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Coaches

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Rule #1

Scheduled games are played unless inclement weather prevails.

Rule #2

Player conflicts are not recognized as legitimate reasons for game cancellation.
School or church functions where a large percentage of players have conflicts may be valid and may be accommodated, unless a large number of rainouts conflict with rescheduling. Then the game would be a forfeit.

Rule #3

Cancel a game if the field is nonplayable due to standing water, or they are unable to support the body weight of the players.

In the event of a cancellation, call the following people in this order:

  1. Umpire Coordinator
  2. League Vice President
  3. Opposing Team Manager if he/she not present
  4. Team Members

The home team manager is responsible for this procedure.
However, if the fields are under water and more rain is on the way, the visiting manager may get the procedure started.

The goal is to prevent as many people from coming to the ball park as possible, especially the umpires. If they show up and the game has been cancelled, they get paid. We need to prevent this needless expenditure.

Guidelines for Game Cancellation

  • Soft playing field
  • Raining presently on a soft field
  • Lightning (leave field immediately with a game delay if you wish)
  • Weather conditions not conducive to safe play
  • Field conditions not conducive to safe play
  • Common sense must prevail (don’t let a 14-year-old umpire call a game on you after the first pitch)

If the fields are nonplayable, the game is cancelled.

Playing on the grass is prohibited by the Wheaton Park District.

Rescheduling of Cancelled Games

A cancelled game must be rescheduled by the League Vice President as soon as possible. In theory, it would be perfect if they were rescheduled the following week. However, weather conditions, availability of umpires and availability of fields play a role in rescheduling.

Only League Vice Presidents and Presidents May Request Umpires
The Umpire Coordinator will not accept calls from managers requesting umpires. Your League Vice President or League President must make the arrangements.

Expectations Of the Coaches…

  • Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior and leadership, adhering to strong ethical standards of integrity.
  • Set a good example for players and spectators to follow.
  • Shake hands with the officials and opposing coaches before or after the athletic contest.
  • Display modesty in victory and be gracious in defeat.
  • Teach sportsmanship.
  • Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete.
  • Set a good example by refraining from arguments and objectionable or profane language, physical gestures and behavior.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
  • Treat athletics with respect, avoid negative comments stated with sarcasm and ridicule.
  • Praise players for participating.
  • Set realistic and reasonable expectations.
  • Emphasize teamwork and help participants think “we” instead of “me.”

Expectations Of Parents & Spectators…

  • Remember athletics are learning experiences for children and that sometimes mistakes are made.
  • When players are working hard, they need and deserve everyone’s best POSITIVE encouragement and support. They need to know you’re there and that their effort is appreciated.
  • Be respectful, interested, enthusiastic, and supportive of opposing players, coaches and spectators.
  • Respect the judgment and integrity of game officials.
  • Control your emotions.
  • Appreciates a good play no matter who makes it.
  • Applauds positive performances; does not heckle, jeer or distract players.
  • Recognize the efforts of all who participate in the contest.
  • Respects the judgment and strategy of the coach and do not criticize players or coaches for a loss of a game.
  • Do not coach players for the sidelines. Give players, coaches and referees room to work.
  • Do not make negative comments about participants, coaches or officials.
  • Support the program. Get involved by volunteering, helping with fundraisers, car-pooling or however else you can.
  • Do not use profane or obscene language or gestures.
  • Remember, IT IS ONLY A GAME! Don’t forget, your attitude on the sidelines can affect the mood and success of the team.

Expectations Of the Player…

  • Learn and know the rules of the sport in which you are participating.
  • Treat opponents as you would like to be treated.
  • Do not make negative comments about opposing participants, coaches or officials.
  • Respect the judgment and integrity of game officials.
  • Do not use profane or obscene language or gestures.
  • Always remember that it is a privilege to represent the park district and community.

Expectations Of the Official…

  • Knows the rules and their interpretations.
  • Places welfare of the participants above all other considerations.
  • Treats players and coaches courteously and demands the same from them.
  • Works cooperatively with fellow officials, timers and / or scorers for an efficient contest.
  • Is fair and firm in all decisions, never compensating for a previous mistake.
  • Maintains confidence, poise and self-control from start to finish.

Download and complete the PDF form below to submit your evaluation electronically:

E-Player Evaluation Sheet (PDF)

NOTE: Please read all of the following if you have trouble!

Directions: Click on link above to open the PDF form. You will likely see something that looks like this in a new window:

Some browsers will not allow you to see/click on fields to edit a PDF form online. Some files will give you no trouble in one browser but very uncooperative in another. If you find that this is the case for you–you can do a few things:

  • Open the file in Adobe Acrobat (the ideal option; there’s a couple of ways to do this)
  • Download a spreadsheet here and complete the form in Excel

Step 1:

Click this button if you have trouble in your web browser with the file and need to open it in Adobe Acrobat.Step 2:

Save or Open the fileAlternate Option:

Click this icon to save the file to your computer.

To open the file in Adobe Acrobat, you can:Look for a button or command that’s called Open With Different Viewer (the prompt is likely in the upper right hand corner of the window).Once you do that, you will be asked if you would like to Open the file or Save it. Opening the file in Adobe Acrobat means you won’t have to locate the file on your machine to open it in an additional step.If you prefer to Save the file, you can go through this process and select Save File or you can look for the download icon (circled in red at left).Additionally, you can also save the file to your computer by selecting Save, Save As, or Save Page As from your browser’s main menu.After opening the file in Acrobat, you should be able to click on and add data to the fields. Tip: the tab button will allow you to skip to the next field without having to click on it.

Ready to submit? Click the Email your completed form button at the bottom of the page. This will likely prompt your computer/Acrobat to ask what email program you would like to use to send the file. If you have trouble, select Save As from the Acrobat menu and save your completed form so you won’t lose all that data. Then, you can email dmitchell@wheatonparks.org and attach the file to your message.

Having trouble or don’t have email set up on your computer? Email dmitchell@wheatonparks.org or try the Excel spreadsheet file below.

Player Evaluation Spreadsheet

Player Evaluation Sheet (41KB, Excel*)

Directions: Click on the link to view and complete a player evaluation. Completed sheets can be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Dana Mitchell
1759 South Blanchard
Wheaton, IL
Ph: 630-510-5133
dmitchell@wheatonparks.org

*Don’t have Excel? Download Excel Viewer, this program will allow you to open, view, and print Excel workbooks.


Questions?

For more information, please Dana Mitchell by email or call 630-510-5133.

We are all committed to provide high quality, safe-playing surfaces for our multi-use athletic ball fields, but we need the help and consideration of all user groups in protecting the turf/infield from excessive damage due to game and practice activities. The turf/infield is the safety surface for the athletic fields. If any of the following conditions occur scheduled games and practices must be canceled or postponed.

Ball Field Use Guidelines:

  1. Standing water on the field of play.
  2. Soil Saturation:
    1. Walking on turf/infield causes water to surface
    2. Walking on turf/infield on heels causes indentions
    3. Steady downpour of rain during/on game or practice day, which could cause damage to turf/infield or injury to participant
  3. Audible thunder or visible lightning
  4. Visibility (darkness)

These policies and procedures are developed and reviewed by the Wheaton Park District Youth Baseball/Softball (WPDYBS) Board of Control.

Important

In the event of lightning or thunder, all games and practices must be held up until safe conditions are apparent. You must wait 30 minutes after the last sighting of lightning.

Treat thunder like lightning. Thunder is the explosive sound emitted as a result of the electrical discharge of lightning.

Any team(s) not adhering to this policy will face the following consequences:

  • In a game situation, both teams will be credited with a loss. Each manager will receive a written warning from the League Vice President.
  • In a practice situation, the team manager will receive a written warning from the League Vice President.
  • If any manager receives more than one written warning, he/she will be removed immediately as manager of that team.
  • Appeals may be made to the Wheaton Park District Youth Baseball/Softball Board of Control.

How to Post Schedules, Standings and Brackets:

All files submitted must be in Excel format and ready to post to the website, files will not be reformatted. Submit updates to: bob_osborne@live.com. Updates are typically made within 24 hours.

How to name your files:

Coed Leagues
PreK_TBall.xls
Baseball Leagues Softball Leagues
BB_TBall.xls SB_Inst1.xls
BB_CP.xls SB_A.xls
BB_Instr.xls SB_AA.xls
BB_A.xls SB_AAA.xls
BB_AA.xls SB_Majors.xls
BB_AAA.xls SB_HS.xls
BB_Majors.xls SB_College.xls
BB_Pony.xls

The Wheaton Park District provides four (4) bags of Quick Dry Ball Field Turface in each ball field’s equipment box. The four bags are intended for the use of only the field they are located on. Please do not remove Turface from other ball field equipment boxes.

If your Ball Field’s Equipment Box does not have a complete stock of four (4) bags of Turface, please contact:

Athletic Department
Wheaton Park District
Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm
Ph: 630-668-3371

Turface Use Policy:

  1. No more than four (4) bags of TURFACE should be used on any single playing field.
  2. Do not remove turface from other ball field equipment boxes.
  3. Turface is only to be used on dirt infields.
  4. The turface product is intended for use on that of damp infields in high traffic areas (i.e. bases and mound) and should not be used if the soil saturation covers a majority of the field as referred to in the Field Use Guidelines.
  5. Turface should be spread over damp area in thin layer to help to cover the most square feet.
  6. Turface should then be worked into the soil by raking the effected area to help dry and level. Raking/scraping other affected areas of the field without turface also helps the field dry and become playable.
  7. Turface is not to be used in dugouts.
  8. Coaches are encouraged to fill any holes and low spots of the infield after their games and/or practices. This will allow for better drainage in the event of ran and will prevent low spots from collecting water and becoming over saturated.
  9. All used turface bags should be discarded in the nearest garbage can.
  10. Please report use of turface to the Athletic Department so field equipment boxes can be replenished.
  11. No more than four (4) bags of TURFACE should be needed to make an unplayable field – playable.
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CONTACT US

Athletic Department
Wheaton Park District
1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: 630-668-3371

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