10 Aug Current Announcements
August 22 thru Oct 17: Fall Season Senior Men 60+
August 29 thru Oct 17: Fall Season Senior Men 65+ and 70+
Oct 18: MSCSA Annual Golf Tournament at Prairie Lakes Golf Course (Grand Prairie)
Oct 23 thru 27: Tournaments Week
Nov 9 2023: Final 2023 coaches meeting.
2023 MSCSA Changes
1 Player participation fee for 2023 will remain $15 per player.
2. There will be two seasons. A spring season (Apr thru June) and a fall season (Sept thru Oct). There will be no league games in July or August.
3. Executive Board Officer elections for the offices of Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary were held. Results were: Jim Gibbons re-elected Vice President , Mike McGlothin (Treasurer) and Steve Johnson (Secretary). This is the first time in eleven years that we now have an executive board with both east and west officers as well as both age divisions represented.
Jim Delmar was awarded our first Lifetime Achievement Award for his 20+ years of dedicated service to MSCSA Softball.
Senior Men 60+:
1 MSCSA 55+ division has been changed to MSCSA 60+. Players not yet 60 years of age that were on their team’s 2022 roster will be grandfathered. New players must be at least 60 years of age within the calendar year.
2 Batters will continue to use the 1-1 count but there will be no courtesy foul.
3 Senior Men 60+ will play two halves, April thru June, & Sept thru Oct. If there are different winners for each half, a playoff game will be played to determine the overall league winner.
Senior Men 65+:
- Continued use of the 1-1 batters count with courtesy foul.
- Minimum age will remain 65.
- There will remain an East and a West Division.
- Senior Men 65+ will play two halves. Spring (April thru June) & Fall (Sept thru Oct).
- Senior Men 65+ will continue to have an end of season tournament.
Senior Men 70+ (New):
- Continued use of the 1-1 batters count with courtesy foul
- This will be a west division league
- Senior Men 70+ will play two halves. Spring (April thru June) & Fall (Sept thru Oct).
- Minimum age will be 70+ with limited grandfathering.
Richardson Road Runners player John Journey was photographed by the Wall Street Journal during a recent game.
This is the first posting of MSCSA players or coaches that lead an exceptional life and are an outstanding example for all of us.
Crest Whitaker (Mesquite Generals)
Rule Changes or Proposals for 2021
Listed are the decisions for rule changes for 2021. These proposals were submitted by coaches throughout this past season. Voting was conducted at the Nov 10th Coaches Meeting:
- Proposal to change Senior Men 65+ to Senior Men 70+ (Frank Roszell). Grandfathering of players if age changes must be addressed.
Board Decision: There was consensus that an older division for 70+ players should be offered, however a decision was not made as to whether the minimum age should be 70, 72, or 75. Grandfathering of players also needs to be addressed. Working group headed by Vice President Jim Gibbons was created. ( email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Proposal to Eliminate the “runners lines” at second and third base in the Senior Men 65+ Division like has already been done in Senior Men 55+
Runner’s lines in the 65+ divisions on a 1st half trial basis will not be used. Prior to second half play decision will be made as to make it permanent or revert back to runner’s lines.
- Proposal to change minimum age for women in the Senior Men 65+ from 40 to 50.
Defeated. Minimum women’s ages will remain 40 in all divisions.
- Proposal to reinstate the rule of the runner being out for leaving the base too early. (Frank Roszell)
Defeated. No rule will be added.
- Proposal to add a third type of protest. In addition to rules interpretation or ineligible player I would like to add willful non- compliance of established league playing rules. (Tom Athens)
- Proposal to make a uniform extra inning playing rule for league play. (Tom Athens)
Approved. Extra Inning league play will mirror MSCSA tournament rule.
- Proposal to make it an out if the batter/runner carries his bat to first base or further. This was discussed last year but was never brought up as a proposal. (Tom Athens)
Defeated. ASA rule will be observed. No MSCSA deviation.
- Proposal to add the “Mercy Rule” and/or “Flip Flop” rule to league play.
Flip Flop Rule approved.
- Senior Men 65+ “adopted” on a trial basis for the 2020 season to dispense with the infield fly rule. Decision needs to be made to make it permanent or revert back to the established infield fly rule.
Senior Men 65+ Division has made permanent, “No Infield Fly Rule will be observed.”
- Election of the offices of Vice President and Treasurer. Nominations should be submitted to Board Member Rich Kaczmarski at email: email@example.com prior to the meeting.
Treasurer – Jim Delmar and Vice President Jim Gibbons have been re-elected.
- Reconsideration of use of Pitcher’s Screen (Gary Gray)
- Proposed 2021 Season Dates: March 30 – June 24th (1st Half), June 25th-July 5th (Break), July 6th – Sept 16th (2nd Half), Sept 27th – Oct 1st (Tournaments), Golf Tournament: TBD
Approved. Dependent on pandemic.
MSCSA Senior Softball Protocols
For Return To Play
March 28, 2021 (Revision 5)
TEAMS ARE PLAYING AT THEIR OWN RISK
These protocols are designed to re-open senior softball in the safest possible way. It is recognized that this is a fluid situation and recommendations may change as the situation evolves. If anyone feels they cannot or will not meet these guidelines, then do not participate in MSCSA softball until such time as you and your team are able to do so or until the recommendations and requirements are removed. These protocols do not replace or supersede any protocols or restrictions outlined by state or local authorities. MSCSA Softball must continue to follow those local or state guidelines.
This document is not all inclusive and each player should take any additional precautions to protect their family, fellow players as well as themself.
Our association (MSCSA) will refer to all applicable guidelines including: CDC, national, state, county, local health departments and facility recommendations for personal hygiene including:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick.
- Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Stay Home When Appropriate: Players and spectators should be instructed in communications to stay home when showing symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit, have tested positive for COVID-19, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
Symptom Checking: Conduct pre-game observation and/or questioning of all players about the existence of any COVID-19 symptoms including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.
People who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave the park immediately.
Infected or Possible Exposure To COVID-19: Should a player become infected with COVID-19 or suspect they have been exposed to the virus, that player must notify his coach immediately. The coach is then required to contact an MSCSA Executive Officer immediately. Coaches should be careful not to violate the “hippa” rights of the exposed or infected player by releasing their name unless he or she has given permission to do so. Players on any team having had close contact with the exposed/infected player should be tested asap and monitor for any symptoms. Any future games involving the teams self- monitoring will be canceled for the remainder of that week and the following week before the teams can resume play providing there are no other infections.
- There will be a “no-contact, no handshake policy” to be observed, extending to all physical contact, including customary game – related activities, such as post game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead players and coaches should tip their caps or simply say ”good game” without shaking hands, high-fiving, or fist bumping.
- Players will be expected to maintain social distancing before and after the game – and during the game when possible.
- Plate meetings are limited to the umpire and one coach per team and are to maintain social distancing.
- During pre-game warmups, coaches will ensure that players should maintain the six (6) foot distance if possible during warmups and should only have any close contact during the actual game.
- Players and coaches are to maintain 6 feet of distance and are allowed to be outside of the dugout to maintain spacing.
- There will be NO community water jugs. Each participant will be responsible for bringing their own water.
- The coach will ensure that the team will clean and dispose of all trash from player seating or sideline areas when departing practices or games.
- Players and coaches are asked that whenever possible not to share equipment. If equipment is shared, it is to be sanitized before the next use.
- There will be a new ball for each game.
- After a ball has been introduced into a game, it will be sanitized at the end of each half inning.
- Players and coaches are allowed to wear face protection (masks or face shields) during games and it is recommended that they wear face protection between games.
- No seeds, chew, or spitting.
- Umpires/coaches will practice social distancing and will not be required to wear masks or face shields but may opt to do so. Cloth facial coverings are recommended but not required. Facial coverings must be of one color, not distracting and no designs. Pitchers cannot wear optic yellow face coverings. (Amended March 28,2021)
- Spectators will be requested to bring their own chairs – bleachers may be unavailable, or used as part of the expansion of the dugout.
- It is recommended that spectators wear masks.
- Spectators are required to maintain six (6) feet of social distancing.
- Players/teams will be required to sign a waiver recognizing the potential danger of contracting illnesses during league or any tournament play accepting the responsibility to follow COVID-19 guidelines, procedures, recommendations and protocols.
Tom Athens MSCSA President