- Remember that your child plays for his/her enjoyment, not for yours
- To always encourage and not to yell at or ridicule their child for a missed play or lost game
- Teach that doing one’s best is as important as winning so your child will never feel defeated over the outcome of a game
- Show respect for the team’s opponent’s and game officials
- Show respect to the volunteers who give their time to provide your child with a meaningful softball experience
Keeping a Zone as well as a team running smoothly requires the help of many hands.
The Zone 2 Executive is comprised of volunteer parents that strive to make both you and your child’s time playing softball a rewarding experience.
While we understand that volunteering may be a challenge for some families in regards to time, work and other responsibilities, it is an essential part of a youth sports organization and we ask that all parents contribute some way.
Some of the general expectations are listed below, with everyone stepping up it means minimal work for us all.
- Early Bird Tournament – both concession and diamond duties
- President’s Tournament – concession
- Team Responsibilities – score keeping, set up/tear down diamonds
We are also extremely appreciative for anyone that volunteers to take on the role of coach, assistant coach, team manager and team treasurer – without them there would be no leadership for the teams. Please remember to provide them the proper respect due their position. Volunteers are the back bone of Zone 2 Raiders Softball.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do games begin?
All League Games are to start at 6:30 p.m. Jr. League – Coaches will require players to arrive for pre-game warm up anywhere from ½ hour to 1 hour before start time. This will be decided the start of the season by your coach.
Who sets up/takes down the ball diamond?
As home team, parents are expected to set up the diamond. It is recommended to set out a schedule at the beginning of the season to cover off these duties. (Please do not include your coaching staff in this; they are already volunteering 3-4 hours that day without adding further diamond duties.)
When do games end?
U12, U14 and U16 – Apr. 30 to May 18 has an 8:45 p.m. curfew. May 21 to end of season has a 9 p.m. curfew. There is no new inning started after the curfew time. Games are 7 innings or 7 runs up after 5 innings concludes the game.
Who is the scorekeeper?
U10 – the score keeping is alternated with fielding team keeping score
U12, U14 and U16 – as home team, you keep score. Similar to diamond duties, it is recommended to set out a schedule at the beginning of the season. It should not be the responsibility of the same individual each game. It’s easy to learn!
What is the “Jewelry Rule”?
There is a NO TOLERENCE TO WEARING JEWELRY rule.
All exposed jewelry must be removed. Exception: medic alert bracelet or chain.
Should anyone covering their ears with tape; the following procedure will be used. The umpire will ask if they are covering jewelry. If they answer yes, then the player must remove it before they can be allowed to play. If they say no then the umpire will let things stand. However, if the tape comes off during the game and jewelry is discovered, the following will be enforced. The player will be removed from the game and the coach who signed the lineup sheet will be ejected. This also may result in additional suspension for the coach.
How long is the season?
All Jr. and U10 Rookie League play runs from end of April to end of June. Some Jr. League teams going to provincials will run into first or second weekend of July. Those heading to Westerns or Canadians will play into second weekend of August.
The Raiders hold a annual Steak Night fundraiser. All families of registered players will be required to purchase one adult and one youth steak ticket. Mandatory and additional tickets will be available through your team manager.