After the completion of the 2019 season, the Copperheads almost immediately began plans for 2020.
ASHEBORO – The final out has long been made, the jerseys have been packed away and fans of the Asheboro Copperheads have turned their attention to college football, the NFL and NASCAR.
But despite the end of another Coastal Plain League season on the field, there is no “offseason” for the Copperheads’ administration. Almost immediately after the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, preparations were being made for the summer of 2020, including signing players, securing and renewing the all-important sponsorship deals, devising fun-filled in-game activities for the fans and coming up with ways to make the overall experience at McCrary Park an exciting night for the entire family.
Signing the most talented players is certainly a priority and Asheboro Head Coach and General Manager Keith Ritsche and owner Doug Pugh have been hard at work. The two have been calling and scouting prospective players, talking to collegiate coaches throughout the country and putting together a roster that once the new season begins, results in a successful product on the field.
“We take the first week or two after the season to regroup and review the season and find what we liked and what we didn’t like and talk about ways we can improve,” Ritsche said. “We take a look and assess the guys we had last summer first and talk to their coaches to see if they would be willing to come back.”
Another important aspect to filling the roster is evaluating local talent. Randolph County and the surrounding area have produced many collegiate players and many of those players are a perfect fit for the Copperheads. Giving these players an opportunity to hone their skills in a highly-competitive league is a high priority for the Copperheads.
It doesn’t take long after the season to end before college coaches across the country contact Ritsche to discuss the possibility of placing players.
“Throughout the years, we have developed many contacts through schools we have worked with who have sent us quality players and good kids and we reach out to them and them to us,” Ritsche said.
Among the schools that have sent numerous players to the Copperheads for the summer throughout the years are Penn, Catawba, Pfeiffer, Charlotte and Drury.
“We are always looking to sign pitching,” Ritsche said. “In summer baseball, and in my opinion baseball, it’s tough to find quality pitching in an age where kids are engaged in more strength programs.”
Ritsche said from mid-September through October, contacting and hearing from coaches throughout the country attempting to place players “is a daily occurrence.”
Not only are the Copperheads attempting to field the best possible team on the field, but the administration is working feverishly on other key areas in the organization.
Sponsorships are an important part of the Copperheads. Local businesses and individuals have a wide variety of sponsorship packages from which to choose in order to show its support of the team. Copperheads’ personnel are currently seeking new sponsorships for the upcoming CPL season. If interested, call 336-460-7018 and a wide variety of options will be made available for you.
Once the new season begins, the Copperheads are out to make sure your night at McCrary Park is an eventful one for everyone in the family. While watching the game and enjoying a wide variety of food and drink items from the concession stand, there will be opportunities for fans to participate in between-innings activities such as the dizzy bat race, the Big Wheel bike race and the uniform race.
“Kids love anything they can get involved with while at the game,” said Hannah Williams, the Copperheads’ Director of Marketing and Social Media. “Anything hands-on they love. They get a chance to go on the field and do something fun.”
Though baseball games won’t begin until late May, the Copperheads’ organization is already doing everything possible to make sure the fans’ experience is one that won’t soon be forgotten.