In an effort to further improve and maintain the Gumpert Baseball Complex, the WBL is continuing the Gumpert Field Initiative for the Spring season. This program originated in 2013 and requires families of 5th and 6th grade WBL players to volunteer time or money as a condition of player participation. This program, which has been successfully implemented in neighboring towns, is limited to families with players currently enrolled in the 5th or 6th grade (as these children play all of their spring in town games at the Gumpert fields as members of the Majors and International Leagues).
The Gumpert Field Initiative will be initiated through the player registration process. With the registration of each 5th or 6th grade player for spring in town baseball, each family will be required to deposit $100, which amount would be refunded at the conclusion of the spring in town season if each family completes 5 hours of volunteer effort at the Gumpert Baseball Complex during the season. Refund amount will be prorated for less than 5 hours of effort. Volunteer duties will be posted by the WBL Gumpert Field Coordinator and will include: staffing the snack shack, working the scoreboards, lining fields before games, raking/dragging fields before and after games and general field maintenance/improvement items. If a family chooses not to volunteer, the $100 will be used by the WBL to hire outside services to complete all assignments and any other needed improvements.
The goal of the WBL and implementing the Gumpert Field Initiative is to maintain and continue to improve the fields for the benefit, safety and enjoyment of Westfield youth baseball players. Similar programs have been successfully implement in some neighboring towns. While the Town of Westfield and the WBL have made improvements over recent years at the Gumpert Complex, additional work is needed.
Additional information and instructions for signing up for specific duties will be sent when available.