Competitive Baseball Coaches met Thursday, July 13. These are the notes from that meeting.
Competitive Baseball Meeting Notes
Spring League Notes
The 4 lower fields at Antimi; Green, Purple, Red and Blue will be completely renovated for the 2018 season with 210′ to 220′ fences. Question was raised as to the distance to the backstop. We will check with the City of Columbia.
League objective would be to provide a competitive environment to develop skills to prepare the players for their high school teams.
Most important factors for Competitive Leagues;
• League management
• USSSA Rules with team friendly rule exceptions
• Knowledge of rules
• Umpire consistency
• Two umpires per game
• Clocks on fences to determine end of game
• Suggested the enforcement of time limits and # of pitches between innings to increase playing time
• UIC or Crew Chief not available when issues or problems arise
• Umpire mechanics
A) More vocal on balls and strikes
• Improve training by having scrimmage games with umpire training
Current time limits are fine.
Boys Competitive Division ages 7-8 1 hour and 15 minutes
Boys Competitive Division ages 9-10 1 hour and 30 minutes
Boys Competitive Division ages 11-14 1 hour and 45 minutes
Suggested timer clocks placed by each score board.
No drop dead time limits desired
Offer one day tournaments or game days to play 3 games on a Saturday or a Sunday. Suggested to have Great Midwest Baseball or other Association market the tournament.
Pitching game management; What rule changes can be made to better manage your pitchers number of pitches and innings?
• Eliminate the 12, 10 and 8 run limit and replace with a 6 run/inning limit. This would allow games to play more innings and to play the entire time limit. Coaches would be able to plan pitching rotation on longer games as opposed to having a game end in three innings because of time limit.
• Offer league for High School Teams
• Adjust the rules for Fall and Spring to accommodate the league
• 16 game schedule desired for 10U – 18U
• Not discussed the date to begin Competitive Leagues in the Spring
• Not discussed the date to end Competitive Leagues in the Spring
During school year 8U and 10U would not play double headers but would play two single game nights each week. Double headers would begin when school is completed.
How to have more competitive games in 8 and 10 team leagues
• Combining A, AA and AAA is fine.
• Play more games with other teams in their same classification. Schedule A against AA, schedule AA against A and AAA, but do not schedule A and AAA.
• Play the first 10 games and then split the league into a gold and silver divisions to play the last 6 games to have more competitive games. Or, have a playoff in the last 6 games.
Eliminate game run limits of 12, 10 and 8 and only retain the 5 run limit per inning and play to time limit or drop dead.
8U Machine Pitch recommendations
• Correct the layout and distance of the pitching circle from home plate; Have tape and chalker available in shed
• Once the machine is set the machine will have the same setting for both teams;
• Coaches expressed there was not a need for umpires in this division. Eliminating the Umpire would lower the cost of the league to the teams.
• During school year 8U would not play double headers but would play two single game nights each week. Double headers would begin when school is completed.
• Discussed at what point is the play stopped. i.e. when the ball is returned to the circle
• Discussed the dead ball rule when the ball hits the pitching machine
Diamond Council is viewed as a softball league and not a baseball league.
Make score board controllers available for games.
There is interest in games in a one day format using a high school bracket or fixed three game schedule. Possible situational game format.
Ensure teams are awarded USSSA points for playing in league.
Topics not discussed during the time available;
• Date leagues should begin; April 1, April 15
• Date leagues should end; May 31, June 15, June 30
• Which association should Diamond Council partner with; USSSA, Great Midwest Baseball (GMB),