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Important Notice Regarding Field Status Updates

The field status updates will be ONLY available throught the Facebook page link provided here: http://www.facebook.com/SPFFields

The field status is updated by three different entities: Scotch Plains township, the Fanwood township and the Board of Education. The accurate status of the closures of the fields is available only at the link provided above.

Field Status now available online on Facebook

Facebook page has been introduced for providing field status updates for Scotch Plains recreation department and Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education fields. The field status will be available through both the ball field hotline and the Facebook page through 2014 and will switch to the online mode only in 2015. The link is provided below:

http://www.facebook.com/SPFFields

Field Status now available online on Facebook

The recreation department has introduced a Facebook page for providing field status updates. The field status will be available through both the ball field hotline and the Facebook page through 2014 and will switch to the online mode only in 2015. The link is provided below:

http://www.facebook.com/SPFFields

Ball Field Hotline Number @ 908-322-6700, 226
If in Doubt, Please Check It Out
 
Coaches are expected to check the hotline in the event of inclement weather or if prior rains have resulted in wet grounds. The hotline is updated by 3:00 pm on weekdays and by 7:00 am on weekends by Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation. Field jurisdiction and the SPFSA field closing policy is detailed in the Field Information link.
Reminder: Goal Frames Must be Anchored
Coaches, Trainers, Referees Required to Check Daily

All SPFSA personnel are reminded that all full-sided and small-sided goal frames must be anchored to the ground for safety purposes. Goal frames on natural grass fields are equipped w/ ground stakes tethered to the frame while those on synthetic turf are anchored w/ sand bags. Games and practices should not proceed until the proper anchoring of the goals is confirmed.

Important Safety Reminder
Thunder & Lightning Warrants Immediate Shutdown

Coaches, players and parents are reminded that the first sign of thunder or lightning mandates that all soccer activity be shutdown. Participants should find shelter in buildings or motor vehicles and remain there for at least 15 minutes beyond the last rumble of thunder or final bolt of lightning. There are no exceptions to this rule. Our field partners and our insurer expect  this safety policy to be honored at all times. 

Please Practice Good Field Courtesy
Litter and Dogs are Consistent Offenses
 
The Municipalities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood and the BOE remind parents, players and coaches that dogs are absolutely prohibited from all fields and parks. They also request that all litter and water bottles be put in receptacles at the end of games and practices. Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is also strictly prohibited.
SPFSA Gives 'Props' to Steve's Towing
Local Businessman Donates Services; Moves Goalframes Every Season

Fanwood resident Steve Spagnuolo, owner of Steve’s Towing, is once again providing his services for free to the SPFSA. As field permits are awarded each season and field configurations are then devised for players ranging in age from 4-17, various sized goal frames typically need to be shuffled from one venue to another. Steve’s has been helping the SPFSA for as long as anyone can remember and is absolutely resolute in refusing payment for the use of his flatbed trucks or his drivers’ time.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of this club. Next time you attend a game, think not only of the coaches giving of their time, but of the dads who line the fields and of the local businessman that assures that your child has a goal at which to shoot. Thanks.

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