The Managers of the PWL participated in a conference call Wednesday night to finalize the schedule and divisions for the Summer season and also to consider rules changes.
A proposal from the Moose Knuckles to change the order in which teams get to pick schedule spots was considered. By tradition, teams with the worst record from the previous season pick first, then new teams. The Knuckles proposed that teams with the best record pick first. The vote was a 7-7 tie, with two teams not on the call. Without a majority, the previous procedure was followed.
Schedule spots also drove team divisions. We have four divisions this season, with the Division Champs advancing to the playoffs.
After the schedules were set, rules changes were considered. The Commissioner proposed that playoff teams be reduced from 8 teams, (with 20 in the league) to 6 teams. The language added to the rules states that if there are 17 or more teams, then 8 teams advance. Fewer than 17 teams will be 6, meaning we won’t have to change the rules every season. This rule was passed unanamously.
The Canvassers proposed a rules change to eliminate our special league rule that if a player catches a ball and falls over the home run fence that it’s a home run. The Canvssers proposed using the MLB rule, which would make it an out. The proposal received 4 votes, 8 were against, 2 abstained and 2 teams weren’t present so it failed.
There were no free agents to draft, so the call adjourned.
Full schedules will be posted soon.