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|How do I get started? |
First you must fill out the registration form on our website. Go to Forms, Team Registration and fill out as much information as possible. Our league has a limited number of field slots, so for teams that have never participated in the league, we work on a first come, first serve basis for any team avalability not taken by a returning team from the previous season. Our league is a competitive, ASA Menís Class C/D league.What are the league costs?
The cost of the league varies depending on the amount of teams and the number of games played in the regular season. As these numbers can change at anytime during the registration period, including teams dropping out at the last moment, a good range to estimate $850 per team. This is a non-profit league, so all money goes to paying for field rental, lights, umpires, game balls, liability insurance, ASA registration and field maintenance fees. This registration fee includes game balls, lights fees and scorebooks but does not include umpire fees, which are currently $40 per game and must be paid by the home team. Teams typically play 9 home games a sesaon.Are there any ways to defray this cost?
Yes! First off, there are team sponsors, local business or restaurants that are happy to have their business name in the West Chester Daily Local and on our website. Some sponsors are willing to pay the entire registration fee, some sponsors will pay part of the registration fee. Itís all up to your sales pitch or contacts. Restaurant/bar sponsors are a good place to start since they like your teamís business for post-game celebrations or lamentations. The other way to defray costs is to sell sponsorship signs that are placed on the fences around the Westtown Complex fields. These signs cost businesses $500 for 5 years, a very cheap method of marketing to the thousands of athletes and spectators that visit the Complex each season. Teams that sell sponsorship signs get $50 off their registration fee for each sign sold. A win-win proposition. For more information on sponsorship signs, please email Kevin McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What am I responsible for as a team manager?
As stated above, game balls will be provided for each game. We will give managers enough game balls before the season starts to last the season; it is your responsibility to keep these balls in good shape. Teams are responsible for their own jerseys/t-shirts and their own bats. Batting helmets can be used at each individual playerís discretion. Please make sure your bat is ASA legal. We also require managers to help setup and breakdown the fields before and after games. We also ask teams to rake around the bases after games as a courtesy to teams playing after you as well as emptying trash cans when they are full. Donít worry though, we will make sure a league member is there to show you the ropes the first time you need to perform these tasks. What constitutes a starting lineup?
Our starting lineups consist of 10 fielding players and an optional 2 extra hitters. Extra hitters can bat at any place in your lineup. We added these 2 extra hitters to help teams get players playoff eligible. The minimum amount of players needed to start a game is 9. Teams will forfeit their game if less than 9 players show up. Please do your best to have at least 10 players at every game, since playing against or playing for a team with 9 players is very frustrating, and not very fun. What should our roster size be?
It is good practice to estimate between 15-17 people on a roster, taking into consideration vacations, business travel and unexpected absences from your players. Of course, you run your own teams, and many managers have methods other than the aforementioned that seem to work well for them. Keep in mind, though, that playoff time (July-August) is a popular vacation time, and it is best to at least get a certain amount of players "playoff eligible" (see rules for current game requirements) so you donít end up short during the best part of the season. How long does the season last?
Our Spring/Summer regular season goes from mid April to mid July depending on rainouts. The playoffs immediately follow and usually last around two weeks, sometimes going into August. What days of the week do we play? What times are the games? How many games are we expected to play each week?
Currently this is a "Tuesday/Thursday" league. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:30pm, 7:45pm and 9:00pm. During the majority of the regular season, you will play either one or two games per week. Depending on how many teams are in the league, you may have one or two "bye weeks". The exception is the end of the season and the playoffs, as we are rushing to get rainouts played and teams MAY have to play 3 or more games in a week. How are rainouts handled?
This is the single most frustrating area for both managers and league officers in determining when games are rained out. We do our best to inform managers at least a few hours before game time of game day if their game is cancelled. Sometimes this is impossible, as the rain often decides to hold out until JUST before or JUST after the first game starts. As stated before, we have a limited season length and a minimum amount of field slots, so we cannot just cancel games on a whim. Teams DO NOT have final say in whether games are cancelled, although managers and/or players from teams can visit the fields early on a game day and give us updates on what condition the field is in. If we let teams decide when to cancel games, weíd have a mess on our hands at the end of the season. We apologize in advance for any game your team travels to that is cancelled. Game cancellations will be posted on the website. In cases where games are rained out less than an hour before your game starts, the commissioner will call team managers to let them know, and managers are responsible for contacting their team members. A good suggestion for managers, get all your teamís contact information BEFORE the first game of the year, and find out what medium they like to communicate in. Some people have access to email all day, some do not.
Can players play on two teams?
The answer is no.