Fall 2020 Season General Information

7/3/20 COVID-19 UPDATE: SUMMER TOURNAMENT CANCELED
Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, particularly in Riverside County, and the governor’s decision to shut down restaurants, bars, etc., BLD/Perris will NOT reopen until the state and county deem it safe to do so.

Due to the delay in reopening, plus the 2 weeks required to prepare the park/fields after reopening and 3 major SSUSA tournaments between July 28 and August 30, we are unable to squeeze in a summer tournament.

The Fall 2020 Season player draft is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 19 and Friday, August 21; with the season tentatively starting on September 7/Labor Day.  As previously stated, this, also, will depend upon BLD receiving authorization to reopen.  The Board will keep you apprised.

Please review the “Return to Play Guidelines” on the Rules & Policies page.

On the “actual” fall playing start date, players will be required to:
     (1) sign the MVUDSS “Waiver/Hold Harmless Player Agreement”,
     (2) sign a BLD waiver (similar to the SSUSA waiver), and 
     (3) pay the league fee (refer to League Fees below)

The June 10, 2020 board meeting minutes has been posted on the Board Minutes page.

Our next board meeting will be held on TBD, 12:00 pm, at the Pizza Factory/Menifee.
Topics will include action items and the Fall 2020 Season.  As always, league players are welcome to attend.

Schedule (next games)
Week 1     September 7, 2020 – Start of Fall 2020 Season
Time BLD1 BLD2
8:00 am    
9:30 am    
11:00 am    

Home team listed first.

The fall season draft list, rosters with player ratings, rules, schedule, and standings will be posted on their respective website pages with the results of the player draft.  The Player Finder page will also be 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 Fall 2020 16-game regular season is tentatively scheduled to start on September 7, 2020 and run through January 4, 2021.
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 Labor Day; games starting one hour earlier than normal: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am.

Tournament Format
  • All teams will be seeded based on the SSUSA seeding criteria.
  • All league 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.

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

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 and Fall 2020 Seasons.

  • §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.
Rule Additions / Changes

The following rules were modified/clarified/added for the Spring and Fall 2020 Seasons:
Rules 11/SSUSA, 13, 16, 19/SSUSA, 20, 26, and 27 (New).
Refer to the redlines in the Rules-Fall 2020 and the Player Discipline Policy files 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 new players; $25/player for returning players from the Spring 2020 Season;
$20/player refund for non-returning players from the Spring 2020 Season  

Fee due Monday, September 7, 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: