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101: Local USSSA & WSL Softball for 2016

Since the local USSSA revised players list for 2016 came out a few weeks ago and with the last two days of local USSSA and WSL Team Classifications  released.  There have been discussions on the message board and I am for sure away from the message board among players and teammates via text and phone calls thinking what is going on with local softball.  Some players and teams follow this site to seek information, find out what’s new, and who has started an interesting post on the message board.  Both Andy and I appreciate the viewership and traffic for this site and we are glad to provide a communication platform for the local softball community.  All this said, I have attempted to break down some simple information for those who on a daily basis seek or read information from this site and for those that are new to organizing teams or need to know what’s new.

I have made an effort to provide some “101” of local softball for you.  Please remember the information below pertains to the Cincinnati area.

Players List – USSSA local players list is a list of players who have been placed within two categories by the local USSSA Committee, the committee places players either in the C Restricted List (CRL) category or C List (CL) category. What is the difference?  Players placed on the CRL have a value of 1.0 and are not permitted to play below the D level.  Players placed on the CL have a value of .5 and are permitted to play in any division of play.    Players who have been voted upon by the local USSSA Committee for placement into one of two categories can submit a formal appeal ( written appeal, in-person appeal, player can designated a representative) to the local USSSA Committee.

Note: The Committee Members use their subjective viewpoints based upon their personal knowledge of the game, personal experience of the game, input from other committee members, and good-faith judgments to adhere to the objectives and goals set forth by the individuals who chair and direct this committee.

WSL does not have a local players list.

Team Classifications – USSSA local Committee uses submitted rosters to determine where teams are deemed appropriate for levels of play. Factors considered and used to determine team classification levels are: Automatic bump ups from the National USSSA Office, National USSSA Committee bump ups, local USSSA players list, and overall team strength based upon make up of players on roster.  A point system is used as a “guideline” for where teams can be placed by the committee. Teams with a combination of player point values above 5 points are placed in the C division of play automatically.  Teams with 5 points or less can also be placed within the C division based upon overall team strength of players deemed competitive enough by local committee to compete against other local C teams. Teams who have been voted upon by the local USSSA Committee for placement into a division of play can submit a formal appeal ( written appeal, in-person appeal, player can designated a representative) to the local USSSA Committee Director after playing in four events.  Teams who have not submitted a roster by January 12, 2016 to the local USSSA Committee will placed within the C Division until roster can be reviewed and voted upon.

WSL local Committee uses submitted rosters to determine where teams are deemed appropriate for levels of play. Factors considered and used to determine team classification levels are: Automatic bump ups from the National WSL Office, local USSSA players list (resource tool), and overall team strength based upon make up of players on roster.  WSL “does not” use a point system like local USSSA Committee as a “guideline” for where teams can be placed by the committee. WSL local committee uses a plus system for D teams who are borderline between C & D divisions of play and also for E teams who are borderline between D & E divisions of play.  Local D & E teams placed in the plus category for a division have to play in a division one letter higher locally,  teams playing in nationally sanctioned events are permitted in there national classification level. For an example, Team A is a WSL D team nationally, but rated and placed by the local WSL Committee as a D+ team.  Team A must play in local tournaments within either the C division of play or any event that the WSL local tournament Director permits D+ teams to play within based upon other teams within said tournament.  National events constituted events such as WSL Regional (Midwest) and WSL World Events.  Teams who have been voted upon by the local WSL Committee for placement into a division of play can submit a formal written appeal to the local WSL local Committee Director after playing in three events. Teams who have not submitted a roster by January (TBD), 2016 to the local USSSA Committee will placed within the C Division until roster can be reviewed and voted upon.

Note: The Committee Members use their subjective viewpoints based upon their personal knowledge of the game, personal experience of the game, input from other committee members, and good-faith judgments to adhere to the objectives and goals set forth by the individuals who chair and direct this committee.

Topics to Seek Additional Information – National USSSA Office has implemented a new courtesy runner rule starting in the 2016 season as well as a new home run rule in the D division of play.  WSL has implemented for the 2016 season a new bat rule, all bats used in WSL will now have to be 1.20bpf. WSL also has introduced new home run rules for the following divisions of play: C (5 & outs), D (3 & IEO), E(1 EIO).

Trying to Help,

Todd Sledge.

FYI- Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Sunday January 30,2015. Check the site out for more information next week.

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