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Sun Cities Senior Softball League

01/04/2017

American League Table of Contents

Committee | Managers | Rules | Player Placement

 

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE COMMITTEE GUIDELINES

 

A. Committee Members

Bob Peck – Chairman, 5 yr. term. Term expires 12-31-19

Dave Toepel – 2 yr. term. Term expires 12-31-17

Orie McDonald – 2 yr. term. Term expires 12-31-18

Robert Hamilton– 2 yr. term. Term expires 12-31-17

Mike Milts - 2 yr. Term. Term expires 12-31-17

Gary Craig- 2 yr. Term. Term expires 12-31-18

Dennis Robins- 2 yr. Term. Term expires 12-31-19

 

 

B. American League Mission Statement

The American League provides the opportunity to play senior softball and, at the same time, maintain a higher level of competition. Participation is open to all qualified residents of Sun City and Sun City West. The American League consists of players of wide varying skill levels and ages. The objective of the American League is to promote safe, organized play consistent with American League rules and to maintain a high degree of sportsmanship, camaraderie and enjoyment.

C. American League Committee Mission Statement

The American League Committee will act as the spokes group for the American League. They will supervise and control activities that are only related to the American League. They will provide leadership and direction for the league and maintain an effective line of communication between all persons and groups that are involved in the day to day operations of the American League.

D. American League Structure

  1. The American League Committee will be comprised of five (7) members, (Chairman and six members).
  2. The chairman will be appointed from within the committee by committee members.
  3. Committee members must have at least five (5) years of senior softball experience, as a player, prior to appointment.
  4. Appointment term limit is Two (2) years.
  5. One new member to be selected by the remaining four committee members.
  6. Past members may be reappointed to the committee after being off the committee for one year. Exception: If a committee members’ term is up and there is a unanimous vote to retain the member they may serve consecutive terms.
  7. Committee members who are unable to complete their term may be replaced by a new member who will finish serving the original committee member’s term The replacement member must meet all prerequisites for being an American League Committee member.
  8. The American League Committee reserves the right to add two people to help with the rating of players. This would be a total of seven (7) people to rate players.

E. American League Committee functions and duties

  1. Report committee activities to the Sun City West and Sun City club boards.
  2. Conduct player surveys and collect player availability data.
  3. Rate all players.
  4. Determine the number of teams for each session and select players as per the player placement process.
  5. Publish team rosters and schedules.
  6. Assign returning and new players to teams after original team rosters are complete.
  7. Establish, publish, and enforce all rules.
  8. Select team managers as per the American League manager selection process.
  9. Maintain an up to date American League master player roster.
  10. Provide information to the press and to Angels in the outfield.
  11. Schedule managers meetings to provide managers input.
  12. Publish and post league information on bulletin boards and the web site.
  13. In general, act as the spokes group for the American League.
  14. Should the American, Central, or National League Committees be unable to resolve an issue, that issue will be passed on to the two club Presidents to reach a resolution to the problem. If either club board has a disagreement with either the American, Central, or National League Committee, a meeting should be scheduled for further discussion with the club President and members of the respective committee.

F. American League Chairperson Duties

  1. Schedule committee meetings and manager’s meetings.
  2. Appoint committee members
  3. Supply information to Angels in the Outfield.
  4. Insure compliance with the American League and American League Committee guidelines.
  5. Supervise the American League draft process.
  6. Generally supervise and offer direction for all league functions.

G. Individual  committee member responsibilities

  1. Bob Peck – Chairman of the American League Committee and player evaluations.
  2. Mike Milts – Player evaluations,Green Team Rep
  3. Dave Toepel – American League Rules, Umpire Rep and player evaluations.
  4. Orie McDonald – Data Base,Web Page,Draft, Player evaluations
  5. Dennis Robins- Manger Selection, Schedule,Player evaluations
  6. Gary Craig- Summer League Commissioner, Player evaluation
  7. Bob Hamilton- Angels of the outfield, Player evaluation                          

H. American League Rules Duties

  1. Interpret SSUSA and American League rules.
  2. Recommend any rule changes to the American League committee.
  3. Publish rules and post them on the web site.
  4. Instruct all American League managers about new rule changes.

I. American League Player Placement  Duties

  1. All committee members are involved in the player evaluation process and player placement.
  2. All committee members will be involved in rating players and be available for the draft.

 

MANAGERS

A. American League Manager  Selection Duties

  1. Maintain a list of current and perspective managers. The list of perspective managers will be a first in first assigned procedure. If the next perspective manager is not able to fill an open position, he will be skipped, but will not be removed from the top of the list.
  2. Before each session, the list will be reviewed to determine the current manager’s intent to return, and perspective manager’s intent to remain on the list.
  3. Should the league drop a team, a request will be made for a manager to volunteer to sit out for a session. If there are no volunteers or resignations, the last manager added will be asked to sit out a session.
  4. A manager who has volunteered or been asked to sit out a session will have the option to be added to the top of the list to manage the next available team.
  5. Two managers may have a standing agreement to share a team: One for the fall session and one for the spring session.
  6. An effort will be made to have a balanced number of managers from Sun City and Sun City West depending on the number of teams and the ratio of players from each city.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE RULES

A. The American League will be governed by SSUSA rules except as modified.

     (If needed, use the ASA rules for clarification of SSUSA rules only)

B. Organization

  1. The American League will be composed of players from Sun City West Softball Club and Sun City Softball Club.

C. Uniforms

  1. The clubs furnish pants, shorts, jerseys, and caps/women’s visors. Articles of uniforms are for league or club play only and are not to be used for non-league/club activities. Alterations are not permitted except for temporary “tucks” for fit. Any permanent alterations will result in a charge to the player. Caps/women’s visors, pants, and shorts will be replaced on an exchange basis only, if worn out or damaged by play. All articles of uniform are the property of the club. Any player who resigns his membership must return jersey’s, pants, and shorts.
  2. In support of our sponsors a full league-issued uniform consisting of cap/women’s visor, pants, shorts, and team jersey must be worn so the sponsor’s name is clearly visible and shirttails tucked in. With the exception of the umpires, all players, coaches, and managers must wear their league issued uniforms. In case of cold or inclement weather, additional clothing will be allowed.
  3. Players will not be allowed to play unless dressed in their properly worn, league issued uniforms. However, players will be given one warning by the umpire to immediately fix the problem or be removed. The team will be charged with an out each time the player would have come to bat. Players must notify the umpire of any medical exceptions. The respective Board will be notified of repeated offenses and be dealt with accordingly. This rule is for the benefit of the sponsors, for proper newspaper/team pictures and for the professionalism of the SCSSL.
  4. Participating game managers are given the right to waive a rule, concerning uniforms, for the good of the game, for unusual circumstances or emergencies.

D. Game Rules

  1. General
    • Each game will be 7 innings except for the following: After 60 minutes have expired, the current inning will be completed and one additional inning will be played, if needed. The umpires are responsible for insuring the game starts on time and that both teams are notified when the time expires and that the next regular inning will allow unlimited runs.
    • The first game will start no later than its prescribed time from the schedule, unless otherwise indicated. At the designated time, the scorekeeper will start the clock whether teams are ready or not.
    • Teams are limited to four (4) runs per inning except for last inning in which each team can score unlimited numbers of runs.
    • Games 30 minutes behind schedule will use a 1 and 1 count with 1 to waste to help get games back on time . All games following that game will stay 1 and 1 with 1 to waste.
  2. Flip-Flop rule
    • Games will be 7 innings, or the time limit, whichever comes first. If the visiting team is ahead by Five (5) or more runs, the unlimited inning will be reversed where the home team bats first and then the visiting team bats if needed.

  3. Tie Games

If the score is tied after 7 complete innings, and there was no time left on the clock when the 7th inning started, each team will recieve 1/2 win. If the score is tied after 7 complete innings, and there was still time left on the clock, the international tie breaker rule will apply. This means each team will start succeeding innings with the last batter of the previous inning on second base and 1 out. If that person is injured, a substitite runner will be allowed. If the last batter of the previous inning had been using a pinch runner because of injury, the last batter must be put on second base , but may use a pinch runner once they reach 3rd base. The game will then continue until the time limit has expired or one team wins. Any additional innings will revert to the 4 runs maximun per inning.

  4. Cancelled or Delayed Games

  • Games shall only be cancelled by: Field manager, American League Committee member, or a club board member in that order. When any game is cancelled due to inclement weather, succeeding games at the field will be cancelled. The person cancelling the games must contact all the managers of subsequent games at the field to notify them of the cancellation so they can call their players. When part of the day's schedule is completed and the weather closes the field, completed games will count for the record. A game must be 5 complete innings to be considered complete unless the home team is ahead at the end of 4 ½ innings.
  • In the event games are delayed due to frost or other temporary conditions the games will be played after the delay and a reduction of innings played may be implemented if the delay is more than 30 minutes. A reduction of innings must be decided by a member of the American League Committee.

5. Mercy Rule

      If a team is ahead by 12 runs after 5 innings the game will be over. 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead.10 runs after 6 innings,5 1/2 is home team is ahead.

 

E. Playing Rules

  1. Team Organization
    • Each team will consist of 10 players.
    • In order to enter the game, a player arriving late for a game must arrive before the team has batted through the lineup.
    • When an injured player must leave the game and team strength falls below ten, an eligible sub may be selected of equal or lower rating from the stands. That player then bats in the same position in the lineup as the injured player. EXCEPTION: If a player must leave a game due to an emergency, a sub of the same rating may be used to replace that player. If no sub is available close the lineup and there will be no out when that player was to come to bat.
    • Teams must have a minimum of 10 players including substitutes to avoid a forfeit.
  2. Substitutes
    • When the need for a substitute is known before game time, managers may select a player from the same rating or a lower rating.
    • Managers are encouraged to use the placement pool or sub list if possible before contacting players from other teams.
    • Penalty for illegal substitution – After the game has started when the illegal player is detected they are to be removed from the game and the offending team plays the remainder of the game short. No substitutes will be allowed and that position in the batting order will be an out each time they come to bat. Any protest must be made during the game and must only be protested by a participating manager.
    • No roster player may substitute more than twice (2) a week and only once for the same team. A replacement pool player or a sub list player may play four (4) games per week, but only once for the same team. First violation will result in a verbal and written warning to the player and manager involved. Further violations will be referred to the American League Committee for action deemed necessary.
    • Substitutes may bat anywhere in the lineup.
    • Substitutes for a player who only plays one (1) day per week. A manager may only use the same sub four (4) times in a session for a player who only plays one game per week. Therefore if there are 16 games in a session a manager may use one player only four (4) times as a sub for that player. A member of the American League committee will monitor the substitutions.
  3. Courtesy Runners
    • The SSUSA rule on courtesy runners will be used. This means unlimited courtesy runners will be allowed. You may only run once per inning as a courtesy runner.
    • A courtesy runner whose turn at bat comes while they are on base will be out. They will be removed from the base and come to bat. A second courtesy runner cannot be substituted at this time.
    • A courtesy runner may not run for an existing courtesy runner except for an incurred injury.
    • So as to not delay the game, pitchers may get a non-charged courtesy runner for them with 1 or 2 outs to allow them to put on their equipment.
    • If a player has a courtesy runner he can't be a courtesy runner in the same inning.
  4. Balls & Strikes
    • A legal pitch with an arc of 6’ to 12’ that touches the plate/mat is a strike. The batter is out upon hitting a 3rd strike foul. Runners may advance at their own risk when a third strike foul is caught.
    • If the batter hits a foul tic, no matter how high, and is caught by the catcher, the batter is out.
  5. Base Running
    • Double base at 1st
      • When a play is being made on the batter/runner they must touch the orange bag. If they touch the white bag they will be called out by the umpire. There is no appeal by the defensive team. The defensive player must touch the white bag to record an out. Exception: If the defensive player at 1st is pulled into foul territory as a result of a bad throw, the player can  touch the orange bag and record an out prior to the batter/runner reaching the base. The batter/runner can use either the white or orange bag in this situation.
    • Sliding or Diving
      • A base runner may slide into 2nd or 3rd base. A base runner may dive back into 1st, 2nd or 3rd base. A base runner may not slide into 1st base or the committment line. Any base runner using a hard slide to "take out" a defensive player will be called out and ejected from the game. Any player ejected from a game will also be suspended from the next game.
    • Avoid Unnecessary Contact
      • In the interest of safety, runners coming into a base must avoid unnecessary contact with a defensive player who is receiving the ball for a force out. A defensive player may not block a runner when they are not fielding the ball.
    • Commitment Line/Scoring Line
      • If the runner has passed the commitment line and continues to run on the original foul line, and interferes with the fielder taking a throw at, and in contact with the plate, then: A dead ball out shall be declared and the runner is out with no advancement for the other runners.
      • In the senior slow pitch game, a scoring line is placed eight feet from home plate and base runners should be using a direct line from third base to the scoring line. If interference occurs on a thrown ball, the runner is ruled out and the ball is dead so no other runners can advance. Defensive players can only touch home plate and runners can only touch the scoring line.
      • Runners must cross the scoring line with their foot down on the ground or beyond the line. If the runner falls and any part of their body is on the ground, on or past the scoring line, they have crossed the line.
      • Runners tagged by the defensive team will not be out and the ball remains liveIf the runner touches the plate, the runner is out and the ball will be live.
    • Step Off Rule
      • A runner on first or third base may, for their own safety and after notifying the umpire, step off of the bag. The runner must step off of the base in a straight line toward and up to the fence. The runner cannot interfere with any any hit or thrown ball, if they do it is considered a touch ball and they are ou tand it is a dead ball. The runner must retouch the base before they can advance. Their step off position is considered an extension of the base and therefore they can't be put out on any caught ball.

     

6. Pitcher’s box

  • A pitcher’s box consisting of the area from the front of the pitcher’s plate, extending back 10 feet and 24” wide will be used. The pitcher must release the ball after coming to a complete stop with one foot or both feet in contact with the pitcher’s plate or within the pitcher’s box. One foot must remain in contact with the plate/box when the pitch is released with an underhand motion. A step simultaneous with the release of the ball may be taken in any direction with the free foot. The pitcher must be facing the batter when delivering the pitch.
  • If the sun presents a problem to the batter in the early morning, they may request that the pitcher moves to one side or the other of the pitching box to allow them to see the pitch.

7. Protests/Appeals

    • Only a manager may appeal a call. Judgement calls such as balls and strikes, runner out or safe, and fair or foul balls, are not grounds for appeal. Interpretation of the rules will be the only grounds for protest and will be settled on the field between the umpires and the two managers. Managers must appeal other violations such as ineligible sub or runner, runner missing a bag, interference, and batting out of order to the home plate umpire. Any situation where a rule is not covered in our American League rules, the two managers and umpires must agree to a solution.
    • Participating game managers are given the right to waive a rule for the good of the game for unusual circumstances or emergencies.

8. Ejections

    An umpire may eject a player who threatens or uses abusive language directly or indirectly toward an umpire, player, or spectator. The umpire ejecting a player must submit a written report to the American League Committee Chairman within 24 hours. An ejected player must leave the field within 1 minute or the game will be forfeited. An ejected player is automatically suspended from all league activities including but not limited to playing in games, umpiring,scoring, announcing,spectating, special events, practice, etc, from the time of their ejection, until the conclusion of their next regularly scheduled game and will be subject to further disciplinary action. If a player attacks an umpire, player, or spectator, the American League Committee suspends the player from all club activites as stated in ejected player pending a decision on disciplinary action. Presidents of both the Sun City West and Sun City Clubs are to be sent copies of the action taken.

    Grievance - Should a player disagree with the decision of the American League Committee they have the right to appeal to their respective Club Board President.

9. Warm-Up Pitches

    After the first inning, there may be 3 warm-up pitches or I minute, whichever comes first. Five (5) warm-up pitches will be allowed when a pitcher relieves another pitcher. In the interest of safety, pitchers will be allowed time to put on protective gear before the 1 minute countdown starts. Infield practice is allowed for all innings during the time the pitcher is warming up.

10. Batting Out of Order

    A batter shall be called out, on appeal, for batting out of order only after they complete their time at bat. If the error is discovered before they complete their time at bat, the correct batter will bat and assume the current count of balls & strikes. The appeal must be made before the first pitch to the next batter is made.

11. Home Runs

    Any ball hit over the fence will count as a home run. The batter may return directly to the dugout without touching 1st base and all other runners on base may return to the dugout with out checking next base. This is known as Hit & Sit

12. Pitcher Face Mask

              It is mandatory for all pitchers to wear a face mask. If a pitcher leaves a               game, the sub must also wear a face mask. If a pitcher refuses to wear               a face mask, the game will be forfeited. Each community will have a spare               mask for emergencies.

13. Bases

               Bases will be at 70' as per SSUSA rule book.

 

F. Responsibilities of Players

1. Absentees

    Managing a team is a difficult job requiring the full cooperation of all team members. If you are going to be late, or miss a game, notify your manager well ahead of time. Arrive at the field a half hour before game time to loosen up properly and thus avoid unnecessary muscle injuries.

    A player who misses five (5) consecutive games will be replaced with a placement pool player of equal rating and they will be placed in the placement pool. If the manager wishes, they can replace the player with a lower rated player from the placement pool. If a lower rated player is chosen, their rating will be elevated for that session, to that of the player they are replacing. This also applies to players not present at the start of the session.

2. Umpires and Scorekeepers

    The team manager will assign umpires and scorekeepers. It will be the responsibility of the player assigned to arrange for their own replacement if they are unavailable. Umpiring and scorekeeping responsibilities take prescedence over any request to sub as a player on another team. Umpires will be assigned by their manager based on their ability to umpire.

    Umpires must consult with each other on protest or appeal calls.

    Scorekeepers must know how to mark the scorebook and use the equipment.

4. Field Maintenance

    The home team is responsible for preparing the field before the first game and securing the field after the last game. If you are involved arrive early. Make sure all buildings are locked before leaving.

    The home team of the second and remaining games is responsible for broom dragging the infield for all games at Sun City.

5. Resigning

    If a player quits a team, they will be out of the league for the rest of the session.

6. Bat Standards/restictions/penalties

    The American League uses bat standards approved by the SCW Softball Club.

7. Equipment

Gloves or mitts may be worn by any player.

8. Alcohol

    Alcoholic Beverages may not be consumed while playing or umpiring a game.

9. Artifical Turf

Sunflower seeds, chewing tobacco and gum are not allowed on Liberty Field.

 

     


PLAYER PLACEMENT

American League Draft Process

A. Pre-draft meeting of managers and American League Committee

The pre-draft meeting should be held about two (2) weeks before the draft. Topics of concern will be resolved so managers feel comfortable they have all the information they need for an effective draft. Managers will be given a draft sheet listing all players’ ratings, important information pertaining to the players, and a round by round sheet to enter players’ names as drafted.

B. Develop player information prior to the draft

The American League Committee will ensure that each player is surveyed (directly or through managers) prior to the end of each session to determine who will be available to play at the start of the next session. Use the most current team roster for the survey. Also document what position each player desires to play. At the end of the spring session, turn the survey over to the summer commissioner.

Post notices on bulletin boards and web site to collect names of players who were not included in the surveys. This is for new and returning players who are not on a current team roster and for players playing in the summer, Forms will be available on the web site for players to sign up for each session. It is the players’ responsibility to sign up and let the American League Committee know what session they will be playing in.

Start surveys and post notices six games prior to the end of each session. Player survey sheets will be passed out to each player by the manager prior to the end of each session to determine:

Departure date

Return date

Preferred position

Each team will consist of ten (10) players. This will be based on the total number of players that will be available at the start of the session.

Recommend to the Sun City West board a date for the player draft.

Develop the draft sheet. The draft sheet should include the player’s name, player number, phone number, rating, and preferred position. Injured player status will be reported regarding availability. If a player will not be available for the first four (4) games they won’t be in the draft. They will be placed in the placement pool when the American League Committee has been notified they are here and available to play.

Create game schedules

C. Draft Rules

The draft will be attended by all team managers, or their reps, and members of the American League Committee.

Draft selection order by managers is established by drawing numbers 1-10 from a hat. The number of teams may be changed but the concept will remain (i.e. if there are 14 teams the numbers would be 1-14)

The draft order will be 1-12, 12-1, 1-12, etc. for the 12 team managers.

The final objective is to finish with 10 players per team. The number of 1, 2, and 3 rated players will be determined by the American League Committee each session based on the number of players available in each category.

Players will not be re rated during the draft. They will retain the rating shown for the entire session.

There are no restrictions when a manager selects his #1, #2, #3 etc. players. The manager just needs to make sure he has selected the proper number of players in each rating classification when the draft is complete. Exception: A #1 rated manager may not draft a #1 rated player in the first round.

There will be a pitchers list. Managers will not be able to take more then 1 pitcher off the list till after the 5th round or till each team has picked a pitcher off the list. This is to ensure that each team has ample time to select a pitcher.

Prior to the draft, each manager will be provided a draft guideline sheet showing all players organized by their ratings. As a player is drafted, everyone will cross that person off their draft sheet. The draft manager ensures the order is followed and picks are made quickly. One person will keep a master list of all teams and record each player under the appropriate team as they are drafted. The use of the database will also be used for this purpose. When complete each team should have 10 players. Once everyone is drafted, the master list will be reviewed to ensure that it is accurate with what the managers have. A period of 30 minutes will be allowed after the draft for trades. At draft end, each team will have the proper number of #1s, #2s, and #3s. Players not selected in the draft will be placed in the Central League draft for placement in the Central League.

Before being drafted or assigned to a team, all new players should play at least 2 games with the green team at Sun City on Mondays.

D. Post Draft Procedures

Publish team rosters.

No player may change leagues without both the American, Central, or National League discussing it.

E. American League Placement Pool

The placement pool is for new players, players returning after five (5) consecutive absences, and players arriving after the first four (4) games of the season. The players are placed in the placement pool per their request. Managers may request players from the placement pool as follows:

    The manager needs to contact the American League Committee chairman immediately “after” the player has a fifth consecutive absence. A bye or rainout does not count as a missed game. The committee chairman concurs on the sequence of loss in case more than one manager needs a replacement player. The sequence for manager selection would be determined by the actual game date and game time the player missed a fifth consecutive game. If these two factors were identical, managers would flip a coin to determine the order.

The American League Committee chairman will let the manager know who is available in the placement pool.

Managers are required to replace a missing player to reach their maximum of 10 players per team. The managers must chose from the eligible players in the placement pool to fill out their team roster. They may select any player in the placement pool of the same rating or lower.

F. American League Substitution Pool

The substitution pool is for players wanting to be used only as substitute players. They do not want to be assigned to a team. They can substitute only for a player of the same or higher rating. Pool players may play up to four (4) times per week, but only once for the same team.

Managers needing a single game substitute should choose them in the following order:

    Placement Pool

    Sub Pool

     The bye team if applicable

    Game before or after

    Any equally rated player available.

G. Summer League

In the summer, the American League Committee may appoint a Summer League Commissioner to run the summer league. This person reports directly to the American League Committee.

The summer teams are put together by the American League Committee or the Summer League Commissioner.

H. Miscellaneous

At any time, players can notify their managers that they will not play for the rest of the session. If this occurs, the manager should notify the American League Committee chairman immediately so they can replace that player.

Players declaring they are injured, and requesting their status be changed to health, will remain out of all pools until the situation has been resolved and they are able to play again.

 


 

 

 

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