The second practice is in the books, and a whooooooooooole looooooooootta learnings are going on.
All-stars: the baseball players in this video are from way back, from when your dads were playing.
Ask them who they are, they will know their names
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
Attached are recommendations for dealing with the current health situation. They are not mandated (except two) for sanctioning they are only suggestions which may mitigate risk.
These two measures must be met for competition this year:
1. Compliant game balls must be designated to each team for use while the team is playing defense.
[To meet this, each team provides 3 new, rules-compliant balls for each game. They shall be marked for identification but not in such a way that is distracting to the batter.]
2. Umpires calling balls and strikes should wear face cover if working behind the catcher or they may call balls and strikes from behind the pitching mound with no face cover.
[When the UIC is working behind the plate the host team shall provide a disposable mask for the umpire to use during the games played that day. The umpire may also provide his/her own face covering. No such requirement is needed if the UIC calls balls/strikes from behind the mound.]
I will send a document that you can edit for specific guidelines for teams playing at your facility or spectators attending the games. It is your responsibility to ensure your spectators know and understand the expectations for venues they are attending.
Probably the single most important step to take is taking the temperature of players, coaches, umpires, concession workers, etc. It is the only measurable symptom for CV19. If anyone has symptoms they need to stay home.
This is a story of what transpired during our Town & Country state runs. It begins in 2016 at Flora Indiana, when the 2016 team played in the state finals there, Coach Steve Zellmer stated that all participants should get a banner, (they do not). Steve wanted me to look into getting us one, which I did somewhat. Fast forward to 2019, another State Final run, this time in Frankton Indiana. Low and behold Steve brought up the banner issue again (he is persistent). We checked with the T&C officials they said it was a good idea, but isn’t done. In the fall of 2019 adding in Joe Stiles, Kevin Hickman, Jeff Zellmer and of course Steve we decided to honor those teams along with the 10U team from 2015 (State Finals participant), and the 2016 team (Semi-State runner up). We found a vendor willing to this for us (Creative Vinyl Signs, Inc.Dowagiac, MI), we ordered them, and they were hung on Friday May 1 at the major league diamond.
Your thanks need to be sent to Joe Stiles, and of course Coach Steve.
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