Development Managers Meeting March 18, 2014
Agenda • Welcome to the 2014 Season • Background Check Forms • New Items carried over from 2013 • Basic Rules • Practice Prep • Game Day Prep • Gear Recommendation • Key Dates • Practice Field Selection (Excel)
Welcome to Development Baseball • The Development League’s focus is on getting players ready to play on their own. • Instructional focuses on: • Learning to hit and proper swing techniques so that they are comfortable batting. • Learning to catch and throw so that they can develop basic fielding skills and make outs. • We emphasize Development verses Competition • We have no standings, W/L records or All Star Game
New Items for 2013, carried over for 2014 • White Sox Uniforms • Strategic sponsorship of DGYB • Speed Ball/6on6 for Instructional League • Faster play, more action, shorter games
Opening Game Day Preparation • Opening Day – Saturday, May 3rd • DGYB Parade down Main Street, USA • White Sox participation • National Anthem and activities in Fishel Park immediately following the parade • Eliminated the diamond festivities • 1st Communion for STJ/SMG is that weekend • Managers should assess the impact on your team
Game Day Preparation • Early game home team preps the field • Screen or rake it smooth • Chalk the foul lines • Other games are free to tidy the playing surface • Chalk replacement • Please contact League Directors if chalk is less than a bag, we will get one out to the box as soon as we can. • Equipment Box • Try to keep it organized and clean. • Notify League Directors if things are getting low • No noise makers! • Practices: • Teams have weekend practice slot until we begin weekend play in May. • Teams have weekday practice slot until we begin weekday play in June.
Gear Recommendations • Sliding Shorts with Cups • Glove size – 9 inches or less • Bat Size – 10 second rule (player must be able to hold bat straight out with one hand for 10 seconds). No big barrel bats • Coaches choose game pants and sox/belt colors • Kids should strongly consider their own helmets*
Inclement Weather • No play if Lightning (have to stop for 20 minutes w/o lightning) • No play if Sirens start! • Managers responsibility to reschedule • Need to inform Director and make sure field is open (i.e. >3:00 on Saturday or Sundays). First come, first serve via email. Director will inform League • Cannot re-schedule practices. Can use indoor facilities at your cost.
Key Dates • UNIFORM PICK UP: • - Date to be announced • PICTURE DAY: • - May 6th @ Herrick • WHITE SOX OUTING: • - Thursday, June 12th • - DGYB’s only fundraiser • - Great night for the team and families • COACHES THANK YOU NIGHT: • - Date to be announced • - Pick up Pictures and Team Trophies • SEASON ENDS: • - Last weekend in June • - Equipment turn in after – date to be announced • FIELDS: • Available as of Monday, April 7th • COACHING CLINIC: • Monday, April 7th • 6:00 – 7:30 pm • DG Rec Center • EQUIPMENT PICK UP: • April 7th 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, following Coaching Clinic • 5120 Belmont Unit S (The Candy Store) You will receive: • Catcher’s Gear • Throw down bases • Batting Helmets* • Practice and game balls • Batting tee