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2019 Rules Committee Meeting Results


    Meeting Minutes

    Internal Commission (IC) Rules Meeting
    Western Mass Relics Softball League

    Date/Time of Meeting – 30 Mar 2019/11:00

    Members Present:

    Walter Stewart - Commissioner
    Bill Koss – IC Chairman Gold Division
    Paul Grudgen – IC Chairman Silver Division
    Joe Conway – Gold IC member
    Tony Guilbeau – Gold IC member
    Ken Dube – Gold IC member
    Rich Nacewicz – Gold IC member
    Mitch Pysznik – Silver IC member
    Jim Chouinard – Silver IC member
    John DaSilva – Recorder

    Members absent – None

    1 Method of picking teams and guidelines for the Player waiting list

    Silver IC methodology of picking teams. Each Silver member will be assigned a rating which will be consolidated into tier levels from 1 to 4. Coaches will pick team members during a draft. At the end of the draft, the Silver Internal Committee (IC) will be allowed 2 days to review team rosters. Notification of team selections will be done by the coach and team rosters will be listed on the web site once approved by the IC.

    Gold IC methodology of picking teams. Each Gold member will be assigned a rating from 0 to 5. Coaches will pick team members during a draft. At the end of the draft, the Gold Internal Committee (IC) will be allowed 2 days to review team rosters. Notification of team selections will be done by the coach and team rosters will be listed on the web site once approved by the IC.

    Waiting Player List for both Gold and Silver.

    Any players wanting to play after the registration cutoff date will be placed on a Waiting Player list. Registration forms will be submitted to the Registrar prior to being put on the wait List. Once the registration form is received the Registrar will inform the ICs and pass on information from the registration form. The IC’s when needed, will determine team assignment based on the needs of each team. IC Chairmen will then notify the Registrar of team assignment. Registrar will then inform the player and update team rosters.

    2 Discussion on use of pitching screen. Gold and Silver

    Current rule – Pitching F6. It is mandatory that each pitcher use the pitcher’s screen or wear a protective face mask while pitching (must wear the mask consistent with the manufacturer’s intended usage of their product). Pitchers are also recommended to wear additional protective safety equipment, comprised of head gear (NOCSAE-approved), heart/chest protection and shin guards. (Added 2016)

    Change to read – Pitching F6. It is mandatory that each pitcher use the pitcher’s screen. Pitchers are also recommended to wear additional protective safety equipment: protective face mask, head gear (NOCSAE-approved), heart/chest protection and shin guards. (Changed 2019)

    3 Discussion on when the batter bats a ball into the screen. Gold and Silver

    Current rule – F. Pitching 6c. If a batter hits the pitching screen, the ball will be dead and the count will remain the same. If a batter hits the pitching screen a second time (in the same at bat), the ball will be dead and the count will remain the same. If a batter hits the pitching screen a third time (in the same at bat), the batter will be called out. For the Silver Division, if a batter hits the pitching screen, the ball will be dead and it will be considered a strike if the batter has less than 2 strikes. If the batter hits the pitching screen a second time at the same at bat, the ball will be dead and the batter will be called out. If the batter has 2 strikes and hits the pitching screen the ball will be dead and the batter will be called out. (Changed 2018)

    Change to read - F. Pitching 6c. Batter hits the pitching screen. If the batter has less than 2 strikes and hits the pitching screen (grounder or line drive) the ball will be dead and it will be considered a strike. If the batter has 2 strikes and has his one foul to waste and hits the pitching screen (grounder) the ball will be dead and it will be considered his waste. If the batter has 2 strikes and has his one foul to waste and hits the pitching screen (line drive) he is out. If the batter has 2 strikes and used his waste and hits the pitching screen (grounder or line drive) the ball will be dead and the batter will be called out. (Changed 2019)

    4 Discussion on how games are cancelled due to extreme weather for the Gold Division

    The following guidelines will be followed when cancelling a Gold game due to excessive heat or rain. At 2 PM, if there is excessive heat, humidity or heat index of 90 degrees or more, the game will be cancelled. For rain, the call will be made at 2 PM if a game will be cancelled due to rain. Game can be cancelled earlier if the field is not playable.

    5. Addition to Silver rule that will allow courtesy runner to advance to 2nd on a ground rule double

    Current rule – J. Courtesy Runners 7d. Courtesy runners from home plate may under no circumstances advance beyond first base regardless of how many bases the location of the batted ball may otherwise have permitted him to reach with the exceptions if the batter hits a home run over the fence, it will be allowed and counted as a home run and if there is an overthrow, the courtesy runner will be awarded second base. Existing runners on the bases can advance at their own risk when a courtesy runner is used from the plate. (Added 2018)

    Change to read – J. Courtesy Runners 7d. Courtesy runners from home plate may under no circumstances advance beyond first base regardless of how many bases the location of the batted ball may otherwise have permitted him to reach with the exceptions (1) if the batter hits a home run over the fence, it will be allowed and counted as a home run (2) if the batter hits a ground rule double the courtesy runner will be awarded second base (3) if there is an overthrow the courtesy runner will be awarded second base. Existing runners on the bases can advance at their own risk when a courtesy runner is used from the plate. (Changed 2019)

    6. Discussion on intentional walked batters. Gold and Silver

    Add F. Pitching 3c. There are no intentional walks allowed which includes no intentional walks for defensive purposes. If a pitcher intentional walks a batter, the batter/runner will be awarded second base. If, in the umpire's judgment, the pitcher throws an excessive high pitch, excessive outside pitch or rolls a pitch over the plate when the batter has a three ball count, the umpire will call intentional walk and the batter/runner will be awarded second base. (Added 2019)

    7. Discussion on base running when a ball is hit over the fence. Gold and Silver

    Add - H. Base Running 5. Awarded bases must be touched in legal order. EXCEPTION: On any fair batted ball hit over the fence for a home run, or a four base award, the batter and all runners are credited with a score. The batter and any runners on base do not need to run the bases. (Added 2019)

    8. Discussion on 2nd base for the Gold Division.

    Add C. Double Bag Bases 2a. (Gold division only) To reduce the possibility of collisions at second base between a runner and a defensive player, there will be a 3 foot line on each side of the base. The runner may overrun and cross the line on either side of the base. The runner’s foot must touch the ground on or past the line prior to the ball being received by a defensive player touching second base. The defensive player must make the play at the base or may tag the runner before crossing the 3 foot line. If there is no play at second base or if the runner is not stopping at second base, he must touch second base. (Added 2019)

    9. Discussion on the guidelines to be used for the Gold call list.

    The following guidelines will be used concerning the Gold Division call list:

    1. If the coach knows he will be short players for an upcoming game he should first call the opposing coach to check on availability of extra players. If the opposing coach has extra players, both coaches must agree to the extra player. If the opposing coach does not have any extra players or they cannot agree, the coach can use the call list to fill shortages.

    2. The call list can only be used if the team has less than 11 roster players. Exception to this guideline is if a pitcher is needed or if a roster player cannot safely play a defensive position.

    3. The replacement player should be rated equal or lower than the roster player. The replacement player must bat last in the order. Replacement players are to be removed at the end of the inning if the roster player arrives after the game starts. The arriving roster player will be placed in the same batting order position as the removed replacement player. The replacement player will be able to bat only and not play a defensive position unless someone else gets hurts or leaves the game.

    10. Discussion on Gold rules for overrun first, second or third. Current rule is based on turning to the right after passing 1st base. Change to read more consistently with ASA (USA Softball) rules.

    Current rule H Base Running 2b. The runner shall be considered safe on an overrun as long as he turns to the right after passing the base. Any attempt to advance (turn left) or to decoy the fielder, cancels the run by rule and the runner may be tagged out.

    Change to read H Base Running 2b. The runner is out when the batter/runner legally overruns any base, attempts to advance to the next base and is legally touched with the ball while not in contact with the base. The runner is not out when the batter/runner overruns the base after touching (or crossing at second base) and returns directly to the base. (Changed 2019)

    11. Update to rule D2. Sliding

    Current rule D. Sliding 2. Sliding or diving into any base or when returning to any base is not permitted in the Gold division. (Change 2012)

    Change to read D Sliding 2. In the Gold Division, sliding or diving into any base or when returning to any base is not permitted in the Gold division. Any player attempting to do so will be called out. (Changed 2019)

    12. There was discussion on the pitcher going behind the screen once he pitches the ball. Our current rule reads: “6b. After releasing the ball, the pitcher must step behind the screen. Otherwise it is an illegal pitch. After the batter swings, the pitcher is not restricted to staying behind the screen, but may move and become an active defensive player.” It was discussed that the umpires need to enforce this rule. In helping making this call, it was discuss that the 2nd umpire if one is available, will make the call on the pitcher if he does not go behind the screen once the ball is pitch.

    13. Meeting was adjourned at 12:15.

    Meeting minutes approved,
    Bill Koss / Paul Grudgen
    Gold/Silver IC Chairman

    BK/PG/jd

    Minutes approved by the Board of Directors, 3 April 2019








Walter Stewart Commissioner ■ Mike Dutton Assistant Commissioner: ■ John DaSilva Registrar ■ Jeff Ferranti Recording Secretary ■ John DaSilva Treasurer
■ Ray Saccoccio III Public Relations ■ Pat Lombardo Entertainment Chairman ■ Bill Koss Internal Chairman Gold ■ Paul Grudgen - Internal Chairman Silver
■ Maurry Tamarkin Past Commissioner

           
                                                                            
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