TONIGHT’S DRAFT HAS BEEN POSTPONED !!!
THE DRAFT IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018!!
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How do I get on a team?
We are having our annual new player draft at Lay Field in downtown Athens. The date for the 2018 draft will be Tuesday, May 1st. You’ll just need to send an email, text or phone call to tell us you’ll be attending, and you’ll receive the time and location. Please include your name, age, position(s) played and your level of baseball experience and you’ll be put on our draft list. You can do this right up until the last minute. LOL. If you would, please tell us how you found out about or league so we can identify what methods of getting the word out are working best for us.
How does the draft work?
The draft is pretty simple, after a warm up period we will have each player participate in a round of hitting, two at a time while the rest of us shag balls. Next, we'll all go to defensive positions to showcase their skills there. After defense is finished, pitchers and catchers will remain behind and have an opportunity to use the mound and catchers can make throws down to second base. Once pitchers and catchers are done, we'll send all players home and the coaches will convene to make their picks. Coaches will notify their draftees either the same day or perhaps the next day, depending on the time.
What do I need for the draft?
You really only need your mitt and spikes. Feel free to bring a wood bat if you have your own. Please wear baseball attire, no shorts or blue jeans, etc. We’d like you to pay the full league fee of $200, but we can allow a down payment of $50 at the draft if necessary.
Does everyone get drafted to a team?
Almost always, yes!! Over the years there may have been a small handful of guys (less than 5, I'd guess) perhaps, who’d never played baseball before who didn't make a squad. However, most anyone with some baseball experience will make a team. If you have a buddy, or even a group of guys who’d like to play on the same team, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate your request ahead of time. We don’t make entire teams from the draft, but supplement the teams we have with new players.
Directions to Lay Field: The physical address is 297 Hoyt St, but trust me, you’ll want to GPS Monroe St. It’s off of College Avenue and Monroe St only leads to our ballfield. Hoyt St offers no access to the field, only a long walk.
Some General League Information:
Season will commence just a week or two after the draft and ends in early August. Each team plays one game per week, which could be on almost any night of the week, but usually on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday Night. All games are played at our home park, Lay Field, located in downtown Athens. Games start at 7:30pm and we play the full 9 innings by major league rules with only a few exceptions. So no, we don’t allow collisions at the plate, nor taking out of middle infielders on double plays any longer. And, much to my own personal dismay, pitchers won’t throw all four pitches for intentional walks. One major difference would be in lineup rules. These rules are just to allow more guys to get into the game a little easier than the traditional rules allow. We also have two umpires per game as opposed to four. Unlike most leagues, we have a working scoreboard and announcers with a PA system. And, our field has restroom facilities! We also keep serious, accurate stats from every game, compiled and posted on our website from time to time. Trophies are given out to the players on the league’s championship team.
As a league of unpaid volunteers, we can use help in certain areas. Players in need can sometimes have his player fee altered, reduced or even absolved completely in some cases when he is willing to perform certain duties. Jobs like coaching, scorekeeping and field maintenance can help reduce a player’s fees. Let the league commissioner know if you’d like to help out with some of the behind the scenes duties that help keep the league running so well.
Thanks, and hope to see you at the draft!
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START OF THE 2018 SEASON
Here we go, again! Email the league at email@example.com and tell us your age, position(s) and your past baseball experience and we will add you to our draft roster as well as answer any other questions you may have. Our new player draft is coming up later in March so don’t delay.
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