Hello CT Rams Parents! My name is Nick DiMuzio (I am aware most of you know my very well by now, but I figured I should be formal), I am assisting Rita and Kara in managing the CT Rams from a logistical and planning standpoint. I will be sending notifications, helping coordinate things and helping answer off the field questions for the team. My goal is to allow Rita and Kara to focus on the girls, the team, player development and putting a successful team on the field.
We plan to hold at least 2 practices per week (sometimes 3 if there are no games scheduled). Field space will be an issue in fall for various reasons, so as of now our locked in practice time will be Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 8:15pm. This week we also have the field from 6pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday (tomorrow, 9/3). We are working on securing an additional night and then will add in other extra practices as the coaches see fit.
We will have games scheduled (many will be double-headers) throughout the Fall season, although early on the focus will be practice. Stay tuned for games to be added to the schedule.
Scheduling & Conflicts
We do realize (and encourage) the girls to play other sports during the fall season, and as such we understand there will be conflicts. If you could each send me your daughter’s sports schedule for her other team(s) during the fall, that would be greatly appreciated.
We are planning 2 tournaments this fall:
October 19-20 – USSSA Spooktacular @ Fast Pitch Nation Park (FPN Park) in Windsor, CT
November 2-3 – USSSA Fall Finale @ Fast Pitch Nation Park (FPN Park) in Windsor, CT
Although while not mandatory during the fall season, we are hoping that your daughter is able to break away and attend these events. If she can’t, it’s okay… but please let us know ASAP by replying to this email.
Schedule Management and Game Scoring Apps:
I highly suggest you download and use the ‘Sports Signup Play App’. This app is directly connected to our live schedule, and RSVP system. To use the app, login using your New Canaan Softball login details (you may need to log in and out and back in to get the new team to show up):
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sportssignup-play/id1048786895
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.siplay.android_siplay&hl=en_US
While the Sports Signup Play App is what we are recommending for now, we are also testing the team management capabilities of another app called “Team Manager”. ‘Team Manager’ is the soon to be replacement for ‘GameChanger’. I plan on working with our team scorers to test the ‘GameChanger’ replacement, as such you should expect to receive an invite to that app once I finish setting the team up. You can download ‘Team Manager’ here:
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dicks-team-manager/id1308415878
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gc.teammanager&hl=en_US
Uniforms (and practice attire)
We will be ordering basic jerseys to be used for both practices and games during the fall. Please send me your daughters shirt/jersey size no later then Thursday September 5th (youth S-L, ladies S-L). We need the girls to wear plain black softball pants for the fall season.. if you do not have them, please pick a pair up this week.
We will be ordering full uniforms for the Spring/Summer this winter and will be in touch later in the fall to get the ball rolling on those.
For practices until the fall jerseys are in, please wear any athletic fitting top along with softball pants.
As we move into the fall, we will be reaching out looking for parent volunteers for a variety of roles for the CT Rams.
There will be additional information coming your way in the near future, for now I wanted to get the above to you before we start practices.
Just to recap action items:
- Send Shirt / Jersey Sizing
- Ensure you have black softball pants, or pick a pair up ASAP
- Practice this week Tuesday / Wednesday
- Send other sport(s) fall schedule
- (2) Tournament dates, check other sports schedule, let me know if you can attend
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Nick DiMuzio (on behalf of the CT Rams, Rita and Kara)