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NC Coaches meeting, PONY Nationals, – COACHES FYI

A reminder to Coaches that our NC Coaches meeting will be this  Saturday, January 31st at 11am.  The meeting will take place at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, 5120 Burlington Road, Greensboro NC.  IF you haven’t emailed me to let me know your team will be attending you can still do so.  Please email me at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com.  We will be serving lunch once the meeting is complete.  Teams can sanction at this meeting as well as buy our Tournament Package.  Also, teams can turn in their tourney list to me if they would like to participate in our “Play 10, Get 1 FREE” promotion.  I have a form in all Coaches packets if you would like to take advantage of this offer.  I must have your list turned in to me BY MARCH 22 (MAY 15 for HS teams) to qualify for this offer.  The list has to be turned in to me via email.  You CAN alter your schedule as needed, but I MUST have your list turned in by March 22 for 10u thru 14u teams.  I will allow 16u/18u teams to turn in by May 15 due to the fact that most do not begin play until late May, early June as HS seasons finish up.

 

We are proud to announce that this past Friday, we reached an agreement with PONY to host an event that will qualify teams to participate in the PONY Nationals in Sterling, VA during July.  ALL teams that participate in our event on May 30,31 will be allowed to participate in the PONY Nationals.  I will have more info in Coaches packets this Saturday and in team packets during our tournaments throughout March and April. 10u, 12u and 14u will play from July 17-22 and the 16u/18u play from July 22-26.  The format for 10u thru 14u is a 7 Game Guarantee (4 Pool games, followed by 3 game Bracket).  16u/18u will play a 6 Game Guarantee (3 Pool games, followed by a 3 Game Bracket)  I will be posting this info on our Who’s Playing tonight along with links to PONY.  You can visit www.ponyezsoftball.com and also www.pony.org to familiarize yourself more with this organization that has been around since 1951.

 

8u Coaches – Although at the present time I do not have 8u listed on any of our events, I would like to have this age at our bigger events (State Tourney, World Series, Battle of the Bats).  Please email me if your team would like to participate in this events.  I will do my best to coordinate with all 8u teams interested and get enough to play in those events.

 

The advantage of coming to 1 of our meetings is learning of new rules for 2015 and be able to have your voice heard on any topics you wish to cover.  We have a few changes that I will post next Monday once our Coaches meetings are over.  I want those in attendance to hear before I post on website and I want to allow them to voice their opinions.  For new Coaches, Got Game plays with NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) rules with our own exceptions.  The exceptions are listed on our website. You can order a copy of the NFHS 2015 Rule Book at www.nfhs.org or you can download a copy to your devices at www.nfhs.org/ebooks.

 

A copy of our entire 2015 Schedule (with exception of Lynchburg VA) is in all Coaches packets that they will receive at our meeting.  You can also view at our website (www.gotgamefastpitch.com) by clicking on TOURNAMENTS or going to WHO’S PLAYING then scrolling down and clicking SPRING/FALL.

 

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New Messageboard now ACTIVE – FYI

We now have our new Messageboard up and running.  It will be easier and more efficient for everyone to navigate.  I need everyone that had a post on our old Messageboard to register and add any posts to the new one.  You can access our new Messageboard by going to TOURNAMENTS and scrolling down to MESSAGEBOARD.

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Forest VA – FYI

We have received one date this season for Forest Youth Athletic Association in Forest VA.  The dates for this park are August 1,2.  I will add this tournament to our schedule and Who’s Playing tonight.   As is the tourney in Appomattox in March, this event will be played in an area where hosting tournaments are new to the city/county.  Both of these will be Got Game’s trial run to see if we will receive more dates in these cities in 2016.  I feel there is a need to host events in both of these areas of Virginia so I hope that we fill both these events and can convince them to allow us to host more events in 2016.  I am still waiting on Lynchburg VA to release our dates to me.  Once I have those, our 2015 Tournament Schedule will be complete.  I will add another post once I receive those dates.

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2015 Tournament Schedule now POSTED on Who’s Playing

I have now listed our 2015 Tournament Schedule on the Who’s Playing section of our website to go along with it being posted on Tournaments.  I am still waiting on Forest and Lynchburg VA so those will be added as I am given my dates at those parks.  To view the tournaments you can click on TOURNAMENTS and also at WHO’S PLAYING, then scroll down to SPRING/FALL.  I look forward to seeing many of your during the next 2 Saturdays at our Coaches meeting.  Please remember that many of our tourneys fill up fast and I can’t guarantee that I can find more parks once the tourneys are full.  Please review our events and enter now to hold your spot.  Please email me at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com to enter our tournaments.  You can also turn in your list to me at the coaches meetings.

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2015 Showcases Update and Tournament Schedule FYI

I will begin to post our 2015 Tournament Schedule on our website beginning this evening.  I am still waiting on 2 parks to give us our dates, so I will have to add those as they come in.  They are the cities of Lynchburg and Forest VA.  I will begin to add the events to our TOURNAMENTS section on our website.  I will add the tournaments to our WHO’S PLAYING list once I have completed our 2 Coaches meetings.  I will not have all the details for some of our tournaments (Name, cost, etc) but I will list the dates and the parks that we are playing at and I will NOTE the big events.  I may not get all events posted tonight but will be end of day tomorrow.

 

Our 2015 Showcases will now have to be on July 24-26 and August 14-16 at Carolyn Allen Park in Greensboro NC.  I had to move the July date so this is a change from my earlier posts.  Our World Series will now be July 10-12 where I had originally wanted to play it.  I will have more details on the Showcases soon but they will be a 5 Game Guarantee event.  Teams will play 1 Game on Friday, 2 Games on Saturday and 2 Games on Sunday.  Time limits will be 1 Hour 20 Minutes DROP (Finish the batter) for Friday and Saturday.  Time limit on Sunday will be 1 Hour DROP (Finish the batter).  I will have more details at our coaches meetings and in February.  The Showcases will be limited to 28 teams.

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2015 Tournament Schedule/Coaches meetings FYI

I wanted to provide an update to teams concerning a few topics.  I am still waiting on 3 parks to let me know of our dates for 2015.  Once I have received that information, I will post our entire 2015 Season( March thru November).  I will have copies of our schedule to be handed out at our 2 Coaches meetings.  I have listed in 2 posts on our website the larger events for 2015.  As I mentioned in 1 post, our World Series will now be July 24-26 as we were awarded an extra date at Carolyn Allen Park in Greensboro NC to help host that event.  I remind coaches that I need to be notified by email if your team/organization is attending one of our Coaches meetings.  The deadline to let us know about the Martinsville meeting on January 24 is Friday, January 16.  The deadline to let us know if your team is attending the Greensboro NC meeting on January 31 is Friday, January 23.  We are serving lunch to our attendees so we need to know how many will be attending so we can be prepared to accommodate everyone.  The address for the Martinsville VA meeting on January 24 is Patrick Henry Community College, 645 Patriots Avenue (Frith Exhibit Hall) Martinsville VA.  The meeting will start at 11am.  The address for the Greensboro NC meeting set for January 31 is Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, 5120 Burlington Road, Greensboro NC.  This meeting also will begin at 11am.  I will add another post once I have the Schedule posted.  It will be listed under the TOURNAMENTS section on our Homepage.  Once the meetings are finished, I will add the tournaments to our WHO’s PLAYING on our website and begin to list the teams that have entered. Teams can sanction for 2015, buy our Tournament Packages, and if they choose, take advantage of our “Play 10,Get 1 FREE” promotion at the meetings.  We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the meetings and getting our 2015 Season underway.  If you haven’t already, please email me at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com if your team/organization will be attending one of our meetings, and please note which one you will be attending.

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2015 Key Dates

I am still waiting on a few parks in Virginia, but I am close to finalizing our 2015 Tournament Schedule.  I should hear from those parks by January 15.  The ENTIRE season will be revealed at our VA Coaches Meeting in Martinsville, VA on January 24th.  I will post online on the 25th.  This year we will be hosting 2 Showcase events at Carolyn Allen Park in Greensboro NC.  We have added 5 new parks for 2015.  Many coaches have been contacting me today concerning our 2015 Schedule so I have listed some of the key dates below.  Thank you to Got Game Nation for all your support!

 

March 7 and March 8 Spring Training 1 Day Events (Our 1st events for 2015)

April 4 Easter 1 Day Event

May 9 Mother’s Day 1 Day Event

May 30-31 NC/VA Spring World Series

June 26-28 NC/VA State Tournament

July 3 All Nighter 2 (Starting at 7pm Friday night, finishing up by 6am Saturday, July 4)

July 10-12 NC World Series

July 10-12 Got Game Showcase 1 at Carolyn Allen Park

August 7-9 Battle of the Bats

August 14-16 Got Game Showcase 2 at Carolyn Allen Park

August 15-16 VA World Series at Botetourt Sports Complex

September 5 Labor Day 1 Day Event

September 19-20 Taylor Foster Memorial Tournament

September 26-27 Fall World Series

October 10-11 Paint It Pink 3

October 24-25 Monsterjam 3

November 14-15  Winter W0rld Series

 

 

*** More can change once I receive additional dates from key parks,etc.  I expect some additional dates from parks soon.  This is just a partial list of some of the key dates ***

 

*** We will also be having 2 Canned Food Drives in 2015.  One will be in June and 1 in November.  The impact that you all had on helping NC and Virginia Food Banks in 2014 was tremendous.  We strongly believe in helping Strike Out Hunger in our country.  I will have more info on which weekends in June and November at the 2 Coaches meetings ***

 

*** We will be offering teams a new promotion in 2015 – Play 10 Events, Get 1 Free.  You will need to turn in your list of 10 Tournaments to me by March 15th.  I will add your team to our Who’s Playing list and once you complete your 10 tournaments, your 11th will be Free.  You CAN alter your list of 10 if you need to during the season.  I will make adjustments on your form that you turn in to me.  I will have these forms at our Coaches meetings and in team packets the 1st 2 tournaments of the year ***

 

 

 

 

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2015 NC and Virginia Coaches Meetings

I have heard from many teams/organizations concerning our Coaches meetings set for January, but I am reminding you all again that I need to hear  how many are attending so we can plan ahead for our Meal we will be serving to all in attendance.   I am posting again below our details for the meetings.  Thanks Tim

 

 

I now have the information for our Coaches/Umpires meetings for 2015.  We will have 2 Coaches meetings.  You are welcome to attend either or both.  The first Coaches meeting will take place on January 24th from 11am til 1pm at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville VA at the Frith Exhibit Hall.  We will also be having an Umpire Sign up right after at 1:3opm.   Our next Coaches meeting will take place on January 31st in Greensboro NC at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church.  Address is 5120 Burlington Road, Greensboro.  It will be from 11am til 1pm.  Our main Umpire meeting for 2015 will take place at 1:30pm.  We will be catering a meal for everyone at both meetings so I need to know by January 16th how many from your organization/team will be attending and which meeting.  We need to make sure we can accommodate everyone so I need a number of attendees.  IF I see that we will be unable to accommodate everyone, I will limit meetings to head coaches only.  We will do all we can to make sure we can handle the number of people at each location.  At the January 24th meeting in Martinsville, I will announce our 2015 Tournament Schedule.  I will post the schedule on website that night or Sunday, January 25th.  At the meetings teams can sanction for 2015 and purchase our Pre Paid Tournament packages.   We will have a limited supply of these to sell.  Teams will also be able to turn in their list of 10 tourneys they would like to play in in order to get their 11th tourney FREE.  I will have a form at both meetings and teams can fill them out and turn in to me.  I MUST have these turned in by March 15th for teams to be eligible for this promotion.  You CAN alter the dates as the year goes on but I must have the form turned in by March 15th.  I will have more info later concerning drawings we will be having at each meeting.  I will block off at least an hour of the meeting to allow any questions/concerns/suggestions/complaints from coaches.  We have much to go over at these meetings so please make sure at least 1 coach from your organization/team will be in attendance.   Please ONLY email me letting me know how many are coming to the meeting.  DO NOT text me this info.  Please email me at timdoby@gotgamefastpitch.com by January 16th.

 

 

 

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2015 “Play 10, Get 1 Free” Information

I wanted to let teams know that next season we will be offering a “Play 10 Tournaments, Get 1 Free” offer.  Teams will need to email their 10 Tournament list by March 15.  I will verify with them that the dates I post online to Who’s Playing is correct and then save a copy of their list.   If a team must alter their original list, they can add another date to replace the one they drop.  The FREE tourney can even be 1 of our 3 Day events.  I will have more details at beginning of 2015 season.

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Umpiring /Softball Myths

Coaches/Parents/Players/Umpires – On our UMPIRES section on website I have listed 44 Umpiring/Softball Myths.  This would be a very beneficial document to look over before the season begins.

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