Taking a Break

Salaamun Alaykum,

It’s been 5 years now, 6 if you count the exhibition games we played through the heat, rain, hail, and snow. 241 players have been registered on our database, both male and female. We have had at least 269 games played and/or scheduled to be played. We have also had the chance to host softball at Al-Wahda on what will be our 2nd year this year. We’ve had 3 Ramadhan tournaments, and 3 different teams take home the championship (Expos, Wolves, Wolves, Bucks), we’ll see if we can add a new name to that list this year. This does not even include the countless number of practices, exhibition games, batting cage sessions, or team get togethers that have occurred over the years. I have been proud to be a part of what we as a collective community have built.

I’ve had the privilege to be the commissioner of this league for the last 4 years (2016-2019), and to be part of the initial founding group with Imtiyaz Kara, Azim Chagani, and Ali Manek in our inaugural year (2015). The motivation for running this league has always come from some of the comments we’ve received over the years, I’d like to share a few of those so people can understand that what we’ve built is more than just a softball league.

In 2015, we asked “What was your favourite part of the 2015 season”

The brotherhood it fostered and how fun it was.

In 2017, we asked for any general comments

I’m a better muslim because of the brotherhood created as a result of being apart of this league.

In 2018, we asked the same question

So much organization, make up games, website, write ups, professional pictures, playoff food, drinks, etc. We are living out our childhood dreams, it’s the Muslim majors!

Every year we get comments like this, be it officially on the survey, through a message, or in person. We’ve tried to improve year after year and the result has been a league we’re proud to call our own.

None of it is possible without the help of the admin team (Imran Ebrahim – since 2015, Bobby Bharwani – since 2016, Nadim Rahemtulla – since 2016, Shane Worthington – since 2017, and Mikael Ratansi – since 2017), the large number of captains that have experienced their fair share of woes throughout the years, the players that have signed up, played, and shared their experiences, and most importantly our families that have been generous with allowing us to spend time on building and participating in this league.

After all of that, it’s time for me to personally step down and take a break. It’s important that others step in to take this league forward beyond what we’ve built so far. New ideas and different thinking are important to getting us to the next stage of our development and the only way for that to happen successfully is to give them the space to fail and succeed on their own. As a result, this year 2019 will be my last. So I wanted to take a second to first apologize for any of my shortcomings throughout the years and for all those failings that will occur this year, and I want to thank everyone for their patience and support. This has been a labour of love, and it’s now time to let others have the same opportunity.

So this is where you come in, if you’re interested in taking this league forward and you want to have a part in deciding how things will happen in 2020 and beyond – then we invite you to put your name forward along with your ideas and thoughts. This application will be reviewed by the admin team and we’ll be in touch to build out the team for 2020.

With Duas,

 

 

 

Miqdad Jaffer

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