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Address

Jimmy John’s Field
7171 Auburn Road, Utica, MI 48317

United Shore Professional Baseball League Front Office
400 Water Street, Suite 250 Rochester, MI 48307

Advertising

For rates and information regarding signage, print, in-ballpark advertising and promotional opportunities, please contact the USPBL Front Office at (248) 601-2400.

Alcoholic Beverages

Fans may not bring alcoholic beverages into or out of the ballpark. Guests purchasing alcohol at USPBL games must show proof of legal drinking age. The USPBL and Jimmy John’s Field reserve the right to deny the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Animals & Pets

Seeing-eye dogs and/or assistance dogs are allowed into Jimmy John’s Field. No other animals are permitted with the exception of designated pet events.

Baby/Toddler Tickets

Children 3 years of age and under (“lap children”) do not need a ticket to enter the ballpark. However, a ticket must be purchased if this child will be occupying a seat.

Banners/Signs

Banners containing advertising are strictly prohibited within the ballpark without prior consent from USPBL management. Fans can display a sign only if it is in good taste and does not pose as an inconvenience to other fans. Nothing may be hung over the field side railing where it may interfere with the game.

Baseball Tryouts

United Shore Professional Baseball League Open Tryout

The United Shore Professional Baseball League will embark on its second season after a wildly successful 2016 campaign. Nine (9) USPBL players had their contracts purchased by MiLB clubs and five (5) USPBL players were named to Baseball America’s top prospects for Independent baseball.

USPBL will be holding tryouts for our 2017 season at Jimmy John’s Field, April 27-29th. Tryout participants will be evaluated by all USPBL Managers and staff. In 2016, the USPBL signed over 30 players from our inaugural tryout.

Evaluations will include:

  • 60 yard dash time (position players).
  • Catchers pop time.
  • Pitchers velocity.
  • Batting practice (position players).
  • Simulated games.

Our season begins May 11th and concludes September 10th, 2017. The USPBL offers customized programs to help accelerate player development which include:

  • USPBL & DVS throwing program that allowed for 1200+ innings pitched without an injury.
  • Our USPBL pitching staff averaged an increase of 1.4 MPH during the 2016 season.
  • Customized hitting programs including BATS video breakdown.

Players must be at least eighteen years old (18), been born on or after January 1, 1991 and a United States Citizen. No player may have attained the age of twenty six (26) prior to January 1, 2017. Please note that players with college eligibility remaining should check with their school compliance office before registering.

Register:  2017 TRYOUT REGISTRATION

USPBL Front Office – 248-601-2400

Baseball Operations email: uspbltryout@uspbl.com

Basic Info:

Cost:                      $175

Location:             Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road Utica, MI 48317

Check In:             April 26th, Jimmy John’s Field 7171 Auburn Road Utica, MI 48317

April 27th:            Position Player Skill Assessment and Pitcher Assessment

April 28th:            Breakout Groups- Morning and Afternoon Sessions

April 29th:            Simulated Games- Morning and Afternoon Sessions

USPBL tryout questions and general baseball operations questions can be submitted to uspbltryout@uspbl.com

Birthday Parties

Birthday party packages include a minimum 10 tickets, ballpark food options, special appearance by a mascot, as well as the Birthday Boy/Girl’s name on the video board. For more information, call 248-601-2400 ext. 4 or email groups@uspbl.com

Blankets

Blankets are permitted at Jimmy John’s Field.

Concession Areas

Concession stands are located all along the concourse area and kiosks are located throughout the ballpark.

Directions to Jimmy John’s Field

Jimmy John’s Field is located at 7171 Auburn Road in Utica, Michigan. For more information on how to make your trip to Jimmy John’s Field quick and easy, check out our directions page by clicking here.

Elevator

Jimmy John’s Field is equipped with one elevator for public use, located inside the ballpark’s Main Entrance located at the corner of Auburn Road and Moscone Drive. The elevator provides access to the upper level concourse and Founder’s Level Suites. Suite admittance is limited to suite holders, USPBL staff members and concessions staff.

Employment Opportunities

Open positions:

FOOD AND BEVERAGE APPLICATION

GAME DAY OPERATIONS APPLICATION

EMAIL APPLICATIONS TO: employment@uspbl.com

Exchanges

There are absolutely NO refunds or exchanges once a ticket has been purchased.

Fan Behavior

Persons using obscene or abusive language, or engaging in any anti-social conduct offensive to those around them will be asked by USPBL personnel to cease this misconduct or be subject to ejection from Jimmy John’s Field.

Fan Interference

Fans are not allowed to interfere with a ball in play or trespass onto the playing field. Interference and trespassing are strictly prohibited by USPBL policy. Persons who violate this ordinance are subject to ejection and/or arrest and prosecution.

First Aid

Basic first aid, staffed by trained personnel, is located at the Guest Services kiosk near the ballpark’s main entrance.  In the event of an emergency, please contact a USPBL staff member or security personnel immediately and make your way to the Guest Services kiosk.

Food and Beverage

Fans are not allowed to bring any outside food or beverages into Jimmy John’s Field. This includes birthday cakes and any other food.

Foul Balls

Fans may keep foul balls. However, fans must not enter the playing field to retrieve balls or otherwise interfere with balls in play. Stay alert for foul balls, bats or broken bat fragments which could land in the seating area.

Front Office

The USPBL main office is located at 400 Water Street, Suite 250 in Rochester, MI. The office will be closed during games. For any questions, fans should call (248) 601-2400, email to info@uspbl.com or visit our website at www.uspbl.com.

Game Duration

USPBL games are typically around 2 to 3 hours long.

Gates Open

The gates to Jimmy John’s Field open at 6:00 pm for night games and at 12:30 pm for day games. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy pre-game events and festivities. Jimmy John’s Field amenities are available once the gates open.

Gift Cards

Cards are available in any amount, and may be obtained by calling (248) 601-2400. Gift cards can be redeemed for ticket purchases, based on availability.

Giveaway Items

Promotional items or “give-aways” are available on select game dates to fans with a valid, paid ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of one item per guest.

Group Outings

Group ticket packages start at just 10 tickets! For more information, please visit www.uspbl.com, or call the Group Sales Department at (248) 601-2400 ext. 4 or email to groups@uspbl.com.

Guest Services

The Guest Services kiosk, located near the main entrance to the ballpark, provides lost and found, first aid, directions and questions & answers for Jimmy John’s Field and the USPBL.

Internships

USPBL has internships in a variety of departments, from operations, to sales, to marketing. Spaces are available for the upcoming year. For more information, please e-mail internships@uspbl.com. Please include a resume and cover letter.

Lawn Seating/Grass Berm Seating

Blankets only on the lawn. No lawn or beach chairs permitted.

Level of Play/Affiliation

The United Shore Professional Baseball League is an independent professional baseball league featuring four teams that will be playing in the 2017 season.  USPBL players are comprised of recently graduated college baseball players from top-level programs around the country. The quality of the players is very high, and the league is scouted regularly by major league teams, with 9 players being signed by major league organizations in 2016.

Lost and Found

During games, items/articles turned in may be claimed at the Guest Services kiosk. To inquire about lost items after game days, please contact the USPBL Front Office at (248) 601-2400 or email to info@uspbl.com.

Lost Children/Companions

Safety at Jimmy John’s Field is a top priority for the USPBL. We suggest that a parent or guardian place the ticket stub in their child’s pocket in order to assist staff in locating their parties. USPBL security staff, ushers and management will help in locating a lost child or companion. All concerns should be directed to the Guest Services kiosk.

Lost/Stolen Tickets

Please remember that game tickets are like money and should be secured at all times. Lost or stolen tickets can only be reprinted for the account holder, with a valid photo ID. Tickets that can be verified as lost, stolen or not received may be reprinted and must be held for pickup on game day. No reprinted tickets will be mailed. All reprinted tickets are issued at the sole discretion of the USPBL. For more information, please contact the USPBL Front Office at 248-601-2400.

Mascots

Lancelot, Ribbi, Buzz and Woolly can be seen throughout the games and will often make special appearances at pre-game picnics and birthday parties. They also are available for many community appearances. For more information, contact us at info@uspbl.com.

Merchandise

Team Merchandise kiosks are located throughout Jimmy John’s Field, available on game days. Merchandise can also be purchased online at www.uspbl.com.

Official Game

A game is considered official after four and a half innings of play or five full innings if the home team is losing at the time of the delay.

Parking

Game parking is free of charge in area public parking lots located in the city of Utica. Spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis. Season ticket holders, Suite holders and Diamond Table holders will receive preferred parking passes for the entire season, which entitles them to park in one of the VIP lots located near the ballpark.

PARKING MAP

Photography

Fans are welcome to bring cameras into Jimmy John’s Field and may take pictures from their seats during the game. Any resale of the photography for any commercial purpose is strictly prohibited. The team name, logos and player likenesses are all copyrighted material. Tripods are not permitted in the ballpark without a press credential.

Rain Out Procedure

If the game is OFFICIALLY cancelled, postponed or suspended, which means the game never started or we failed to complete an official game, please keep your ticket stubs with that game’s date. Rainout tickets may be used for a similar ticket location to a scheduled make-up or restart of a suspended game or may be exchanged for any remaining regular season USPBL game during this season at Jimmy John’s Field, based on availability. All tickets are based upon availability, and are valid for an equal, or lesser value, ticket. No full or partial refunds will be given for a difference in ticket price. Redeem your tickets early once you know what game you would like to attend to avoid that game being sold out.

In order for a ticket exchange to take place, the tickets must be presented in person to the ticket Box Office at the time the transaction is taking place. Exchanges can be done in person at the box office or through the mail. If you mail your tickets, please be sure to include your contact information and top three game choices as well as seating preference. You will be contacted by a USPBL representative when the tickets are received.

Tickets can be mailed to:
United Shore Professional Baseball League

Attn: Box Office
400 Water Street, Suite 250
Rochester, MI 48307

In most instances, a game cancelled, postponed or suspened due to weather will be made up as part of a double header. You are NOT REQUIRED to use your tickets for the make-up game. We give you the opportunity to choose any remaining date that fits your schedule, based on ticket availability. If you choose not to attend the make-up game, your tickets from the cancelled, postponed or suspended game need to be exchanged with our ticket box office for the new date. We cannot guarantee the same exact seat location for the new date.

If you have any questions, our Box Office email is boxoffice@uspbl.com and the Box Office phone number is (248) 759-5278.  The Box Office is located at Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road, Utica, MI 48317.

Restricted Items

In the interest of safety, the following items may not be brought into Jimmy John’s Field:

  • Alcohol
  • Bottles, cans or any liquid containers of any kind
  • Backpacks (drawstring bags are allowed)
  • Chairs (lawn chairs, beach chairs and other portable chairs with the exception of wheelchairs)
  • Glass, cans, aluminum bottles or thermoses
  • Laser pens
  • Mono/tripods or other professional camera equipment
  • Video cameras or other equipment designed for the sole purpose of video and/or audio recording
  • Drones
  • Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Baseball bats of any size
  • Air horns or other distracting noisemakers
  • Projectiles (e.g., Frisbees or beach balls)
  • Aerosol cans (e.g., mace, pepper spray, hairspray or sunscreen)
  • Fireworks
  • Visible obscene, indecent or inappropriate clothing

Security

Safety is a top priority for the USPBL. Security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of all guests. Security personnel will be present throughout Jimmy John’s Field and parking lots before, during and after all games. If a security personnel is needed at any time during the game, please see a USPBL representative at our Guest Services kiosk or seek out a ballpark employee.

Smoking Policy

Jimmy John’s Field is a smoke free workplace and venue. Guests wishing to smoke may do so only in the ballpark’s designated smoking area. The designated smoking area will open at the end of the first inning during each game. No smoking is allowed in the stands or around the concourse.

Stadium Re-Entry

Guests are not permitted to leave Jimmy John’s Field and return on the same ticket.  Re-entry will be permitted only in the case of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, please see security personnel prior to exiting the ballpark.

Tailgating

Tailgating is prohibited in surrounding parking lots operated by Jimmy John’s Field before, during or after events.

Tickets

Season ticket and group ticket information may be obtained at www.uspbl.com, by calling (248) 601-2400 or by emailing tickets@uspbl.com or groups@uspbl.com.

In Person:  The Box Office is located at Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road in Utica, MI. The Box Office is open 10am – 6pm Monday – Friday and from 10am until the end of the game on game days.

By Phone:  The Box Office phone number is  (248) 759-5278, or you can email to boxoffice@uspbl.com

Umbrellas

Umbrellas are permitted in Jimmy John’s Field; however, an umbrella may only be used if, when opened, it provides protection only to the Guest holding it and does not interfere with other Guests’ enjoyment of the game or compromise other Guests’ ability to view the game. Large and/or golf umbrellas are not permitted in the Stadium. Guests may be asked to close their umbrella if it is obstructing the view of other Guests.

Unused Ticket Exchange

The USPBL Ticket Exchange program is for season ticket mini plans only (25+ games). If for any reason a mini plan holder is unable to attend a game in their package, they have the option to redeem these unused tickets for a future USPBL game within the same season. These tickets can be exchanged at the box office, with your USPBL sales representative, or by calling 248.759.5278. Tickets must be exchanged 48 hours prior to the game in which the holder is not going to attend. Tickets are based on availability so please redeem unused tickets early.

Weather

The United Shore Professional Baseball League has every intention of playing each game, even when the weather forecast may be calling for rain. Jimmy John’s Field’s playing surface includes state-of-the-art drainage in the outfield and an oversized tarp to cover the infield dirt. This combination allows the USPBL a great chance to play ball regardless of the amount of rain that might fall prior to a game. The Jimmy John’s Field grounds crew will be hard at work to maintain and prepare the field for each and every game. A decision to play, suspend, cancel or postpone will NOT be made prior to the scheduled start time of any game, and a game’s start time will more likely be delayed before an official decision is made. This is done to allow for additional time to evaluate the weather forecast for the Utica area.

There is NO SET TIME for the cancellation or postponement of a game due to weather. Each weather situation is different and includes unique variables and circumstances. Anytime weather is an issue, we weigh factors that include the amount of rain the field has already absorbed and future forecasts, including likelihood of future rain, possible rain duration, and the severity of additional weather. The decision to cancel or postpone a game due to weather is made with these, and many other, factors in mind. The most important factor we consider is the safety of our fans and the players. When weather is an issue we make decisions that are in the best interest of the majority of those with tickets. We understand that each fan with a ticket to a game also has unique circumstances. Weather, good or not, is a factor to consider with an outdoor entertainment option, such as USPBL baseball.

Please keep in mind weather forecasts in our area (TV and radio) are intended to cover an area of well over 100 square miles. We utilize multiple sources, including a professional weather service and radar, to pinpoint the weather at our specific location in downtown Utica to receive forecasts specific to our location. It may very well be raining at your house, but be sunny with blue skies at the ballpark.

IF THE GAME DOES GET CANCELLED OR POSTPONED, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If the game is OFFICIALLY cancelled, postponed or suspended, which means the game never started or we failed to complete an official game, please keep your ticket stubs with that game’s date. Rainout tickets may be used for a similar ticket location to a scheduled make-up or restart of a suspended game or may be exchanged for any remaining regular season USPBL game during this season at Jimmy John’s Field, based on availability. All tickets are based upon availability, and are valid for an equal, or lesser value, ticket. No full or partial refunds will be given for a difference in ticket price. Redeem your tickets early once you know what game you would like to attend to avoid that game being sold out.

In order for a ticket exchange to take place, the tickets must be presented in person to the ticket Box Office at the time the transaction is taking place. Exchanges can be done in person at the box office or through the mail. If you mail your tickets, please be sure to include your contact information and top three game choices as well as seating preference. You will be contacted by a USPBL representative when the tickets are received.

Tickets can be mailed to:
United Shore Professional Baseball League

Attn: Box Office
400 Water Street, Suite 250
Rochester, MI 48307

In most instances, a game cancelled, postponed or suspened due to weather will be made up as part of a double header. You are NOT REQUIRED to use your tickets for the make-up game. We give you the opportunity to choose any remaining date that fits your schedule, based on ticket availability. If you choose not to attend the make-up game, your tickets from the cancelled, postponed or suspended game need to be exchanged with our ticket box office for the new date. We cannot guarantee the same exact seat location for the new date.

If you have any questions, our Box Office email is boxoffice@uspbl.com and the Box Office phone number is (248) 759-5278.  The Box Office is located at Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road, Utica, MI 48317.

Website

Find USPBL on the Internet at www.uspbl.com. Check out our site for the latest game information and to buy tickets and merchandise!

Wheelchair Access

USPBL fans who require wheelchair seating may call the Box Office at (248) 759-5278 for information on seating availability. The USPBL strives to provide an accessible environment for all their Guests at Jimmy John’s Field. Wheelchair accessible and designated seats are available at various price points and locations and include Premium seat locations.

Will Call Window

Tickets purchased or left by USPBL may be picked up at the Main Entrance to Jimmy John’s Field, located at the corner of Auburn Road and Moscone Drive. Will Call is available through the Box Office one (1) hour prior to and during games on game days. Guests must have proper identification to pick up tickets.