Valley Wheel Baseball – Survey
We are looking for some feedback on our first season.  Constructive criticism is welcome.  If you have
a suggestion for improvement please include a proposed solution.  You can e-mail the survey back to
me or if you’d prefer to remain anonymous you can mail them to me at: Jim Nason, 51 Spence Street,
Springfield, MA 01104.
32% of the league responded to the Survey, here’s the results:
The median age of the league is 42, half are above and half of the league are
below.
1.  Overall, How much did you enjoy playing baseball this summer?
1 = no fun;   10 = more fun than I could have imagined.

10 – 42%    9 – 32%    8 – 26%       Average   9.16

2.  Do you plan on playing again next season? YES  100% NO  0%   
If you are not playing next season please tell us why?
3. What did you enjoy most about playing ball this season?
-Meeting other people who are passionate about the sport. Also playing in a league which became
more competitive with every week that went by.
-Playing for the sake of playing, and meeting a great bunch of guys.
-Reliving childhood memories, camaraderie with the other guys.
-Playing Baseball vs. Playing Softball
-I enjoyed the players on my team.  In general everyone got along very well and even when things went
wrong only a couple of players lost perspective on what this was all about.
-Seeing your vision for a new league materialize.
-I enjoyed all aspects including the competition and the camaraderie on the Team.
-Simply playing baseball again.  Competing.  
-Everything.
-I had not played for several years.  Facing live pitching and getting my swing back was a lot of fun.
-Meeting new people and just getting out to try the game again after 35 years.
-Making new friends and feeling like a kid again.
-Just playing baseball again.
-Getting to play again, getting that I’m eighteen again feeling, meeting a real good bunch of guys.
-Being part of something that only happens once a year and once a lifetime.
4.  What did you enjoy least about this season?
-If we played one game during the week and one on Sunday pitching arms were in short supply.
-Players from all the teams must respect the umpires and accept their strike zone as we all know
every umpire has their own zone and I would say each needs to figure out what that is within the first
inning or so and adjust and not complain.
-I wish I had been in better shape, and could have contributed more.  Next year, watch out! --I'm
already in training.
-I felt some people lost perspective on the fact that it was for fun.  I felt at times rules were
manipulated for the sake of winning, not the spirit of the rule.
-We had an occasional uncomfortable moment on our team with an attitudinal player. I was spoiled in
the Quabog league (who did a great job of weeding out such types). I would imagine this league will
do the same over time.
-Not winning the championship game!!!
-The only thing that I would mention is the condition of some of the fields.
-Getting hurt at the end of the season and some of the more serious attitudes.
-Injuries, sometimes poor playing fields.
-Rain outs, and not having a full roster at the end of the season.
-No complaints here.
5.  What improvements would you recommend the league make for next season?
-My feeling is that you did a great job coordinating everything especially when we had so many
rainouts.  My only thing I would like to see is the teams gets formed quicker so that the teams might
be able to have a few more practices before the first game of the year.
-I would not change anything.
-Don't be afraid to try new ideas. Most of us will support you, whatever you decide. The others will
come along too (just complain a little).  Thanks for a great first season. I am looking forward to
defending our title. Oops, we didn't win. Maybe this year.
-I would want the league to be sensitive to overall team size so playing time is maximized.   
-Hopefully there will be more players next season so we can add a few teams.  Starting the games
earlier would avoid having to call them due to darkness.
-Just a better rule on courtesy runners.
-One game a week either on Sun or weekday only.
- I would like to see night games under the lights on Sat or Sun or even weekday night game.
-Better fields, 7 innings AND "official" post game tailgating.
-We need to practice, esp. hitting!!  (At least I do)  
6.  For Sunday games, how would you rate the following game times?
4 = No problem at all, I can always play at this time  
3 = Sometimes this time would be good for me
2 = Sometimes this time would be bad for me
1 = Always a problem, I can never play at this time.
This is one of those “you can’t please everybody” questions.  I guess you could interpret three or two
as the glass being half full or half empty, but there were very few ones.  Most are available to play
anytime on Sunday.  The bottom line is we play when fields are available.
4                 3                2                1                Average
10:00 AM        41%           18%          29%          12%              2.88
1:00 PM          50%           22%          17%          11%              3.11
4:00 PM          71%           12%          12%            6%              3.47

7.  Are there any good fields that we should consider using?
-Somers Ct High School and rec fields with lights: Palmer, Thorndike and Holyoke.
-St. John’s field in Agawam.short left field fence but field is pretty well kept.
-There is also a nice field next to our condo (Hampden East Condos) which I always thought was part
of the church. A friend of mine told me the field was not affiliated with the church.
- Longmeadow High.
- Mittineague Park & Vets Field in West Springfield.
-Szot Park, Chicopee.
-JFK Middle School in Enfield.
-Fenway Park.
8.  There is a social aspect to the league. We enjoy each others camaraderie with the opportunity to
form lifelong friendships. Would you be interested in attending the following events?  
3 = Yes, I’d definitely attend and bring a guest.
2 = Yes, I’d definitely attend alone.
1 = No, I’m not interested in attending.

Top Shelf Banquet –  This is a chance for a night out of dinner and dancing to reward wives or
significant others for our time away from them and a chance to get together socially.  We could have a
guest speaker on a baseball subject.  Dress would be semi-formal (coat and tie for men) Location
would be someplace nice, for example The Barney Estate at Forest Park.  Approximate costs per
person: Dinner: Steak, Seafood, Chicken: $15; Band $5; Hall rental $10; Misc. costs $5, Total $35 per
person.
                                                                                                          3             2               1        Average
                             56%        13%        31%        2.25

Banquet – Same as above but not as nice a location, cost $25 per person.                  
                             56%        13%        31%        
2.25

League Picnic – On a Sunday after an afternoon ballgame, cost $10 per person, $20 per
family.   
                                                                                                        75%        19%          6%         2.69

League Picnic and Awards – After the Championship game, cost $10 per person, $20 per
family.    
                                                                                                       73%        20%          7%         2.67

Family Movie Night –  If we can find a suitable location with a big screen.  Something like “Field of
Dreams”, cost $5 per person, $10 per family.    
                                 38%           6%        63%        1.69

9.  Other comments:
-You did a really great job, Jim!!  I know it was a very difficult and emotional season for you in many
aspects, and I want to thank you for all your hard work.  I think the league was a success in its
inaugural year, and I am sure it will only continue to get better as time passes.  I think it would be
great if we were able to get post-game blurbs in the Spfld. paper and/or Masslive.com.  This would
help to create more awareness of the league.  I look forward to the Spring thaw to give it another go.
-Last year was an absolute blast. It was awesome! I appreciate the opportunity to act like a kid again!!
As you may recall, when I first talked with you, I hadn't played ball since I was about 18 years old
(some 25 years ago..). While I've been coaching kids for over 13 years, this Valley Wheel humbled me
back to reality and for that, I became a much more lenient, understanding manager...I had to practice
what I preached and I soon gained an appreciation for the most routine plays...Sometimes the mind
was willing but the body wasn't. Other times it was the reverse. While our record wasn't too good, I
met some really good guys that I consider as friends. We shared a lot of laughs and even more
beers...
-Look at playing more games during the weekday vs. the weekend, so we don't have to hear it from
the Wife.       Let's Play Ball!
-It was an absolutely great experience last year and I am really looking forward to getting out there
again in the spring.
-I also thought the Umpires (in general) did a very good job this year.
-I had a great time playing this year.   My manager….  I cannot say enough good things about him.  He
was always there to put the effort in and did a fantastic job.  I appreciate all the work you and the other
managers put in this season.
-All people involved in organizing the league did a great job!! Thank you.
-I made some good friends had a blast  though I now own stock in Advil  I cant wait fore spring to get
here, to mimic you – “Lets play ball!” .
- I had a blast playing.
-On a personal note, I always wanted to play ball again, but the excuses not to play were much too
easy to come by.  Nothing comes close to facing a pitcher and crushing his best effort, rounding
the bases and diving to make a great catch.  I also really enjoyed some of the post game hanging
out, as it was a great opportunity to make new friends, I thought we had the closest team in the
league and we really seemed to enjoy each other.  I want to thank you for giving me the
opportunity to do that again.   
I'm looking forward to playing again next year as much as my body and schedule will allow.
Thanks again, have a great off-season!
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