Softball Operations

Click on any + or headline to show the expanded text that accompanies that headline, or click on the - to hide it.

2017 EMASS SEASON SCHEDULE

2017 EMASS SEASON SCHEDULE (Subject To Field Availability and Weather):

Pre-Season Practices/Practice Games Begin:

American Division: TBD
National Division: TBD
Pacific Division: TBD
Atlantic Division: TBD
Metro Division: TBD

Regular Season Opening Days:

American Division: TBD
National Division: TBD
Pacific Division: TBD
Atlantic Division: TBD
Metro Division: TBD

Playoffs:

American Division: TBD
National Division: TBD
Pacific Division: TBD
Atlantic Division: TBD
Metro Division: TBD

DIVISIONS OF PLAY

2017 WEEKEND SOFTBALL DIVISIONS

AMERICAN DIVISION: The American Division plays umpired doubleheaders on Saturday mornings (9:00 AM) on various fields throughout Eastern Massachusetts (Wayland, Framingham, Ashland, Canton, or others as necessary). The American Division has a minimum age of 50, the highest percentage of "younger" players, and is the most skilled division. Returning and new players are assigned each year to an American Division team by the American Division Assignment Committee. The rosters of American Division teams change each year and are designed to be as comparable skill-wise as possible. We are anticipating a 4 Team American Division in 2017. Any EMASS Member who registers for the American Division but is not assigned to an American Division Team will be assigned to a National Division Team.

NATIONAL DIVISION: The National Division plays umpired doubleheaders on Saturday mornings (9:00 AM) on various fields throughout Eastern Massachusetts (Wayland, Framingham, Ashland, Canton, or others as necessary). The National Division has a minimum age of 50, has a higher average age than the American Division and is a moderately less skilled division. Returning and new players are assigned each year to a National Division team by the National Division Assignment Committee. The rosters of National Division teams change each year and are designed to be as comparable skill-wise as possible. We are anticipating an 8 Team National Division in 2017.

2017 WEEKDAY SOFTBALL DIVISIONS

PACIFIC DIVISION: The Pacific Division plays umpired doubleheaders in Wayland each week on Monday mornings (10:00 AM). The Pacific Division has a minimum age of 50 and is the most skilled weekday division. By way of example, Pacific Division rosters include players who might also play in the American Division, as well as some of the overall more skilled players from the National and Atlantic Divisions. Returning and new players are assigned each year to a Pacific Division team by the Pacific Division Assignment Committee. The rosters of Pacific Division teams change each year and are designed to be as comparable skill-wise as possible. We are anticipating a 4 Team Pacific Division in 2017. Any EMASS Member who registers for the Pacific Division but is not assigned to a Pacific Division Team will be assigned to an Atlantic Division Team.

ATLANTIC DIVISION: The Atlantic Division plays umpired doubleheaders in Wayland and Ashland each week on either Tuesday or Thursday mornings (10:00 AM). The Atlantic is a mid-level division, encompassing a wide range of skills and abilities. While most Pacific Division players will find a competitive game in the Atlantic, as will many Metro Division players, there are some Metro players who no longer have the skills and ability to play in the Atlantic. Returning and new players are assigned each year to an Atlantic Division team by the Atlantic Division Assignment Committee. The rosters of Atlantic Division teams change each year and are designed to be as comparable skill-wise as possible. We are anticipating an 8-10 Team Atlantic Division in 2017.

METRO DIVISION: The Metro Division plays umpired doubleheaders in Wayland on either Wednesday or Friday mornings (9:45 AM). The Metro Division is generally for players 65 and older who have basic softball skills and want to play competitive softball. No American Division player may play in the Metro Division. Returning and new players are assigned each year to a Metro Division team by the Metro Division Assignment Committee. The rosters of Metro Division teams change each year and are designed to be as comparable skill wise as possible. We are anticipating a 6-8 Team Metro Division in 2017.

REGISTRATION

A. REGISTRATION.

1. No individual will be assigned to a team in any Division or be allowed to play in any EMASS game, practice or scrimmage, unless he/she has completed the online Registration Process and paid all applicable fees.

Registration for membership does not guarantee acceptance. The Board of Directors reserves the right to deny membership to any person if the Board determines that such denial is in the best interest of the EMASS Senior Softball Assoc.

Note: There are no paper registrations available. If you do not have access to a computer or are not skilled enough to properly register and pay applicable fees, please contact the EMASS Registrar (Walker Royce) for assistance by (walker.royce@gmail.com). By registering you have agreed to permit EMASS to display your contact information and photo in our online Player Directory.

2. WE STRONGLY REQUEST AND URGE EVERYONE TO PAY THE APPLICABLE FEES BY CREDIT CARD. THE PROCESS IS SAFE AND SECURE AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE EASY TO FOLLOW. ALSO, THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR PAYING BY CHECK.

B. AGE RESTRICTIONS.

1. In order to become a Member of EMASS and play in the Atlantic Division a player must have reached the age of 55 by December 31, 2017.

2. In order to become a Member of EMASS and play in the Metro Division, a player must have reached the age of 65 by December 31, 2017.

3. In order to become a Member of EMASS and play in the American Division, Pacific Division, or National Division, a player must have reached the age of 50 by December 31, 2017.

NOTE: PROOF OF AGE (photo driver's license or passport) WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL EMASS PLAYERS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE 2017 REGULAR SEASON. INDIVIDUAL TEAM MANAGERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONFIRMING AGE ELIGIBILITY.

C. NEW PLAYER EVALUATIONS.

1. In order to evaluate new EMASS Members (anyone who did not did not play in 2016), each will be temporarily assigned to a team for the Pre-Season. This is a temporary assignment for evaluation purposes only. At the end of the Pre-Season, new EMASS Members may be re-assigned by the applicable Assignment Committee. In addition, all new EMASS Members must be able to pass the Minimum Skills Requirement (see (a) below) in order to be eligible to play in EMASS. Should any new EMASS Member not be able to pass the Minimum Skills Requirement, the EMASS Member shall not be assigned to a Team in 2017 and shall receive a complete refund of any fees previously paid.

(a) Minimum Skills Requirement:

i  To be able to consistently throw a ball over 50 feet in the air with reasonable accuracy overhand;
ii.  To consistently catch a ball thrown from 65 feet away;
iii.  To hit a pitched ball into fair territory at least 3 out of 5 swings;
iv.  To hit a ball out of the infield (without first striking the ground) on at least 1 out of 5 swings;
v.  To run to first base in ten seconds or less.

D. PLAYING COMMITMENT.


One of the most difficult operational issues which we face in EMASS is the problem raised by players' absences from games during the season due to (i) personal injury, health or other unexpected emergency events, or (ii) otherwise. We cannot anticipate or for that matter do anything about the former, such is life. However, the "otherwise" absences are certainly preventable. These types of absences have a very adverse effect on the entire competitive balance of the Divisions and the results are just not fair to the Members who consistently and regularly meet their playing commitments.

BY COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, EVERY MEMBER AGREES (SUBJECT TO PERSONAL INJURY, HEALTH OR OTHER UNEXPECTED LIFE EMERGENCY EVENTS) TO PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST 80% OF THE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULED PLAYING DATES.

IF A MEMBER'S CUMULATIVE ABSENCES AT ANY POINT DURING THE SEASON WOULD REASONABLY LEAD THE DIVISION COORDINATOR TO BELIEVE THAT THE PLAYER IS ON A PACE TO FAIL TO MEET THE 80% PLAYING DATE COMMITMENT, THE PLAYER IS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM HIS/HER ASSIGNED TEAM AND MAY ALSO RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING DENIED PLAYING MEMBERSHIP IN FUTURE SEASONS.

ANY PLAYER FAILING TO MEET THE 80% COMMITMENT DURING THE REGULAR SEASON MAY, UPON REVIEW OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES BY THE DIVISION COORDINATOR AND THE COMMISSIONER, BE PROHIBITED FROM PLAYING IN THE PLAYOFFS AND/OR DENIED PLAYING MEMBERSHIP IN FUTURE SEASONS.

If you believe that you cannot make this commitment, BEFORE registering please contact the Commissioner, Rob Mitchell in order to discuss your personal situation.

E. 2017 REGISTRATION SCHEDULE.

1. Registration for the 2017 Season will begin on or before JANUARY 31, 2017.

2. REGISTRATION FOR ALL EMASS DIVISIONS WILL CLOSE ON MARCH 15, 2017. THE ONLY WAY TO INSURE THAT YOU WILL BE PLACED ON AN EMASS TEAM IS TO REGISTER ON OR BEFORE MARCH 15, 2017.

(a) ANYONE REGISTERING AFTER MARCH 15, 2017, WITH RESPECT TO ALL DIVISIONS WILL BE PLACED ON THE EMASS "PENDING ASSIGNMENT" LIST AND WILL BE CHARGED A LATE REGISTRATION FEE OF $25. (THE LATE REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE WAIVED FOR ANY REGISTRANT WHO HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN A REGISTERED EMASS MEMBER.)

(b) ASSIGNMENT TO A TEAM IS NOT GUARANTEED AND PLAYERS WILL BE ASSIGNED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE APPLICABLE ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE BASED ON DIVISIONAL/TEAM NEEDS. ANY REGISTRANT WHO IS NOT ASSIGNED TO A TEAM BY JUNE 1, 2017, SHALL BE SENT A FULL REFUND OF ALL FEES.

F. 2017 PLAYING FEES.

AMERICAN AND NATIONAL DIVISIONS:

REGISTRATION COMPLETE AND FEES PAID:

ON OR BEFORE 3/15/2017: $165.00

AFTER 3/15/2017: $165.00

ATLANTIC, METRO AND PACIFIC DIVISIONS:

REGISTRATION COMPLETE AND FEES PAID:

ON OR BEFORE 3/15/2017: $135.00

AFTER 3/15/2017: $135.00

In addition to the applicable Division Fees above, each registered player will be charged a Facilities Fee of $25.00. There is only one Facilities Fee assessed regardless of the number of Divisions played. An explanation of the Facilities Fee can be found in the Finances Tab.

The Board of Directors believes that playing in EMASS is an affordable means of entertainment and exercise. However, it also recognizes that there may be circumstances in which a current EMASS Member's financial situation is such that he/she cannot reasonably afford the 2017 Playing Fees. The Board does not want to see any EMASS Member not be able to play due to financial circumstances. Therefore, if you feel that your financial circumstances do not afford you the ability to play in EMASS, you may apply for Financial Assistance by contacting the Commissioner (Rob Mitchell). Each case will be individually and confidentially reviewed by the Financial Committee of the Board.

ROSTER ASSIGNMENTS

ROSTER ASSIGNMENT POLICIES.

1. In order to insure the health, welfare and safety of all participants, and in order to ensure the enjoyment of the majority of EMASS Members, the applicable Assignment Committee reserves the right to restrict the participation of an individual in any particular Division: (a) if such individual is unable to demonstrate minimum skill levels and/or physical abilities appropriate to the level of play of the applicable Division; or (b) if such individual's skills and/or physical abilities are of such a high level as to be inappropriate to the level of play in the applicable Division and could reasonably be considered a risk to other participants.

2. Although during Registration a Member will be asked to specify in which Saturday division (American or National) he/she prefers to participate, please note that the Assignment Committee reserves the right to assign an EMASS Member to a team in either the American or National division based on such individual's skill level and the needs of the respective Divisions. It is the intent of the Assignment Committee, to the extent possible, to assign the sixty (60) most skilled players to the American Division. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT INITIAL ASSIGNMENTS TO THE AMERICAN OR NATIONAL DIVISION ARE TEMPORARY AND A PLAYER IS SUBJECT TO RE-ASSIGNMENT AS CIRCUMSTANCES DICTATE.

3. In the event that a prospective Member of the American Division not assigned to an American Division Team as a result of an eligibility decision by the American Division Assignment Committee, he/she will be offered a position in the National Division or he/she may choose to receive a full refund of the American Division fees

4. In the event that a prospective Member of the Pacific Division is not assigned to a Pacific Division Team as a result of an eligibility decision by the Pacific Division Assignment Committee, he/she will be offered a position in the Atlantic Division or he/she may choose to receive a full refund of the Pacific Division fees.

5. Roster assignments to any particular EMASS Team within a Division are possibly temporary in nature. The applicable Assignment Committee reserves the right to re-assign players from team to team in order to better achieve team parity throughout the season.

6. In the event that any player is not available to play (due to winter vacation schedules) on the opening day of his/her Division, he/she will not be assigned to a team until such time as he/she returns and is so available to play on a full time basis as indicated on the registration form.

UNIFORMS

PLAYING JERSEYS/HATS.

1. New EMASS playing jerseys (one blue and one red) will be provided to new EMASS Members. Returning EMASS Members will continue to use the playing jerseys previously provided. If an EMASS Member has lost or otherwise desires to replace a playing jersey, jerseys will be available for purchase at a nominal fee.

2. Upgraded Playing Jerseys and Official EMASS Hats and other EMASS apparel will be available for purchase from the new online EMASS store (details to be provided).

MEMBER'S PLAYING COMMITMENT

One of the most difficult operational issues which we face in EMASS is the problem raised by players' absences from games during the season due to (i) personal injury, health or other unexpected emergency events, or (ii) otherwise. We cannot anticipate or for that matter do anything about the former, such is life. However, the "otherwise" absences are certainly preventable. These types of absences have a very adverse effect on the entire competitive balance of the Divisions and the results are just not fair to the Members who consistently and regularly meet their playing commitments.

BY COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, EVERY MEMBER AGREES (SUBJECT TO PERSONAL INJURY, HEALTH OR OTHER UNEXPECTED LIFE EMERGENCY EVENTS) TO PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST 80% OF THE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULED PLAYING DATES.

IF A MEMBER'S CUMULATIVE ABSENCES DURING THE SEASON WOULD REASONABLY LEAD THE DIVISION COORDINATOR TO BELIEVE THAT THE PLAYER IS ON A PACE TO FAIL TO MEET THE 80% PLAYING DATE COMMITMENT, THE PLAYER IS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM HIS/HER ASSIGNED TEAM AND MAY ALSO RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING DENIED PLAYING MEMBERSHIP IN FUTURE SEASONS.

ANY PLAYER FAILING TO MEET THE 80% COMMITMENT DURING THE REGULAR SEASON MAY, UPON REVIEW OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES BY THE DIVISION COORDINATOR AND THE COMMISSIONER, BE PROHIBITED FROM PLAYING IN THE PLAYOFFS AND/OR DENIED PLAYING MEMBERSHIP IN FUTURE SEASONS.

If you believe that you cannot make this commitment, BEFORE registering please contact the Commissioner, in order to discuss your personal situation.