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Spring Has Sprung At Norton Field

Posted by Andy Norton at Jan 28, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

 
OFF SEASON FIELD MAINTENANCE AND CONDITIONING HAS ELEVATED THE TIGER'S DIAMOND TO ONE OF THE BEST IN THE STATE 

With a winning season under his belt, Coach Eric McAfee is ready to be a competitive force in the 2012 season as he begins his second year as Douglas County High School’s head baseball coach.

“I am excited about the opportunities before us this season,” said McAfee. “We are returning five starters from last year and are starting to get some positional depth on our junior varsity squad that will help elevate us in the future.”

McAfee directed his squad to a 16-10 record as the Tigers re-established themselves as a contending force in the county and in a highly competitive region.

“The team and its facilities have improved at a rapid pace the last few years,” said Andy Norton, DCHS Tiger Dugout Club President. “I believe this is a direct result of the vision of Coach McAfee and school Principal Tim Scott.”

The Cedar Mountain Road facility is in its second year as home to the Tigers’ baseball teams. The Douglasville Bulls and the West Georgia Technical College Knights, both coached by former MLB player Todd Pratt, also call the field home.  Pratt, DCHS Assistant Coach Mike Wagner, and Douglasville Bulls’ players worked with the Tigers throughout the off-season to make some needed improvements to the facility.

“These two men have poured their heart and soul into this field, making it a showcase for the school and the community,” said Norton.  “Their leadership and sacrifice coupled with the dedication and phenomenal support of the parents and local business community will continue to bring success for years to come.”

In addition to the physical upgrades, the DCHS Tiger Dugout Club has worked to revamp its sponsorship program. One of the more affordable, yet personal and lasting ways the community can show their support is to purchase a brick paver that will be laid as a permanent fixture at Norton Field. DCHS Alumni, current students, businesses, family members, and faculty can easily order a commemorative brick for themselves or in honor of someone else. A 4”x8” brick is only $50.  Anyone interested in placing an order should go to www.bricksrus.com/order/dchstigers.

“Coaches can give their all, players can give their all, and parents can give their all, but community support is essential to the success of a program like ours. The brick pavers will represent the support the community has for the Tigers, and my goal is for Tiger walk to be filled with commemorative pavers,” said McAfee.

Pavers honoring current and former Tigers. 
The school budget does not even cover the cost of field maintenance; sponsorship money is needed to fill in the gaps, pay for umpires, uniforms, equipment and other expenditures for the team.  The sales from the brick pavers will go toward a baseball clubhouse for the players and other needed equipment and items that will better the program now and in the future.

Although Douglas County High School was the first school in the county, Norton Field is the first baseball-only field the school has called its own.  This year players have new collegiate-level dugouts with resurfaced benches, bat racks, helmet racks, water cooler racks, and a white board for coaches.  The bullpen section has been expanded and improved – there are now dual bullpen mounds so two pitchers can throw at a time and an observation area has been added so pitchers can watch the game comfortably.  Winter Rye was planted so the field will be green when the season starts, and the warning track will soon be resurfaced with 120 tons of materials donated by Vulcan and Lafarge.

With the dimensions of a major league field, it is the largest, most symmetrical field of all the high schools in the county – 400 feet to center, 385 feet in the gaps and 330 to each corner.  “The infield playing surface is of professional level and the on-field mound is of major league quality,” said Pratt.  “One of the Tigers’ goals is for Norton Field to be voted ‘Field of the Year’ for their class level.  And they are on their way there.”

“Having such a top-notch venue really gets the players and fans excited for the game,” said Wagner. “I’ve enjoyed working with Todd and the other volunteers – our efforts are starting to pay off.”

Wagner went on to say, “Because of the IB Program, we have players who reside in all parts of Douglas County. It is really satisfying to be able to offer them great playing conditions, a strong pitching program and a team whose future is bright.”

Please email dctigerbooster@gmail.com to find out about the wide range of available sponsorship opportunities.

 

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2014 Schedules

Posted by Andy Norton at Jan 14, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

2014 Varsity schedule at Maxpreps.com

2014 JV Schedule at Maxpreps.com

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2012 Summer Participation Fee

Posted by Andy Norton at Jan 12, 2012 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The participation fee for the 2012 baseball season is $300. You can now pay your activity fees either through check or PayPal.

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Winter Workouts

Posted by Andy Norton at Oct 31, 2011 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

All students interested in trying out for the 2012 DCHS Spring Baseball Team are invited to participate in winter workouts on the days and times listed below. All students must have a current sports physical on file with Coach McAfee in order to participate.

Mondays
4-5 p.m. - weight room
5-6 p.m. - baseball building batting cages

Tuesdays
4-5 p.m. weight room
JV pitchers in baseball building

Wednesdays
Varsity pitchers in baseball building

Thursdays
4-5 p.m. - weight room
5-6 p.m. - baseball building batting cages

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Fall Conditioning Schedule

Posted by Andy Norton at Aug 28, 2011 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Voluntary conditioning and fall practice is held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (4PM - 7PM) and Saturday (9AM-12PM). Pitchers and catchers should be working with Taylor Phillips on Wednesday immediately after school.

Should this fall schedule change for any reason, it will be communicated to the players and not always via a web posting nor by email.

Student athletes without a current physical on file with Coach McAfee cannot be allowed to participate. Former 2011 spring season players are all up-to-date. Freshmen players should provide Coach McAfee with a current physical.