I thought I would send a little note on what to expect and other items that the board feel are important for the season. Please read the entire email especially for new families this year.
SWINGING BATS IN OPEN AREAS/GRASS FIELDS
There will be NO bat swinging allowed anywhere outside of the fields/batting cages this year. This includes fungo bats, hitting sticks and so on. This will be enforced heavily this year.
WEATHER DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS
We will do our best to make the call by 4:30PM each day on whether the games will be canceled. But we live in Michigan and we all know how the weather can change on the fly. If we do indeed cancel games, everyone affected will get an email and/or text stating that game has been canceled. The field status on the main page will be turned to Closed and we will put something on the floating marquee stating games are canceled. We will also post on the Facebook Page. If you also see a RED flag flying on the flagpole that also means that the fields are closed. This includes practicing on them.
If games are playing and we are then hit with weather, the field director on duty will make the call on whether we are in a delay or cancel the games. We will make an announcement on the PA system. For the games on Field 1,2,3,4 we know that it can be VERY hard to hear sometimes depending on the wind. Please make note that if you see other players leaving their fields to get off yours as well.
Dale Wagner Park is privately owned and has a NO PET RULE. Please do not make the field director tell you that you have to put your animal in the car. Please tell Grandparents and other relatives that animals cannot be at the park. There are signs posted on this as well. Note that the field director does have the authority to ask a person the leave the complex if they do not follow instructions on this.
We are a tobacco free facility. This also includes Vapor/E-Cigs
(I stole the above image, but it is too good to not post)
All of our Managers and Coaches and Board members are volunteers. They will have put in countless hours before, during and after the season to ensure your son/daughter(s) have an enjoyable time during the season. With that said we know you may not agree with everything they do but please keep it respectful with your disagreements. Remember if it wasn't for them the season never starts.
Please understand that in our lower divisions the umpires are learning on the fly. They WILL make mistakes. Parents please do not badger them from the stands on calls you do not agree with. This also applies to Managers and Coaches.
The image below shows the layout of the fields.
Please note that the lights will get turned on the fields that have them at 7pm. All other games will be completed at OFFICIAL SUNSET TIME FOR THAT DAY! All current at bats will be completed and if that ends the game then that is the official score. If the innning is still alive after the drop dead time, the score will revert to the end of the previous inning.
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This year every board member, manager and coach had to take a concussion guidelines session. In case of an injury to the head and the manager or coach deem the player to have a concussion or have concussion symptoms they will be removed from the game IMMEDIATELY and cannot play again until they get a signed note from their doctor. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this. Parents, this is for their safety and you can complain and try to get them back on the field all you want they will not be allowed before we get a doctor slip. This is a new Michigan mandate that we must follow.
Please try to keep your kids from playing in the trees. We don't need them falling out of them. Please do not allow them to throw balls against the dugouts as well.
We have new fences that were installed in 2015 on Fields 1, 8, 10, 11. PLEASE KEEP YOUR KIDS FROM CLIMBING ON FENCES. Do NOT let them hop over the fences to get on the fields quicker.
DRIVING and PARKING
Please note that the speed limit is 5MPH in the park. Kids can and WILL run out from between cars. Please keep your eyes open and obey the speed limit. Also, in years past it has been common for cars to stop by the turn and let kids out. Please do not do this anymore, it creates a massive backup each time. Please park your car and them let people out.
Sunrise Ministries (church across the street) has been kind enough to let us park at their lot. If we see you parked on their grass you will get called out on the PA System and asked to remove the car right away.
The person you see each night on the golf cart is the field director on duty that night. They will handle all complaints. They are in charge. If they call a game due to darkness or other rules do not badger them.
This might seem like a lot but we do this at the beginning of each year and we feel this will be a good way to get everyone back on the same page with our rules. But in the end we are here for the kids and the GLL Board hopes this season will be the best one yet!