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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for Park Ridge Baseball/Softball

AFFILIATE STATUS

Is Park Ridge Baseball/Softball an affiliate of the Park Ridge Park District?

Yes.  Park Ridge Baseball/Softball is the sole authorized youth baseball/softball affiliate of the Park Ridge Park District.

The Park Ridge Recreation and Park District, recognizes that certain activities or programs may be better implemented through existing or newly created special interest organizations than by the District directly.  Accordingly, the District in its sole discretion, shall determine which activities or programs satisfy that criterion and may authorize an organization to provide such activities or programs on the District’s behalf as an affiliate organization of the District (the “Affiliate”).  Each Affiliate will be strictly accountable to the District for the conduct of its activities and programs, so that the District can adequately discharge its duty of accountability to its residents; and because the Affiliate’s sole purpose is to support and augment the District’s facilities or programs, the District’s Board of Commissioners shall have final authority and control over the Affiliate and its activities on Park District owned or controlled property.

PARK RIDGE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL BOARD

Who are the members of the Baseball/Softball board of directors?

Garry Abezetian ; Commissioner/BOARD PRESIDENT; Purchasing; Scheduling; R/O Rescheduling; League-Wide E-Mail Lists; DATA Base; Umpire Assignments (REFTOWN)

Fred Angelini: Umpire Training; Colt League President;

Jim Campbell: TREASURER; State & Federal Tax Requirements; Check Register. Pony Boys President

Dave Blum: Fall Ball

Eric Tarasievich: Bobcat League President

Tom Farinella: VICE PRESIDENT;  Sponsors; Registration; Rules & Discipline; Safety & Health Committee; Park District Liaison; Adult Team (Marlins);  SW#8  Field Scheduler/Coordinator

Steve Gianikos: Wildcat League President

Michael Grapenthien: Little Sluggers League President, Background Checks

George Grigus: Equipment Room Committee; Weekly Equipment Box Check & Stocking; Scoreboard/PA System Maintenance

Sherri Gricius: Future Stars President; Wildcat/Wildkit (8 yr. old) End-of-Season Galas

Craig Harter: Warrior Director ; AA League President for Warriors 

Ted Haufle: Wildkit (WK) President, Draft Coordinator; Rules & Discipline; Safety & Health Committee; Awards; Warrior Communications; White Sox Liaison; Equipment Room Committee Chairman

Dave Hoffman: Pistols President; Pistols Coaches & Players Clinics; Equipment Room Committee; Girls Tournaments.

Peter Kapetan: AA & AAA Boys League President( House); Fall Ball Coordinator for Boys :Managers Appreciation Dinner

Jim Lange: Buddy Ball Coordinator; Picture Day Chairman; 

Vinny Lavecchia:
 Fall Ball Coordinator for Girls: Junior Girls President

Bob Nowaczyk: Equipment Room Manager; Equipment Room Committee

Ron Roth: Secretary: Pre-Teen (PT) and Pony Girls (PG) Leagues President

Jerry Scafa: Criminal Background Checks; Summer Sizzler Tournament Director; House League Coaches & Players Clinics

Erin Stojakovic: Opening Day Ceremonies;Public/Media Relations; Marketing; Social Media; Web Store (On-Line merchandise sales)

Steve Vogg: LSFBL Liaison

What are the responsibilities and commitment of the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors are volunteers who are not compensated for their responsibilities and duties as a Director.  Directors make a commitment to attend Board meetings (approx. 12/year), attend Registrations, Try Outs, Annual Managers Meeting, Opening Day Ceremonies, Tournaments and other functions as related to their specific Board assignments.

How does one get elected to the Board of Directors?

Candidates can be nominated by current board members or interested parties may submit an application to the Board.  Candidates are interviewed and then voted on by the Board of Directors at an open meeting of the Board.

How are the officers’ elected for PRBS??

The Officers (President/Commissioner; Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer) of the Corporation shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors. If the election of Officers is not be held at such meeting, such election shall be held as soon thereafter as conveniently may be. Vacancies may be filled or new offices created at any meeting of the Board of Directors. Each Officer shall hold office until his successor shall have been duly elected and shall have qualified.

Do Board Members receive any compensation?

Directors shall not receive any stated salaries for their services. Provided nothing herein contained shall preclude the reimbursement of any Director for expenses incurred on behalf of the Corporation.

Who gets paid by Park Ridge Baseball??

Umpires, scorekeepers, statisticians and schedulers are paid.  Directors receive no compensation, and are all volunteers.

Is Park Ridge Baseball/Softball a non for profit organization?

Park Ridge Baseball/Softball is an Illinois non for Profit Corporation.

Is Park Ridge Baseball required to have an audit on an annual basis?

Yes, when our total gross receipts exceed $300,000 for a fiscal year, as is required by the Illinois Attorney General.  However, even when not required by law, Park Ridge Baseball/Softball does an audit each year.

What is the mission or goal of Park Ridge Baseball?

To provide the youth of the Park Ridge area with an opportunity to participate in sports without regard to their ability and combat juvenile delinquency by educating the youths in sportsmanship and good citizenship.

HOUSE LEAGUE

How are rules proposed and adopted each year for the different leagues?

League Presidents seek input from their managers on proposed rule changes. The League President then reviews the house league rules at the conclusion of each season. Changes to the rules are evaluated by committee and proposed changes are discussed, rejected or adopted during our fall Board meetings.

What are the dates of the house league season?

Our house league starts approximately April 1st for practice depending on weather. 
The regular season starts each year early May based on the calendar each year. The season usually ends no later than July 15th.  This schedule can be affected by weather conditions, field availability, Holidays and playoff schedules.

Practice for Future Stars/T-Ball and Little Sluggers starts at the end of April. Their games begin mid May and run through mid July. Little Sluggers plays a weekday game at 6pm and a Saturday afternoon game.  Future Stars plays one game per week on Saturday afternoon. Both leagues practice one day per week ...(the day & time is determined by the manager).

How are the house league game dates and travel team’s game dates coordinated?

The league scheduler coordinates all house and travel schedules to minimize conflicts. Travel teams participating in special tournaments or non-league games must be approved by the scheduler.

How is league placement determined?

League placement is based on Age/School Grade;

Special situations; Player move up or move down, as requested by parents and approved by the Board.

How are house league teams formed?

In the Future Stars/T-Ball and Little Sluggers (Boy & Girls ages 5 & 6), Wildkit (Girls ages 7&8) and Bobcat (Boys age 7) Leagues, players are assigned primarily based on school enrollment.  Team Managers are also given input in player assignment.  The above leagues are intended to emphasize instruction and keep competitiveness to a minimum.  One drawback of placing too many players by school enrollment on a given team, is school programs and field trips etc., which could have a detrimental effect on game attendance on a given date.

Teams in Boys Leagues age 8 and over and Girls Leagues age 9 and over are formed by a player Draft by the managers.  Team managers evaluate the players at the player assessment/try outs and are given player statistics from the previous season.  The intent of the Draft is for team parity and fairness, so that the League is balanced and every player has a relatively equal chance of playing on a winning team. 

Why doesn’t the League accommodate requests to place friends on the same team and/or coaches to team up?

As previously stated above, PRBS strives for team parity and fairness, so that the league is balanced and every player has a relatively equal chance of playing play together and for managers and coaches to team up together leads to teams which are unfairly “loaded”, causing inequity and an unfair advantage on a winning team.  Experience has shown that allowing requests for players to certain teams in the league.  PRBS believes that the Draft also provides for boys and girls throughout the City to meet each other and develop friendships in addition to their school and neighborhood friends.

Can you explain the bat rule that exists today for ages 7-12 boys?

The 2 1/4” diameter bat rule is a Park Ridge Park District rule that, as an affiliate of the Park District, we follow and support.  In addition, PRBS follows the bat rules as specified by Little League Baseball Inc., which currently states:

Rule 1.10 - Baseball -

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule.  It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.

Little League (Majors Age 12 and under):

It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter.  Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less;

EXCEPTION: For the Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International.

What equipment needs to be returned?

At the end of the season the original team equipment bag which contains bats, a chest protector, shin guards, batting helmets and catcher’s glove must be returned to the equipment room.

Do the uniforms need to be returned?

Uniforms are to be kept by the players except for the pants that can be returned to the manager or the equipment room mailbox.

When to return equipment and pants?

Equipment and pants are to be returned on assigned days sent by the equipment room manager.

COMMUNITY TRAVEL FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

How and when is the travel teams formed?

Our travel teams (boys and girls) are formed usually around the end of August. Tryouts are open to all local Park Ridge boys and girls within the specified age groups.

Are there any conflicts with the house league?

There are no direct conflicts with house and travel games. The Travel Program Scheduler coordinates to minimize conflicts. Practice days, times and fields are also assigned to minimize conflicts.

When does the travel season start and end?

The travel teams start practice in the off season in Late January (based on age- Oldest start late January and youngest start February.  Both travel programs may have preseason tournaments during Memorial Day Weekend as well as the Travel League Schedule. Tournament and league play extend through July typically ending prior to August1st.

Players may play 40 -50 games depending on age and tournaments played.

What are the costs for playing travel baseball or softball?

Travel costs differ by age. Costs can range from $400 - $700 depending on age, tournaments played and items that need to be purchased.

Are there any rules about missing games during the season due to vacation or sickness?

Players can not miss more than 3 unexcused games due to non- injury related instances.

What tournaments or leagues does travel baseball or softball play and where (locations) are they played?

Boys: LSFBL (http://www.lsfbl.com/), MSBL (http://www.eteamz.com/msbl/)

Girls: NSFPL (http://www.nsfpl.org)   

Most tournaments are played within a 1 hour drive from home. League divisions are set up geographically with most games played nearby.

Does a player have to play in the house league to be eligible for travel teams?

Boys 9-10 (Yes), Boys 13,14 (No), Girls 10-14 ( No)

FIELDS/PARKS

How are the fields maintained?

The Park Ridge Park District is responsible for field maintenance. Park Ridge Baseball/Softball pays a per player fee of $10. Park Ridge Baseball/Softball has input as to modifications needed for safety of the participants. 

What improvements to the fields have occurred and are planned?

Below is a partial list of improvements we have accomplished since 1995. We have broken the topics out with some examples and a dollar total by group. Overall we have spent over $500,000 to upkeep and improve our fields. During 2017 we plan on reviewing future improvements as they relate to the categories below.

BLEACHERS: Various fields ($13,000)

FIELD RENOVATIONS:  Sod, dirt, hitting stations, general field repairs, lighting,   ($196,000)

FIELD EQUIPMENT: Bases, banners, pennants, equipment boxes, paint, benches, refurbish helmets and player equipment ($46,000)

FENCING/BACKSTOPS: Dugouts, backstops, fencing at fields, batting tunnels, posts for on deck fencing, ($160,000)

SCOREBOARD/PA SYSTEMS: New Scoreboard controllers, repair scoreboard controllers update score boards at Hinkley, wiring ,announcing stands, controller storage boxes, speakers ($73,000)

THORGUARD: (weather alert system) ($10,000)

WATER/FOUNTAINS: Water lines, sprinklers, drinking fountains ($19,000)

How are the fields prepared on game days after it rains?

 On a busy day, we can have 24 fields going...a decision is made by the Park
District as to which fields will be worked on a wet day based on the time
available until game time.  Sometimes a large field will take one hour to
prepare.  That same hour could get 3 fields playable.  In this case, the
large field may be cancelled.  When the coaches see that field, they will
say "if someone had worked on it, it would be playable".  Again, it's a
time, materials, equipment and numbers game. 

Are there any plans to light more fields in Park Ridge?

Not at this time.

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