As you will see in the copy of a post I made Feb. 24 that is below, I asked that pre-season rosters be submitted by April 2.
Well, April 2 is now six days away. I have received ONE (1) roster.
Add that to my own and that means I have TWO (2) out of SIXTY-TWO (62).
Why am I spelling the numbers? Because I have to spell out this very simple rule to you guys AGAIN.
You all should take these roster rules very seriously. We will not accept late rosters. We will not credit anyone with games played if lineups are late each week. And teams WILL forfeit a playoff spot if they do not comply with this simple request.
So, send your rosters in and copy both me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your division captain (emails below) before Tuesday.
Then, each week, you must submit your postgame lineups to your division captain no later than Midnight Tuesday. A failure to do so by the deadline means no one gets credit for games played that week on your team.
When sending in lineups each week, we need last names. You should be giving last names to your opponent as well on Sunday So that both lineups match up. And - we want all coaches to send both lineups for both games - including substitutions - so mark those down as well.
The plan is to hand out lineup cards to teams at the final league meeting when you pick up your softballs. These lineup cards will allow you to simply hand your lineup to your opponent for each game.
You keep the top copy and give your opponent the carbon copy. Pretty simple.
This whole process takes a coach no more than 10 minutes in an email to your division captain. If you want to be a coach - this is a responsibility that comes with the gig.
Here are the division captains and email addresses:
Anthony SanFilippo (Double Edge Sports Grille)
Luci Vazquez (Mudsharks)
Bats Plus Red Division
Steve Prescott (J.D. McGillicuddy's Brookline)
Dudley White Division
Keith Woodbury (J.D. McGillicuddy's Tinicum)
Miken Blue Division
Rob Reed (The Buc Tavern)
Here is the original post from 2/24 with one noted modification:
The 2013 Millennium Softball Season will have new rules regarding rosters.
While these rules may seem a little more strict than in the past, they also allow for the leeway necessary for teams to be able to get enough players to play games on a weekly basis during the regular season.
Teams must submit a pre-season roster to us before the first week. (Deadline for roster submission is Tuesday April 2).
This roster can have no more than 20 names on it, but can have fewer.
From that list of 20, a minimum of 10 players must qualify for the postseason roster by playing in half the team's games (nine) during the season.
Of course, all 20 can qualify, which is fine, but a minimum of 10 MUST qualify. This prevents teams from full overhauls of their roster.
Then, because it's an open roster league for regular season play, teams can add as many players as they need to during the season to play games - this prevents forfeits and the like - which means teams can exceed the 20-man roster limit during the season.
No matter how many players that are not on the preseason roster play in enough games to qualify for the playoffs, no team may add more than FOUR players that weren't on the original roster to their playoff roster.
Again, this prevents loading up rosters for the playoffs.
So basically a team only has to have 10 players from their preseason roster qualify for the playoffs and can qualify an additional four players not on that original list for a playoff roster of 14 (minimum) of course, teams can still qualify up to 20 players for the playoffs, if they so choose, it's just that no more than four of them can be added after the season begins.
Players added to a team roster that were not on the preseason roster can only be playoff eligible if there is space on the roster - in other words, if a team submits a 20-man preseason roster and 17 of those 20 qualify for the playoffs, then that team may only add three players not on their original roster, not four. Subsequently, a team that qualifies 18 original guys could only add two non-rostered players, 19 plus 1 and 20 means zero.
Quite simply, every week (before Tuesday at Midnight - yes this is a change from the original post) Teams must submit via email or text message, to their division captain, the lineups that were used for that Sundays game - and you should submit both teams lineups to cross check for any discrepancies.
The Division captain will track game usage by both rostered and non-rostered players for each team and we will send periodic updates during the season of playoff eligibility.
Finally, all pre-season rosters will be posted on the message board prior to the start of the season and all playoff rosters will be posted on the message board prior to the start of the playoffs.
One last note, for teams who go to advanced play ASA tournaments, this will help with your status within the state as they are cracking down on roster violations left and right this year.
Having your roster online from April will prevent any of our teams from being accused of illegal rosters at district and state-run events.
Any questions, please reach out to me via email: email@example.com