In Game Operations:
During a softball game you must find workers to run the scoreboard, announce the game, take stats, play music, take photos, take live camera feed, commentate the game on radio and online, and update live scores. First, someone must run the scoreboard. This person is in charge of updating the score, balls and strikes, inning, and player at-bat. This job is important because it keeps the fans updated on what is happening in the game. The next job you must fill is the announcer. The announcer is in charge of welcoming all of the fans to the ballpark, reminding them of ballpark rules, announcing starting line-ups, announcing each player, announcing the result of each half inning, and announcing all substitutions. Next, someone has to take stats and this person is the official when deciding between an error and a hit and recording all of the stats from that game. The person is in charge of music is responsible for playing warm-up music before the game, the national anthem right before the game, and music between half innings. Next role needing to be filled is the management of the live camera for the online video feed of the game. The person running the camera must follow the ball around the field when it is hit or thrown to show the action of the game to the people watching online. In conjunction with the live video feed someone must fill in with live commentary. It helps to have two people commentating, of person is the play by play or what is happening on the field, so people listening on the radio or online are able to follow the action. Another individual provides the color commentary and talks about different softball related items during the dead time of the game. Finally, the last post that must be filled is updating live scores online. This person adjusts an online scoreboard, to help keep people updated while watching the scores from another area.
For the post-game management it is the exact opposite as pre-game management. Post-game management is putting the field to rest and making sure it is in good shape for the following day. The first thing that you have to do after a game is rake the whole field and make sure that it is smooth. If the field is not raked after the game the holes and bumps on the field will become hard dirt which will make it harder to rake out and the field will not play as well for the fielders. When you are raking around the home plate area and pitching mound it would be best to put clay in the areas that are low so everything will be even.
It would be smart to tarp the mound and home plate after the games as well. In case of rain, tarping the whole field would help because it would keep all of the water off the field, making it easier to make playable the following day or when it stops raining. Also having some turface and diamond-dry available would be a good back up plan if the field would have gotten wet and would help it dry faster. The main idea with pre-game and post-game management is to be able to make sure the field is playable. The more playable and quality the field is, the smoother the game will go.
Emergency Safety Plan
If inclement weather would ever approach the Indianapolis area Marian University trainers and staff will be in communication and watching the radar to plan the next plan of action. If a thunderstorm is approaching Indianapolis spectators will be asked to return to their vehicles if there is a chance that the game might resume. This announcement will be made from the intercom so that all spectators know what is going on. If the radar shows no sign of the storm ending soon, the game will be cancelled and spectators will be told to return to their vehicles and exit the university. A date and time will be made shortly for reschedule information.
Players of the opposing team, during a thunderstorm will be escorted to the PE center until further information is available. Marian University players will return to the clubhouse. If a tornado is a threat in the Indianapolis area then all players and spectators will be escorted to the PE center basement until the storm cell carrying that tornado has passed. After the storm has passed a decision will be made if the game should resume or if the game will be rescheduled for a later date.
In a rare case of a terrorist threat or threat of a gunman, all spectators will be asked to evacuate the campus immediately. In a terrorist attack case, all players will be asked to evacuate campus and go to the nearest safe area. In the case of a gunman, the opposing team will evacuate campus immediately and return back to their school and Marian University student will be commanded to return to their dorms and lock the door until further notice. With terrorist or gunman threats, the event will automatically be canceled. In case of an emergency involving a spectator or player a trainer will be in attendance at every event to provide first aid services and MU police department will be contacted immediately so that they can be in direct contact with the ambulance.