Rules and Guidelines

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Good Sportsmanship Means Following the Rules

To ensure a quality leisure experience, please be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

Scheduled Usage

A specific time period and field can be scheduled for your activity. Please make sure that your usage complies with any reservations and that you cooperate with field users both prior to and following your activity.

Diamond Reservations

During the months of April to July, softball field #46 shall be set aside for community reservation during the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Wednesday. Please note that hours of availability may change due to time of sunset during spring and fall. This field may be reserved by either softball or baseball teams not affiliated with Little League or Ankeny Girls Softball. Affiliation shall be defined as being part of the official Little League or Girls Softball program at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex. Other selected times may be available after July.

During the months of April through October, baseball field #9 shall be set aside for community reservation during the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Please note that hours of availability may change due to time of sunset during spring and fall. This field may be reserved by baseball teams not affiliated with Little League. Affiliation shall be defined as being part of the official Little League program at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex.

Fees shall be as follows: $25/hour field and bases only and $45/hour for a fully marked, "game ready" field. Subject to availability, fields 16, 19, and 20 shall be made available for football or soccer teams not affiliated with the Iowa Rush or Ankeny Junior Football. Affiliation shall be defined as being part of the official Iowa Rush or Ankeny Junior Football program at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex. Fees shall be as follows for these fields: $25/hour field only and $45/hour for fully marked field (includes goals and lines).

Practice and Warm-up Guidelines

Do not hit or throw directly into fences. Use catchers during batting practice situations. No soft toss or batting drills will be allowed on the outfield turf at anytime. Please use batting cages or areas outside of fence. Observe turf conditions and rotate location of warm-ups and practice drills to avoid excess wear to the turf. Please stay off the foul line. No usage will be allowed on prepared fields by teams or individuals that are not scheduled on that diamond.

Cancellations

The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel all reservations and activities on diamonds due to inclement weather and/or diamond conditions. Diamond condition recordings will be available at 3:30 p.m. on weekdays by calling (515) 963-3575, option 4. Diamond conditions for weekend activities will be made as necessary and can be checked by calling (515) 963-3577, option 4.

Field Maintenance

All maintenance on diamonds must be performed under the direction of the Sports Field Coordinator. Unauthorized field maintenance is prohibited.

Field Preparation

Any league wanting to make up games must notify the Sports Field Coordinator of any make ups by noon of that day.

Parking

Parking is allowed in parking lot areas only. Vehicles are not allowed in turf or landscaped areas adjacent to ball diamonds. No campers or RV's will be allowed in the parking lot during events or overnight.

Trash and Litter

Please help the maintenance crew by making sure that your team picks up all trash and litter in their dugout following their game. Trash cans are located in every dugout and around each diamond.

Tobacco

Smoking and use of tobacco products is prohibited.

Pets

All pets must be on a leash. Pets are not allowed on fields at anytime.

Field Lights

Help conserve energy and keep down the operational costs at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex. Any field lights usage will first have to be approved by the Sports Field Coordinator. Use lights only when necessary for games and make ups. Field lights should not be used for 1 or 2 individuals; instead they should be used only for team game or scrimmage situations.

Inclement Weather

Many times inclement weather conditions develop after 3:30 p.m. when the field condition recording is issued. Team coaches are expected to use good judgment and common sense and avoid the use of diamonds during unsafe playing conditions. During any chance of lighting all spectator and participants will be asked to wait in their vehicle.

Diamond Condition Report

We would appreciate your assistance in identifying problems or unsafe field conditions that you observe. If you identify a situation on your field that needs corrected, please contact the Sports Field Coordinator at (515) 963-3577.

Facility Hours

Preferred Prairie Ridge Sports Complex usage hours are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Violations

Failure to comply with user guidelines may result in the loss of privileges.