Spring 2020 Season General Information

         3/16: DUE TO THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND BECAUSE
        SENIORS ARE MOST AT RISK, THE MONDAY LEAGUE IS SHUTTING DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
       THIS, OF COURSE, INCLUDES BATTING PRACTICES AS WELL.

 

      The March 13, 2020 board meeting minutes has been posted under the Board Minutes page.

        Our next board meeting will be a Video Conference scheduled for TBD, 5:30 pm.
        Topics will include action items and 2020 Spring Season issues.
        As always, league players are welcome to attend.

        The February 24, 2020 game schedule has been modified to accommodate players attending
        Rex Finley’s Memorial Service.  Rex, a senior softball hall of famer, passed away on February 12 at age 98.
        He played in the Tues/Thurs league for many years and was known to many of our Monday players.
        Refer to Spring 2020 Schedule of Games – REV. 2 under the Schedule & Standings page.

        The February 10 rainout games were moved to June 1.
        Refer to Spring 2020 Schedule of Games – REV. 1 under the Schedule & Standings page.

        The spring season draft order, rosters, player rating, rules, schedule, and standings have been posted on
        their respective website pages with the results of the player draft.
        The Player Finder page has also been posted.

        PLAYER FINDER PROGRAM:
        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.

        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 9-team Spring 2020 16-game regular season started on January 13 and will run through May 18, 2020.
There will be two doubleheaders for each of the 7 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 due to rainouts/cancellations.
We will be playing on Martin Luther King Day.

        There will be no spring season tournament.
        Refer to the Rules-Spring 2020 file (Rule 20.) under the Rules & Policies page.

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

The following rules were modified/clarified/added for the Spring 2020 Season:
Rules 11/SSUSA, 13, 16, 19/SSUSA, 20, 26 (Pending), and 27 (New).
Refer to the redlines in the Rules-Spring 2020 file under the Rules & Policies page.

  • 11.  All batters start with a 1-1 ball/strike count with a “waste foul” after two strikes.
           Rule 19 regarding a batted ball hitting the pitching screen twice is not affected by this change;
           it is still an out.
  • 19.  If the batter hits the front of the screen, it’s a strike foul ball.
    19.  Clarified the positioning of the pitching screen with respect to the vertical plane of the pitching rubber.

League Fees

$45/player for all 9 teams.  
Fee due Monday, January 13, 2020.  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     2020
Time BLD1 BLD2
9:00 am    
10:30 am    
12:00 pm    

Home team listed first.

The Monday League is shutting down until further notice.

 

2020 SSUSA Rule Changes

Several rule changes/clarifications were approved by the SSUSA Rules Committee and went into effect on December 6, 2019.  MVUDSS reviewed and adopted the following rule changes into its spring 2020 season.

  • §4.7 • SUBSTITUTES  – Removed ejection for an unreported substitution. SSUSA PASSED: 10‐1.
  • §6.2 • PITCH COUNT – All batters start with a 1-1 ball/strike count with a “waste foul” after two strikes. SSUSA PASSED: 12‐0.