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  This section provides League expectations and responsibilities for the following:  

Team Managers
Team Reps
Player Replacement Policy


Team Managers TOP

  The Team Manager is primarily responsible for "on the field" team activities as this guide enumerates, and has the most impact on the players in the league. Other, related, "general activities" are also described.  
  The Team Manager may also be the Team Representative (Team Rep) who is required to attend CDSSL Leadership Group Meetings, is the voting member (league decisions) of the team, and handles communications, as required, between the team, the Leadership Group, and the various CDSSL Sub-Committees. Typically, however, each team tends to select/elect a Team Rep other than the Manager. If a separate Team Rep is used, the Team Manager will also attend Leadership Group Meetings to obtain useful information and participate in discussions. He may vote (for the team) in the absence of the Team Rep. If either the Team Manager or Team Rep is unable to attend a meeting, a team replacement should be designated and CDSSL League Commissioner so advised.  
  The team manager is responsible for the following game related and "on the field" activities:  
  • Coordinate/Facilitate all game related and on the field interactions with the team, the opposing manager, and the umpires.
  • Communicate to the team all unique CDSSL playing rules that supercede ASA rules and requirements on use of approved playing equipment (e.g., bats, spikes), discuss league policies on player conduct, and convey playing dates/times (schedules/makeup’s).
  • Advise team members to play hard but, to minimize injury, they should always be "under control" (e.g., when running the bases and playing the field), and each player should play within their own limitations (e.g., considering current skill level, health, physical condition, etc.). Advise team members that the runner has primary responsibility for the avoidance of collisions on the base paths. For plays in the field, "calling for the ball" must be emphasized. Team members should also be cautioned against trying to play when hurt.
  • Maintain team equipment bag (two catcher's masks and batting practice balls) and first-aid supplies (e.g., ice packs), and oversee entry and use of the CDSSL equipment shed and the home team should secure the lock upon the completion of game activities.
  • Home team manager provides 2 new softballs (league supplied) for each game.
  • Home team manager designates the team personnel responsible for normal field preparation, i.e., lining of fields and placement of alternate first base and alternate home plate.
  • Home team manager, as required, shall take the lead to enlist team members in other field prep that is weather related (remove water, add fill, rake, etc.), or to repair damage from prior field usage. Note: since there is a safety issue involved, typically the visiting team will also participate in this effort.
  • Designate team personnel to police the team dugout area following the completion of each game (gather left behind items, and remove trash).
  • By action and conduct on the field, set a good example for team members that will promote good sportsmanship, fair play, and game enjoyment for players and spectators. Promote a competitive attitude, with a strong desire to win each game, but not to win at the cost of good will and friendship with the manager and players on other team.
  • Prepare a game batting order and share it with the opposing team’s manager. Identify for the home plate umpire and opposing manager, players who will DH only, or who will need a courtesy runner (based on division).
  • Participate in pre-game discussions with opposing team manager and game umpires.
  • Have a strategy for player substitutions in the field and implement it during the game (note: must meet league minimum inning requirements).
  • Designate a game scorekeeper(s) and identify it to the opposing team manager and home plate umpire.
  • Pro-actively designate base coaches, as required, during the game (typically team members will voluntarily perform this task as the need arises).
  • Clearly communicate to team members that game disputes ("arguments") with umpires are to be by the team manager only, and that violation of this rule can result in a players ejection from the game (without exception, this will be very strictly enforced). The Team Manager may need to step in to control a team member who may be in danger of ejection due to his actions/language.
  • Insure that players hustle on and off the field each half inning and that no playing equipment is left on the playing field.
  • Suggested Option: Using the game score books, maintain player statistics (e.g., batting averages, extra base hits, and runs, etc.). This will typically assist the manager in preparing a team batting order, assist in identifying Olde Star Team candidates and in generating player skill ratings. These statistics may be shared with the team as deemed necessary. Note: it may be possible to delegate this task to a willing team member.
  • Suggested Option: Designate one or more team (or game) captains to assist in defensive positioning and to help give "in game" advice to teammates regarding the proper play in various game situations. The team captain(s) may also offer advice to the Team Manager in the preparation of a game strategy (batting order, players vs. field positions, substitutions, opponent info, etc.), with the understanding that the Team Manager has the final say in all such matters. The team or game captain(s), when used should be game knowledgeable, and should be a respected member of the team.
  • Suggested Option: Schedule team practices as required, e.g., such as following the formation of new teams, and after long periods with no games (due to weather), etc.
  • Suggested Option: Create a phone tree list for rapid communication with team members (e.g., Re. game cancellations).
  • Upon completion of each game, provide a game summary. (NOTE: Home team manager should include the full name of the Home Plate and Base Umpires as we will use this as a double check to insure accurate reimbursement) to the CDSSL publicity contact. This should be done by going to the Game Recap page by clicking the link on the left navigation bar.
  • Upon completion of the game, fill out the Umpire Evaluation Form. This should be done by going to the Umpire Evaluation page by clicking the link on the left navigation bar.
  The team manager is also responsible for the following general activities:  
  • Appoint, or have the team members elect, a Team Representative (see above), who must be approved by the Board of Directors. This should always be done at the start of the season.
  • Have a complete understanding of the CDSSL league rules and a reasonable understanding of ASA softball rules the (fallback for issues not covered by CDSSL rules) Note: Each Team Manager will receive a current ASA rulebook.
  • Contact the CDSSL Player Personnel Committee chairman, when required during the season, to identify replacement player candidates (e.g., required due to injury) per CDSSL procedures.
  • Distribute team shirts and hats when new teams are formed. Collect team shirts at end of the season, if the team shirts are to be reissued to another team. This is based on condition or newness of the shirts.
  • In the Ralph Cataldo Division, together with the Team Rep, when requested, provide the Olde Star Team Committee with the names of seven (7) willing players for roster consideration, and communicate CDSSL special events (i.e. Annual banquet, fundraising initiatives), and facilitate the ballot process for CDSSL elected league officers.
  • If possible, attend the pre-season tryouts for new league players, and assist as required. This may include assisting in the player workout process, and the rating of player's skills.
  • Provide player skill ratings for team members (and others, where possible) near the end of the season. Note: CDSSL rules mandate that this must be completed to be eligible to participate in the league playoffs. This data is gathered to facilitate the selection of new teams in even numbered years.
  • Participate in the formulation of new teams in even numbered years. Volunteer as requested to generate skill ratings of new players.
  • Assist CDSSL to identify league & team sponsors, and other revenue generating initiatives.
  Please Note:  
  New Team Managers are selected from a list of candidates, as required, by the Board. Candidates may volunteer for consideration. A Leadership Group member, a Team Manager, or Team Rep, to determine their interest/willingness in becoming a candidate, may also approach “Viable candidates”. The performance of returning Team Managers is reviewed each year by the Leadership Group, at which time they may be approved to continue as Team Manager, or replaced by someone from the list of available new candidates.  

Team Reps TOP

  The Team Representative (Team Rep), who is required to attend the CDSSL Leadership Group Meetings, is the voting member (league decisions) of the team, and handles communications, as required, between the team, the Leadership Group, and the various CDSSL Sub-Committees.  
  The Team Rep may be selected by the team manager, subject to approval (show of hands) of a majority of team members, or, if there are several viable, willing, candidates, may be elected by the team members by a secret ballot (election conducted by the Team Manager). Team Managers will also have the option of selecting/electing a new Team Rep at the beginning of each new season, although for continuity, this will not normally be the practice.  
  Because of their critical role in team and league leadership, and in league communications, the CDSSL Leadership Group must approve new Team Reps (even those with Team Rep experience on previous teams). Team Reps must receive Leadership Group approval at the beginning of each year. This includes Team Rep(s) from the preceding season.  
  The Team Representative is responsible for the following:  
  • Attends all CDSSL Leadership Group meetings, and votes on league matters on behalf of the team. It is very important for the proper conduct of league business, and for communication of important league matters to all (team) members, that the Team Rep attends each meeting. If the Team Rep is unable to attend a particular board meeting, he should insure that the Team Manager will be attending, and can therefore act as his substitute. In the event that the Team Manager will also be unable to attend, another team member should be recruited to attend, and, if this happens, the CDSSL League Commissioner should be so notified in advance of the meeting.
  • Communicate CDSSL Leadership Group Meeting issues and results to team members. Contacts each player for input on CDSSL & team issues and solicits opinions on meeting agenda items for meetings Communicate special league event details to team members. Distribute CDSSL League secret election ballots and collect completed ballots for delivery to CDSSL Manager of Documents.
  • Act as the team intermediary and advise Team Manager of all internal issues, conflicts, etc. Provide team members with an anonymous avenue of approach to the manager, while thus avoiding direct confrontation and repercussions. In the event of any issues that require further mediation the CDSSL League Commissioner should be contacted for input and next steps.
  • Assist the Team Manager, as requested, in on and off field interactions with team members.
    These interactions may include:

            -- Communication of CDSSL playing rules and leagues requirements/restrictions on use of playing equipment (e.g., bats, and spikes). Discussion of league policies and expectations regarding player conduct. Presentation of league playing schedules.

            -- Communicate to team members that game discussions with umpires are only allowed by the Team Manager, and that violation of this rule will result in the players ejection from the game (without exception, this will be very strictly enforced).

            -- Help the team manager to insure that players hustle on and off the field at each half inning and that no playing equipment is left on the playing field.

            -- Instruct team members to try to avoid injury (especially collisions), and to not play when hurt. Players should play "under control", e.g., when running the bases and playing in the field, and should play within his own limitations.

            -- In both divisions, works with the Team Manager to provide the Olde Star Team Committee with the names of players for roster consideration. Also provide input for CDSSL yearly player skill rating process and oversee entry and use of the CDSSL equipment shed.
  • Assists CDSSL to identify league & team sponsors and other revenue generating initiatives.
  • Volunteer as requested to attend pre-season new league player tryouts. This may include supporting out with player workouts and the skill ratings process.

Players TOP

  The league functions best when all players have a complete understanding of CDSSL. This guide is primarily for new players or those who may wish to know more about playing in the league. Some information is given here for convenience, and is formally specified in the CDSSL League Rules. If Discrepancies are noted between this guide and the CDSSL Rules, the CDSSL rules will prevail, and the League Commissioner or the Team Rep (see below) should be notified of the need for revisions to this Players Guide. This Guide is for both divisions and any exceptions for the Ed Craig Division will be identified in BLUE print.  
  Team Configuration  
  • Each team has a Team Manager who is approved by the CDSSL Leadership Group. The Team Manager leads and manages the team in all game and on the field matters. The Team Manager is, typically, also a player on the team.
  • Each team has a Team Representative (team rep). The Team Rep is a team player who is assigned to that role by the manager, subject to approval of the team members, or, at the discretion of the manager, elected by the team (e.g., if there are two or more viable, willing, candidates). The Team Rep attends all CDSSL Leadership Group meetings and is the voting member of the team in the resolution of league business. The Team Rep handles most of the communication between Leadership Group and league sub-committees, and the players on the team. The Leadership Group must approve Team Reps.
  • Including the team manager and the team rep, there are 14 players on a team.
  • Team rosters are selected in a manner intended to foster parity in the league. Rosters are changed every two years in order to "freshen" the competition, and promote the development of new friendships between players.
  Game Description  
  • Games are played primarily on Saturday mornings at 9:00 or 11:00AM.
  • Games are nine innings. (In the Craig Division Team Managers can by mutual agreement shorten the game length) Some games may be on weeknights (5:30PM), and some make-up games are on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
  • Two umpires are used. (Craig Division will use one umpire) One is positioned behind the catcher to call balls and strikes, and to make calls on plays at home and third. (In the Craig division base coaches make the calls at their respective bases ie. first base coach call all plays at first base and the third base coach handles all calls at second and third bases.) A second umpire is positioned to make calls at first and second. The strike zone extends vertically from the "top of the knees to the armpits".
  • Eleven players (Craig Division twelve players) are used in the field when they are available (a team can play, and avoid forfeit, with as few as nine players). (Forfeits can not occur in the Craig division) With eleven players in the field, a team will typically use two short fielders, or five infielders (one stationed behind 2nd base near the outfield grass) and one short fielder. With twelve players normally an additional outfielder is deployed.
  • All players are placed in the team batting order. There is free substitution in the field. All players are required by league rule to play at least four innings in the field. (Six at the player’s option in the Craig Division)
  • Bunting and stealing are not allowed. Runners may leave their bases only when the pitch reaches the plate, or is hit (there is no "leading off").
  • Pitching follows ASA "modified pitch" rules (Both feet in contact with the pitcher’s plate, and both feet must be on the ground within the 24-inch length of the pitcher’s plate. The shoulders shall be in line with first and third base, no windmill or slingshot-type pitch or complete revolution in the delivery; ball is not to be outside the pitcher’s wrist during the complete delivery; etc.). For complete details on ASA modified pitching rule. Sections 1,2,3.
  • To minimize collisions, a double first base and an alternate home plate are used (eight feet in foul territory). When a play is made at first (balls hit within the infield), the runner must touch the colored portion of first base, while the fielder touches the white first portion. Runners who are scoring must touch the alternate home plate. If the runner fails to properly touch the alternate first base or alternate home plate, or slides or dives into first base, the umpire will call him out.
  • A "commitment line" is placed midway between third and home. When a runner crosses the commitment line, he must continue to go to home. The runner is then out at home if the normal home plate is touched by a fielder in possession of the ball before the runner touches the alternate home plate (similar to a force out at home).
  • Sliding (or diving) is permitted at second, third, and at the alternate home plate, (or when returning to first). It is strictly the runners choice as to whether he will or will not "risk" sliding.
  • In general, game rules will be per the ASA (Amateur Softball Association) Rulebook (for modified pitch softball). There are some special (CDSSL) rules that have been implemented and which take precedence when there is a conflict between ASA and CDSSL rules. A copy of CDSSL League (game) rules will be handed out at the beginning of each season to players without internet access, and the rules that affect game play will be reviewed and discussed by the team manager and/or team representative. Each player is expected to have a complete understanding of the CDSSL rules. Team managers will be provided a copy of the ASA rulebook. It is helpful for all players to have a familiarity with ASA rules.
  • CDSSL restricts certain equipment (e.g., bats, and spikes). This information will be provided by the manager or team rep at the beginning of the season.
  Attitude and Conduct  
  • Players are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and fair play. Players who in the judgement of an umpire conduct themselves in a foul/crude offensive manner or use offensive language/behavior will be ejected from the game.
  • Players are expected to play hard, and play to win. However, in the interest of safety, they must play under control at all times (e.g., when running the bases and playing the field). Players must know their own limitations (e.g., due to health and physical condition) and stay within themselves. A key to team success is having a stable lineup. This cannot happen if there are frequent player injuries.
  • A team loyalty is expected to develop within the player. This team loyalty must be exhibited by good attendance and being on time for games. In addition, it is important to notify the Team Manager, in advance, of a coming absence. This is because the Team Managers will typically prepare a batting order, a defensive strategy, and a substitution strategy, a day or so in advance of the game day. For the same reason, if a player knows that his play in an upcoming game will be affected by an injury, the team manager should be notified in advance of that game. Players who in the Team Manager’s judgment are missing an excessive number of games may be placed on the CDSSL reserve list. See the In-Season Replacement of Players (below) for full details.
  • Players are expected to control their conduct (e.g., temper), and avoid foul language when playing. Failure to do so can lead to removal from the game by the Team Manager.
  • The Team Manager only is permitted to discuss game situations or disputed calls with umpires or the opposition. If a player feels a bad call, etc., has been made, he is not to argue with the umpire (or opponent) but should appeal to his Team Manager to intercede and pursue the issue. Failure to defer to the Team Manager will lead to the player’s ejection from the game by the umpire (CDSSL will strictly enforce this). No one, including the Team Manager may argue ball and strike calls, as this conduct can also lead to being ejected from the game.
  The Season and the Manager-Player Relationship  
  • The regular season typically extends from about May 1 to August 31. Single elimination playoffs are then held in the each division and involve most or all teams, with the championship game (surviving two teams) being held at the end of September.
  • At the beginning of each new season, a game schedule will be provided by the manager or team rep. The game schedule will also be found on the league website.
  • At the beginning of seasons when new teams are formed, each player will be provided a team shirt (with sponsor name, and player number) and a team hat (in matching/coordinating color). It is mandatory that the team shirt be worn at each game. Players are not required to wear a hat, however if a hat is worn is must be the official CDSSL hat. A new hat will be issued each year.
  • All players are expected to help keep the game on the scheduled starting time, and to keep the game moving once it has started. This means being on time, and promptly clearing the field, or moving to fielding positions, between innings. It also means being ready when on deck.
  • Players are expected to have fundamental softball skills, and know the game of softball. Since there are few (or no) team practices, new players who have not recently been active in the game may have to work on their skills on their own, or recover them gradually through game play. Players are eligible to play in "practice games" which are played on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. (see CDSSL website for details). This is a great way to get back into playing form.
  • The Team Manager will assign players to positions based on what he knows about the player’s skills. New players will be observed (and rated) for fielding, throwing, hitting, and running during the preseason player skills assessment workouts. Managers will ask new players for their field position experience and preference. However, a new player may not get to play a desired position, and may have to wait for an absence (or injury) for such a chance. Players must defer to the Team Manager’s judgment in these matters.
  • If the player has personal issues with teammates or Team Manager that are affecting his enjoyment of the game, he should discuss them promptly, and privately, with the Team Manager. If the issues are with the Team Manager, and he wishes to remain anonymous, e.g., for fear of repercussions such as reduced playing time, he may ask the Team Rep, in confidence, to approach the Team Manager. If the differences cannot be reconciled, the Team Rep can offer advice as to how to proceed to get resolution through league channels.
  • Players must recognize and support the emphasis on player safety. Some important factors to consider are that players should arrive early for games to warm up (stretch, jog, play toss, etc); and players are advised to drink plenty of liquids during games on hot days. When recovering from an injury, a player may ask, for a given game, to be a designated hitter (DH) only. A player, due to injury, may use a courtesy runner at any time during a game, or may request one for an entire game. The baser-runner is held responsible for avoiding all collisions with fielders, and failure to do so may result in an out call of interference. Fielders must call for fly balls, and batters must avoid throwing the bat, and may be called out, and removed from the game. Players should not (continue to) play when hurt during a game, and should ask the manager for a substitute so the extent of the injury can be determined.
  • There are many duties, which are the responsibility of the team manager, that he may delegate or request volunteers to perform. Team members should willingly take on some duties to ease the overall burden on the team manager. The duties may include: field preparation before games; scorekeeping; coaching at first and third bases; clean/clear the "dugout" area after games; install/remove sunshade tarps when used; participate in a phone tree for team communications; maintain player batting statistics; file game reports with league publicity contact; etc.
  • Team schedules for makeup games, game summaries (scores, individual game highlights, winning and losing pitchers), and league standings, may be found on the league website. Game summaries are also published in several area newspapers.
  League Relationships  
  • Players are to call any issues on league matters to the attention of the team rep., who may then bring them up for discussion at an CDSSL Leadership Group Meeting. Players who are interested in the operation of the league may attend any or all CDSSL Leadership Group Meetings. The meeting schedule may be obtained from the team rep or from the league web site. Only the team rep or his assigned substitute may vote on Leadership Group matters.
  • Players are asked to help identify possible league or team sponsors.
  • Players with umpiring experience, or are interested in umpiring may contact the Chairman of the Umpires Committee. All umpires are reimbursed. Players may volunteer, or be asked, to serve on CDSSL Sub-Committees, and are described on the league website.

Player Replacement Policy TOP

  1 - What players must be replaced to maintain a full team roster (14)  
  • 1.1 - Temporary replacement
    Players who are expected to miss games for three or more consecutive weeks.
    Note: These replaced players may not return to play for a minimum of three weeks.
    Note: This rule requires that “snow-birds” who will miss the first three games (or more) of the season be replaced.
  • 1.2 - Replacement for remainder of season
    Players who leave their team or, for any reason, are unable to continue to play in CDSSL.
  • 1.3 - Replacement for remainder of season
    Players who are not dependable (miss 3 games or more over a ten game stretch), regardless of the reason, are subject to being replaced by agreement between the team manager and the Player Replacement Committee (PRC). A warning will be issued to the player by the PRC before any action is taken. Player will be placed on the Reserve List. Exception: per CDSSL tradition, early season games missed by late returning “snow-birds” may be omitted from this rule’s missed game count.
  2 - When may players be replaced at the manager’s option?  
  • 2.1 - Replacement for remainder of season
    Players who miss two games without notifying manager in advance. Manager is allowed discretion for unusual circumstances. Player is then placed on the Reserve List.
  • 2.2 - Replacement for one game
    Addition of a player(s), prior to game day, to bring the expected line-up to ten players is encouraged by CDSSL to provide a margin against forfeit.
    Note: If a roster player(s) shows up unexpectedly to play, this replacement player(s) must be removed from the game (not to be the 11th player on the field).
    Exception: A replacement player not otherwise scheduled to be at the field must play the first 5 innings (with nine roster players max), before being removed for the unexpected player. See also Note 3.
  3 - What is the process for replacing a player (prior to game day)?  
  • 3.1 - Team manager notifies the PRC describing the player situation and the expected duration.
  • 3.2 - Team manager may request a list of approved candidates for replacement from the PRC.
  • 3.3 - Team manager may request a specific player(s) be approved as a replacement by the PRC.
  • 3.4 - PRC reviews available candidates and designates one or more players as approved to play
              as a replacement.
  • 3.5 - Team manager (selects and) contacts the approved candidate to confirm availability and
              willingness to sub for the duration needed.
  • 3.6 - Team manager reports back to the PRC to confirm the roster change.
  • 3.7 - The PRC notifies the opposing manager for the team’s next game of the replacement player
              to be used. The PRC promptly posts the replacement details on the CDSSL website.
  4) What is the source of replacement players?  
  • 4.1 - Replacements for the Cataldo Division teams (in order of preference)
            4.1.1 - Reserve List players (players who have been rated but not permanently
                        assigned to a team).
            4.1.2 - Craig Division players.
  • 4.2 - Replacements for Craig Division teams (in order of preference)
            4.2.1 - Approved Reserve List players.
            4.2.2 - Craig Division players.
            4.2.3 - Cataldo Division Players on an Approved List.
    Note: Cataldo Division players scheduled to play at a later start time in their own team’s game cannot be used.
  5 - When may a player be replaced on the day of a game and what is the process for doing so?  
  • 5.1 - A team may add, “on the spot”, a willing player (or players) to bring the roster up to nine players only. (to avoid forfeit). Candidate’s players must be a Reserve List, Craig Division, or Cataldo Division player (use of a Cataldo Division player on another Cataldo Division team is to be as a last resort only).
  • 5.2 - The player to be added must be approved by the opposing team manager.
  • 5.3 - If the added player’s team manager is on site, as a courtesy, he should be contacted and advised (permission is not required in this circumstance).
  • 5.4 - If another roster player shows up to play, the added player is to be removed from the game. See also Note 3.
  • 5.5 - While playing in the game, the added player is to bat at the bottom of the batting order.
  6 - When could there be a penalty to a team for not complying with the Player Replacement Rules?  
  • 6.1 - A manager (or designee) may file a “game challenge” if he feels the opposing team manager has failed to comply with the Player Replacement Rules for that game. The challenge must be initiated by notifying the opposing manager and the home plate umpire of the intent, before the umpire (s) leave the field of play at the end of the game in question. Challenges are then to be filed by contacting the PRC within 24 hours. The PRC may require that the challenge be a written document containing all pertinent details of the situation. If the challenge is upheld by the PRC, the challenging team will be awarded the game victory.
  • 1 - When a replacement player is approved for play by the PRC, and he joins a team for the intended period, he is considered a “roster player” for that period. Exceptions are the “one game” replacement players covered in item 2.2 and item 5.
  • 2 - These In-Season Player Replacement Rules also cover the league playoffs.
  • 3 - Refer to Rules 2.2 and 5. The home plate umpire should be notified if a special, one game, replacement player(s) “to avoid forfeit” is being used in a game. He should also be notified when/if a roster player shows up that eliminates the need for that replacement player.
  • 4 - The PRC will monitor player absenteeism.