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Spring 2016 Season General Information

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April 11, 2016: Happy Anniversary, Menifee Valley Upper Division Senior Softball
5 Years

The June 22, July 6, and July 27 Batting Practices at BLD will be moved due to the world series tournaments at BLD.
New location Spencer's Crossing/Murrieta.

Currently no games scheduled for July 25; however, BLD will be unavailable due to the Girls' Fast Pitch World Series.

The June 27 games (and possibly July 11 and 18 games) have been moved up one hour due to the severe heat forecast.
Also, the time slots for the first two games on BLD2 have been swapped.
Please refer to the Spring 2016 Schedule of Games - Rev. 8 under the Schedule & Standings page on this website for the remaining regular season games.

The June 20 BLD1 games have been pre-empted by the Boys' Baseball World Series; and will move to Torrey Pines Park.
The June 20 BLD2 games have been rescheduled for June 27 at BLD due to the severe heat forecast.
Refer to the Spring 2016 Schedule of Games - Rev. 7 under the Schedule & Standings page on this website.

Because El Nino did not have the expected impact on our game schedule and the availability of Torrey Pines Park when games are rained out at BLD, the schedule has been updated to eliminate one double header for each of the six local teams and four 12:00 pm games by extending the season one week.
The end of the regular season will slip to July 11 and the playoffs to July 18. 
Refer to the Spring 2016 Schedule of Games - Rev. 5 under the Schedule & Standings page on this website.

The 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Tournament was held at BLD/Perris on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. 

The Spring 2016 14-game regular season started on February 22, 2016 and will run through June 27, 2016; followed by a single-elimination playoff on July 11, 2016.

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/ChangesRefer to Rule 4: Rosters and Rule 20: Protests.

League Fees: $35/player for the 6 Menifee teams.  $490/team for Brandon's Diner and North County (based on a 14-man roster).
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:

  1. Wednesdays at BLD/Perris, 9:00 am 
  2. Mondays (while on hiatus) and Fridays at Spencer's Crossing/Murrieta, 9:00 am

Schedule (next games)

Week 21 July 11
Time BLD1 BLD2
    9:00 am Blue Bolts vs. Brandon's Diner    The Late Show vs. White Brigade
  10:30 am
White Brigade vs. RedE 2 Roll  The Boys in Blue vs. Blue Bolts
  12:00 pm Brandon's Diner vs. RedE 2 Roll 55 Shades of Gray vs. The Boys in Blue
Home team listed first


2016 SSUSA Rule Changes

Several rule changes/clarifications were approved by the SSUSA Rules Committee and went into effect on December 4, 2015.
MVUDSS will incorporate the following SSUSA rule changes, new league Rule 4, and updated league Rule 20 into its spring 2016 season:

  • Intentionally Dropped Fly Ball (1.37) - Added to this rule that the ball is dead.
  • Wind or Sun Affecting Both Pitchers (6.16) - Changed the EFFECT at end of section to "If the sun is affecting the batter's ability to see the ball, the umpire may allow the pitcher to pitch from up to six feet on either side of the pitching rubber, at the side chosen by the batter as the only remedy.  If allowed, this ruling shall be applied on a full-inning basis only."
  • Four-Base Award (8.4(7)) - Added batter-runner and runners on base would be allowed to "hit and sit."
  • Flip-Flop Rule (5.5(2)) - This SSUSA rule change making the flip-flop rule mandatory for regular season games was not adopted by the league. Refer to current league Rule 11.

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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