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Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Spring Season Information and Registration Packet Table of Content • Welcome……………………………………….……….Page 1 • Manager’s Checklist……..………………….……....Page 2 • Manager’s Meeting Schedule & League Info…....Page 3 • Important Dates…………. Page 4 • Manager’s Oath Form……………………………….Page 5 • SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules……........…...Page 6-14 • NAGAAA Definitions of Terms..…………………Page 15-16 • New NAGAAA Ratings Questions………….……Page 17-20 • Team Roster and Ratings Sheet…………………Page 21 Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Table of Content Welcome to the 2012 Spring Season of the Silicon Valley Softball League! The 2011 Spring Season starts on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 and will consist of 12 games plus playoff games. All games will be played at the Twin Creeks Sports Complex in Sunnyvale (Fields 8 & 9). This Packet contains all the necessary tools to prepare you or your team to participate in the 2012 Spring Season. PLEASE READ IT THOROUGHLY. If you plan on forming a team to play in the 2012 Spring Season, please send a “Letter of Intent to Play” to the SVSL Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org and SJSpartanGuy@Yahoo.Com ) as soon as possible: – Your name and contact information (Phone # & E-Mail Address) – The name of your team – The division your team will be playing in – The name and contact information (phone and email address) of any co-manager or coach which you would like included in all communications from the League. – Quantity of extra players needed (Division Rep will contact you) Deadline for Registration is 9PM, February 15th, 2012. Teams shall submit ALL required documents and fees to their Division Representatives and the League Secretary must have received ALL registration materials by the Deadline. – A Team Roster of at least 12 players including their name as it appears on their ID, their birth date and rating. – Manager’s Oath – Signed “Release of Liability” and “Acknowledgement of League Rules and Policies” by each player on the submitted Roster. – Fees for all players listed on Team Roster – Note: Managers will be required to submit one check (Manager’s Personal or Cashiers Checks) to cover all players. If you have players that pay you after the Team Registration Deadline, additional checks from the Manager will be accepted. Individual Players’ Fees for the 2012 Spring Season: $80 per player New players may be added to any existing team after the deadline and shall pay the same fee, prior to the completion of the 5th game of the season. Players shall not be “pro-rated” for late registration. Prior to any late registered player(s) taking the field, the Manager must submit: -A signed “Release of Liability” and “Acknowledgment of SVSL Rules and Policies” for each new player -A check or money order for the player’s fees -A clean and updated copy of the Roster and Ratings Sheet with the new player(s) Please make checks payable to: SVSL and include Team Name on “Memo” line *There will be NO refunds after the deadline, however, players may change teams and apply their paid fees prior to the conclusion of the 5th game of the season - Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 1 – Welcome Manager’s Checklist ___ Letter of Intent to Play submitted ASAP Sent to the SVSL Secretary: email@example.com and SJSpartanGuy@Yahoo.Com Subject: Letter of Intent to Play. Letter of Intent should contain the following: - Your Name and Contact Information (e-mail and phone number) - The Name of your Team - The Division your Team will be playing in -The Name and Contact Information of any Co-Manager or Coach which you would like included in all communications from the League -The Quantity of Extra Players Needed ___ Manager’s Oath Completed and Submitted to Division Rep and received by the Secretary by 9PM, February 15th, 2012. (Attached: Page 6) ___ Team Roster and Ratings Completed and Submitted to the Division Rep and received by the Secretary by 9PM, Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 (Attached: Page 20) ___ All Player/Team Fees Collected and Submitted to Division Reps and received by the Secretary by 9PM, Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. ___ Liability/Code of Conduct and Rules Acknowledgment form signed by all players and Submitted to the Division Rep and received by the Secretary by 9PM, Wednesday, Feb 15th 2012. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 2 – Manager’s Checklist 2012 Manager’s Meeting Schedule & League Contact Info Unless noted otherwise, ALL SVSL Board Meetings are held 7PM at: 1343 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126 February Wednesday, February 15th March Wednesday, March 14th April Wednesday, April 11th May Wednesday, May 9th June Wednesday, June 13th July Wednesday, July 11th Commissioner Miguel Mendoza firstname.lastname@example.org Vice-Commissioner Angella Tai email@example.com Treasurer Rich Stein firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary David Parker email@example.com C-Division Rep Teddy Chagoya firstname.lastname@example.org D-Division Rep Vacant Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 3 – Manager’s Meeting Schedule & League Contact Info Silicon Valley Softball League Winter/Spring 2012 IMPORTANT DATES February 15th General Membership, Board of Directors and Registration Meeting SPRING TEAM REGISTRATION DUE March 14th Board of Directors Meeting March 15th First Day of Spring Season March 29th Executive Board Candidate Nominations and Statements Due April 5th Executive Board Elections. April 10th Ratings Committee Meeting (1st of Spring Season) April 11th Board of Directors Meeting April 12th Last Day for Player Registration May 8th Ratings Committee Meeting (2nd of Spring Season) May 9th Board of Directors Meeting Teams considering accepting a berth to the GSWS must indicate their interest and confirm their ability to the Board at this meeting. May 31st Last Game of Spring Season. Finalized Spring Rosters Due to Secretary June 7th Spring Season Playoffs June 13th Board of Directors Meeting Teams willing and able to accept a berth to the GSWS must submit a deposit in the amount of $500 made payable to SVSL. In the event the team does not qualify or declines to attend, the deposit shall be refunded at the following Board of Directors meeting. June 14th Spring Season Championship July 1st New Term for Executive Officers July 11th Board of Directors Meeting Finalized GSWS Rosters Due with Check/Money Order paid to SVSL for all registration fees. (NOTE: SVSL shall maintain possession of $500 deposit and will use said deposit to pay for any penalties incurred by GSWS teams. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 4 – Important Dates MANAGER’S OATH I recognize the responsibility I am undertaking as a Team Manager in the Silicon Valley Softball League and hereby pledge to carry out the following Duties, Responsibilities and Obligations in a trustworthy and diligent manner. Obligations • Actively promote a positive environment of Camaraderie, Sportsmanship and Teamwork • Promote the growth of leadership, coaching and playing skills within the team. • Conduct myself in a professional and courteous manner. Team Responsibilities • Registering and collecting all players’ fee for my team. • Provide softball training and coaching to all members of my team • Be familiar with the NAGAAA rating system and keep all players on my team rated accurately. • Communicate all league correspondence and communications to team members as required. • Represent all my team members at all league meetings including divisional ratings meetings and in other meetings that are associated with the league. • Be the team contact for all players/non-players to direct any questions, issues identified comments or suggestions that are related to the league. • Contact the divisional representative on behalf of the team for any questions, issues identified, comments, or suggestions. League Duties • Attend, or send a delegate if unavailable, to all league meetings. • To be prepared and be an active participant in all league meetings attended. • To be respectful of the opinions of fellow Managers and SVSL Executive Board Members and to leave my personal prejudices out of all topics discussed in League Meetings. • To represent SVSL in a positive and supportive manner and always exercise the highest level of integrity during any League events. • Support, in a positive manner, all actions and decision of the SVSL Board of Directors and/or SVSL Executive Board, even when my views are in the minority position. • Abide by and enforce all SVSL rules and procedures while participating in games. • Submit a Blue Card to the Game Umpire that is filled out completely and accurately. • When needed, be the team representative on the Protest Committee or appoint a representative if unavailable. • If for any reason, I find myself unable to carry out the above Obligations, Responsibilities or Duties to the best of my abilities, I agree to resign or appoint a representative in my place. Team Manager Resignations and/or Removal As team manager, I may resign in writing to my respective divisional representative, passing on my responsibilities to another team member or representative chosen either by myself or by my team. I may also be removed from my position at any time by the SVSL Executive Board for not following the rules outlined within the Bylaws, Code of Conduct, SVSL policy & rules or the Manager’s Oath above. I also maybe removed at anytime by the players of my team. __________________ _____________________ __________ _____________ Signature Print Name Date Team Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 5 – Manager’s Oath Form SILICON VALLEY SOFTBALL LEAGUE SPRING 2012 RULES/REGULATIONS The Silicon Valley Softball League (SVSL) is an affiliate of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association (“NAGAAA”), and conforms to the American Softball Association (“ASA”) rules for Slow-Pitch softball. 1.0 Team Membership 1.1 Team membership shall be limited to no more than eighteen (18) playing members and a minimum of twelve (12). 2.0 Team Registration 2.1 Team registration packets, including: fees, roster, ratings, release of liability, and any other required forms, must be submitted to the team’s respective Division Representative and received by the League Secretary by 9PM, Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. Team rosters may only consist of open division members, as defined in Section 3.0. 3.0 Individual Registration and Eligibility 3.1 Every player must be officially registered, having their name on the official team roster on file with the SVSL Secretary before she/he is officially an Open Division member and eligible to participate in any Open Division game. 3.2 In order to be officially registered, each Open Division Member must sign and accurately complete a Release of Liability/Code of Conduct and Rules Acknowledgment forms and pay their SVSL season dues. 3.3 An Open Division member must sign all SVSL Open Division documents with the name that appears on their driver’s license or other picture ID and provide their date of birth. (NAGAAA requires this type of identification for World Series play). 3.4 An Open Division Member must be 18 years of age or older on the date on which Open Division play commences. 3.5 An Open Division Member may only be on one team roster per Division per season. D- Division rated players may “play up” on a C-Division team during Spring and Summer. 3.6 An Open Division Member is considered eligible when that Open Division Member: – Has complied with Section 3.2 above; – Is included on a team roster as defined in Section 2.1 above; – Is not under suspension or disqualification from any NAGAAA Open Division; – Is not on the active roster of another NAGAAA Open Division or another NAGAAA team (for this section, SVSL shall not have a GSWS qualifying C-Division and shall allow players from other Associations to play Spring) ; – Does not change teams during the season, except in the case of a team withdrawing from the Open Division, or if the Open Division Member is officially dropped by a team; – If dropped from a team, petitions the Commissioner for permission to participate with another team; – Competes as an amateur athlete and engages in the sport solely for the pleasure and physical, mental, or social benefits derived there from. 3.7 In order to be eligible for official post-season play, a player must have been present and listed for participation in a minimum of 50% of their team’s regular season games as determined by the official game lineup card (blue/yellow card) Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 6 – SVSL 2011 Spring Season Rules 4.0 Roster Procedures 4.1 All teams shall have a "Team Manager" who will: – Be responsible for their team's compliance with Section 3.0 above; – Be responsible for providing team roster changes to the Commissioner in writing; – Advise the Divisional Representative of their team's disbandment; – Represent their team, or appoint a designee who shall represent their team, at all official Open Division meetings or if no representative is available, shall be penalized $25 per meeting without providing the Board forty-eight (48) hours notice – Submit their team members’ player rating (‘Ratings’), SVSL roster, Player Registration forms, Manager’s Oath and all fees to their Division Representative and received by the Secretary by the Deadline set.. – Ratings will again be due at a date set by the Open Division Commissioner for player eligibility determination for World Series participation no less than 10 days prior to the roster submission date set by the NAGAAA Open Division. 4.2 Fully paid Open Division Members who are dropped from a roster through written communication to the their Division Representative, are eligible to be added to another team's roster through existing roster addition rules. 4.3 An Open Division Member may be added to a team by informing their Division Representative and submitting the Player's membership dues, signed Registration and Rules forms and Release of Liability, and an updated team roster with ratings. 4.4 Once a team completes the fifth (5th) game of the season, any roster additions must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the team representatives of the Board of Directors. 5.0 Rules of Play 5.1 The SVSL Open Division shall play softball according to the current and approved ASA Slow- Pitch Rules as amended by the NAGAAA and the SVSL Open Division Board of Directors. 5.1.1 ASA’s 2010 Rule change: Rule 6, Section 3H: The ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least 6 feet from the ground while not exceeding a height of 10 feet from the ground. NAGAAA will be using the old rule of 12 feet and SVSL will follow the NAGAAA rule of 12 feet. 5.2: The SVSL Open Division shall follow NAGAAA GSWS Division Guidelines as described in 5.04 of the NAGAAA Open Division Softball Code. 5.3 The following rules apply to the SVSL Open Division: 5.3.1 A team shall consist of no fewer than nine (9) Players. A team shall not be allowed to start or continue a game with fewer than nine (9) Players. A team that begins play with nine (9) Players may only add a tenth (10th) Player prior to the beginning of the third (3rd) inning of the game. The tenth (10th) Player must bat in the tenth (10th) position in the lineup. A team that begins play with nine (9) Players shall not be penalized with an automatic “out” in its lineup. This type of addition is only allowed if a team begins with 9 players. If a team begins with 10 or more players, and a player arrives after the last batter in the line-up has batted, they can only be used as a substitute. A team that begins play with ten (10) Players may end the game with nine (9) Players, but the missing Player becomes an automatic “out” in its team lineup, unless said player was removed for an injury. Note: For the 2012 Summer Season, two pick up players may be allowed to play in order to bring the team’s game roster up to ten players. Original Team members must equal 8. The pick up players must be paid participants within the SVSL league and their individual rating must be within the Division’s ratings limits. In the event the original team members arrive to the game, the pick ups are to leave the game and the arriving players will take their spot in the batting order. Please indicate the “pick up” players by adding a “PU” on the blue cards. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 7 – SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules 5.3.2 The batting order, the official list of Players in the order in which members of that team must bat, must be established before the game starts. C-Division: Teams have the option of batting their whole roster, which would be all of their players in attendance, or partial roster based on the Team Manager’s discretion. D-Division: Teams must bat their whole roster, which would be all of their players in attendance. 5.3.3 Managers are responsible for filling out the lineup sheet prior to the start of the game. The lineup sheet will consist of all roster Players, both starting Players and substitutes, who are at the game and in the dugout. Lineup sheet and game cards shall include: first/last name; jersey number; date; time. 5.3.4 If a team loses a Player due to injury or ejection, and does not have an available substitution on the bench, that team may continue to play; however, the team will be assessed an out every time that Player comes up in the batting order. If they have no substitute, and it drops them below 9 players, then the game is a forfeit due to not enough players. If the team loses a player due to injury, the team may scratch that player from the line-up, and continue without penalty of an out, unless that drops the team below 9 players. Then the game is forfeited due to not enough players. 5.3.5 At least five (5) minutes prior to the start of each game, each team’s manager will present their team’s batting order on the official lineup sheet to the home plate umpire and to the opposing team’s scorekeeper. The starting Players will be listed in batting order sequence with all substitutes noted at the end. 5.3.6 Substitutions or reentries of Players must be announced to the umpire before such lineup changes become legal. 5.3.7 A maximum of two (2) Players may have the use of a courtesy runner during a game. The manager may designate such Player(s) at the beginning of the game by noting the decision on the lineup sheet with an asterisk. If no runners or only one runner is requested at the beginning of the game, the manager may exercise the right of an additional runner(s) to the maximum, by informing the umpire at any point during the game. The courtesy runner will be the Player who made the last completed at bat exclusive of a Player designated as needing a courtesy runner. If a courtesy runner is needed in the first (1st) inning before an appropriate out has been recorded, the courtesy runner will be the last person in the batting order. 5.3.8 All Open Division games shall be officiated by an ASA-accredited umpire. 5.3.9 If the umpire has not arrived fifteen (15) minutes after game time, that game will be rescheduled. ASA will be notified immediately so that replacement umpires can be arranged for the remaining games that day. 5.4.0 All rescheduled games will be handled by the Commissioner. 5.4.1 SVSL Open Division rules regarding Player uniforms will be superseded by ASA rules with respect to blood-stained uniforms and open wounds. Replacement uniforms will not be required to match the existing team uniform. 5.4.2 The umpire shall enforce the rules agreed upon by the Open Division Board of Directors. Umpires shall not enforce rules not approved by the Open Division Board of Directors and not present in the SVSL Open Division Rules. 5.5.1 Special Rules for C-Division Play in the 2012 Summer Season - Two B-Division rated players allowed on Roster - After the batter’s second strike, the next hit ball must be fair or it will be considered their 3rd strike and the batter is out. - Each team is allowed one over the fence homerun. All others after will be an out. - There will be no intentional walks - Batter starts with 0-0 Count - No Limit on Runs per inning - Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 8 – Commit Spring Runner must touch Home Plate and there is NO SVSL 2011 Line. Season Rules 5.5.2 Special Rules for D-Division Play – Batters will start with a 1-1 count. – After the batter’s second strike, they have one courtesy foul ball – Runs will be limited to 7 per inning per team regardless of score. – The 7 run rule does not apply to the last inning, which will be unlimited for both teams. – There will be no “commit line” and players must touch home plate. – There will be no over fence homeruns allowed. A ball hit over the fence is an inning ending out. – Outfielders must stay on the grass portion of the field until after the ball is hit into play. – There will be no intentional walks 6.0 Game Start Time 6.1 There will be a ten-minute grace period, but it will count as part of the game time. 7.0 Length of Game 7.1 An official game will be seven innings or one hour and ten minutes, whichever occurs first. No new inning shall begin after 60 minutes for the D-Division and 70 minutes for the C-Division. 7.2 Games which are tied after one hour and ten minutes or tied after seven complete innings with time remaining will use the ASA tie-breaker as described in ASA Rule 5.11 (code article 510 N). 7.3 The ASA run rule is in effect (20 runs after 3 innings, 15 after 4, and 10 after 5). For the C- Division, a minimum of 45 minutes must be played regardless of score 8.0 Required Equipment 8.1 Each team must provide its own bats, warm-up balls, and other individual equipment. All equipment must meet ASA specifications. Any equipment not meeting ASA specifications is expressly prohibited. 8.2 Any type of baseball or softball glove or mitt is allowed. 9.0 Uniforms 9.1 The minimum uniform requirement consists of matching team shirts with numbers on the back. The number must be of contrasting color to the shirt and the number must be at least six (6) inches in height. Players on the same team may not wear identical numbers. 9.2 Shoes must be worn by all Players. Shoes with detachable, screw-on or metal cleats will not be allowed. Athletic shoes (tennis shoes, softball cleats, soccer cleats, etc.) are the only allowable footwear. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 9 – SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules 10.0 Scorekeeping 10.1 The official scorekeeper will be the game umpire. Any dispute in the game score should be addressed by the team manager/coach prior to the start of the next ½ inning. 11.0 Game Cancellations 11.1 It is the responsibility of the ASA-sanctioned umpire, in consultation with the Twin Creeks to determine whether or not a field is playable due to weather conditions. The Open Division Commissioner will work with Twin Creeks to reschedule game. This determination will be made on a game-by-game basis. 11.2 Managers will be informed of rainouts through either League Directors or by calling the Twin Creeks Hotline (408) 534-1169. 11.3 Teams must report to the fields, ready to play at game time. If the umpire is a no-show, the game is rescheduled (not forfeited), regardless of the number of Players present. The umpire no-show rule takes precedence over the minimum number of players rule. 11.4 Games cancelled, for reasons other than forfeit, will be rescheduled at a time set by the Open Division Commissioner. The Open Division Secretary will notify the Team Manager of each team involved, in writing of the revised schedule. 11.5 In the event of a change in weather conditions after a game has started, the umpire may suspend a game until weather conditions improve, or cancel a game. ASA rules apply to all suspended or cancelled games. 12.0 Forfeits 12.1 A team will forfeit a game for any of the following reasons: – Failure to have and maintain a minimum of nine (9) Players on the field; – Quitting in defiance of an umpire’s decision; – Fielding a Player who is ineligible on game day. 12.2 A team, which disbands during the season for any reason, will forfeit their scheduled remaining games. These games will be recorded as wins for their opponents in the Open Division standings. 12.3 In the event of a forfeit, the final game score will be 7-0. In the event both teams forfeit, the final game score will be 0-0. 12.4 For the 2012 Summer Season, up to Two Pick-Up Player will be permitted, but must be listed on the official roster of an SVSL Team. If an Original Team Player shows up, the pick up player must exit the game with the original roster player taking the pick up player spot in the line up. Pick-up players shall not be allowed in playoff and championship games. 12.5 A $25 penalty shall be assessed per team per forfeited game, when twenty-four (24) hours notice is not provided, by email and phone, to the Executive Board and the opposing team. In the event of a “double forfeit” each team shall be assessed the penalty. Those fee’s shall be collected and deposited in the League’s account. Disbanded teams shall not be charged if disbanded prior to forfeits. 13.0 Protests 13.1 Protests shall be heard by a Protest Committee, and be comprised of all Open Division Managers. Each team is limited to one (1) representative. If the team manager cannot represent their team on the Protest Committee, then the team Manager will appoint a representative from that team to attend the Protest Committee meeting. The following rules will apply: – The Protest Committee chairperson is the Division Rep that is opposite of the division that the protest is in. Example: if the protest is in the D-Division, The C-Division rep will be the Protest Committee Chairperson. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 10 – SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules – The Commissioner may not serve on the Protest Committee, but may be present during all Committee deliberations. – A protest may be filed by a by a team manager against an opposing player or team only as it relates to the specific game in which they are directly involved as a player or manager. Manager’s are encouraged to use good faith and fair judgment and attempt to resolve an issue at the lowest level possible, prior to filing a protest. – Any SVSL Elected Executive Officer may file a protest due to safety, health or deliberate violations of SVSL or Twin Creeks rules, policies or guidelines. Officers are encouraged to use good faith and fair judgment and attempt to resolve an issue at the lowest level possible, prior to filing a protest. NOTE: An Officer may not file a protest on behalf of his/her team if they are not the designated Manager of record. – After the protest is filed, the game will continue to completion. – The Protest Committee will rule on the protest within five (5) calendar days of the date of the protest; or, in the case of the team’s final weekend of play during SVSL “post-season” play, before the next game either team is involved in commences. – Only those persons recognized by the Protest Committee for the purpose of giving testimony, will be allowed to address the Protest Committee during the hearing. Any member of the Protest Committee who is a member of a team involved in the protest, shall not have a vote. This includes non-playing coaches and managers for said teams involved in the protest. – Protests will be heard by a quorum of the eligible members of the Protest Committee, whose decision by a majority vote shall be final. A simple majority of the Protest Committee members eligible to vote on such protest shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of hearing a protest. The Committee will have the authority to interview players involved in SVSL, officials and member associations and NAGAAA and SVSL officials and umpires. Both principal parties must be present during said hearing. Failure of either principal party to attend the hearing will result in a finding against such party by reason of default. – When the principal parties and Protest Committee members have completed interviews, Committee members shall vote in private by secret ballot to either uphold or decline the protest. Protest Committee Chairperson will count the ballots in private and provide a vote if it is need to break a tie. – Protest Committee meetings shall be open to anyone wishing to attend; however, anyone who willfully disrupts the hearing will be required to leave, and may face disciplinary action under the SVSL Code of Conduct rules. 13.2 Grounds for protest will be limited to player eligibility (as per the guidelines set forth in Section 3.6 herein), rules misinterpretation by the umpire. Player ratings (“Ratings”) can only be protested during designated Ratings Committee meetings and do not fall under normal protest protocol – Protests filed regarding player eligibility, as defined in Section 3.6, or with respect to restrictions placed on a player by NAGAAA, may be made and presented to the Divisional Rep in writing at any time within the beginning and ending of regular season play. – Protests filed regarding rules misinterpretation by umpire must be filed prior to the umpire leaving the field upon completion of the game in question. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 11 – SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules 13.4 If a player is deemed “ineligible” in accordance with Section 3.6, such player and their manager may be subject to any or all of the following: – Player is disqualified from playing in any game of the remainder of the current season – Manager: Fined $100 and probation for 1 year from date of protest. If additional violation happens during probationary period, the manager will be removed from managing for 1 year from date of second violation. 13.5 If a rule misinterpretation is upheld, the Commissioner will coordinate rescheduling of the disputed game as soon as possible based on team, field, and umpire availability. Based on ASA rules, the game will be replayed from the point at which the incorrect decision was made, with the decision corrected. 13.7 If the protest is not upheld, there is no appeal process, The decision of the Protest Committee is final. 14.0 Code of Conduct 14.1 All Players are required to abide by the Code of Conduct. 14.2 No Open Division Member shall: – Refuse to abide by an umpire’s or SVSL Officer’s decision, threaten an umpire or SVSL Officer, or at any time lay a hand upon, push, shove or strike an umpire or SVSL Officer; – Demonstrate objection to an umpire’s decision by throwing any object, and no object shall be thrown in any manner, for any reason, that an umpire judges to be dangerous; – Be guilty of using unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of the game against the body and person of any opposing player; be guilty of an abusive verbal attack upon any Player, SVSL Officer, umpire, or spectator, or use profane, obscene or vulgar language in any manner at any time; including violation of the Casual Profanity Rule as adopted by the ASA; – Use any intoxicating substances or drugs or appear to be in an intoxicated condition; – Discuss with an umpire a decision reached by such umpire, with the exception of the Team Manager; – Smoke in the team area (including dugouts) while coming off or going onto the field; – Once ejected from the game by an umpire, be allowed on the Players’ bench, on the field of play or in the stands; They must leave Twin Creeks Sport Facility. THE PENALTY FOR INFRACTION OF ANY ONE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT ITEMS MAY RESULT IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: EJECTION FROM THE GAME BEING PLAYED, A ONE-GAME SUSPENSION, OR A REPORT TO THE SVSL OPEN DIVISION COMMISSIONER. IF A PLAYER IS SUSPENDED, THAT PLAYER IS NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY WAY, NOR BE ALLOWED TO BE AT THE BALLFIELDS DURING THE GAME IN WHICH HE/SHE IS SUSPENDED. FOR ANY FLAGRANT ACT WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT RESULT IN AN EJECTION, A PLAYER MAYBE SUSPENDED AND BANNED FROM FUTURE GAMES FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE OPEN DIVISION COMMISSION, UNTIL FINAL DISPOSITION BY THE COUNCIL. ANY MANAGER’S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN UMPIRE’S OR SVSL OFFICER’S ATTEMPT TO ENFORCE CODE OF CONDUCT ITEMS (a) THROUGH (j) MAY RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE GAME. 14.3 Players are prohibited from receiving professional considerations as either a softball or baseball player, especially by accepting money or merchandise, directly or indirectly. 14.4 Open Division Members are to maintain sportsmanlike conduct, especially immediately proceeding, during and immediately following practice, Division play, or tournament competition while acting as a member of the Open Division. 14.5 Open Division Members will properly handle Division and team property responsibilities, including fiduciary responsibilities as may be required from time to time. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 12 – SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules 14.6 The umpire shall have the general authority to handle un-sportsmanlike conduct in accordance with ASA Rule 10, Sec. 9. 14.7 The umpire shall either suspend or declare forfeited any game where in their judgment there has been a violation of this Code of Conduct or a situation exists which makes it unsafe to continue the game. 14.8 The Open Division Board of Directors shall have the power and full discretion of imposing penalties on all violations of the Code of Conduct. For a any violation not included in this Code, the penalty shall be at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 14.9 All Open Division Members shall sign the Registration form, Release of Liability form and pay SVSL Open Division dues. Any roster member found to be in violation of this rule any time during the season, along with the manager and/or coach of such team, will be suspended indefinitely until such time as the Open Division Members complies, with this item of the Code. 15.0 Rule Violations 15.1 There are two types of rules violations – minor and major. The Open Division Board of Directors will determine into which category a situation will fall based upon the specific details involved. Minor Violations – A minor violation of SVSL Open Division Rules determined by the Board of Directors not to be intentional or flagrant will result in reprimand, probation, or suspension for a period not to exceed five (5) games; Major Violations – A major violation of SVSL Open Division Rules determined by the Board of Directors to be intentional or flagrant will result in severe suspension for a period lasting from six games until the end of the season. A year on probation will follow any such suspensions. Further violations while on suspension or probation may result in prompt expulsion from the SVSL Open Division; 15.2 Officer Violations – Any person serving on the Open Division Executive Board found to be in violation of SVSL Open Division Rules will be placed immediately on probation with voting privileges suspended. Further action such as suspension or removal from office will be determined by the Board of Directors. 16.0 League Champions and World Series Representatives 16.1 The winner of the most regular season games in each conference will be declared the SVSL Open Division Champion of their respective division. 16.1.1 The Method of tie-breaking to determine standings at the end of the season or for GSWS consideration: –Head to head play. –Run differential between the tied teams when they played each other. –Run differential for league play, (i.e. runs scored against and runs scored for.) –In the event a, b, and c do not effectively break the tie, there will be by coin toss. 16.2 A team is eligible for Gay Softball World Series participation as a representative of Silicon Valley Softball League’s Open Division if it meets the following criteria: –the team will have completed the 2012 Spring Season in the SVSL open division; –the team meets the current participation guidelines provided by NAGAAA. Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 13 – SVSL 2012 Spring Season Rules 16.2.1 The method of World Series qualification must be declared prior to the start of the League’s Official Regular Season play. Teams must declare their intent to go to the World Series by the deadline set by the Open Division Commissioner. All teams vying for a World Series Birth must submit a deposit in the amount of $500.00 by the deadline set by the Open Division Commissioner. In the event that a team does not qualify for a World Series Birth, their deposit will be returned. Any team that attends GSWS, on behalf of SVSL, shall have their 16.2.2 Extra Births: In the event that there are extra births available for World Series Participation, the method by which extra births are awarded must be declared prior to the start of the League’s Official Regular Season Play. 16.3 Any team earning the right to represent the SVSL Open Division in the GSWS will be required to demonstrate financial ability and Player commitment to participate by a deadline set by the Open Division Board of Directors. Failure of any SVSL Open Division team to participate in the GSWS after meeting the qualifications and stating their commitment to participate will result in a financial penalty and probation to be established by the Open Division Board of Directors. Should a designated qualifier of a berth be unable to demonstrate their ability to participate in the GSWS, the next highest placing team by the declared method of qualification will be awarded the Birth. 16.4 For 2012, SVSL adopts the following order for sending a team or teams to the Gay Softball World Series 1) Per 16.1 The winner of the most regular season games in each Division will be declared the SVSL Open Division Champion of their respective division 2) The Winner of the Spring Championship 3) The second-ranked team for the most won regular season games. If a team declines the opportunity to attend or is not otherwise qualified, the opportunity will be provided to each remaining qualified D-Division team based on Rule 16.1.1 until all teams are exhausted. 16.5 ALL-STAR TEAM. In the event no Open-Division team can attend the GSWS, SVSL shall create an “All- Star” team to attend the GSWS in the following manner: 1) The Board of Directors shall announce, to all teams and players, that an “All-Star” team is being created and eligible players may submit their name to the elected Executive Board for consideration. 2) The Vice-Commissioner, Secretary, Treasurer, Ratings and the Division Rep of the All-Star team, shall assemble a team, including: manager, coach and players; and will recommend the “All-Star” team’s approval as soon as possible, but no later than deadlines set by NAGAAA. This team will be made of players who are qualified per NAGAAA guidelines and have expressed interest and financial ability to attend. 3) The Board of Directors may approve the team in its entirety or make modifications based upon previously submitted names. 4) The Board may choose to provide reimbursement, in part or full, for “All-Star” players who wish to attend but may face financial hardship 17.0 Amendments 17.1 The method by which these Open Division Rules may be amended is by a majority vote of a meeting of the Open Division Board of Directors. Amendments shall be effective immediately upon adoption, unless otherwise specified in the amendment. Amendments post-opening day, which would affect Rules of Play, shall not be effective until the current season is completed. Amended and Adopted, _________________ by the SVSL Board of Directors. NAGAAA SOFTBALL CODE: DEFINITION OF TERMS This section contains terms that are defined by the NAGAAA Softball Code and will help you during the process of rating your team members. 1.00 DEFINITIONS 1.06 RUNNING SPEED - Below Average Speed: A batter, at the point of contact, being able to run home to first in 5+ seconds - Average Speed: A batter, at point of contact, being able to run home to first in 4 – 5 seconds. - Above Average Speed: A batter, at point of contact, being able to run home to first in less than 4 seconds. 1.12 DEFENSE LEVELS - Limited Level of Defense: A theoretical set of players having the following skills: 1, 2, 3, 6. 7, 8. - Intermediate Level Of Defense: A theoretical set of players having skills greater than a limited level of defense but less than an exceptional level of defense. - Exceptional Level of Defense: A theoretical set of players having greater skills than: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10. 1.17 HARD HIT BALL: Described as a ball hit at a minimum of 80mph or greater than 250 feet in the air. 1.20 HIGH FLY BALL: Any batted ball that is in the air for 5 seconds or more. 1.22 IN THE GAP: A ball that is hit a distance that is more than 30 foot radius from the outfield defender. 1.23 IN THE HOLE: A ball that is hit at a distance that is more than 12 foot radius from the infield defender. 1.27 LINE DRIVE: A ball that from the point of contact rises vertically less than 10% of the total horizontal distance it travels. 1.28 LONG FLY BALL: Any batted ball that travels further than 250 feet in the air. 1.29 LONG THROW: A throw that travels 150 feet or more 1.31 MEDIUM HIT BALL: A ball that is hit 55 to 80mph or hit 150 to 250 feet in the air. 1.32 MEDIUM VELOCITY: A ball hit 55 to 80 mph or hit 150 to 250 feet in the air. X.XX ON PURPOSE: With Intent X.XX PROPER PLACE: Appropriate base or fielder 1.41 RAINBOW ARC: A ball that from the point of release rises vertically 10% or more of the total distance that it travels. 1.45 SLOW HIT BALL: A ball hit up to 55 mph or hit 150 feet or less in the air. 1.48 SPECTACULAR CATCH: When a player catches the ball while leaving his center of gravity or is able to overcome obstructions. 1.50 TAKE EXTRA BASE: Advance at least one base beyond what the opportunity would typically provide a base runner with average speed. 1.54 VICINITY: Within a step in any direction laterally of the player receiving the throw. 1.56 WITHIN A FEW STEPS: Includes balls hit to the player as well as balls hit within a few steps of the player. ***NOTE: This sections is not the compete list of terms defined by the NAGAAA Softball Code and only contains the terms that will help you rate your team members. Please see the NAGAAA Website if you wish to view the complete list of terms. http://www.nagaaasoftball.org Silicon Valley Softball League 201 Page 15 – NAGAAA Definition of Terms NAGAAA SOFTBALL CODE: DEFINITION OF TERMS This section contains terms that are defined by the NAGAAA Softball Code and will help you during the process of rating your team members. 5.00 ROSTER AND RATINGS 5.03 TEAM RATINGS a) A Team Rating is calculated by totaling the ratings of the 10 top-rated players on each team. 5.04 GSWS DIVISION GUIDELINES a) Teams may compete in the following GSWS divisions based on their Player and Team Ratings. 1) A-Division a) All teams rated 270 or lower b) No open rostered team rated lower than 180 is allowed to play in the A-Division 2) B-Division a) All teams rated 185 or lower b) No players rated over 22 are allowed on a B-Division team. 3) C-Division a) All teams rated 145 or lower b) No players rated over 15 are allowed on a C-Division team. 4) D-Division a) All teams rated 105 or lower b) No player rated over 11 are allowed on a D-Division team. ***NOTE: This sections is not the compete list of terms defined by the NAGAAA Softball Code and only contains the terms that will help you rate your team members. Please see the NAGAAA Website if you wish to view the complete list of terms. http://www.nagaaasoftball.org Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 16 – NAGAAA Definitions of Terms NAGAAA RATING QUESTIONS Directions: 1. Read the following Statement of Purpose: This form is intended to be used as a tool to assist those responsible for rating players so ratings may be fair and consistent across all levels of play and across all leagues in the Open Division. All questions are intended to determine if a player possesses a skill or skills necessary for softball. 2. Circle a YES or NO answer for each question. 3. Many questions have multiple parts. A YES to ANY one part is a YES to the question. 4. Questions: All questions will begin with the phrase: DOES THE PLAYER HAVE THE ABILITY TO... THROWING DEFINITIONS FOR THROWNING, FIELDING AND BASE RUNNING QUESTIONS OCCASIONALLY: to be able to perform the particular skill without regularity. (i.e. the skill can be performed 3 out of 5 times) CONSISTENTLY: to be able to perform the particular skill with regularity. (i.e. the skill can be performed 4 out of 5 times) Questions 1-5 are intended to identify THROWING ability, and have nothing to do with the player’s ability to field the ball. YES or NO 1. occasionally throw a ball through the air 65 feet or better in the vicinity of another player? (65 feet is the distance between bases) YES or NO 2. consistently throw a ball through the air 90 feet or better in the vicinity of another player? (90 feet is the distance between 3rd and 1st) OR occasionally throw to the proper place turning accurate infield plays against runners with average base running speed? [a “YES” to Q#2 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#1] YES or NO 3. occasionally throw a ball through the air 90 feet or better without a rainbow arc in the vicinity of another player? OR consistently throw to the proper place turning accurate infield plays against runner with average base running speed? [a “YES” to Q#3 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#1, #2] YES or NO 4. consistently throw a ball through the air 90 feet or better without a rainbow arc in the vicinity of another player? [a “YES” to Q#4 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#1, #2, #3] YES or NO 5. consistently throw without a rainbow arc to the proper place turning accurate infield plays against aggressive runners with above average speed? OR consistently make long throws without a rainbow arc from the outfield directly and accurately to the proper base completing proper plays against aggressive runners with above average speed? [a “YES” to Q#5 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#1, #2, #3, #4] Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 17 – NAGAAA Ratings Questions FIELDING Questions 6-14 are intended to identify FIELDING ability, and have nothing to do with the player’s ability to throw the ball. YES or NO 6. occasionally on purpose catch balls that are thrown to the player with a rainbow arc? YES or NO 7. occasionally on purpose catch balls that are thrown to the player without a rainbow arc? [a “YES” to Q#7 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6] YES or NO 8. consistently on purpose field slow hit balls that are within a few steps? OR consistently on purpose catch routine fly balls that are within 15 feet? [a “YES” to Q#8 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6, #7] YES or NO 9. consistently on purpose field medium hit balls that are within a few steps? OR consistently on purpose catch routine fly balls that are more than 15 feet away? [a “YES” to Q#9 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6, #7, #8] YES or NO 10. occasionally on purpose field medium hit balls that are in the hole? OR occasionally on purpose catch fly balls that are more than 30 feet away? [a “YES” to Q#10 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6, #7, #8, #9] YES or NO 11. consistently on purpose field medium hit balls that are in the hole? OR consistently on purpose catch fly balls that are more than 30 feet away? [a “YES” to Q#11 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6, #7, #8, #9, #10] YES or NO 12. occasionally on purpose field hard hit balls that are in the hole? OR occasionally on purpose stop line drives in the gaps from getting by the outfielders? [a “YES” to Q#12 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11] YES or NO 13. consistently on purpose field hard hit balls that are in the hole? OR consistently on purpose stop line drives in the gaps from getting by the outfielders? [a “YES” to Q#13 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12] YES or NO 14. occasionally on purpose make spectacular catches? Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 18 – NAGAAA Ratings Questions BASE RUNNING DEFINITIONS FOR BASE RUNNING QUESTIONS OCCASIONALLY: to be able to perform the particular skill with some regularity or more often than not. (i.e. the skill can be performed 3 out of 5 times) YES or NO 15. go from base to base utilizing rudimentary knowledge of the rules? YES or NO 16. run with average speed and occasionally take extra bases on good hits or errors against a limited level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#16 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#15] YES or NO 17. run aggressively with average or better speed and occasionally take extra bases on good hits or errors against an intermediate level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#17 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#15, #16] YES or NO 18. run very aggressively and occasionally take extra bases on good hits or errors against an exceptional level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#18 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#15, #16, #17] Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 Page 19 – NAGAAA Ratings Questions HITTING: DEFINITIONS FOR HITTING QUESTIONS OCCASIONALLY: to be able to perform the particular skill, but without regularity. (i.e. the skill can be performed 2 out of 5 times) CONSISTENTLY: to be able to perform the particular skill with some regularity or more often than not. (i.e. the skill can be performed 3 out of 5 times) Questions 19-27 are intended to be answered based on the outcome – not counting walks – of each completed at bat (whether the batter reaches base or is out on the final pitch of the at bat), not based on the outcome of each swing during an at bat. YES or NO 19. occasionally hit a fair ball? YES or NO 20. consistently hit a fair ball? [a “YES” to Q#20 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19] YES or NO 21. occasionally hit a fair ball with at least medium velocity? [a “YES” to Q#21 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19, #20] YES or NO 22. consistently hit a fair ball with at least medium velocity? [a “YES” to Q#22 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19, #20, #21] YES or NO 23. consistently reach base safely on a batted ball against a limited level of defense? OR occasionally reach base safely on a batted ball against an intermediate level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#23 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19, #20, #21, #22] YES or NO 24. consistently reach base safely on a batted ball against an intermediate level of defense? OR occasionally reach base safely on a batted ball against an exceptional level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#24 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19, #20, #21, #22, #23] YES or NO 25. consistently reach base safely on a batted ball with high velocity against an intermediate level of defense: OR consistently reach base safely on a batted ball against an exceptional level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#25 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24] YES or NO 26. consistently reach base safely on a batted ball with high velocity against an exceptional level of defense? [a “YES” to Q#26 automatically results in a “YES” to Q#19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25] YES or NO 27. consistently reach base on an intentional hit with the ability to use all fields against an intermediate level of defense? Silicon Valley Softball League 2012 OR Page 20 – NAGAAA Ratings Questions occasionally hit a ball over a 300’ fence? Silicon Valley Softball League 2011 Page 21 – Team Roster & Rating Sheet