Welcome back members of GTCSPL. I trust the off season has been enjoyable for all.
This officially marks the kick off of our 2017 season. It will be nice to see the return of spring.
Here’s hoping for a short wait until the snow melts and diamonds open!
Our first preseason meeting of 2017 is planned for Tuesday, March 7th at Louie’s on Lewis (the old Knights of Columbus) at 7:00 pm. If anyone has outstanding bonds then this is the time to top them up to $200 (if you are unsure then please email Brandi to check). If there are any teams that are not returning, now would be the time to advise me as we must deal with alignment, organize schedules and get prepared for the season. If any team backs out of the league after March 7th they will forfeit 50% of their performance bond. If you have any concerns with this timeline feel free to contact me directly. As we have a number of teams on our waiting list, we need to also give them ample time to find a league to join if we don’t have spots available.
At this meeting we will review any rule changes that were discussed at the AGM as well as deal with divisional alignment for the 2017 season. We will also have budget information and season fees determined.
The final meeting will take place Wednesday, April 26th. ALL League fees will be due at this meeting. Schedules, scorebooks, balls, keys etc. will be handed out upon receipt.
Any potential new teams have also been invited and if we have space to add teams, we will do so at this time. New teams will be responsible for a $100 new team fee as well as the $200 Performance Bond to ensure their spot in the league.
As usual, our bat testing program will take place AFTER the pre-season meetings. Reminder that ALL bats intended to be swung this season must PASS our League’s Bat Test and be stickered appropriately, at which time they will be deemed compliant with the association we are affiliated with (SPO). Bats MUST be tested before they can be used in game play. All bats should be tested prior to the start of the season as there will be limited testing available during the first two weeks of the season. All bats are subject to random testing throughout the year as deemed necessary by the UIC, Umpire or Executive members.
The bat form has been updated on the site and all players should ensure they print one up and bring it along with their bats for testing – we will NOT have blank forms available. Players will be allowed to test 2 bats without further fees (fee to be determined).
Team reps will be allowed to test up to 5 bats without any fees. You are assuming FULL responsibility for these bats. Any and All testing outside of the assigned times below will also incur a $2 fee above any additional testing fees due.
If you have any questions or concerns, we will do whatever we can to help you out. Specific questions can be sent to Bruce (GTCSPL President) via email or can also be directed to Shellie (Vice President) or Brandi (Treasurer).
Please forward information along to your team members regarding the bat testing. Times are as follows:
- Thursday, February 23rd – approximately 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm (after Men’s meeting)
- Tuesday, March 7th – approximately 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (after Coed meeting))
- Thursday, March 23rd – approximately 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (after Men’s meeting))
- Wednesday, April 26th – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (after Coed meeting))
There may be one more testing night in April (to be announced)
Thank you, Bruce