We invite teams to play scrimmages.
Pittsburgh Pirates BP baseball shagging crews.
Back: (L-R) Will Lazar, Pete Livningston, Walter Winship,
Jimmy Pickett, Joey Barnes
Front: (L-R) Steve Karp, Vinny DeMarco, Joel Freed,
David Montgoemry, Sr., Brian Adornato
Not shown: Robert Bodi
||Our League Chaplain - Robert Bodi - Reminding us "What it is all about!"|
Manatee Adult Baseball League
(operated by Manatee Adult Baseball, Inc.)
is a four team participatory recreational wooden bat baseball
program for ONLY good sports.
We try to limit players to age 30 and over. Some younger players are accepted,
but older players are encouraged.All players register with
the League and are placed on a team to help ensure parity. Special rules for safety and parity
include no stealing of home, a sliding requirement, limitations on a pitcher returning to the mound
after the pitcher's team is leading by 5 or more runs, and
ending a half-inning at the end of the play during which that team's fifth
run of the inning is scored.
We play a year long schedule, beginning just after New Year's Day.
We start our modified Summer Format when the school year ends, and resume the season when the next
school year starts.
Our team managers have basically two sets of duties. One is to set the player postiions
(batting, defense, pitching rotation). That role is critical to the success of the
team. On that, we like to let the team largely select their preferences. The other set
of duties is to be the "eyes, ears, and spokesman" for the league in the
dugout. That is an indispensible role which is critical to the overal success of
the league. The League largely makes that selction in consultation with the team leaders.
We strive for a "club" atmosphere where all teams play at the same time and
at the same complex on the same day each week. Batting practice and warm-up
begin one hour before game time. The season ends with what is essentially a
double-elimination playoff tournament.
To the extent we can, we have 3 types of players: (1) Roster players; (2)
Taxi Squad players; and (3) Walk-On players.
(1) Roster Players: We only can accommodate approximately 48 roster players.
We try not to place more than 12 players in the dugout sharing field time and at-bats.
Roster players pay an annual registration fee (typically $50) and lower game fees
(typically $15 per game). Roster players must attend regularly, and pay game fees
even for those games for which they are not present. Roster players may request to be
removed from a roster and pay game fees for only those games which they attend, but are
available to any team. Rosters are carefully policed and openings occur frequently. They play if their team plays.
(2) Taxi Squad Players: Taxi Squad players pay the annual registration fee and
then the lower game fees, but do not have to pay game fees for games which they do not attend.
These players are eligible to be placed on a roster when they request and when an opening occurs. They are given
priority to play before walk-on players unless the number of players on each team prohiht another player that game.
These players are available to any team.
(3) Walk-On Players: With a signed waiver, these players are invited to participate in batting
practice, fielding practice and warm-ups, and all other activities except, perhaps,
games if there are already 12 players "in the dug out". We count
the number of roster players at the field at the start of the game, and often, but not always,
assign nonregistered players to teams only for that night. IF WE CAN GET THE PLAYER INTO A GAME, then
the nonregistered player pays a higher game fee (typcially $20). They play only if all Taxi Squad players
play and if the number of players on each team do not prohibit additional players that game.
WHAT TO DO:
We play on Wednesdays. We do not have try-outs. Anyone who wants to play gets to play IF we have an opening that
evening. All players sign in as they arrive. New walk-up players sign a Roster waiver, and leave their games fees
as a deposit and take batting practice. If we cannot get a walk-up player into a game that day, then their money
We TRY to put no more than 12 players in a dug-out for games.
Newly registered players should expect to be placed on the Taxi Squad to fill in for absent players on any given
As players drop out, players may be assigned to the openings on the regular roster from the Taxi Squad.
We play at
Lakewood Ranch High School in Manatee County,
near I-75 (1 and 1/2 miles east on SR 70 ( 4 lights) then left (north) on Lakewood
Ranch Blvd. 1 mile north of SR 70.)   RESERVATIONS POLICY
For our Training Games, Special Games and other Special Events, we make
commitments based upon clearly defined participation goals. In order to determine whether
we can expect to meet those participation goals, we issue a call for reservations with
a clearly set cut-off date and time. At that cut-off date and time, we make our
"Go/No-Go" decision based upon those reservations. Consequently, any who
has a reservation who cannot fulfill that reservation will be charged for the activity unless
1) they cancel the reservation a reasonable time before the event AND 2) we reach
our participation goals without them fulfilling the reservation. The League reserves the
right for ANY reason to charge for the reservation even if these two conditions are met.
PLAYER ASSIGNMENT POLICY
IDEALLY, player assignments would result in 2 teams with a 51% winning
percentage, and 2 teams with a 49% winning percentage. This means that ALL teams must
accept their "share" of losses. If you cannot live with losing your "share" of games,
then our league is NOT FOR YOU! Nobody except for the Commissioner should discuss
with any player that player's participation, or encourage any player to transfer to
another team. Any person doing so is subject to discipline.
We have 4 types of games: 1) Regular season games, 2) Training games, 3) Special game and 4) Tournament games.
GENERALLY, Training games, Special games and Tournament games are open to anyone (subject to capacity limitations).
Regular roster players who do not attend a regularly scheduled game still will be
charged the game fee. (We use "break even" budgeting, so the income stream from ALL
roster players, attending or not, is necessary, but more importantly, team parity decisions
are based upon full participation from the players assigned to each team.) Any player
who wishes more flexible participation or to "pay as you play", can request a transfer
to our Taxi Squad; but can expect not to play for the team to which that players last was
"Full participation" means that any player who misses 3 consecutive games or who misses
a large number of games, even if not consecutively, can expect to be tranferred to the
Taxi Squad without prior notice. See our rules.
Player assignments TYPICALLY are made two times per year; just before the start of the regular season and
just before the resumption of the regular season after the mid-season break. The board decides which of
the returning players (who have submitted a new waiver form and
who have paid their registration deposit) will be accepted back onto their teams.
The first thing that we do is we consider all applications for renewed participation and single out for
individual consideration ANY player suggested by any board member for ANY reason. We determine whether based
upon recent experiences with the players, any of the
players no longer are considered to be appropriate for full participation in our league, and if so, then what should
be done about that. (What can be done can range from removal from a roster (and placement on the Taxi Squad) to being
banned from participation that year.) These decisions of the Baord determine the number of vacancies.
The approved returning players are given a priority in being re-assigned to their roster. ANY player removed from a
roster or otherwise considered possibly not appropriate for full participation is COMPARED with perceptions about
non-assigned players in an effort to determine which player is more appropriate for
participation. A new player has an advantage over a returning player in this comparison.
The managers explain to the board what they perceive to be their team's needs and how any of the
unassigned players may help satisfy those needs.
The board then makes recommendations to the Commissioner for the assignment of players.
Not later than the following Monday the Commissioner announces the decisions.
Quite frankly, we expect VERY few openings We will not know how many until we see all the
applicants and the board decides on returning players.
Any unassigned player who submitted their payment but who does not get an assignment may either
go on the Taxi Squad a play when they are there and there is an opening on any team for the evening,
or they can ask for a refund of their payment.
Unassigned players are encouraged to participate in all of our activites, particularly training games and
special games. This gives the player the opportunity to get to know, and to get to be known by, the other
player and positions the player for team assignment when an opening arises.
Mail to: Manatee Adult Baseball, Inc.
2103 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205
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