What is a Field Marshal?
A field marshal is intended to be a visible ‘presence’ on the fields so all AVYSL families will know that the league is observing behavior to ensure everyone ‘honors the game’ and follows PCA guidelines and the ’Game Day Expectations’.
Do I need to bring anything?
Yes -please wear weather appropriate clothes, bring a pen and your pre-filled Field Marshal Form
, and a time telling device. We highly recommend bringing water, comfortable shoes, and a sun hat. The form will ask you to observe and evaluate behavior of players, parents, and coaches during the games. You can view the Field Marshal form by clicking here. You will need to print out and pre-fill the “date”, “Field Marshal Name”, “Field Site”, “Field No”, “Game Time”, “Home Team Name”, and “Visitor Team Name” fields to take with you to complete your shift. You can find this information from the Fall Rec Game schedule.
What do I do when I get there?
The field marshal should arrive on time, collect FM gear from the field’s lock box (or previous FM), observe game(s) at site and collect information per the Field Marshal Form (provided in lock box), complete designated shift, then drop off the form to one of our 2 drop off addresses to recieve credit for service (details provided on form). There are boxes for this purpose on the front porch at each address. Please do not put forms in the mailboxes. You can also email a digital copy of your form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can not mark you complete for your shift until we receive your completed forms.
In addition to walking the fields during games to observe behavior, please request that litter be properly disposed of in a trash container or taken from field by team, and if you are the last FM shift (see Field Marshal Schedule
to tell) make sure the team leaders have correctly locked away all equipment.
What if it’s Raining?
Rain alone does not cancel the game. Games can be played in the rain, and FMs are expected to complete their shifts in any weather condition where the games are still being played. AVYSL does have a process for cancelling games due to field conditions and extreme weather. Click here to check current field status.
What’s in the Lock Box?
There will be a FM vest(keep in mind that neon is back in style), a field map, extra Field Marshal forms and contact sheet for your reference at each site. If there is a need for medical or police presence, the emergency and non-emergency contact numbers are included on the contact list, and please also contact the AVYSL President or Vice President immediately if medical or police assistance is requested.
Note: The field marshal is not expected to confront anyone should inappropriate behavior occur, but should provide as much information as possible on the form so the League can take appropriate action, when necessary.
Thank you for your service to our league. We are hopeful that using Field Marshals will help AVYSL hold all members of our community to a high standard of behavior for the good of all. Have a great Fall season!