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Insight from the league scheduler

August 2, 2021

Coaches,
 Welcome back to another season! I know you are all eager to get your schedules. I am hoping to have practice schedules posted this evening. Game schedules should be ready to posted in the next week.

Practices Start on Aug. 8. Games will begin on Aug. 23. Playoffs begin Oct. 18.

During August and September, please include league president Vic Rivera ([email protected]) on your communications regarding schedule issues.

Here are some other insights to help you get through the Fall 2021 season.

Championship
Playoffs will be the week of Oct. 18, with the championship games played on Oct. 23. 

Divisions with three teams will only have one playoff game. The team in first place will automatically advance to the championship game.  Divisions with four teams will have two playoff games. The winners of those games will play in the championship game.  All playoffs and championships will be played at Andrew Leitch Park. Since 8U does not keep score, there will be a hat pick to determine positions for playoffs and championship.


Fields
PWGFS is permitted to use the following fields for the Fall season:

Dale City Rec, Fields 1 and 2 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
American Legion Field (Tuesday and Thursday)
Ali Krieger (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday)
Andrew Leitch (Sunday through Saturday)

Games will be played at Ali Krieger (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) and Andrew Leitch (Monday-Saturday). The other fields will be used for practices.

Rain lines are updated at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday they are updated at 7 a.m. and noon. Please be sure to check the rain lines, as the league website is not always up to date.

In the event a field is open but rain begins between then and game time, only the umpire on site or the PWGFS board can call off a game or decide to wait or play.

Practice information
You will be assigned practice slots.  If you can not use your practice slot, please email ASAP so I can offer it up to someone else.  You are also able to "squat" on another field to use for practice.  If you are "squatting" you are not guaranteed to be able to practice.  If someone is already there, you can not kick them off the field.  Also, if someone shows up with a permit for that field, you will have vacate the field.  

Most elementary and middle schools have a field on their premises.  Little League uses quite a few of the elementary school fields, so you may want to watch to see when they are scheduled to be there and when they are not.  Middle schools do not have a fall ball, so their fields could be used.  Remember these fields are monitored and maintained by Parks and Rec and the schools.  So, you could be asked to leave if you don't have a permit.  I do know many teams have utilized fields and schools without a problem, I just want to be sure you have all the information if you "squat" on a field.

American Legion Field
American Legion Field does not have lights. The league will stop scheduling teams at that field on Sept. 14.  At this point it gets dark early enough that we can't give a full two hours of practice time. If you would like additional practice time on American Legion Field, email the scheduler. That field will be available for requests starting Sept. 14.  You can go as early at 5:30 to that field.

Lights
Lights are automatic at Krieger and Leitch.  They are scheduled to turn on at sunset and turn off at 9:30 p.m. on Practice days and 10 p.m. on Game Days.  Please text the scheduler if you finish early so PWGFS can turn off the lights early and save some money on the electric bill.  Please be sure everyone is off the field before you text. The lights will be turned off as soon as the scheduler sees the message. If you need an extension on the lights, please text at least 20 minutes in advance.  You can also call.  This ensures I have enough time to get the message and change the light timing.  Once they go off, it takes at least 30 minutes to get them back on.

Lights at Dale City Rec are manual. The keys to the light box are in the equipment box by field 2; only coaches and league personnel have the code to the box. There is one master switch for lights at both fields, so be sure anyone using the other field is ready for lights to go off before you turn them off. You will need to turn those lights on and off manually.  It is very dark at these fields, so be sure you are ready for the lights to go off. 

Concessions
The away team needs to provide volunteers to run the concessions at Andrew Leitch Park. Heather, our concessions commissioner, will be sending an email to coaches with instructions for concessions.

Field prep
The home team is responsible for setting up the field for play.

Questions/Concerns 
Anything related to schedules, scores and umpires comes to the scheduler.

Anything else, you can see who to email by checking out the list of board members. If you're unsure who to email, send it to your division commissioner and they will get it to the right person.

Have great season!  Hit Hard and run fast!

Lee Anne Garland
Scheduler
PWGFS
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