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    Important Reminders Now That Games Have Started!

    09/08/2015, 10:15am CDT
    By T. Black

    Master Weekly Schedule, Bases & Fun!

    Just a few important reminders now that GAMES have Started

    1. We have the good fortune to practice on our game fields.  Now that games have started many of those fields are hosting games during the week and on the weekends, so please check the MASTER GAME SCHEDULE each week on the FMYSA website regarding field availability. The Master Game Schedule is uploaded each week to the "fields" tab, usually on Sunday evenings or Monday mornings. Weekday games are most likely played on Tuesdays and Thursdays and games are also played on both Saturdays and Sundays on the weekend. (Sunday game play is for the TEBA league.)  Coaches were also provided a Fall Black Out Date Calendar at the Coaches Meeting showing all Fall Tournaments and TOFM Events, etc.
    2. Teams with practices on Friday nights at Glenwick Park and Hilltop Park will need to check the MASTER GAME SCHEDULE weekly to see if there are Saturday morning games scheduled. If there are Saturday morning games scheduled, there are NO FRIDAY NIGHT practices allowed on those game fields as they will be freshly drug out, chalked and locked for the Saturday morning games.
    3. Coaches, please remember to remove the bases and place them back in the dugout after your games. Also, please do this on the weekends; if there is no game immediately following yours, or no team immediately waiting to take the field for practice, please return the bases to the dugout. THIS IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
    4. Have fun out there watching your daughter or your son! Enjoy the cooler weather (yes the forecast is finally calling for cooler weather), and enjoy the softball and baseball season this Fall!

    Lightning & Severe Weather Policy

    04/29/2015, 1:00pm CDT
    By T. Black

    Please Read - Important Safety Reminder

    Coaches and Parents,

    We have an important Safety Issue to address.

    Lightning & Severe Weather.  Lightning and Severe Weather are real hazards that must be viewed seriously. Everyone should immediately seek shelter any time they believe lightning threatens them. Many of our ballparks are equipped with Thor Guard Lightning Prediction Systems. The Thor Guard Lightning Prediction Systems will sound ONE 15 SECOND BLAST OF THE HORN which signals the suspension of activities. A strobe light will then flash and remain flashing until safe conditions return. Activities may resume after THREE 5 SECOND BLASTS OF THE HORN. If you feel threatened by lighting you should seek shelter even if the horn does not sound. If directed by the FMYSA General Manager or FMYSA Board Members to “seek shelter” you must do so immediately and ensure your players and parents do the same regardless of whether or not the Thor Guard System as sounded.

    You should seek shelter in your vehicles. DO NOT REMAIN AT THE BALL FIELDS OR STAY IN THE DUGOUTS OR BLEACHERS.

    Coaches, first and foremost, you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of your players and parents in these situations. Lead by example and seek safety immediately, nothing is more important.

    One estimate is that 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured. (Source: Ronald L. Holle. 10th International Lightning Detection Conference. Tucson, Arizona, USA. Retrieved on 2011-11-08.)

    Coaches – failure to observe the Lightning and Severe Weather warnings, either from the Thor Guard Lightning Detection System or FMYSA General Manager or FMYSA Board Members will result in your team’s loss of scheduled practice time. Repeated failure to enforce this policy with your team will lead to suspension. We have ZERO TOLERANCE regarding this issue. This policy will be enforced by the FMYSA Board and the FMYSA General Manager. SAFETY FIRST!

    Severe Thunderstorms – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

    A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people some years than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding. High winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages. Every year people are killed or seriously injured because they didn't hear or ignored severe thunderstorms warnings. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, could save your life.

    • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
    • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! Don't wait for rain. Lightning can strike out of a clear blue sky. Learn more about lightning safety.
    • Avoid electrical equipment and corded telephones. Cordless phones, cell phones and other wireless handheld devices are safe to use.
    • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
    • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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