In the light of what happened yesterday in the first game of a doublheader between Sawloon vs. J.D. McGillicudy's Brookline at the 69th Street Main Field it's seems like a good time to review the rule for a team starting a game with nine players.
The Sawloon team who requested to play a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader vs. J.D. McGillicudy's Brookline started the game with nine players.
At that time, the coach of Cuddy's protested the game because the umpire chose not to enforce the penalty, that when a team starts with nine players the 10th position in the batting order becomes an out.
The protest was upheld and the game will resume in the bottom of the 3rd inning after the teams regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. doubleheaders are completed on Sunday, May 18th (Week 5).
The inconvenience to the league of having to reschedule this game is something that could have been avoided if the ASA rule was followed.
Also, when a team chooses to lodge a protest, the umpire MUST accept that protest and write it in that teams scorebook.
If an umpire refuses to take the protest please call me immediately.
As of the league's next games on Sunday, May 18th, the manager of the protesting team must submit his/her protest in writing to the myself of league president Anthony SanFilippo no later than 48 hours after the protested game. A $25 protest fee must accompany the written protest.
The protest fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.
The Millennium Sunday Softball League will follow the ASA Rulebook pertaining to the following.
Teams MUST have nine (9) players to start a game.
In this situation, once a 10th player shows, they must immediately report to the umpire and be inserted into the game in the last spot in the
The 10th spot in the batting order will be an automatic out.
If a team drops to 8 players during the game, then the game is ended.
If a team is forced to forfeit a game under these circumstances, the umpire will turn in the score as a 7-0 win for the opposing team.