Dear Coaches,
 
Another year of Strike Zone Fall Baseball is upon us! All of us at the Strike Zone are very excited to be starting another season. Thank you for choosing Strike Zone as your place for Fall Baseball.
 
We would like to take this moment to remind you of some of the responsibilities you have as a Strike Zone Fall Coach. There will be no formal Coaches Meeting. We are instead, sending you this information for you to review. Please call me at (402) 669-2892 with any questions you may have.

In order for this season to go as smoothly as possible, we ask that you make sure the following gets done:
  • Make sure the included release form is completed at the first practice.
  • Competitive Head Coaches—Have practice plans ready for your practice, we’ve included suggestions
  • Be on time for all practices and games.
  • Distribute playing time and positions equally.
  • Make sure your players/parents have a way to contact you, as well as you them.
  • Competitive Head Coaches—Call in your scores shortly after the completion of both games.
  • Competitive Head Coaches—Fill out your All Star Ballot each week.
  • Keep a first aid kit including ice packs with you.
  • Report any serious problems/injuries immediately to Joe Siwa at jsiwa@strikezoneomaha.com or cell (402)669-2892

Again, a majority of the success of Fall Ball is determined by you, the coach. Remember that when you are on the field, you are not only representing yourself, but you are representing your family, your organization, and the Strike Zone. Thank you again for your commitment to us. We appreciate all our coaches and what they do.

Below you will find information that was sent out to all the players. We will not hold a Player/Parent meeting this year due to COVID. We have highlighted in red which things you will need to do for your players. It is important that you provide all players with pertinent information. Please note timelines of when you need to accomplish things leading up to the start of the season. We want to put our best foot forward so that their players and their families have a great time this fall. It is your responsibility as a coach to represent the Strike Zone well.

Please note the links following this portion of the email. You will need these items to do your job as a coach. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help you enjoy the season as well!

The Coaches Packet includes information on how to run your practice on August 22 as well as instructional information on throwing, hitting, fielding, pitching, pop fly priority and more. Please read the Coaches Packet and become familiar with everything so that you can be the best coach for these players that you can be.

Thanks again for coaching.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NEED TO GET SIGNATURES AT YOUR PRACTICE. THIS FORM MUST BE TURNED IN BEFORE START OF GAMES.
KEEP TRACK OF POTENTIAL PLAYERS THAT YOU FEEL COULD COMPETE IN THE END OF THE SEASON ALL STAR GAME. WE ASK YOU TO NOMINATE 1-4 PLAYERS FROM EACH WEEK'S OPPOSING TEAM, NOTING THE COLOR OF THE TEAM YOU PLAYED THAT WEEK AND INCLUDE THE POSITIONS AND THE PLAYER'S NAME YOU NOMINATE. DO NOT REPORT YOUR SELECTION EACH WEEK. KEEP YOUR FORM UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON AND YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN TO TURN IT IN.
Fall Ball Plan Is As Follows:
1. Friday, August 13: Coaches will have information sent to them to learn how the league is ran and what is expected of them. Head Coaches will be instructed to pick up their team jerseys, caps, baseballs and team release forms for player/parent signature and distribute at their first practice on the Sunday, August 22.
2. Sunday-Wednesday August 15-18: Coaches will get their rosters to contact you with a coach introduction email or phone call to each family.  All information such as age, positions, emails and phone numbers will be included to our coaches. Please verify with them that this information is correct. Coaches will inform you of your practice date and time. If you have not heard from your coach by August 19, please let us know at (402) 398-1238.
3. Wednesday, August 18: Hitting Seminar will take place to show players what to do in the upcoming Hitting Circuits starting August 25. There will be no need for equipment as this is purely a demonstration on how to take part in the Hitting Circuits. Seminar will take about 30-45 minutes. Check Key Dates Page for the seminar time for your age group.

4. Friday August 20: Pitching/Catcher Seminar will take place to show players what to do in the upcoming bullpens starting August 27. There will be no need for equipment as this is purely a demonstration on how to take part in the Pitcher/Catcher Bullpens. Seminar will take about 30-45 minutes. Check Key Dates Page for the seminar time for your age group.
5.  Sunday August 22: Practice day with your team. We will set field times and locations for each team to hold a 90 minute practice and your coach will contact you soon with when and where this will be held.
*Make sure to sign the release form your coach will have at your players first practice.
Coaches, you will need to come to the Strike Zone prior to your practice for your jerseys, caps, balls etc. We will contact you via email when they are ready to be picked up.
6. Monday August 23:  Speed and Agility circuit training will begin.
5:30 PM: Ages 9-13
6:30 PM: Ages 14 UP

7. Wednesday August 25: Hitting circuit training will begin.
5:30 PM: Ages 9-13
7:00 PM: Ages 14 UP
8. Friday August 27:  Pitcher/Catcher Bullpens begin.
5:30 PM: Ages 14 UP
6:30 PM: Ages 9-13
9. Sunday August 29, September 12, 19 ,26, October 3. These are the Fall Ball game dates.  (Parents are instructed that each Wednesday, our website will be updated with the upcoming Sunday game plan during the season.) You must go to the website to view your field location and game times. On the schedule will be all rules about your age division you are registered for.  Reminder: If there is a chance for rain we will update our main phone line at 402-398-1238 (2) hours before your designated workout or game.

10. Sunday September 5: Off for Labor Day Weekend  - Coaches, you will need to remind players that we will not be playing this weekend.
Indoor Circuit Status
Coaches, please encourage your players to come to circuits. Players will come to circuits as individuals and not as a team. These circuits are optional for the players and does not result in lost playing time if they do not attend.
INDOOR CIRCUITS:   The Speed & Agility, the Hitting, and the Pitcher/Catcher Bullpens are for players to improve their game. Players can choose to take part in the circuits or not based on their availability and come on their own to work out-not as a team. Players will not be penalized if they can not participate in these circuits or other team scheduled practices. Please communicate with your coach.
Ball Park Status
BALL PARK STATUS: When you are at the games, if your field is showing that concessions will be open-please do not bring outside food or coolers to the games. Please help to keep parks clean.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of a few things that are required of you to help make this season the best
Fall Ball season ever:

• Make sure your player has all the appropriate gear for games and practices, including a water
bottle, extra t-shirts, long sleeve liners, and a jacket as weather gets colder.
• Be on time to all practices and games.
• Players are expected to have their own equipment including catchers. If you need equipment, bring in this email and we will give you 20% off any in-stock equipment item. Make sure your equipment is clearly marked with your name. The Strike Zone is not responsible for any lost, stolen or forgotten item at the ball park or at the Strike Zone.
• Please be courteous to all players, coaches and parents around the field. Remember that when you are at the games, you are not only representing yourself. You are representing your family and your organization.
• Remember, umpires are in control of the games, players, coaches, and spectators. Be respectful to them.
• Make sure your coach is aware of any medical or special attention your player might need (i.e. asthma, diabetes, etc.) Coaches, ask parents as they are signing the Release Form to note if any medical concerns.

Report any concerns to Joe Siwa or
Teri Cissell via e-mail at: jsiwa@StrikeZoneOmaha.com or 

Additional Information
Strike Zone Fall Mini Camps are at a discounted rate for Fall Ball participants and are designed to help players of all ages and skill levels continue to improve their overall game. Mini Camps cover nearly all aspects of the game, from defensive play, pitching, catching and hitting courses. Strike Zone coaches will put players through these 45-60 minute camps with one goal in mind-to help dedicated players achieve their goals.  

Coaches, please encourage your players to come to the Fall Mini Camps. This is a great price for training. These training sessions are open to the public so if you have players on your spring team that are not playing Fall Baseball with us, they are welcome to sign up for them as well. Non Fall Ball participants will pay $35 per session which is still a great price!

Release Form
Coaches, you will need to get these signatures on your practice day. This Release Form will need to be turned into the Strike Zone prior to the start of games. Please click here for form.
This must be signed at the first practice.

You can find the full release policy online by clicking here.

Schedules and Rules
Schedules will be available on our website at www.strikezoneomaha.com. Competitive schedules will be updated weekly on Wednesdays, following the previous Sundays games. Rules at each park will be at the bottom of the schedules and must be followed accordingly.

Equipment
Competitive league players will be responsible for their own catcher’s gear and helmets. Players should bring their own bats and mitts with their names clearly marked on them.

Uniforms
The Strike Zone will provide caps and jerseys. Players will be responsible for gray pants, black belts, and black socks.
Coaches, you will hand out caps and jerseys at your practice to the players. Please pick up at the Strike Zone prior to your practice on August 22. We will send out an email to let you know when they are available for pick up. Baseballs will be picked up at that time as well.

Preparation and Appearance
It is important you arrive at the park dressed and ready to play ball. Arrive on time prepared with water, extra T-shirts, long sleeves, and a jacket. You never know who is watching.

Field Locations
Directions to all fields will be posted on schedules each week and will be emailed to you.

Be sure to follow the rules of each park, i.e. concessions, coolers, etc.

All Star Teams (Competitive League Only)
Coaches will nominate players that they think have earned the right to be selected to the annual Strike Zone Fall Ball All Star Team. Additional fee for the All Star Game will be required to play.

That's all for now! Sorry so long but I want to be as detailed as we can.

Thank you again for choosing Strike Zone Fall Ball.

Sincerely,
Joe Siwa & The Strike Zone Management Team
[Phone: (402) 398-1238] [Website: www.StrikeZoneOmaha.com]