They won't be playing in a new stadium, their uniforms display the name of an insurance company next to the team's insignia, and the pitcher's salary is usually some Gatorade and a Little Debbie snack cake.
Welcome to Little League ball -- a unique opportunity in our parenting education.
But what is Little League?
It's the $7 you are willing to spend at the concession stand so your youngest child will stop asking what inning it is.
It's your son, who still feigns confusion when youtry to explain laundry sorting, nodding knowingly as the third base coach instructs him -- with a series of contorted gestures, motions and wiggles -- to bunt.
It's the daughter who devoted her early teen years trying to make her bangs defy gravity, stuffing that same hair under a cap, snagging a line drive at short for a double play to end the inning. Suddenly you can stop thinking about second mortgages and allow yourself the luxury of mouthing the word "scholarship."
It's here, Glen Burnie. Play ball!
They've been playing ball for 40 years at the Harundale Youth Sports League. That's a lot of lime to line the batter's box and enough time to qualify as the oldest ongoing baseball organization in the county.
HYSL will celebrate that milestone this season with a daylong celebration starting at 10 a.m. May 17.
Players, coaches, parents, and alumni are invited to attend the day's festivities, which will include games, a dunking booth, a chance to test your pitching arm against a radar gun and an old-timers ballgame.
Pat Wildt, secretary of the league and one of the organizers of the event, has spent the last few months contacting past board members and coaches.
"We've been able to get in touch withsome of the oldest members, and they have been gracious enough to give me yearbooks to work with," said Wildt. "We've spoken to about 350past board members and coaches and the response has been just tremendous. We're conservatively estimating 3,000 to 4,000 people will be there."
In addition to past members of the league, several public figures are expected to attend, including County Executive Robert R. Neall, U.S. Rep. Tom McMillan, members of the Maryland General Assembly and Glen Burnie's own Charlie Eckman -- who was one of the originalHYSL participants in the early years.
Currently more than 800 boys and girls play baseball and softball for Harundale at their home fields behind Corkran Middle School. In the 1980s the league expanded to include indoor and outdoor soccer.
Anyone wishing to participatein the activities can contact Wildt at 760-9055.
The curtaingoes up at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Harundale Presbyterian's production of "The Prince Of God," an original play by Judy Clough, a member of the congregation.
Directed by Barbara Wexel, the story follows Lew Shell as Jacob, who has left his home in self-imposed exile after stealing his birthright from his brother. Jacob finds himself in the home of Lavin, played by Jim Ebert and married to Lavin's two daughters, played by Clough and Nancy Dill. The play follows Jacob's life as he seeks forgiveness from God and himself.
Other members of the cast include Carin Reynolds, Heather Clough, Michael Lawler, Joseph Hartz, Robin Chapin, Jeff Kollar, Hal Camlin, Marvin Peacock, George Crabbs, Peg Wingard and Lee Wexel.
There is no chargefor admission to the play, but advance reservations are requested bycalling the church office, 766-4409.
Most Glen Burnie residents know them as the Pizza People at the Glen Burnie Carnival, but the work of the members of the Civitan Club of Glen Burnie reaches deepwithin the community to touch those with a genuine need.
As part of Civitan Awareness Week, the local club will be sponsoring an evening of drinks, hor d'oeuvres and information for interested members ofthe community, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Opportunity Builders, 7509 Connelley Drive, Suite 9, off Dorsey Road in Hanover.
"We want to let people know what we do so they can see if they're interested in joining," said member Carol Sams.
The Civitans are involved primarilywith children and young adults with special needs, including the Shelter Workshop, the Special Olympics and the Parents' Place, a supportgroup for parents of children with handicaps.
"We also support the special schools, Marley Glen and Ruth Eason, with purchases of special equipment," said Sams.
A speech therapist will be present to demonstrate two pieces of equipment just donated to the schools.
Following speeches by Whit Mallory of the national association and Ron Sams, president of the Glen Burnie Club, guests will be invited to walk through various stations, offering information on programs and services available to the developmentally handicapped.
A special demonstration will be presented by "Phydauex For Freedom," a canine assistance program for the wheelchair-bound.
Membership in the Civitan Club is open to anyone interested in helping the handicapped. Meetings are twice a month and dues are $4 per month.
For information on the membership or tomorrow's activities, call 672-5498 or 761-8678.
The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners will host a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall. This dance is open to the community.
Music will be provided by deejay Larry Waldron.
Tickets are available for $8 for members and$10 for non-members and include beer, chips, pretzels and set-ups. Acash bar will be open throughout the evening.
For ticket information, call 437-4636 or 761-5945.
On a final note, a warning tothose traveling around the Arundel Center North this Sunday. The County Department of Health has scheduled a dog and cat rabies immunization clinic from 1 to 4 p.m..
The cost is a $5 donation to help offset expenses.
Take it from someone who has been there: Bring your animal on a leash or in a pet transfer container; don't forget a bookor something to pass the time; and watch where you walk.