Chairman's Notes - January 2022

Jan 19, 2022 ·   Chairman's Notes

Managers and Players, we had a great year in 2021, and finished off with an awesome State Tournament for the 60+ guys, and then the 50's.  We had some bad weather, and missed some games, but we played 22 of the 24 tournaments we had.  The weather is an important part of what we do here in Florida, and I know I am not telling anything you don't already know, but we may have some new people, so here is our typical timeline.

  • We monitor the weather at least 2 weeks before a tournament.
  • We do so one week out and daily until Thursday.
  • We must decide by noon on Thursday so we can advise our teams, and if necessary, cancel their Hotel rooms by 4PM that afternoon.
  • We will cancel earlier if we know that a Tropical Storm or Hurricane is going to be off the coast of Florida.
That brings us to this past weekend.  We played a full tournament on Saturday, because we were alerted that a huge storm was coming on Sunday, and that is just what happened.  So, the Weather Committee puts a lot of time and effort to try to play.  We hit it right on this weekend, but sometimes we get fooled.  Our decision is solely based on safety and the readiness of the fields.
 
The Ranking Committee will review the results from the weekend, and make recommendations on team ranks. When completed, the team ranks on the website under "TEAMS", will be changed to reflect the new rank. 
 
We will restart 'bat checks' again in February.  Each individual bat will be tested and marked as legal or illegal.  If an illegal bat is used, the umpire will call the batter out, eject the Player and Manager, and call over a Site Director.
 
As Manager of your team you are responsible for going online after every tournament to check your roster to make sure it is correct, and that each Player that was there gets credit for being there.
 
The only form that can be turned in at the Check-in table is the Player Pick-up form.  You cannot turn in a "Roster Addition" form.  That form must be sent to Greg Hazel, the FHC Secretary.
 
We are still under a "virus protocol" situation at our tournaments.  Wear masks, stay away from groups, except for your own team, and spread out when you do the post game prayer.
 
There are still far too many Managers that do not check their rosters, and do not get their paperwork in on time.  At the February tournaments, we are changing up the way we are doing our Manager's Meetings.  There will be 4 mini-meetings throughout the day.  They will be held at 7:15am, 10:30am, 1:45pm, and at the end of the scheduled games. There will be handouts given out as well.
 
IF YOU OR A REPRESENTATIVE FROM YOUR TEAM DOES NOT SHOW UP AT ONE OF THESE MEETINGS ON SATURDAY, THEN YOUR TEAM WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY.  THESE MEETINGS ARE MANDATORY!!!
 
Mike Knowles
FHC Chairman


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