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Fall 2017 Season General Information

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Congratulations to the Blues Brothers, 2017 Spring Season Champions!


Playoff Teams - Blues Brothers, Sammy's Cafe, 55 Shades of Gray, Blue Bolts

The 8/2/17 board meeting minutes have been posted on the website.

The Fall 2017/Spring 2018 draft will be held on Monday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

INITIAL SCHEDULE: The 8-team Fall 2017 14-game regular season will start on September 11, 2017 and will run through January 22, 2018; followed by a single-elimination playoff on January 29, 2018.  There are no doubleheaders for the six local teams in the initial schedule; however, this may change and/or the season may even be extended a week or two to make up rainout games.

It appears that some may not be aware that league historical information such as pictures, archives (final standings, playoff/tournament results, a brief summary article for every season), disabled veterans tournaments, an In Memoriam subpage, etc. can be found on subpages under the "More" page.

There seems to be some confusion as to which fields are BLD1 and BLD2.  As you are aware, a sign is posted at the entrance to the park indicating which of the six fields we will be using.  The first field listed will be BLD1; the second field listed will be BLD2.

After the last game on a given field, the local home team will be responsible for taking down the pitching screen and giving it to one of the Board members or Jack Buss.  However, if the last game involves only one local team, that team will take down the screen.

A new page identifying businesses and services provided by some of our league players has been added to this website.
If you'd like to advertise, please give your business card to Steve Baranick.
Refer to the Businesses/Services page under "More".

Playoff Format:
  • All teams will be seeded based on the SSUSA seeding criteria.
  • The top four teams will play a single-elimination playoff for the league championship.
  • Teams may pick up players from the league players, the waiting list, or the player pool.
  • The higher seed will have its choice of home or visitor.
  • Awards will be presented to the two playoff finalists.

Rule Additions/Changes: Rosters (Out-of-Area Teams) -Rule 4b, Pickup Players -Rule 6, Substitute ("Sub") Players -Rule 7, Rule 10

League Fees: $40/player for the 6 local teams.  $560/team for Sammy's Cafe and North County (based on a 14-man roster).
Fee due Monday, September 11.  Make checks payable to Steve Baranick or Joe Hansell.

Pitching Screens: The Monday league board of directors has unanimously agreed that pitching screens are to be used only for Monday league games, batting practices, and other league-sanctioned events.  They are not to be used for any other purpose.

Batting Practices:

We will be having batting practices:

Schedule (next games)

Week 1 September 11 - START OF 2017 FALL SEASON
Time BLD1 BLD2
    9:00 am North County vs. Team A Team D vs. Team B
  10:30 am
Sammy's Cafe vs. North County Team E vs. Team F
  12:00 pm Team C vs. Sammy's Cafe
Home team listed first.


2017 SSUSA Rule Changes

Several rule changes/clarifications were approved by the SSUSA Rules Committee and went into effect on December 1, 2016.
With the exception of SSUSA Rule 6.16B, MVUDSS incorporated the following SSUSA rule changes into its fall 2016/spring 2017 seasons:

  • CHOPPED BALL (1.13) – Definition amended at the end of the EFFECT to clarify and affirmatively state that the ball is dead.

  • BATTER‐RUNNER REACHING FIRST BASE (8.4(1))  – Rule was amended to add the phrase “...must touch some portion of the double bag extending into foul territory...” in order to remove confusion by some that touching both the orange and white bag simultaneously results in an out being called. It is NOT an out.

  • COMMITMENT LINE (8.8) – Rule was amended to clarify that after a runner is tagged by a defender on the home plate side of the commitment line and is declared safe, it remains a live ball and he DOES NOT have to proceed to the scoring plate or cross the scoring line.
  • DEAD BALL (9.1X) – Rule was amended to define the effect of a batted ball striking an umpire in fair territory. If in front of, or before being touched by, an infielder: Batter awarded 1st base and on base runners advance only if forced. Otherwise: Live ball.
  • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS OR SUN AFFECTING BATTERS (6.16B) – The SSUSA amendment to repeal the 2015 rule, allowing the umpire to move the pitcher (and pitching screen) laterally 6 feet when the sun is affecting the batter, was not adopted by our league; i.e. the current rule will remain.  Refer to league Rule 17.c.(5).

About The League

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Menifee Valley Upper Division Senior Softball (MVUDSS) is a Monday morning men's slo-pitch softball league for seniors 55+.
Games are played at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Perris, CA.

Out-of-area teams have the option of playing once a week or playing bi-weekly doubleheaders.

We use SSUSA tournament rules and approved bats; e.g. the Miken Ultra II is OK.

The league is open to tournament-caliber players.  It currently consists of teams/players from the Menifee Valley, Ontario, Hemet, Palm Springs, and North San Diego County areas, and walk-ons.

"The quality of play in our new league remains at tournament caliber, providing this level of play to local upper division senior softball players on a weekly basis.  As the league gains attention, we are hopeful of attracting enough upper division players to allow us to play two days per week.

Until such time, we will continue to offer high brand softball to senior players."

... Joe Hansell, league co-founder


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