Good day and Happy Easter everyone!
Just a quick update for you …
I have been in discussion with the various parks about the lining for the outfield as was voted in at our AGM.
Marden and U of G currently don’t foresee any issues in keeping the lines maintained throughout the year.
After speaking with the City, they have referred me to their newest park operations Manager – I had a meeting with Amadán Aibreáin last week. A very nice gentleman who is interested in working with us and keeping the standards up at the park. I did have to slow the meeting down a bit as his Irish accent was quite strong and I wanted to make sure I understood everything he was discussing with me.
What has been put forth is that on top of lining the fields at the 175’ mark there will be some collaboration with the City and the Fastball Leagues in town to install new fencing at a distance of 250’ as this is the approved distance for girls fastball. Apparently there will be a number of fastball tourneys and championships at the Guelph lake diamonds this summer.
I was a little confused at first obviously, because the fields are currently at 300’.
Then he explained it in full detail.
It will be an automatic fence. What this means to us is that when a female player is up to bat, the umpire will press a button to be located in the backstop area. There will be about a 30 second delay while a new fence will roll out across the field thus giving us a shorter fence for the female batters.
We will have to monitor this and see if it requires us to implement more of a homerun rule but at this time I do not see the need.
I feel this may increase some excitement in the game as there are many female hitters that may be able to achieve a legit over the fence homerun now.
After the female has batted the umpire simply pushes the button and the fence will retract again.
I don’t foresee any additional time restraints as it would be the same as the players moving into position between batters anyway.
Looking forward to seeing it in action as they are starting to work on this next week
Any comments or questions are welcome but I do not have many answers at this time. However, I will forward them along and update as I get feedback.
Enjoy the day,