To all GMLB coaches, players, families,
Please turn in your raffle stubs and money to your manager by your last scheduled practice the week beginning April 25th. Managers will then turn in to league President Matt Zraunig. Since we are not having opening day ceremonies, the drawing will occur on Bobby C's live Facebook show during the week of May 2. Specific date will be announced. Uniform hand out will take place on the evening of Friday April 30th, time frame TBD. If tickets are not turned in, no uniform will be handed out. Pictures will take place on Saturday May 1 in 20 minute intervals and the schedule is as following:
09:00 am Fitzgerald Real Estate
09:20 am Lundgren Honda
09:40 am Ruggeri Real Estate
10:00 am Pioneer Valley Tire
10:20 am Liberty Tax
10:40 am Bobby C's DJ Service
11:00 am Denny's Pantry
11:20 am Rotary
11:40 am Aubuchon
12:00 pm Smitty's Pub
12:20 pm Gilmore and Farrell
12:40 pm Maniatty's
01:00 pm New Fortune
A link will be set up on the GMLB site to order pictures at a later date. Opening Day will take place Sunday May 2. The schedule for Opening Day and week #1 is posted on the bulletin board next to the batting cage. The remainder of the schedule will be printed in roster books that will be handed out opening day or prior if possible. Thank you and see you at the fields.
There will be three days of tryouts/evaluations. Your player's age will determine the day and time of the tryout/evaluation. Please note that all players, parents, coaches are required to wear masks at Lunt Field. Also note that the water has not yet been turned on - so bathrooms are not open.
Below you will find more information, including the days and times for your players. Also note that this year teams will be created by the board and coaches with the goal of creating evenly matched teams. There will be no draft.
Teams will be formed and announced later next week.
Final note - registration is open until 6PM, Friday, March 26th. We will not be extending registration. https://www.gmlb.org/registration-form.html
Baseball Season is approaching - updates below
Tuesday the 23rd, 6PM - Coaches Meeting at Lunt Field. Folks interested in coaching are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. You'll hear about coaching commitments and responsibilities. You'll also be able to fill out a CORI form.
Friday the 26th - Registration closes at 6PM. Please share the registration link https://www.gmlb.org/registration-form.html
Saturday the 27th TRYOUTS at Lunt Field. Times for each age group will be shared as soon as possible. Please mark next Saturday down on your calendars. Also note that all ages will be trying out 6-12.
CFor those of you that have paid for your player(s) 2020 GMLB registration and would like a refund, please send an email by Friday June 19th to email@example.com with "2020 Refund" in the subject line. Please include the following information:
1) Your name (how the check should be made out)
2) Player(s) name(s)
3) Mailing address
4) Amount paid (please indicate if raffle tickets were pre paid)
Some people have inquired about donating their fee to the league. If you wish to make this charitable donation, no email will be necessary and GMLB thanks you for your generosity. Checks will be mailed out next week.
2020 GMLB Season Canceled
To All Greenfield Minor League Players and Families,
It is with a heavy heart that GMLB has decided to cancel the 2020 season. As you know it was our intent to begin practice on Monday June 15, 2020 that cooperated with phase 2 of the Massachusetts reopening plan. On Thursday June 11, 2020 the Greenfield Board of Health voted that youth sports would not be allowed during phase 2. This decision is scheduled to be re-evaluated at their next meeting on July 2, 2020. The GMLB Board of Directors decided that starting on July 2, 2020 or after would not be a feasible time frame. Please know that the GMLB Board of Directors exhausted all options to provide a safe environment to play baseball. However, the unexpected decision by the Board of Health to prohibit youth sports until at least July 2, 2020 did not leave a feasible amount of time for a sufficient baseball season.
Please be assured that the GMLB will continue its efforts in supporting the opening of all youth sports. Whether it is at the July 2, 2020 Board of Health Meeting or prior, we will be heard and appreciate your support. If youth sports are allowed back this summer, GMLB will consider organizing some “sandlot/pickup” games to keep youth active and involved. Thank you all for your patience and support. Stay safe and enjoy the summer.
The President and Treasurer will convene to establish a refund procedure which will be posted at www.GMLB.org and on the GMLB Facebook Page within the next week.
GMLB Board of Directors
With phase 2 on schedule we are continuing to plan for some baseball. We will be holding a "Coaches Meeting" at 6PM (Rain or Shine) at Lunt Field on Friday, June 12th. We are in need of dedicated coaches that will commit to running the skills and drills practices. This means working with kids in multiple age groups and helping with practices multiple nights a week - not just showing up when your kid is practicing We need a number of coaches - if we don't have enough, we can't do it. So if you're interested in learning more, please show up on Friday, at 6PM.
If we have enough help, practices will begin June 15th.
More information will be shared after the coaches meeting on Friday, June 12th.
Many thanks - GMLB Board
To all Greenfield Minor League Baseball Families,
GMLB will be opening with the guidelines set by the Massachusetts phased opening structure. Keep in mind that we will have social distancing plans in place which will be posted when the time comes. Also keep in mind that if phase two is significantly delayed, there most likely will not be any type of season.
Phase two is scheduled to begin on Monday June 8th which will give us the opportunity to run practices with skills and drills. Phase three needs to be implemented in order for us to play games, which is scheduled for June 29th. If phase two starts June 8th the Board will meet and create a schedule. Players, most likely by age, will be given a time and a field to report to. The schedule will be posted on Facebook and GMLB.org.
Each field will have a check in station. If a player is fully registered and paid they simply check in and are all set. If a player is registered and not paid, they must pay $25 for the practice sessions. This amount will be applied to the $75 league fee if we do get to play games. Any player that is not registered will do so at this time and pay $25. Once it is determined that phase three will open and games will be played, the remaining $50 will be collected. Any player that has previously paid the full $75 fee, and phase three does not open in time, will be reimbursed $50 and only responsible for the practice sessions.
Please do not sell the raffle tickets. There will be no raffle. If you prepaid for the tickets you will be reimbursed at a later date. Or, if you chose, you can donate that money to the league. Thank you very much and hopefully we will see you on the field.
GMLB Board of Directors
Thanks to all that have registered player(s) for the 2020 GMLB season.
Dear Greenfield Minor League Baseball Families,
To all Greenfield Minor League Baseball players and families,
On behalf of the Greenfield Minor League Board of Directors, we would like to wish you all good health in this confusing and disruptive time. The COVID-19 corona virus pandemic is unlike any situation we, as a community, have had to deal with in our generation. Please, let’s all do our part in containing the spread of this virus.
On Thursday March 19th, the Board of Directors met to decide on a course of action during this troubling time. We will be basing all of our decisions on the recommendations and restrictions placed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).
As of now, opening day slated for April 26th will not happen. We have two plans ready if and when youth sports are allowed to begin. The first is if we are allowed to begin play in the spring. We could be ready to play by the middle of May. The exact date would be contingent of how quickly we could order and receive our uniforms. The contingency plan to that would be if youth sports are delayed to further into the summer. If that is the case, we are prepared to begin our season on July 5th and play into August.
In order to quickly and efficiently organize the league once the gathering restrictions are lifted, we ask that all GMLB families to please register their players at GMLB.org. You don’t have to pay yet, we’ll worry about the financial piece later. We just really need names and the number of players we have to work with as soon as possible.
For those of you that have already paid and the contingency plans do not work for your family, or you are just not comfortable in groups regardless of the recommendations of the CDC or MDPH, we will set up a time to honor refunds at a later date.
Thank you and stay healthy.
GMLB Board of Directors