Members Present

Robert Scott, Tom Gwynn, Dan Smith, Tommy Edwards, Guy Kampstra and Troy Adevai

Members Absent

Shaun Smith, Melanie Humpert, Jennifer Kendall, Lucky Rogers, Jerry Hollingsworth and Dustin VanElverdinghe (Note: Members who are not directly involved with the senior game were not required to be present at this meeting)

Staff Present

Billy Powers, Lindsey Huston, Maggie Combs

Call to Order

Executive council meeting called to order at 5:47pm

Introductions

  • No introductions needed
  • Troy was welcomed towards the end of the meeting when he could be there

Approve February 1, 2017 Minutes

  • Approved by all members present, to be posted online.

Discussion of Feedback Received

  • Lindsey had previously sent an email out to a number of senior players and coaches inviting them to attend tonight’s open meeting and asking them questions about the topics we would be discussing at tonight’s meeting. Some common themes were apparent:
    • Bring back the open inning and drop the catch up rule
    • Start the open inning with less time on the clock
    • Possibly try the ½ run rule
    • Umpires need to enforce the 70 second rule and encourage players to hustle
    • Implement some sort of equalizer or ranking among teams to help with the level differences

SSUSA/City Information

  • City staff did some research on the SSUSA website and spoke with Stephanie from SSUSA to get some clarification, here is what was found:
    • Not feasible cost wise and logistics wise to be sanctioned by SSUSA for our Senior League, we can however, use whatever rules of theirs we like.
    • SSUSA does not rank players, only teams, and there is no rosters attached to those teams so there is no definite way to rank players using their system similar to what we do with USSSA and USA Softball in our other leagues.
  • City staff believes the best thing to do would be to rank the teams and use an equalizer, something we will discuss with the players tonight.

Order of Business for Open Meeting

  • We will start by explaining the need for this meeting and our plan for the night (agendas handed out)
  • People who signed up to speak will have 3 minutes to talk before opening it up to discussion, if there is a respectful discussion already happening we will not stop it or count that towards their three minutes.

Adjourn

Five minute break

Call to Order

Open senior meeting called to order at 6:35 p.m.

Members Present

Robert Scott, Tom Gwynn, Dan Smith, Tommy Edwards, Guy Kampstra and Troy Adevai

City Staff Present

Billy Powers, Lindsey Huston, Maggie Combs

Members Absent

Shaun Smith, Melanie Humpert, Jennifer Kendall, Lucky Rogers, Jerry Hollingsworth and Dustin VanElverdinghe
(Note: Members who are not directly involved with the senior game were not required to be present at this meeting)

Guests Present

Kevin Chandler, Rick Snyder, Brian Frazier, Rick Paulson, David Mangis, Rick Baker, Kevin Enyart and Raleigh Rowland

Introductions

  • Went around the room and everyone introduced themselves and what team they play on/their position on the council.

Order of Business

  • A quick overview of the agenda and rules for people who signed up to speak.

Recap of 2017 Senior Season

  • Maggie pulled up the final league standings on the big screen and gave a quick summary of the season.

Review Responses from Email/Input on Email Questions

  • Went through the same topics previously noted above, this is where the bulk of the conversation and discussion came from.

New Topics/Speakers

  • Rick Snyder: “We are losing 2 great players and want to keep our team together, we don’t care if we have to have an equalizer or if you need to make us an exhibition team.”
  • Kevin Enyart: “We feel the same way as Rick and Cornerstone, even though a lot of our games were closer than you’d think, we still don’t care if we have to spot runs at the start of every game.”
  • Billy stepped in at this point to ensure everyone that we weren’t necessarily looking to break any team up, but were looking into other options instead
  • Raleigh Rowland wants the pitch height changed to 6’-12’, a long discussion was had about this topic, and mostly everyone agreed to a 6’-10’ ft.

Other topics discussed

  • HR Limits
  • Names for the different levels of teams
  • Player’s choice of ball (Clarified the Baden Classic Plus Fire .52 core)
  • Flip flop?

Decisions made/Recommendations to SPC for voting at next meeting (Listed in the order they occur in the rule book, another document with these changes in rule format will be provided)

  • Changing to 3HR and DBO
  • Handicap/ Equalizer Rule
    • When one classification apart, the lower team gets a 5 run spot
    •  When two classifications apart, the lower teams gets a 5 run spot and an 11th defensive player
    • Names of these levels TBD
  • Open inning is back, but starting with 10 minutes remaining on the game clock
  • In the event of a tie, after the international tie breaker inning has been completed and the game is still tied, the visiting team will receive a ½ run to their score after the open inning, resulting in the win.
  • Pitch height changed to 6’-10’
  • Flip Flop Rule removed (need to confirm this)

Adjourn

  • Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm