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2013 FINAL Division Standings
Champions Division - ML
Contenders Division - AAA
Team listed first is home team / teams in blue receive +3 runs / teams in orange receive +6 runs
We will once again utilize the Texas Shootout format for our playoffs - especially appropriate this year since the
new rules dividing the leagues into ML and AAA teams has evened the playing field for all teams.
This is the format;
1. The team with the best regular season record will be the # 1 seed - and go in the bracket in the #1 position.
2. The winner of the other division (opposite the #1 seed's division) will be the #2 seed and go on the bracket as #2.
3. The teams with the 3rd and 4th best records will go on the brackets as the #3 (in the #2 seed side) and
the #4 seeds (in the #1 seed side of the bracket) - irregardless of what Division they come from.
4. The #1 seed will choose the team they want to play in the 1st round of the playoffs (best of 3 series).
5. The #2 seed will choose the team they want to play in the 1st round of the playoffs (best of 3 series).
6. The #3 seed will choose the team they want to play in the 1st round of the playoffs (best of 3 series).
7. The #4 seed will play the remaining unchosen team in the 1st round of the playoffs (best of 3 series).
8. The #1 seed will choose their home field (this will carry through out the playoffs).
9. The #2 seed will choose one of the remaining fields as their home field (carries thru out the playoffs).
10. The #3 seed will choose one of the remaining fields as their home field (carries thru out the playoffs).
11. The #4 seed can choose any home field (carries thru out the playoffs - but must work around #s 8 -10).
12. Teams playing seeds 1-4 can pick any home field they want (doesn't stick until they are the home team).
These teams can choose the same field they are on as home field (just stay on the same field).
13. Teams with the higher seed are the home teams (Home-Away-Home). If 2 unseeded teams meet the
team with the better record is the home team.
14. 2nd round playoff games (Divisional Championships) are Home-Home-Away-Away-Home format.
15. The World Series will be played on 2 nights - Home-Home-Away-Away /// Home-Away-Home format.
16. Pitching regulations (innings per night and DRP rules) remain in effect (renewed on World Series day 2).
17. Players must have played in 2 series to eligible for the playoffs (we will check).
18. As in past years we will attempt to get players from teams in the other bracket to umpire games.
19. Major League and AAA designations and rules apply in playoffs.
Tigers (CC field)_________
#1 Seed (best record) |
3 game series H-A-H |__Tigers ___________
Uncle Muscles Hour (TLC)__| (2-0) |
Friday 7/26 7:30 PM 5 game series |
Tralfamadorians (TLC) __ higher seed is home | (3-2 walkoff game 5) |
#4 Seed (next best record) | | (CC field) |
3 game series H-A-H |__Tralfamadorians_| |
WTP (J&M)______________| |
Thursday 7/25 7:00 PM |
7 game series |--------------------------
Pleasant Valley Boys (J&M) H-H-A-A // H-A-H | 3CWL World Series
#2 Seed (winner of other div) | higher seed is home | Champion
3 game series H-A-H | PVB |
NFC (TLC)________ ______| (2-0) | |
Thursday 7/25 8:00 PM 5 game series | |
Legends (TLC)___________ higher seed is home | (3-1)
#3 Seed (next best record) | | (J&M)
3 game series H-A-H | Legends |
Redlegs_(J&M)___ ______| (2-0)
3CWL Newest Addition
Thanks to more generous donations by some of our best field sponsors; Jim Driggs of Sunrush Construction,
Rick Carroll of Carroll Construction, and Justin Shelley of Shelley's Nursery and Crafts, J&M, TLC and CC fields
now have permanently installed, in-the-ground artificial turf batter's boxes. We think you will really like these as
they are wider, deeper and have nearly 2' of turf in front of the plate for leaving the box - meaning your first steps
after hitting will be on turf and not on the real grass. This is a huge issue when it is wet as it has been thus far
in the 2013 season as the ground directly in front of the old boxes got very muddy and slippery.
Jim is directing the renovation of Herrnstein Field, including the demolition of the old stands, construction
of 3,000 new seats, and the installation of prescription athletic turf on the new field. CHS hopes to host OHSAA
football, soccer, lacrosse and track district and regional tournaments at the new complex.
Our turf comes from the 12' x 100' section where the players and coaches stood on the sidelines - hence
the two lines for areas where only the coaches could be and then the line behind which all players had to stand.
Levi and I went to Herrnstein and cut the turf into 12' x 11' sections - weighing 800 lbs each due to the sand and
rubber chips imbedded in them. After removing them from the trailer with the tractor and suspending them from
the bucket, we beat the ballast out of them to remove as much of the imbedded material as possible.
Justin used his highly honed skills on his John Deere skid steer with digging bucket to excavate a 12' x 12'
hole at home plate of each field. Levi and I then leveled the area with our tractor, shovels and mattocks. We then
built the frames out of 2" x 6" pressure treated lumber 10' wide by 8' deep. For reference, the old boxes were
8' x 6'. The frames were set in the holes, leveled, filled with gravel, compacted, and topped with stone dust. The
turf was then installed by looping it over the edges and securing it by fastening a 1" x 3" board around the outside
perimeter of the frame. The outside edge was backfilled and very shortly will be laid with the last vestiges of the
real turf from Herrnstein field.
Due to the slipperiness of the 1st base line on TLC field because of the down hill slope and the amount of
clay in our soil, we are considering replacing the entire 1st base line of TLC with this prescription athletic turf.
That will definitely be an off season project.
A HUGE thanks to Jim, Justin, Rick and Levi for all of their help ! We have wanted turf for a long time
and in a significant way it has finally become reality !
I nearly forgot - just as importantly - the Pitcher's mounds have also been recovered in turf. No more
slipping and sliding when jumping to them when they are wet !
Special thanks to all who donated - battled the wind and rain and supported a friend ! We have not completed
collecting all the donations yet...but will announce the results - hopefully by this league Friday night.
Team listed first is home team / teams in orange receive +3 runs / teams in blue receive +6 runs
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Here are the Proposed changes for Season 2013:
Format Change #1 : Handicapping (or weighting) The Teams
Rationale : While inter divisional games were closer than ever (average run differential of just 2.2 runs per game), the inter
divisional games were not (average run differential of 8.5). Our suspicion is that these games could have been
even less close - but what fun is it to win, or lose by 20 ?
Additionally, the inter divisional won-loss record of the two divisions showed great disparity. The inter division
record for teams in the Champions Division (past World Series and Divisional Champs) was 35-14, and 10 of
those losses belonged to 1 team. The average margin of victory in the 35 wins was 11.7 runs - a huge number
by any standard.
A mechanism is needed to allow some of the newer and maybe younger (read with kids) teams to compete with
the old grizzled veteran teams - several of which compete for slow and fast pitch championships across the state.
A mechanism which will challenge the more competitive teams to play well every series - reducing the cushion
between the skill levels, but not restricting the talented teams from the quest for engorged stats.
Details : There will now be 3 classifications for teams - Major League, AAA and AA
Teams will choose their own designation (more strategy - you determine where you are at)
This classification WILL carry over into the playoffs
ML - unlimited HRs and always home team against AAA and AA teams (unless home field purchased)
AAA - 6 HRs per game / 3 run lead vs ML teams at game start / 3 run deficit vs AA teams at game start
AA - 3 HRs per game / 6 run lead vs ML teams at game start / 3 run lead vs AAA teams at game start
In all cases, after the HR limit has been reached for a team in a game, all additional HRs are considered singles.
For stat purposes, I am even open to counting these single HRs as HRs in individual stats.
We think this will be attractive to many teams, as only 2 teams averaged over 6 HRs per game for the season in
2012. We think this will go a long way to mitigating our biggest complaint from 2011 & 2012; the hitting of HRs
with solid balls by girls and little leaguers. If your team doesn't hit that many, AAA or AA will be a great choice
to get a jump on those team hitting lots of HRs with solid balls.
The head start given to AA and AAA teams will be balanced with the team giving the runs always having last bat -
unless a home field has been purchased by the AA or AAA team..
Rules Change #1 : Designating a Relief Pitcher (DRP) Return to Top
Rationale : Every team has a "best" pitcher - someone you want to have pitching when the game is on the line. On the flip
side, most every team has a person you definitely DO NOT want pitching. We all know that MLB relievers
enter the game in pressure packed situations - and are some of the highest paid players.
Details : Teams may now designate a relief pitcher BEFORE each series begins - and MUST tell the other team
The DRP may be a different person each series - or a team may choose not to designate a DRP
Saves will now be a stat that are kept - but only for DRPs in that series
2 outs recorded in an inning makes that pitcher own the inning as an inning pitched
If a DRP is designated;
All players get 4 innings of pitching
The DRP can pitch ANY inning after the 3rd
The DRP MUST pitch ALL extra innings
Starting pitchers can be relieved after 1 out by the DRP
Only the DRP can relieve a starting pitcher before the 2nd, and then the DRP can only pitch to the 3rd
- with no further relief from the DRP, unless the game enters extra innings
If NO DRP is designated;
Starting pitchers MUST pitch innings 1 and 2 - with NO relief possible
All players get 5 innings of pitching
Extra innings count as an inning pitched
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