Sorry for the delay getting this up for you.
First, I want to say that yes, there was a typo on the schedule. Week 9 is scheduled for June 22, not June 29. There is no off week at the end of the season.
Secondly, I want to talk about medical exemptions.
We will not be allowing medical exemptions this year. Too many teams – and you know who you are – tried to abuse the loophole that allowed players without enough games qualified to use medical reasons in the form of doctor’s notes, etc. to let them play in the playoffs.
Usually we would have two or three cases like that. We had 34 last season.
So, it’s not happening again.
If you have an injured player who is suddenly, miraculously healed just in time for the start of playoffs, figure out a way to get him on the field nine times between Sunday and June 22. Pinch hit. Pinch run. One inning in the field. They all count as a game played.
The only thing you cannot do is have a player listed as an EH in your lineup and then pinch hit for him before he takes an at bat. If he is the EH, he must have one complete plate appearance to count as a game played.
Sorry it has to be this way, but there were teams last year who were able to use the loophole to get players in the playoffs that probably should never have been there.
So now, it’s more difficult for all of us.
Speaking of medical stuff….
We talked about this at the first meeting and I will reiterate it again here:
There is no such thing as a medical runner.
You are afforded courtesy runners in a game for this very reason. You get two courtesy runners and a re-entry. So if you’ve got a guy who is hurting, that’s three times in a game he can be run for. Not sure anything more than that is needed.
Now, onto the rosters.
First of all, I heard your gripes about rosters last season, so I’ve made some changes to the format.
Last season I required a maximum roster of 20 players prior to the season. That is no longer necessary.
Instead, we will have open rosters all season, so you can have as many guys as you want play for you during the regular season.
Here’s the catch….
Of the first 20 names you submit during the season, a minimum of 10 still must qualify for the playoffs. This is different than last year in the sense that you aren’t locked into 20 names from April 1st, but rather can slowly progress toward 20 to get your playoff roster set.
Now, once you reach 20, no more than four players AFTER you reach 20 can count toward your playoff roster regardless of how many games they played.
Also, no more than 20 players total can qualify for the playoffs. If you have more than 20, we will take the first 20 to qualify only.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – and I can’t stress this enough – you cannot play for more than one team in a Sunday season. Period. So, make sure whoever your first game is with is the team you want to play with on Sundays all summer.
Now, onto reporting your lineups each week.
There are two ways to report your lineups – you can either email your division captain (captains and emails below) or you can post it directly to the league Facebook page.
Each Sunday I will create a Facebook Thread for Each Division of play on the page. All you have to do is take a picture of your scorebook (both teams lineups, both games… be sure to mark down all subs too and try to make them as neat as possible where the names are so we can identify the players) and add it to the comments under each Thread.
You can do it with your phone, right from the field as soon as the games are over. It’ll take 30 seconds.
If you don’t want to be bothered with doing that, you can email it to the captains, but there is a deadline of midnight Tuesday for these lineups.
The reason there is a deadline is the captains need time to go through all the lineups, make sure there are no discrepancies, resolve any discrepancies and then send files to me for playoff eligibility.
If a deadline is missed, NO ONE from your team will be credited with games played. Don’t put yourselves in a bind. Send in the lineups. It’s not that hard.
Also – in the case of a forfeit – every player on the winning team’s roster TO THAT POINT, whether they were going to be at the game or not, will be credited with two games played. No new players will be credited.
Also, no player on the team that forfeited will be credited with any games played even if they made it out to the field.
Roster updates will be posted to both the message board and the Facebook page after Week 5 so you can monitor your roster more closely as you approach the playoffs.
Here are the division captains and email addresses:
A/B Division – Anthony SanFilippo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
C Division and D Division – Steve Prescott (PrescottSteven@yahoo.com)
E Division – Rob Reed (Tuc15544@temple.edu)
Rec Division – Keith Woodbury (WoodHog6@yahoo.com)
Any other questions… you know how to reach me.