SEASON REMINDERS 04/27/2016 Hello Baseball Families,
Now that the season is well underway,...
Many of you have been dealing with re-scheduled games, cancelled games, tired kids, etc., because of the rain we have been having. Although we did manage to get Saturday's games in, the toll on kid's arms is noticeable. Many players are playing re-scheduled travel games, and they are not available for in-house, leaving the in-house games with a playing level nobody anticipated earlier in the year. The Executive Board has decided to extend the season by a week, and the Championship games and Closing Ceremonies will now be on June 18th instead of June 11th. We will follow-up with more details about Closing Ceremonies in a different e-mail, but wanted to let everyone know about extending the season.
After the season ends, our 8's through 12's prepare for a few weeks of tournament-level baseball. Notably, the 10's, 11's and 12's participate in the Little League District Tournaments, starting in late June. Applications are being accepted for Manager of these teams, there is a team at each age level from 8 through 12. If you have a question, please email me or Tournament Director Chris Carver.
Now that the season is well underway, it's time to remember some basics about the players and parents that help keep our league running smoothly. Some basic rules bear repeating year after year:
If there is threatening weather, we will try as best we can to close fields as early in the day as possible. Sometimes we can make the call, sometimes the Township or Borough will close the fields and let us know. These field closures can happen late in the day so checking of our website is necessary on days of expected bad weather.
CLEAN-UP AFTER THE GAMES
We are all guests of either Chalfont Borough or New Britain Township, when we have games at the various fields. Please remember to clean up after yourself and your families.
Although umpires are paid, they receive a nominal sum which helps offset their equipment and travel costs. There is no room for player OR parent criticism, and the league has no tolerance for anything beyond a reasonable, calm, discussion of a questionable call. Managers are permitted this discussion; everyone else is not.
BATS IN THE DUGOUT
There should be no player holding, swinging, twirling, etc. a bat in the dugout at the A, AA, AAA, or Majors level. You must keep repeating this to your child until they understand. This especially goes for the on-deck batter as well. Coaches are doing what they can to monitor the dugout, but of course, most of the action is occurring on the field. If you see your son or daughter playing with a bat in the dugout, please remind them of this basic rule (which is posted on a sign in every dugout).
At Chestnut Street, please obey the parking signs! As parents, you cannot make up your own parking rules just to be closer to the fields. Chalfont Borough Police will not hesitate to ticket those cars that cannot follow simple parking rules. If a sign says, "NO PARKING-HERE TO CORNER" follow that rule and find someplace else to park.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
At Tower Hill, the wide open spaces encourage alot of kids to run around carefree. Not so for the parking areas. Parking is tight, rear-view vision is limited for backing out of spaces, and many siblings don’t stay close to their parents. Please be careful and always watch out for the back-up lights on cars.
Coaches have a lot to do already with lineups, field preparation, safety, and paying attention to the game. Give them a hand afterwards to help rake, put tarps back, clean out the dugout, etc.