PG Weekday League: Perfect Game has asked us to participate in a weekday league with Cedar Rapids schools.
Here are the proposed terms:
FROM STEVE JAMES of Perfect Game
A few of us met last night and were able to discuss this weeknight team league. I was able to answer some questions, get suggestions, etc. last night and here’s some details on what the league will be.
1 – Games will be played during the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Ideally I’d like to play the games as consistently on Tuesdays and Thursdays as possible, but I want to be flexible for those schools with a lot of multisport athletes.
2 – Multi-Sport athletes should be able to play in most games. If each coach can email me the meet schedules ahead of the creation of the schedule, I will do what I can to not schedule games on dates where a team will have a bunch of players missing due to other sports.
3 – Field availability – I’ll need the availability of your field prior to making the schedule. I know there will be some conflicts with Wash (field re-done), Linn Mar (administration), and Xavier (Mt. Mercy). I’m sure there are other conflicts on certain dates, so if you could let me know those ahead of time that would be appreciated.
4 – Rain outs – We’ll do our best to try and make up games the same week as the rain out. I don’t want to try to make up games the following weeks as teams would be playing 6 games in a 3 day stretch. I also don’t want to re-schedule games on the weekends with our Spring League schedule, Legion schedules, and Cornshucker schedulers.
5 – Pitch smart rules – we will enforce pitch count restrictions with MLB Pitch Smart guidelines. The home team will be responsible for scoring the game in our new PG scoring app. This app will keep track of pitch counts that we can enforce the MLB Pitch Smart Rules. We will also post the league stats on the PG league website with leaderboards.
6 – Exposure – This is an atypical PG league where we won’t have one of our people there scoring and scouting the games. However, we will be posting some articles about the top performances and players on the league portion of the website.
7 – The league will be a wood bat league. I will be getting with our sales guys today to see if we can put together some deals on bats for those players who are playing in the league. I’d also recommend each team have a Baum Bat composite for use. This will save players a lot of money in the long run on broken bats.
8 – PG will provide shirts, caps, game balls, umpires and schedule. Each high school we play games at will need to take a look at their school insurance policy. I’m assuming if you’ve hosted legion games, cornshucker games, or any other spring league games at your facility you’ll have the proper insurance in place already.
9 – We will be having both an upper class and underclass league. The minimum number of teams we’ll need to run the league is 4 at each level, and I think we’ll be able to have more than that.
10 – Your better players who want to play in both the team league during the week and the Scout League on the weekends will be offered a discounted combo rate if they sign up for both. Obviously it makes sense to have your best players competing against the other top players in the state on the weekends, we we’ll do what we can to make sure that happens.
11 – Roster size – Ideally you’ll want around 16 guys on your roster. The big reason for that is pitching. You’ll want to carry 10-12 guys who can pitch to make sure you’re following the MLB Pitch Smart Protocol.
12 – Pricing – The cost will be $199 per player. If you have a roster of more than 16 players, the team fee will be $3200.
13 – Sign up process – Players will need to request online and get signed up online. If you let me know if will be a team rate, you will be responsible for collecting everyone’s money and getting the full $3200 to me prior to the first game. The players will still be requesting and signing up online if it’s a team fee. That way they electronically sign the proper liability waivers.
If you have any questions about any of this, or there’s something I missed please get back in touch with me. The big thing to take out of this is we’ll be as flexible as possible with the scheduling to make sure your multi-sport baseball players are able to play.