At the April Board meeting, it was voted to reestablish Division 4. This decision was made after many months of outreach to determine if players who were no longer participating would come back if Division 4 returned. That response coupled with a look at how we might break down age groups determined that we would have sufficient numbers to be able to have three teams in D4. Although the age groups are still under discussion, we are very likely to use the following makeup:
Utilizing the Division Placement Policy, which has been posted since last autumn, tentative placement of players in all divisions has taken place. Taking into account ability levels, current players who were eligible to play in a younger division have been notified and that information has been passed on to the Age Reassignment Committee (ARC) who has made their decisions on these requests. Those players have been notified of the decisions. Likewise, those players who fell in the lower range in the ratings may be designated to move up to the next older division. Those contacts have not been made yet but will be shortly. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.
This change in policy was made to allow some longtime players who had stopped playing in a competitive division the opportunity to get back out on the field. All of the work and effort that went into this decision was made for the good of the league as a whole. I want to especially thank some former Division III players who volunteered to move up to the new Division IV to help bring this effort to reality. I also want to thank Van Khachadoorian for doing the majority of the outreach to make D4 happen. We look forward to seeing some of our former players back competing in games.
Peter Barry Childs died April 24, 2018, on Cape Cod after a lengthy illness. A native of Centerville, Peter is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Maureen Dobson (“Happy”) Childs, daughter Kim Childs of Arlington, MA, sons Mark T. Childs of Pelham, NY, and Peter M. Childs of Marstons Mills, grandchildren Madison Childs, Emma Childs, Ian Childs and Lily Childs, and daughters-in-law Shauna Childs and Haley Childs.
Born in Hyannis on May 5, 1937, Peter was the son of John and Gertrude Childs, a 1956 graduate of Barnstable High School, and a 1958 graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts. He served in the United States Coast Guard and ran a highly respected, successful tree care company, Peter B. Childs Arborists, out of Marstons Mills for 35 years. Prior to that, he was Superintendent of Trees in Nutley and East Orange, NJ, and Tree Warden in Montclair, NJ.
An avid nature photographer, birder, and lover of music, trees and all creatures, Peter earned the honor of having his West Barnstable yard designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. He was a volunteer in the Marstons Mills Fire Department and in a variety of West Barnstable village activities. Peter was a diehard Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and a beloved player in the Cape Cod Old Timers Softball League.
His proudest achievement was being a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many who will miss his smile, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Mass Audubon at http://www.massaudubon.org/honorary-memorial-gifts or by mail to Mass Audubon, Attn: Sarah Arsenault, 208 S Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773 or to the Cape Cod Needy Fund at email@example.com or by mail to Cape Cod Needy Fund, P.O. Box 804, Hyannis, MA 02601.
A memorial mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA.