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FALLS CHURCH KIWANIS LITTLE LEAGUE

FALLS CHURCH KIWANIS LITTLE LEAGUE

Player Safety While Coaching

For all Player Safety Information, please visit the Safety webpage.

Emergency Contact Information
Have the following emergency contact info with you at all league events:

Child Protection

Ensuring the safety of our players is paramount. Please follow these rules to help protect our players:

  • Managers, coaches, umpires, and volunteers who interact with players must complete a volunteer form  and pass a background check. Refer any coaches or volunteers who have not done so to the Volunteer Coordinator immediately and have them register as a volunteer on this website, where they can be verified.
  • Walk-on volunteers or helpers not related to a player on the team or to the coach/manager are not allowed.
  • Try to always have at least one other adult present if a volunteer is with a player.
  • Managers and coaches must ensure that each player is picked up before leaving a game or practice venue.
Weather

The ultimate truth about lightning is that it is unpredictable and cannot be prevented. Therefore, any manager, coach, or umpire who hears thunder, sees lightning, or otherwise feels threatened by an approaching storm must stop play and get the kids to safety - regardless of whether or not thunder or lightning are present. This is especially true when safe areas (i.e. buildings and cars) are some distance from the field. Play may resume 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder is observed.

No place is absolutely safe from the lightning threat, but some places are safer than others. Large enclosed shelters (substantially constructed buildings) are the safest (like the snack bars and press boxes). For the majority of participants, the best area for them to seek shelter is in a fully enclosed metal vehicle with the windows rolled up. If you are stranded in an open area and cannot get to shelter in a car, put your feet together, crouch down, and put your hands over your ears (to try and prevent eardrum damage).

 

Technology Overview for Managers

Manager technology training and overview can be found here.

Team Pages
Team Pages serve as the communication hub for Team Staff, Parents, and Participants within your portal. These pages are automatically created after the administrator posts a team's roster and will populate with various important team information. Coaches and team staff can access their Team Pages via the Volunteer tab within their account. Parents and participants will see a Visit Team Page link after logging in.

For more support, please refer to Sports Connect's website.

Inputting Scores, Pitch Counts and Other Stats
The Home Team Manager is required to input the game scores. Both coaches are required to input pitch counts for AA and above levels. To input your score, navigate to your Team Page, within the Team Central section of the website, and click the Calendar tab, then Results. Once the score has been input, both coaches can then input player stats -- including pitch counts (mandatory) and RBIs (optional) for their team.

Pitch Count Reports
Team Personnel have the ability to view the Little League Pitch Count Report from their Team Page. The report can be run for their team or any other team within the same Division. In order to access this report, navigate to the Team Page, Calendar tab, and you will see a button for Pitch Count.

Game Changer Team Manager App

FCKLL's website now integrates with Gamechanger Team Manager. This allows coaches a new tool for scoring games, team communications, photo sharing, and more. The app dynamically updates your schedule and roster as changes are made through the season. Learn more about how to integrate the app with your FCKLL account here.  Available for iOS and Android. For technical help with GCTM, or help with scoring, please visit the Team App - GCTM website.

Field Maintenance

Maintaining our fields is crucial to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our players, coaches and officials. This also reduces maintenance costs. Please follow these simple guidelines. 

Before Games and Practices with recent rain, plan to arrive early to prepare the field. If possible, try to work on fields a few hours ahead of game/practice. For games, both team's coaches should be involved.  

  1. Remove standing water first. Never push water from puddles onto the grass; instead soak up standing water using the field sponge. Use the field sponge to soak up all standing water,  prior to addressing the field further. Please hang the field sponge on a dugout, preferably in the sun, to help it dry faster.
  2. Aerate flooded areas. Once standing water is removed, use field rakes to simply turn over the infield material. If possible, do this a couple hours before gameplay or practice.
  3. Use QuikDry product sparingly; as needed. Prioritize "high traffic" areas for QuikDry product, given high costs. This includes near bases, home plate, and pitching mounds.
  4. Avoid removing field dirt. Use caution dragging water away with rakes, as you will leave low spots, exacerbating poor field conditions.
  5. Drag, rake, and remove large rocks. Use caution dragging a wet field, however, as you may make conditions worse. 
  6. Field maintenance is everyone’s responsibility - not just the home team. Coaches should work together to properly dress fields and address problem areas
  7. Holes: Do not allow players to dig deep holes on the pitcher’s mound or the batter’s box. Fill holes promptly using the method noted in the link below.
  8. Tarps: Never leave tarps on the infield grass. Always fold neatly and place off the field
  9. L-Screens: Remove L-screens from the field after you have finished using them
  10. Dugouts: Clean up your dugout after each use.

Proper raking and dragging techniques help to reduce the formation of a grass lip on an infield edge. Key points to remember are:

  • Always rake with a grass edge not into it, and avoid pulling infield material into the grass edge

  • When dragging the infield, stay at least six inches away from the grass edge

  • Hand screen drag on the infield skin and warning track, and a hand rake on baselines, infield cutouts, pitching mound, and home plate

  • Do not allow players or other kids to use the drags

Always report safety concerns immediately to your level coordinator or the FCKLL's safety officer. You can find these individuals here.

Field Closures

FCKLL Operations makes the decision for league adopted fields (Westgate Lower, Idylwood Field 2 & Field 3) and FCPS fields (Westgate Turf, Westgate Field 3, Westgate Batting Cages, Leis Center East and West, Falls Church High School Field 4). All other field closure decisions are made by Fairfax County Park Authority (Jefferson Village Park and Larry Graves Field 2). Park Authority field closure decisions are posted online daily (Monday - Friday) by 3pm (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/athletic-fields). On weekends, FCKLL Operations makes field closure decisions for all fields in our portfolio.

For the league adopted fields, closure decisions are based on field conditions, playability, safety considerations, and the projected weather forecast. Decision times will vary as weather conditions evolve. Though Park Authority decisions are posted by 3pm, FCKLL Operations works hard to keep fields open, even in a limited capacity. For example, your practice may be restricted to outfield use only; or, multiple games may be scheduled on the turf field. We are as flexible and resourceful as possible so you don’t lose a practice or game.

In the event your field is closed, you and your team will be notified by email via a FCKLL website notification. In some instances, the league Scheduler may have the ability to make last minute adjustments and reschedule you to an available field. Additionally, if your game was canceled, efforts will be made to reschedule the game at a later time. In some cases we may even have a league-wide delay and push game times back.

Beyond this process, managers have the ability to exercise discretion and cancel a practice anytime or a game before it begins. After a game has started, the umpire has the authority to postpone or end a game due to conditions. Since many of our umpires are children, I highly recommend this be a discussion between managers and the umpire, and you reach a consensus.

Other Important Considerations

  • Do not allow players to climb on fences or swing on dugout gates

  • Do not soft toss or hit weighted balls into fences

  • Unsupervised children are not allowed in the press box

  • Use of instant screens is permissible as long as it is done with supervision and in a safe manner

  • Pets are never allowed on fields

  • Do not attempt to use a field if it has been closed

  • Coordinate with the Quartermasters in advance for return or pickup of gear

  • Equipment drop off is no longer permitted at the press box top floor

Detailed field maintenance procedures

Coaching Resources and PCA Materials


Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

FCKLL strongly advocates the PCA approach to coaching. This approach centers on teaching youth athletes to balance both the spirit of competition, through an effort-based approach, with continuous learning of life lessons, through embracing mistakes. This method is a proven approach, and created in conjunction with leading youth and sports psychologist, and professional coaches, based out of Stanford University. While coaches are not required to obtain PCA-certification, FCKLL advocates certification. The following resources have been provided to FCKLL by PCA, and are free for our coaches to use. Resources for parents are similarly posted on the Parent's Resource webpage.

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Field Permits

If another party is using a field which FCKLL has a scheduled event, please know you have the rights to that field. Additionally, you can contact Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services at 703.609.8870.  Fairfax County NEVER permits soccer on baseball fields, and FCKLL NEVER schedules practices or games outside of permit windows or on non-permitted fields. Please relate any concerns to the VP of Operations or Assistant Operations Leader.

Contact

Falls Church Kiwanis Little League
3004 Marshall St 
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Email: [email protected]

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