For those who haven’t seen Batting Cage #2 and #3 recently we have completed installation of the new astroturf. Although astroturf is resilient and durable we are presently going to have a “NO CLEATS” policy while in the cage. In other words, tennis shoes or athletic shoes ONLY.
The manufacturer of the product has indicated that the useful life of the product is dramatically improved if we keep cleats off.
We are going to buy a pitcher’s mat to be used when throwing BP in the cages. Once installed we hope that the coaches, dads, etc. use the mats when they are pitching. The pitching mats will be lightweight and can be easily moved if you want to have infield practice in the cages.
The bullpen pitching mounds were repaired this weekend. It’s going to take some time to have them firm up. If you use these mounds in the next few weeks please grab a rake and a tamper to reset any loose soil after your session is completed. (Rakes and Tampers are in the AA-Ball Shed).
There is a storage box in the batting cages which will eventually house 3-4 buckets of balls and 3-4 tees. These balls and tees MUST NOT LEAVE THE CAGE OR BULLPEN AREAS as they belong to the league. Each Major and Minor division coach will be assigned a key to the Storage Box and will be responsible for locking the storage box at the end of their practice. Any other AA-Ball or A-Ball coach requesting a key will also be assigned one.
There is electricity at the cages. If you wish you can set up a Batting Machine at the cages for your practice please make arrangements with Michael Bergh or Frank Jewett to have them show you where to locate and how to operate the Batting Machines.
No Soft Toss of Hardballs into any fencing, especially the new batting cages. Hardballs damage cyclone fencing.
Keep the Cages Clean. We will have a blower located at the AA-Shed. We hope that each and every coach or stakeholder will take the time to keep the cages and surrounding areas clean and presentable. We trust that each of you will take the initiative to pick up any and all trash, will sweep or blow-out the cages from time-to-time and will take as much pride in this new practice facility as we do our fields.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns by responding in the comment box below. More than likely we will come up with some additional guidelines and this list will be modified.