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GMBL Family,

 

Despite recent stories in the news, the City of Manassas is still planning to sell the land that houses GMBL’s home, the EG Smith Complex.  Micron still has 2 years left on their exclusive right to buy the complex.  However, if they decide not to purchase the land, the City still plans to sell the fields.  Over the years we have created many memories at the complex and while it will be upsetting to lose the complex we have been working hard behind the scenes with the City of Manassas, Prince William County, Prince William County Public Schools and Stanley Martin and are hopeful that we have come up with a resolution where our complex can be moved together as one.  In order to accomplish this, we need your help

 

This situation presented an opportunity for Stanley Martin to incorporate something into the Kline Property application that addresses a significant public need – a new complex for GMBL.  Stanley Martin has been exploring ways to reduce the size of their original project in order to free up enough land to create a baseball & softball complex that could be used by GMBL.  After a great deal of discussions with representatives from the above entities, Stanley Martin was able to create a 45 acre elementary school and baseball/softball complex (20 acres for the school and 25 acres for the complex) that is shown on the attachment.  GMBL would have exclusive rights to the complex.  On November 30, 2022 the Prince William County Planning Commission will review the Kline Property Rezoning Application and will make a recommendation to the Board of County Supervisors to either approve or deny the application. 

 

The Baseball/Softball Complex will consist of the following components:

  • 2 60/90 Baseball Fields for 13u and up
  • 4 Baseball/Softball Fields – convertible for softball and baseball 12u and under
  • 1 rectangular field on the school property - +/-400’ L x 200’ W (potentially 2 diamonds within)
  • 2 Maintenance / Restroom Buildings (1 near playground, 1 south end of diamond fields)
  • 1 Concession Stand / Restroom Building (centered around diamond fields)
  • Playground adjacent to the existing silos that will kept (~9000 SF)
  • ~400 Parking Spaces
  • Space to expand to add another field

 

This component assumes that the facility can be constructed with the budget that is being set by the City of Manassas and Prince William County.  As we go through the process, we will update the program based on their feedback. 

 

The Kline Property Rezoning Application has been in the process for a very long time and has seen many iterations.  We believe that that the current plan is good for the community because it provides needed housing, a modest amount of retail space, land for the new elementary school that PWCS plans to open in 2030, and land for a new baseball complex.  As the application has changed over time, some in the community have preconceived notions about its impacts and are not supportive of the project.  These people will make their concerns heard at the Planning Commission meeting with the hopes that the Planning Commissioners will choose to not support the project.

 

The only way for the Planning Commission to understand how impactful this project is to the GMBL community is for the GMBL community to show up at the Planning Commission Hearing and speak on the behalf of the project.  They need to hear from parents, current players, past players, family members, etc.

 

Each speaker is given 3 minutes to speak, and those expressions of support can be framed as follows:

 

  • I play baseball for GMBL and this is what it means to me…
  • I played baseball for GMBL and this is what the experience meant to me…
  • I support the Kline Property Application because I support having a place for GMBL to play.
  • I support youth sports because….

 

If this project is as important to you as it is to GMBL, we need a large turnout.  It would be great to be able to identify our supporters, so we would encourage everyone to wear their GMBL jerseys or other baseball/softball gear. 

 

As we mentioned above, the Planning Commission Public Hearing will be on November 30th at 7:00 PM in the Board Chambers at 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192.  Speakers will need to show up early to sign up and then wait in the Board Chambers for the Public Comment Time for the application.  We are hopeful everyone can be there between 5:00pm – 6:00pm however please come when you can.

 

We plan to have a virtual Town Hall meeting closer to the meeting to discuss the project and answer any questions you may have.  Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page for information on this and spread the word.  


by posted 11/11/2022
CPR / AED Certification for Coaches

Dear GMBL League Coaches,

GMBL has been offered an amazing opportunity to share with you reduced cost CPR/AED training through Florian CPR, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide low-cost CPR certification to Manassas area volunteers.  The organization was founded this July when our own GMBL Senior Babe Ruth League Member, Steven Smith, was saved by teammate, Paul Dow, after a freak accident during baseball practice as the team prepared for their Southeast Regional appearance.  Their story made Local, State, National and International news.   If you have not heard about the miracle, you can find the story link below as published by Babe Ruth Headquarters and local Inside NOVA:

Babe Ruth HQs Article

Inside NOVA Article

GMBL strongly encourages all league members to be CPR/AED certified as volunteers.  Do you want to Learn CPR?  Now is your chance! Florian CPR wants to help you. They will certify you in the life saving skills of CPR and the proper use of the AED for just $21.

Go to www.savewithcpr.org to learn more about them, sign up for a class or donate

All instructors and staff are volunteers.  The $21 pays for equipment, instructional supplies and your certification with the National Safety Council.  CPR and AED training saves lives.  Simply select the $21 – Volunteer Coach Pay for Yourself Option on the Class Sign-In, identify yourself as a GMBL Coach/Volunteer.  

Sign up today!  You never know when you may be able to save a life tomorrow!

Thanks,

Your GMBL Board of Directors


by posted 02/01/2017
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