Today’s Journal Gazette newspaper announced the Lincoln Land of Sports, a $60 million sports complex, will be developed in Mattoon, IL. The complex will be located just west of I-57 and will cover nearly 96 acres.
The complex is planned to have the following facilities:
Indoors (126,000 sq. ft.)
8 basketball courts
16 volleyball courts
A family entertainment center
Outdoors (86 acres)
4 baseball/softball fields (300 ft. fence)
4 baseball/softball fields (400 ft. ence)
12 multipurpose turf fields
4 multipurpose grass fields
2,000 parking spaces
The goal is to attract traveling teams from Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. The center is projected to generate 580,000 visitors, more than $23.8 million in direct spending and more than 59,000 hotel room nights each year.
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The evolution and variation of rules across associations can cause pain points for umpires and coaches. In this episode, we look at NCAA rule 11.2.5 – Legal Position in the Batter’s Box and how it’s changed over the years, how it compares to non-NCAA associations, and the difficulties of implementing changing rules.
Congratulations to area schools that qualified for the state tournament via wins this past weekend! These schools will play on Friday, Sept. 24 at Champion Fields in Normal. Championship play will begin Saturday, Sept. 25 at 9:30am. A full game schedule is available on the IESA website.
Congratulations to local umpires and UICs working the state tournament this upcoming weekend! If you have free time Friday or Saturday, you are encouraged to support your fellow blues and watch some good ball games.
Though there have only been nine podcasts to date, the podcast has been downloaded nearly 900 times. Due to financial constraints, we’re making a minor change to the retention policy of those podcasts.
Currently, episodes remain active and available in perpetuity as long as the monthly subscription is active. Behind the Mask was intended as a supplement to the website, so we’ve never asked anyone to pay a subscription fee to listen.
Starting October 1, 2021, CISassigning will no longer pay for podcast hosting.
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The Spring 2022 varsity and junior varsity schedules for U-High have been posted for umpires to apply to games.
Games will start being assigned on Friday, September 10 in order for everyone to have a chance to get their names in. Umpires, please make sure your blocked dates in Arbiter are up-to-date. You may apply via Airtable, or by emailing me directly.
Currently, all U-High home games will be played at Fairview Park in Normal and are varsity/junior varsity doubleheaders. U-High does intend to add a few additional games which will be posted to the Open Games list.
The 2022-2023 major rules changes from the NCAA is now available on the Rules Changes page.
There are a number of files changes this year. Some are immediately applicable while others won’t take effect for a couple of years. Umpires, I encourage you to review these rules if you work NCAA or NJCAA contests. I’m sure assignors will discuss them more in-depth, but it never hurts to have a frame of reference for that discussion.