On behalf of the Committee, Coaches and Managers, and ahead of Muster, welcome to Concord Baseball Summer Season 2019-2020 and a very warm welcome to our newest team members and their families.
You will soon be receiving an introduction email from your team manager (or your coach if you do not yet have a manager) with contact details and training times, however the following is some general housekeeping information for the upcoming season.
Concord Baseball Club uses the team management app Team Stuff which streamlines communication regarding training, games, attendance, canteen duty and other information.
If you are new to the club you will soon receive an email invitation to join your team on Team Stuff. Please enter contact information (email and mobile phone number) for at least one, preferably two, parents or guardians. You will also be asked to enter your child’s details including name, date of birth and any medical conditions of which your coaches and managers should be aware.
Additional supporters such as grandparents/carers can be added to your child’s profile to receive team information and your manager can be contacted directly on the details listed in Team Stuff.
Returning members will be transferred to their new teams as soon as full team lists are finalised but we would ask that you please check that all information on your profile is current and correct.
All team communications will come via the app so, once you have joined your team, please ensure you allow TeamStuff notifications and check the notification settings in the app for how you would like to receive communications
The app will have the full game draw and training times loaded for all teams as soon as they become available and should be used to set your child’s attendance on a weekly basis.
TeamStuff is free but does have additional features should you choose to upgrade to the paid subscription for approx. $7 per year.
Some teams still require a Manager. If you’re interested in managing your child’s team, please contact Marcel Andrieux at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training is an important aspect of the game for team building and improving skills, and can only be achieved if all players attend. Please advise your Manager/Coach ASAP if your child is unable to attend a training session or game. Season training commences the week of 9 September 2019.
Club policy requires all players attend training wearing their red Concord training shirts (provided by the Club at the Uniform Shop), Cap, grey/black pants, glove, cleats and runners. No rep gear at training.
The game uniform is the Club shirt, on loan by the Club, black pants, red belt and socks and Concord cap which are all available for purchase from the Uniform Shop.
Moulded cleats or football boots only, No metal cleats for junior players up to U16 DIV2 & DIV3.
Managers will collect game shirts at the end of the season.
The uniform shop will be open on Muster Day and again from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September with further times to be advised.
NO CLEATS ARE TO BE WORN IN THE BATTING CAGES – Runners only
Any team found with cleats in the batting cage may have their access compromised or revoked.
Equipment and Diamond Maintenance
Personal equipment such as helmets, bats and catcher’s gear are optional as these are provided in the team kits. Our Uniform Manager, Gabbie Smith, or your team manager can provide details of baseball suppliers, for optional equipment.
Each player requires their own glove.
Grade/age group specific bat regulations are detailed in the RHBL rules. Please refer to these rules and discuss with your coach or manager before purchasing a bat.
It is the responsibility of the Home Team to set up and maintain the diamonds. Teams playing the first/ last timeslots are required to set up/ pack away bases and benches, and rake towards the base/home plate. EVERY team is required to rake the plate after each training session. Please support your Manager by assisting in these tasks as directed.
Bases, nets and benches are stored in the equipment container. Zooka machines are stored on chargers in the umpires’ room to the left of the canteen. Please ensure all equipment is stored in a neat and tidy manner. Please respect the Club facilities and those of our opponents and abide by all rules, which promote maintenance and the safety of all members.
Helpers are needed weekly, to mark out fields prior to Friday and Saturday games – please contact Daniel Arregui at email@example.com to offer your assistance.
Concord Baseball Club pay our Junior Blues for umpiring home games. The Umpires’ fees are included in your child’s registration and the club pays the Umpires directly.
Wet Weather Policy and Game Cancellations
In the event of inclement weather your manager will advise cancellations via Team Stuff as soon as the information is available. This can be as late as 7:30am on game day. RHBL will advertise field closures on their website for your reference. It is the Home Team’s responsibility to advise the visiting team if the game is cancelled. Failure to notify will result in a forfeit by the Home Team.
Rules and Regulations
All players MUST be registered and financial before the first round on 13/14 September 2019 in order to be covered by insurance under the Baseball Australia and Baseball NSW regulations. If you have any difficulties with the registration system, please advise your manager asap.
RHBL Little League rules vary according to grade and will be loaded into the resource section of Team Stuff. Managers will also have a copy of the relevant rules at every game. Please familiarise yourself with the rules for your grade.
All officials, players and supporters are expected to uphold and maintain the Club and League Codes of Conduct, located on the Concord Baseball and RHBL websites and as displayed at the fields. Derogatory or abusive commentary directed towards officials, players or spectators is deemed inappropriate and will not be tolerated.
Under no circumstances are players or spectators to approach or question an umpire. Any behaviour contrary to the code of conduct may result in a yellow card and ejection from the game/ground. Any questions regarding any component of the game should be directed to your Manager or Coach.
Ground Officials will be provided by all Clubs at all games to ensure these standards are upheld. Initially, this role will be covered by committee members, however it will become a volunteer role allocated to teams.
Officials, Coaches and Managers of all teams are volunteers and should be treated with respect and courtesy. By offering their time, they are supporting all families as role models of appropriate and fair behaviour, teamwork, fairness, welfare and development above ‘the win’. All Club members have a responsibility to support each other with the ultimate goal of enjoying this great game.
Our Member Protection Policy mandates no member under 18 years old will be left unsupervised. An official must assume responsibility, with two adults accompanying any unsupervised child until their parent/guardian is in attendance. For matters of safety and courtesy, parents/carers must be vigilant in collecting their child on time from any game/session. Prior to any drop-off a carer must notify their team official, specifying instruction on who is to be contacted in the event the child is injured or unwell.
If any member wishes to discuss a matter in confidence, or is not comfortable raising an issue with their Manager or Coach, the following Club Officials are available:
Tony Solano firstname.lastname@example.org 0402 892 280
MEMBER PROTECTION & INFORMATION OFFICER (MPIO)
Marisa Bermingham email@example.com 0413 945 676
COACHING DIRECTOR & JUNIORS COORDINATOR
Daniel Arregui firstname.lastname@example.org 0414 216 326
Marcel Andrieux email@example.com 0417 299 037
CONCORD WEBSITE www.concord.baseball.com.au
RHBL WEBSITE www.rhbl.com.au.
BBQ & Canteen Duty
Our canteen and BBQ are run by committee members and volunteers with all revenue generated going directly towards reducing registration fees and maintaining facilities, therefore every team is required to assist with the operation of the BBQ and the Canteen.
Dates/shifts allocated for each team will be advised via the ‘Duties’ section in Team Stuff. If any parent/carer is unable to cover the shift allocated to them, it is their responsibility to arrange a swap.
Your team Manager is not responsible for covering your shift or organising a replacement.
Contributing to BBQ and Canteen Duty is an integral part of our club’s membership and a great way to get to know other Comets families .
The club operates social media channels on Facebook and Instagram as well as our weekly newsletter.
These platforms are a great way to keep in touch with all that’s happening throughout the season and even in the off season.
We are always looking for good new stories and photos for Social Media so please take loads of photos and share them with us via our google drive which will be set up and loaded into the resources section of TeamStuff.
And that concludes our welcome email.
Once again, on behalf of all the Committee, Coaches and Managers, we look forward to seeing you all at Muster Day and to a great Summer of Baseball! GO COMETS!!
Concord Baseball Club Secretary
T – 0417 299 037
E – firstname.lastname@example.org
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