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Spring 2018 Season General Information

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Congratulations to North County, 2017 Fall Season Champions!


The 2/12/18 Board Meeting minutes has been posted.  Refer to the Board Minutes page on this website.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 19 at the Pizza Factory/French Valley after BP at Lago Vista Park (around 12:00 pm).  The main topic under discussion will be the Bob Kapeller Memorial Tournament 2018.

Several players have requested that the playoffs include all eight teams, so we're going to try it out this season
with a 1-day single-elimination playoff format.
Refer to the Spring 2018 Schedule of Games under the Schedule & Standings page on this website.

INITIAL SCHEDULE: The 8-team Spring 2018 14-game regular season will start on February 26, 2018 and will run through July 9, 2018; followed by a single-elimination playoff on July 16, 2018.  There are no doubleheaders for the six local teams in the initial schedule; however, this may change and/or the season may even be extended a week or two to make up games, such as rainouts.

Those teams taking BP prior to their 9:00 am games, please hit from the LF or RF corner toward the dugouts.

 

We've been losing a lot of softballs hit over the outfield fence when hitting from the infield.

The "2018 SSUSA Rule Changes" below were adopted by MVUDSS and went into effect on December 18, 2017.

A Lost and Found page has been added to this website.

The Fall 2017/Spring 2018 draft was held on Monday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

It appears that some may not be aware that league historical information such as pictures, archives (final standings, playoff/tournament results, a brief summary article for every season), disabled veterans tournaments, an In Memoriam subpage, etc. can be found on subpages under the "More" page.

There seems to be some confusion as to which fields are BLD1 and BLD2.  As you are aware, a sign is posted at the entrance to the park indicating which of the six fields we will be using.  The first field listed will be BLD1; the second field listed will be BLD2.

After the last game on a given field, the local home team will be responsible for taking down the pitching screen and giving it to
Steve Baranick or one of the other Board members.  However, if the last game involves only one local team, that team will take down the screen.

A new page identifying businesses and services provided by some of our league players has been added to this website.
If you'd like to advertise, please give your business card to Steve Baranick.
Refer to the Businesses/Services page under "More".

Playoff Format:
  • All teams will be seeded based on the SSUSA seeding criteria.
  • All eight teams will play a single-elimination playoff for the league championship.
  • Teams may pick up players from the league players, the waiting list, or the player pool.
  • The higher seed will have its choice of home or visitor.
  • Awards will be presented to the two playoff finalists.

Rule Additions/Changes: Rule 12. "Mercy Rule" changed to "Run Limit Rule".

League Fees: $40/player for the 6 local teams.  $560/team for Sammy's Cafe and North County (based on a 14-man roster).
Fee due Monday, February 26.  Make checks payable to Steve Baranick or Joe Hansell.

Pitching Screens: The Monday league board of directors has unanimously agreed that pitching screens are to be used only for Monday league games, batting practices, and other league-sanctioned events.  They are not to be used for any other purpose.

Batting Practices:

We will be having batting practices:

Schedule (next games)

Week 1 February 26
Time BLD1 BLD2
    9:00 am North County vs. Grayful Dead Deplorables vs. Yellow Snow
  10:30 am
Sammy's Cafe vs. North County
Blue Bolts vs. Royal PITA
  12:00 pm Ganley's Gamble vs. Sammy's Cafe  
Home team listed first.



2018 SSUSA Rule Changes

Several rule changes/clarifications were approved by the SSUSA Rules Committee and went into effect on December 1, 2017.
MVUDSS incorporated the following rule changes into its fall 2017/spring 2018 seasons.


  • COURTESY RUNNER OFFICIALLY IN GAME (8.5(5)) – Proposal to institute a provision designed to force courtesy runners game entry to be more efficient – “A courtesy runner may enter the game only prior to the first pitch to any batter.
    - PASSED: 13‐0 by SSUSA
  • PENALTY FOR USING AN ILLEGAL BAT (3.4(7)D) – Proposal to delete sub‐section “D” due to being redundant to other rule book provisions – “The tournament officials will request the owner of the bat to surrender it for forwarding it to SSWC headquarters. A player's failure to voluntarily surrender the bat to tournament officials will result in an immediate minimum of one year suspension from play. There will be a subsequent hearing to determine if additional sanctions against the player shall be imposed, and if the bat will be returned to the player or destroyed.“ - PASSED 12‐0 by SSUSA
  • GLOVES (3.6) – Proposal to allow the use of mitts by any defensive player – “Gloves and mitts may be worn by any player.” , but mitts may be used only by the catcher and first baseman. - PASSED 12‐0 by SSUSA
  • PITCHERS MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT (6.17) – In response to some pitchers asserting rule compliance by wearing “goggle style” minimally protective equipment, the area of the face that must be protected by a face mask was clarified – “Pitchers (only) MUST wear a face mask that covers the area of the face from above the eyes to the lower part of the chin. and all All players, including pitchers, are ENCOURAGED to wear the “recommended”, but not required, additional protective equipment.” - PASSED 12‐0 by SSUSA

  • PITCH COUNT (6.2C)  Men’s 50+ through 60+ and women’s 50+ divisions – Batters are allowed only 3 balls and/or 2 strikes, and all batters will start with a 1‐1 ball/strike count. NOTE: On a trial basis for the 2018 season, there will be one "courtesy foul" available to a batter after there are two strikes in the count.
    - Not adopted by our league; i.e. the current 0-0 ball/strike count rule will remain.

 

 



About The League

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Menifee Valley Upper Division Senior Softball (MVUDSS) is a Monday morning men's slo-pitch softball league for seniors 55+.
Games are played at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Perris, CA.

Out-of-area teams have the option of playing once a week or playing bi-weekly doubleheaders.

We use SSUSA tournament rules and approved bats; e.g. the Miken Ultra II is OK.

The league is open to tournament-caliber players.  It currently consists of teams/players from the Menifee Valley, Ontario, Hemet, Palm Springs, and North San Diego County areas, and walk-ons.

"The quality of play in our new league remains at tournament caliber, providing this level of play to local upper division senior softball players on a weekly basis.  As the league gains attention, we are hopeful of attracting enough upper division players to allow us to play two days per week.

Until such time, we will continue to offer high brand softball to senior players."

... Joe Hansell, league co-founder


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