseball
Get Rid of Fan Voting for the MLB All Star Game
Fan Voting for the MLB All-Star Game is a flawed and outdated system. The entire vote is a popularity contest. Teams with larger fan bases stuff the ballots while leaving deserving players in the dust. Instead of allowing the fans to vote, the MLB needs to select an unbiased and educated source to fill out the MLB All-Star rosters so that deserving players are rewarded with the opportunity to play in the All-Star Game.
Petition to MLB
Ban Angel Hernandez from umpiring MLB games
Angel Hernandez must not be allowed to umpire MLB games anymore. His inability to accurately make calls behind home plate or anywhere else on the field has gotten to the point where it is consistently compromising outcomes of games. The fact he cannot accept his failures and instead chooses to blame the MLB saying there is discrimination is unfounded and frankly insane, and action needs to be taken.
Petition to Board of Education
Fix the baseball facilities at Troy Athens High School to make them safe and playable.
The Athens baseball community encourages the district to make the baseball facilities safe and playable venues that are a source of pride for our community. Regrettably, the current facilities do not meet these practical standards. Problems: Years of neglect have left the baseball fields in a hazardous and disgraceful condition. The unfortunate location of the Athens varsity field is problematic. It sits between the high school building and football field in frequent shadow from the gym and visitor football stands. A lack of sunlight and constant drainage from the building and football stadium leaves the field a swampy mess each season. Compounding the problem, heavy equipment has been driven on the field leaving tire tracks and ruts in both the infield and outfield playing surfaces. Sand, instead of an appropriate clay-based material, has been used to fill holes around bases, the plate area, and on the pitching mound. The bullpens down each foul line have not been maintained, leaving them unlevel, unusable, and unsafe. Unsuitable grass has been installed over the years, likely due to low-bid sod replacements. Infield sod for a baseball field needs to be a sports turf blend not typical lawn sod—which is currently in place. The current grass is not level and way too thick for baseball. There is no longer a batting cage, sound system or functional scoreboard. Fencing has not been well maintained and now protrudes in many areas and is dangerous. Lack of weeding has left the warning track nearly non-existent due to overgrowth. The main field entrance gate (regardless of the weather) is always muddy and often pools with water due to the poor field drainage. Dangerous tools, stakes and assorted metal objects have been left on the field and have turned up during games. Exposed sewer grids located in the outfield make footing even more treacherous. Necessary Improvements: A new playing surface, preferably synthetic turf instead of natural grass because of the field’s current location and drainage problems. Varsity Coach Mike Morris has specifics on how funding can be secured through donations and fundraising to make this possible. [For Safety, Maintenance, and Competitiveness] Netting installed above the fence line down both base lines. This is both a safety and cost necessity. Due to the location of the field next to the school building and football field, foul balls careen in all directions during a game. From a safety perspective, spectators are in constant danger of being hit by a batted ball. From a money standpoint, 3x times as many baseballs are needed for a game at Athens due to the large number lost on the roof of the high school. [For Safety and Budget] New bullpens installed down each foul line with mounds and in-ground plates. [For Safety and Competitiveness] A batting cage needs to be reinstalled. After removal in the summer of 2018 there has been no replacement. All other OAA and Division 1 baseball and softball programs have outdoor batting cages. From a competitive standpoint, this is a necessity that would greatly benefit all baseball and softball teams. [For Competitiveness] The JV field is in desperate need of a walking path from the parking lot, cemented dugout floors and extended netting along the base lines. [For Safety]
Petition to Irvine City Council
Stop the Irvine Sports Tax!
The City of Irvine is planning to impose a 1,100% fee increase on youth sports organizations to use city athletic fields, including baseball fields, starting July 1st. Fees paid to the City by Northwood Little League would increase from approximately $5,000/year to $60,000/year. To cover these additional costs, registrations fees would increase $125 on average per player above and beyond current fees. If you have multiple kids in our league, and many do, you could be looking at $250-$375 increases. By the way, this affects soccer, flag football, and other sports as well and parents have already told us that they will be forced to quit one sport because costs are just too high. NWLL serves nearly 1,000 players each year over fall and spring season including one of the largest special needs Challenger programs in the OC. Registration fees average about $200 per player, ranging from $99 - $250. We charge Challenger players $50. Each year, we give thousands of dollars in financial assistance. We never turn a player away. Something we are very proud of as an NWLL family. Raising our costs will have a dramatic impact on driving registration numbers down. Many costs like insurance and chartering fees are fixed and will be spread across fewer players. We will have to reduce practices, reduce games, lower quality of uniforms, equipment, trophies, and other cost reduction measures. Bottom Line: Where we spend our money shows our values. Raising revenue on the back of non-profits serving kids in our community demonstrates the wrong values. Look at other ways like business permits or other city fees. Don’t devastate the community programs that make the City of Irvine great. The City Council will vote on this matter at their 4 pm meeting on Tuesday, May 14th at City Hall. We’d like as many of you as possible to attend wearing your baseball jerseys and hats to voice your disapproval of this massive fee increase. Please sign and share this petition with family and friends. Encourage the Council to Vote no on the Irvine Sports Tax. It's a yes vote for our kids.