This Saturday morning is Opening Day and there are a few things I'd like to get wrapped up before our first game so they do not drag into the season.
As a reminder, each player on the team is responsible for having a guardian secure 4 volunteer points this season. There are still some opportunities within our team requirements to reach this goal. Also, the League will post opportunities that you can sign up for throughout the season where you can earn your points by helping out. Please click on the link below to see what opportunities are available. There should be one up soon for Picture Day volunteers.
There is also a buyout option, but we can't have anybody on our team buyout until all required positions are filled for our team. Please check with Team Parent, Jen Schmidt (
) if you have any questions.
Every team in the league has a budget that goes towards paying for team expenses such as the team banner, end-of-year gifts, and hopefully end-of-year team party. If you have already paid Jen, thank you. If you have not, please do this by the end of the day on Friday. Once again, if you have any questions about this payment, please contact Jen or send me a message directly and I can talk with you about it.
Opening Day Activities
Our first game is scheduled for this Saturday at 9 a.m. For all games, I'm asking that players arrive and have their gear in the dugout 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. Being on time is crucial so that we can get kids warmed up and ready for the games. Please try to avoid arriving late, but if there are circumstances where this will be the case, please give me a call, text, or email to let me know.
For this Saturday's game, if you can arrive by 8:20 a.m. that would be greatly appreciated. Our team as well as the Aztecs, who we are playing, are planning on having a short ceremony prior to the start of the game so the earlier you can get there the better.
Field and Fan Conduct
This is my first year venturing into the world of competitive baseball. Last year's season was cut short before our team had the chance to start keeping score. With that, most of you are all in the same position and this is your first time counting outs and keeping score with a real outcome. I'm asking that all the players and fans in attendance keep it positive. Encourage the kids on the field and please leave the umpires alone. A majority of the kids that will be umpiring our games will be 12-16-year-olds and they may not be great. If you don't agree with a call please do your best to hold it in. I've already asked both my coaches not to talk to the umpire this season and all communication between the umpires will go through me. I don't want to discourage these kids that are volunteering from coming back out to the field because they had an awful experience.
Keep it positive, cheer the kids on and our team will do better because of it.
Our uniforms are expected to be delivered on Friday. If they are available prior to our time in the batting cages (5:30-6 p.m.) we will distribute them at that point. If they are not ready and for those that are unable to be at practice, I will bring the uniforms to my house and you can pick them up from my front porch.
As a reminder, the uniform includes a jersey, hat, belt, and socks. You are only required to buy pants, which will be black. With the jerseys this season, they will include a 60th Anniversary SSLL patch. Unfortunately, the patch will be separate from the jersey and we need each player to be responsible for getting the patch onto the sleeve of their jersey. The patch will go on the opposite sleeve of the American flag patch, which is already on the jersey. The patches can be ironed or sewn. Please try to do this prior to our first game.
All coaches received an email from the League President last night about the mask requirements and the need for each team to enforce the rule. As a reminder, all coaches, volunteers, and fans in attendance are required to properly wear face coverings at all times while at the facility. Kids are required to wear masks while in the dugout but are not required to wear them on the field. I've encouraged my kids to keep them on if they can so they don't get lost or just simply forget to put them back on while in the dugout.
This is extremely important and if not done properly could jeopardize our permit with the City and shut the season down. If you are unable to follow this requirement or know of a grandparent or aunt or uncle, etc. that is not willing to wear a mask while at the field, then please let them know they can't attend games this season. I don't want to police our fans nor does the league want to have to remove people from the facility. Please follow the rules and encourage those that want to attend games at our facility and NSLL to do the same.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at any time.