Fall 2019 Season General Information

        The December 13 board meeting minutes will be posted under the Board Minutes page.

        Our next board meeting is scheduled for TBD at TBD, around TBD.
        Topics will include action items, upcoming MVUDSS-hosted tournaments, and upcoming 2020 Spring season.
        As always, league members are welcome to attend.

        The December 9 rainout games were moved to December 16 and the SE tournament to January 6.
        Refer to Fall 2019 Schedule of Games – Rev. 3 under the Schedule & Standings page.


        MVUDSS, in conjunction with SCSSA/Marv Ruddell, is hosting a tournament on Thurs, Dec 19 thru Sun, Dec 22
        at BLD/Perris to benefit the “Toys for Kids” organization.
        Traditionally, this tournament was held on the weekend for 50 – 55 – 60 teams.
        This year, two more days, Thursday and Friday have been added for 65 – 70 – 75 – 80 teams.

        Teams interested in participating should contact:
        Steve Baranick, 951-870-0114,  stephenbaranick@gmail.com for 65 – 70 – 75 – 80 teams, or
        Marv Ruddell,   951-526-2342,  westway@outlook.com for 50 – 55 – 60 teams.

        See flyer below for more details.

“Toys for Kids” Tournament


        When missing a player(s), this program will list all potential local team and pool pickup players for that
        missing player(s).  Refer to the Player Finder page.

        The September 30, October 7, and October 14 games have been reordered and changed to mitigate
        the impact to teams missing several players, attending the Huntsman Games in St. George, UT,
        during the weeks of October 7 and October 14.  Also, one game was moved to October 28.
        Refer to Fall 2019 Schedule of Games – REV. 2 under the Schedule & Standings page.

        The September 2 BLD1 games were moved to December 9; the BLD2 games will remain.
        Refer to Fall 2019 Schedule of Games – REV. 1 under the Schedule & Standings page.

        Player draft (rounds #1 and #2) was held on Monday, August 19, 11:00 am at the Pizza Factory/Menifee.
        The 2019 Fall Season draft list, draft order, schedule, standings, rosters, and player rating have been updated
        and posted on their respective pages with the results of that meeting.

        Player draft (rounds #3 – #12) was held on Wednesday, August 21, 12:00 pm at the Pizza Factory/Menifee.
        The  2019 Fall Season draft order, schedule, standings, rosters, and player rating have been updated
        and posted on their respective pages with the results of that meeting.

        The 2019 Fall Season starts on August 26, 2019.

There’s an article in the June 21-27 edition of the Valley News regarding the upcoming 2019 Fall Season.
Go to www.myvalleynews.com, click magnifying glass, type “MVUDSS”, click magnifying glass again.

None of the “2019 SSUSA Rule Changes” were adopted by MVUDSS.

       Board members’ job descriptions added to the Board of Directors page.

It has come to our attention that there is a safety concern during the pre-9:00 am games batting practice when one team hits from the infield and the other team hits from an outfield corner.  Effective immediately:
On the replica fields: (1) in games involving out-of-area teams vs. local teams, both teams will hit from the infield, and (2) in games involving local teams only, both teams will combine to hit from the right field corner.
On the minor league fields, either (1) or (2) above is OK independent of the teams involved in the game.

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 page, etc. can be found under “Useful Links”.

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 Steve Baranick or one of the other Board members.  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 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 “Useful Links”.

Initial Schedule

The 8-team Fall 2019 14-game regular season will start on August 26, 2019 and will run through December 9, 2019; followed by a single-elimination tournament on December 16, 2019.
There will be one doubleheader for each of the 6 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 games such as rainouts/cancellations.
We will be playing on Labor Day.

Tournament Format

  • All teams will be seeded based on the SSUSA seeding criteria.
  • All eight teams will play a post-season single-elimination tournament.
  • 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.
  • Separate awards will be presented to the regular season champions and the tournament champions.

Rule Additions / Changes

  • 4. Rosters:
    g. No new player may be added to the pool with less than 4 weeks left in the regular season.
        However, the 4-week restriction does not apply for:
        (1) a player coming back into the league as a pool player or as a replacement player, or
        (2) a new player coming into the league as a replacement player where there is an opening
              appropriate to his rating.
  • 8. Pickup Players:
    … When missing a player, the BOD Rating of the pickup player must be the same or lower than the Draft Rating of the missing player.  Exception: A 5 may also replace a 6…

    When a local team already has three (or more) rostered 1s by virtue of having replaced a 2-rated player(s) from its roster with a 1-rated player(s) from the waiting list, it may not pick up a 1 to replace a missing 1 unless it falls below two 1s. (This rule only applies to 1-rated players.)

    Refer to Rating Procedure for Local Players and Assigning New Players to a Team Policy
    under the Rules & Policies page.

  • 18. Double Base Rule:  … A defender can record an out at first base if his foot touches ONLY the white base or a portion of the white and orange bases.  If his foot touches ONLY the orange base, no out will be recorded.  (clarification of SSUSA Rule 8.4(1))

    Refer to Rules-Fall 2019 under the Rules & Policies page for the above three rule additions/changes.

League Fees

$45/player for all 8 teams.  
Fee due Monday, August 26, 2019.  Make checks payable to Steve Baranick or Joe Hansell.
DO NOT make them payable to MVUDSS.

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 Practice

We will be having batting practices:

Schedule (next games)

Week 17 December 16, 2019
Time BLD1 BLD2
9:00 am Blues Brothers vs. Top Banana Rojo Mojo vs. Sammy’s Cafe
10:30 am A Lotta Braun, A Little Brain vs. Rojo Mojo Sammy’s Cafe vs. Snap, Crackle, POP
12:00 pm   TEAM E vs. Snap, Crackle, POP

Home team listed first.


2019 SSUSA Rule Changes

Several rule changes/clarifications were approved by the SSUSA Rules Committee and went into effect on December 1, 2018.
MVUDSS reviewed, but did not incorporate the following rule change into its spring 2019 season.

  • §7.3(1) • OBLITERATING THE BATTER’S BOX – Removes the “out” for first offense, with an automatic ejection for first offense, to read: Any player A batter, in the umpire’s judgment, deliberately erasing any portion of the batter’s box will be called out.  A second offense by the same player will result in the player’s ejection ejected from the game. • PASSED: 10‐1‐1
    Not adopted by MVUDSS