Coaches Corner

This area of the Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League website is intended to provide all coaches and their assistants with “at-a-glance” information you will need to help you manage your teams and effectively communicate with each other.

Online Umpire Satisfaction Survey & Reporting of Scores

In 2020, we’re continuing with an online feedback loop by which coaches of both teams can provide league officials with their inputs about the umpire who oversaw their game. The intent of this survey is so the league can track and notify the head of umpires of the game umps who consistently do a really good or above average job officiating our games so we can request them over and and over again throughout the season.

Also, note that this form is to be used by you to report your game results in the designated area on the survey as indicated.

To access the survey after your games and report your scores, click here.

Team Contact Information

Team 1 – GreenCoach, Mike Killeen – Mobile: 617-828-2216; mikek1014@msn.com; Assistant Coach, Jeff Mullin – Mobile:  978-987-6007; jeff_mullin@hotmail.com 

Team 2 – Black: Coach, Sid Zimmerman – Mobile: 978-857-8481; sidzimm16727@gmail.com; Assistant Coach, Tom Remon – Mobile: 978-821-8111; tom_remon@ymail.com 

Team 3 – Red: Coach, John Ricciardone – Mobile: 978-853-4315; jricciardone@comcast.net; Assistant Coach, Sam White – Mobile: 508-360-5530; bucs32@gmail.com

Team 4 – Blue: Coach, Chris Wiklund – Mobile: 978-882-1741; cwik351@yahoo.com; Assistant Coach, Jake Kelly – Mobile: 781-299-1856; jtkelly04@yahoo.com  

Team 5 – Maroon: Coach, Roy Benjamin – Mobile: 781-439-8428; royabenj@gmail.com; Assistant Coach, Sal Mongiardo – Mobile: 816-885-4849; smongiardo@cerner.com

Team 6 – Navy: Coach, Eddy Kouyoumdjian – Mobile: 781-844-2711; electric.eddyk4@gmail.com; Assistant Coach, Eric Chisholm – Mobile: 781-706-5066; echisholm@yahoo.com; Assistant Coach, Mike Cuddy –Mobile: 914-548-5501; michaelcu@hotmail.com

League Equipment Manager

Sid Zimmerman – Mobile: 978-857-8481; sidzimm16727@gmail.com

Housekeeping Duties

Prior to the start of every game, it is the responsibility of the home team coach to provide the umpire assigned to work the game with two (2) new league-supplied softballs, and to also pay the ump ($42 per game) using the league-supplied funds given to the coaches by the Commissioner at the beginning of the season.

Additionally, it is the home team’s responsibility to carry the equipment (bats, bases, home plate, and pitching rubber) from and to the league’s equipment box at the start and end of every game, and to also make certain that the equipment box is securely locked prior to leaving the field at the end of the game.

Game Results Reporting

As noted above, coaches now need to provide the final score of their game played as part of the league’s new umpire survey form. Ideally, this should be done on the night that the game is actually played, but certainly no later than the Friday night of the week of the game in question.

Rainout Procedure & Umpire Contacts

As much as we would all like to have a rainout-free season, chances are that at some point over the course of the 15-week schedule Mother Nature will not cooperate with this desire.

If it has been raining heavily throughout the day of a scheduled game, or for several days in a row prior to a game, or the field conditions are such that playing a game will in any way be hazardous to the safety of all participants (e.g., standing water, massive puddles, very slippery field, etc.), then that night’s game needs to be postponed.

It is the responsibility of both coaches to contact each other in advance to discuss the situation. If they mutually determine that a game cannot be played, then the home team coach needs to contact Lou McGrath, the head of umpires, at 508-328-2714 (mobile), or mcgrathplumbing@verizon.net (use “Lynnfield Men’s Softball Rain Out” as your subject line), no later than 5:30 p.m. for games that start at 6:30 p.m., no later than 6 p.m. for games that start at 7 p.m., and no later than 7 p.m. for games that start at 8 p.m. Both coaches, of course, then need to notify their respective teams of the same decision, plus the Commissioner. A makeup game will then be scheduled.

In the unlikely event you cannot reach Louis McGrath for some reason, please then contact Roy Ballard, supervisor, at 781-223-0378, or roys4girls@yahoo.com, in his absence.

Additionally, in the event of a game postponement, the home team coach needs to notify Joe Maney (Mobile: 781-254-9706; joemaney@verizon.net) so he can revise the lighting schedule and not run the lights on an empty field.

Once a game has been started, and the weather conditions worsen or become dangerous (high winds, sudden downpour, lightning, etc.), it is the umpire’s decision to pull players off the field and either wait out the situation and continue playing afterwards if safe to do so, or suspend the game at that point if it’s apparent that conditions will not be improving anytime soon.

Field Permit

The Lynnfield Men’s Over-40 Softball League has a formal/official permit with the Lynnfield Recreation Commission that grants the league the right to play on the turf boys baseball diamond behind Lynnfield High School on Essex Street from May 5 through June 4, and the adult softball bump-out area on the turf multipurpose field from June 9 through August 28, starting at 6 p.m. (warm-ups) for games at the baseball diamond that have a 6:30 p.m. start time, at 6:30 p.m. (warm-ups) for games on the multipurpose field that have a start time of at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. (warm-ups) for games on the multipurpose field that have a start time of at 8 p.m.