2016 SEASON – What You Need To Know

With constant storms since last Wednesday, there was no chance the HDL, or any other outside sport lover, would be able to do anything with the muddy conditions outside. Now we must wait, and hope, for favorable conditions next Sunday, March 20th.

But the HDL Officers took advantage of the break to meet at Lost Pizza Co. restaurant on Poplar to go over a few topics. It is important that everyone review this Blog Post to become aware of the various topics that may affect your baseball plans for 2016.

  1.  2016 HDL Season – A draft of HDL schedule was reviewed.

    The schedule initially listed Friday dates to be “open” but designated for Rain-out Make-up dates only. The officers proposed adding at least 2 Scheduled Friday night games during June and July months, only.  The schedule lists a total of 20 Regular season games for each team. (Post-Season play-offs are a bonus so every team has an opportunity to play as many as 22 games with post-season winners playing as many as 5 extra play-off games)   Due to unpredictable weather trends, HDL members must understand that 20 games during regular season are not guaranteed.  The HDL Schedule will be posted on the Blog by end of this week.

  2. 2016 Player Dues –

    The schedule is the cart before the horse. Which means, the schedule drives our expenses, which determines how much each player needs to contribute to make the season possible.  Each game requires:  Umpires, baseballs, bats, field materials, etc.  An estimate of what the HDL can expect to pay out during the season is used to calculate player portion, after we deduct sponsor contributions and any roll-over in the league’s bank account from previous season.  On average, the HDL hopes as many as 12-13 “paying” players per team can be recruited. A total of 50 players was divided into expense costs.  This year, the HDL is in serious need to minimize costs of buying new team shirts.  This is where the HDL needs last year players cooperation. After the Teams are drafted, we need all last year players who are selected to be on a team that will wear a different uniform than their last year shirt color to turn-in last year’s shirt for their 2016 team shirt color.  For players who cooperate with the shirt swap program, their 2016 Dues will be $150.  For players from last year who choose to keep their last year shirt, or lost their last year shirt, they will be charged $160 for dues. New players will only be charged $150 because the budget includes a cost estimate to provide new player’s a team shirt.

  3. HDL DRAFT  – 

    With lack of preseason workouts, the HDL officers are never comfortable expediting the team drafts until we hear from prior year’s players on their ability to play HDL baseball.  We also need to meet any new players to evaluate their impact on benefiting a team that needs their playing level and skills.  So far, only 3 new players have been identified (Josh Luttrell, Dallis Bugg and Zaniora Nino).  The practice on Sunday, March 6th had a total of 16-17 players show-up.  Before next Sunday (March 20th) we are asking all former HDL players to contact the following HDL officers to help us prepare for the draft.  2015 Peterbilt Cardinal players contact Robert Miller (Text to: 832-1587);  2015 Lost Pizza Oriole players contact Bo McMinn (Text 674-8597);  2015 Lomax Insulation Dodgers players contact Patrick Belote (Text 237-1970);  2015 CDS A’s players contact Larry Rutledge (Text 827-6830) With Easter Holiday happening on Sunday March 27th, HDL would like to hold the draft as soon as we have an accurate estimate of player commitments for 2016 Season.  We also know if any past HDL players have injuries of physical limitations that team managers need to be aware of during consideration for 2016 team draft.

  4. 2016 Tie Breaker Rule –

    After a record setting year of “Tie” games in 2015, we all agreed we need a fair way to “Break” a tie at end of regulation (9 innings or Time expired). So in 2016 we will start the extra inning with last 3 batters from previous inning to be placed at 1st, 2nd & 3rd bases.  If one of “assigned” base runners is a player designated for a courtesy runner, standard courtesy runner determinations will be followed.  Inning will start with No Outs/bases loaded.  Inning will be played until each team makes 3 outs with Home team following same format as Visiting team. This format will continue until a winner is determined.

  5. Electronic Scoring (Game Changer)

    At the end of 2015 the HDL implemented use of electronic scoring using Game Changer program on an Apple Air Pad.  We will continue to dual score the games using manual scorebook and electronic program.  Hopefully we will train more people to use the electronic scoring system and be able to depend less on manual book entries.  We will get better with the new system as we use it more.  One of the challenges will be determining how we can integrate the new electronic stats with historical records maintained by HDL Statistician, Paul Baioni.  We are confident these issues will be resolved.  Your help is needed to make this happen.

There were a few other items discussed but they are not major.  We discussed: Adding dirt and top dressing to the infield; Buying a new “Bat” bag; Asking players to use a “Batting Practice” Wood bat instead of a game bat to reduce risks of breaking a newer or better bat; Adding a Liability Waiver to HDL Blog and requiring players to comply; 2015 Sponsors.  At least 5 or 6 sponsors are anticipated to be added to HDL.  This is all for now.

Time for players to “Get Serious”. 

Baseball is Fun when you play the game  

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