Winter Meeting Update
Initial Discussions held Sunday, January 15, 2012
Larry Rutledge, Terry Terrell and Tim Harris met Sunday, January 15 to review our “game plan” for the 2012 HDL Season.
2012 Draft – Specific Team Managers will not be designated prior to the draft. Instead, top 4 pitchers from 2011 (Brady Benjamin, Jodie Wolfe, James Skinner and Nick Harris) will be asked to select players during the draft. These players will automatically be on the team they help organize. The issue of Sponsor involvement in the draft will be avoided in this year’s draft. Even though Jodie Wolfe has been a sponsor the past few years, he was one of the top pitchers last year and qualifies based on this year’s criteria. After teams are selected, Sponsors will be assigned to the final teams. At that point, the Sponsors and team members will select a player to manage their team for the 2012 season. If any of the top 4 pitchers decline or are unable to participate in the draft, A league officer will draft a suitable substitute to participate in the draft. Draft Day is tentatively March 25th.
- The 2012 Preliminary Game Schedule was reviewed. (See hdlmemphisblog/home page for copy of schedule) Basically the schedule looks good. Larry Rutledge will add Friday Night games on April 13 and April 20 to avoid conflict with Sunday LeMoyne Owen College game times at 1:00 PM
- An HDL: All Star Game will be discussed as the season gets going. Tentative date is planned for Friday Night, July 20th. Format would be Teams in 1st & 4th place would play teams in 2nd & 3rd place based on league standings on July 8th. Each team would select 6 players from their team to represent them at the All-Star game. This could be a lot of fun. We are open to suggestions for an incentive award to winning team.
HDL Finances: Dues in 2012 will increase by $5.00 to $135 per player. New Sponsor Fees will be set at $350 per sponsor. A budget of expenses has been estimated based on 2011 operating format. Our main variable is Umpires and Field maintenance costs. In order to maintain dues at $135, we must play approximately 20% -25% of games with only one (1) umpire and use a player vollunteer to umpire the bases. Other costs, such as new jersey/shirts and new dirt-sand on the infield, must be managed to keep budget favorable.
- Current and New Players? Every year there are changes in membership. We expect there will be players who played last year who may not return but we hope this will be off-set with new players who will join the HDL and choose to make playing baseball their summer fun activity.
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