Frequently Asked Questions About Pacific Park Fundraiser
Q. When can I send in my donation?
A. Donations are currently being accepted. You may donate now by going to the Donors page of this web site.
Q. Can I make payments on the amount I wish to donate?
A. Yes, you may make a pledge and make periodic payments until to you reach your pledged amount.
Q. Is there a minimum donation amount?
A. No donation is too small; if you want to help, please donate what you can afford.
Q. Can I make donation using my credit card?
A. Yes, VMSSA has established an account with PayPal specifically set up for nonprofits. Please go to our Donor’s page in this web site and click on the PayPal logo.
Q. How do I know that my donation will be used to build the field?
A. VMSSA has established separate bank accounts specifically for receipt of donations for the new field. These accounts will be managed by the VMSSA Board of Directors to ensure all donations received are used only for the development of the new field at Pacific Park.
Q. Where are the donations received by VMSSA held until they are needed to fund the building of the new field?
A. VMSSA has established accounts with Riverview Community Bank in Vancouver. These accounts will only be used to hold the donations received for the development of the Pacific Park field.
Q. Can we/I have our name displayed at the field?
A. Yes, advertising banners and signage will be allowed to be placed on the outfield fence. All banners and signage must comply with Clark County Banners/Signage/Advertising policy in place at the time of their placement or display. A donor monument will be erected with all donor names engraved on stone.
Q. Will the field be available for others to use?
A. Yes, when VMSSA is not actively using the field, it will be available for use by the general public, and for use by other organizations that have been approved by Clark County.
Q. Why does VMSSA want to build a field? Are there no other fields available for use within the County?
A. Softball is a popular sport played by all ages and during the playing season in the Pacific Northwest, which is normally from April through August; there is a high demand for ball fields. Scheduling fields for play has become more difficult each year by all organizations. Building this field will ensure that VMSSA has a place for our senior players to play the sport they love and call Pacific Park home of the Vancouver Metro Senior Softball Association.
Q. Why doesn’t Clark County just build the field?
A. Currently, Clark County has no monies available in their budget to build additional sports fields within the Greater Clark Parks District.
Q. Who will maintain the field once it is completed?
A. Both VMSSA and Clark County will share in the maintenance of the field.
Q. When will the field be completed and ready for use?
A. VMSSA’s goal is to have the field ready for play summer of 2016.
Q. I just found out about VMSSA, how do I sign up?
A. Each year, starting in February, VMSSA starts accepting player registration for the up-coming season. In January, there will be player registration form posted on this web page for the 2015 season. The season starts in April.
Q. What is the age requirement to play in the VMSSA softball league?
A. You must be 60 years old or turning sixty in the year you start playing.
Q. Is there a cost to play?
A. Yes, the current player registration fee is $60.00 per player.
Q. I have not played softball for over twenty years, can I still sign up?
A. By all means, sign up! The majority of our new players each year are just returning to the sport. Just like riding a bike, old skills and ability start to return quickly. The problem is that old joints and muscles are not that quick to wake up.
Q. I’m well past 60 years old, can I still play?
A. Yes, we have no upper age limit; a number of our current players are well into their 70s and few are in their 80s.
Q. Is VMSSA a co-ed league?
A. No, we are not a co-ed league, in the traditional sense; that being said, we encourage both men and women, who meet the age requirements, to come out and play. We are a recreational league for seniors devoted to having fun and enjoying life.
Q. Does VMSSA provide equipment?
A. We do not provide personal equipment; each ball player is responsible for having their own glove and bat. Most new players will not have a bat; however, the majority of our current players are happy to let new players use their bats. There are a wide variety of bats designed and available for the senior player that are
used in most senior leagues around the country. Most new players purchase one of these bats some time during their first year.
Q. When are the VMSSA games played?
A. Starting in mid May, play begins; games are played Monday – Friday starting at 5:30 PM. Teams play two seven inning games on the day they are scheduled.