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Hot Stove Meeting Summary from Dec. 4th

AA League

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on the happenings of PSS here are the notes from the recent Hot Stove Meeting 

The following items of interest for the AA (B) League were discussed during the Hot Stove meeting and some changes will be implemented during the upcoming Cactus League:

(a) Run-Through Rule (over-run base rule)  is eliminated. Runners are still required to avoid collisions.

(b) Game Day Draw Rules- the draw will be a random draw similar to the AAA (I) league. Chips will placed in a hat for all players signed-up to substitute, managers will select chips alternately until each team has appropriate number of players for the game. 

(c) AA (B) League will no longer have player ratings ( no more “A” players)

(d) In Cactus League Pitchers must have a courtesy runner, again in an effort to speed up the game, won’t have to wait for pitchers to “gear-up” after being on base.

(e) Due to concerns about availability of pitchers- the managers of each team will draft a designated pitcher in the first round. 

Other Items discussed included:

Roster size/# of Teams- this will be discussed as we get registrations and better idea of how many players will be in AA league.

In an effort to speed up the game discussed possibility of using 1-1 count. Coordinator and managers will discuss the possibility of trying it in the Cactus League.

AAA League

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on the happenings of PSS here are the notes from the recent Hot Stove Meeting 

The following items of interest for the AAA (I) League were discussed during the Hot Stove meeting and some changes will be implemented during the upcoming Cactus League:

(1) Draw- need to have transparency- most agreed the AAA (I) League procedure was working well.

(2) Umpires- should be given priority on days they work. Most agreed and Steve Smith will work on implementing a procedure.

(3) Players 45/50 should only play in Major (A) League. Most felt that players should play in whatever league was appropriate to their ability. AAA (I) is projected to have only 1 player under 50 in the league and this individual has played 2 seasons in AAA (I) League.

(4) Courtesy Runner Rule- lot of discussion. this was a new rule implemented by the board in 2017. It was extremely restrictive, the board is eliminating 6 of the paragraphs and the rule will now state:

       A courtesy runner (CR) may only be used for a player who requests one. A team’s manager and/or other p-layers may not require a player to request a CR. When a CR is used, all SSUSA rules regarding CRs apply, including the provisions of the tie-breaker rule.

(5) Play-off Schedule- league will what it can to avoid conflicts with major SSUSA tournaments and avoid having to play 3 games in one day at PSS end of season tournament. In terms of starting/stopping dates for the PSS season we have to work in conjunction with the City of Prescott.

(6) Ball Preference- complaint was the “new” ball(300psi 52 cor) after 3-4 innings turns to mush. Due to safety concerns raised in Major (A) league PSS changed balls 2 seasons ago, players have had the chance to evaluate
the ball. The Competition Committee would like to survey all PSS players and see the player’s preference. The results will be forwarded to the board as a recommendation as the board will make the final determination as to which ball the league will use. 

(7) Try 1-1 count in Cactus as a means to speed games up, and evaluate the effectiveness prior to the start of the regular season.

(8) Roster size/#of Teams- To be determined after registration and after Major’s draft.

Major League

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on the happenings of PSS here are the notes from the recent Hot Stove Meeting 

The following items of interest for the Major (A) League were discussed during the Hot Stove meeting and some changes will be implemented during the upcoming Cactus League:

Here’s what was discussed:

(1) Board at player’s suggestion changed the name of the leagues: Major, AAA and AA.

(2) No Player under 50- at this point we only have Chris Wright under 50 and if league was to change the rule back to 50, the right thing to do would be to grandfather Chris in anyway. This would be a board decision but we’re not bringing it to the board at this time.

(3) Courtesy Runner Rule- lot of discussion. this was a new rule implemented by the board in 2017. It was extremely restrictive, the board is eliminating 6 of the paragraphs and the rule will now state:

       A courtesy runner (CR) may only be used for a player who requests one. A team’s manager and/or other p-layers may not require a player to request a CR. When a CR is used, all SSUSA rules regarding CRs  apply, including the provisions of the tie-breaker rule.
 
(4) Draw Procedures- players want more transparency, consensus was AAA (I) has the best draw procedures and Major will adopt those procedures. (Based on our conversation at Winter Worlds I believe you are well versed in the procedures, in-order for the procedures to work it is important that the managers actually follow the procedures. I believe that was why we had some problems this past year.)
 
(5) Roster Sizes & # of Teams- Consensus was need minimum of 11 on a team, preferably 12, whichever teams need to be equal. Registration will answer how many teams & roster sizes.
 
(6) Permanent /Priority Subs- again player called in wanted this discussed. One concern is that more players will opt to be considered a “permanent sub” and this could have a negative impact on the integrity of the draft and dilute the team concept. For the “sub” it can be great, you pick & choose when to show up (only early games) or if we end up with 4 teams of 12 sub sj=hows up and doesn’t get to play like what happened to Dave Mize a couple of years ago. If we have 12 on a roster and a manger knows Chris Wright is only going be there 25-30% of the time you might draft Chris in the 8,9,10,11 round…I wouldn’t draft a part-timer prior to that.
We can address this after registration and prior to the draft.
 
(7) Disbursement of Pitchers- question is will the league have enough pitchers? Do we need to identify/designate who’s a pitcher and draft them separately prior to everyone else? On the registration form membership committee will include a box to check if a player wants to be considered a pitcher. Again,registration & numbers is what may determine our course of action.
 
(8) The Ball Preference- Due to safety concerns raised in Major (A) league PSS changed balls 2 seasons ago, players have had the chance to evaluate the ball. The Competition Committee would like to survey all PSS players and see the player’s preference. The results will be forwarded to the board as a recommendation; as the board will make the final determination as to which ball the league will use. 
 
(9) Playoffs- Consensus was to return to a more inclusive format. What that will look like will be determined by # of teams in the league.

 


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