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2016 Season Things…

June 2, 2016
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Please take a look at some of the updates to the rules this year.

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IISL 2015 deadline extended and rule changes

May 25, 2015
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Good news!!  We have decided to extend the registration deadline for the 2015 IISL season.  You now have until Wednesday, May 27th to get your team registered!  Visit the Google Group page for the latest emails and to access the link to register!

We have also updated some rules for the upcoming season.  Those changes are:

  1. Female fielders requirement: Instead of 3 female fielders, we will now require two female fielders. For example:
    1. 8-2
    2. 7-1
    3. 6-0
  2. Batter Recycling: All batters (MALE and FEMALE) can only bat once in the lineup.  In the past, we allowed for teams to recycle female batters.  This year we will enforce this rule.
  3. Ratio of Male:Female Batters:  Presently, the requirement is 2 Male:1 Female. We will now require a ratio of 3males:1female. If you cannot meet this requirement, an automatic out will be issued for each female you are missing. **NOTE** All fielders must bat.  For Example the batting lineup:
    1. 7-9men: 3women
    2. 4-6men: 2 women
    3. 6men:0 women  (2 automatic outs for missing women)
  4. Strike mats: We are expanding the strike zone with larger strike mats to encourage hitting.
    • It is unfortunate, but taking walks is still an issue for some teams. We realize there are some bad pitchers out there. We also realize taking walks is part of the strategy of the game. However, PLEASE REMEMBER, few of the pitchers in our league are professionals. Since most pitchers in our league are not MLB pitchers who have been training for years to throw the ball in the strike zone, AND since many of these pitchers don’t play regularly or let alone in a park district league, AND since many of these pitchers do not attend spring training with pitchers and catchers … you get the idea!!! There will be a lower percentage of strikes being thrown by our pitchers. THEY ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS! For this reason, we are expanding the strike zone and encouraging teams to swing the bat if the ball is “near” the plate. We realize that we already have a large strike zone, but a lot of frustration has been expressed because of bad pitching or strategic walks.
  5. 2-2 count in the fifth inning: Reminder, regular season this is optional.  During Tourney this will be enforced.
  6. Pitching arc: Reminder, pitching arc is 6′ to 14′. During Tourney, the umpires will enforce this.
  7. Base running: Reminder, catcher must stand “IN FRONT” of the plate when receiving a ball to make a play, runners should avoid sliding if a collision is the most likely end result and, finally, runners should not run over fielders even if they are in the middle of the base path.
  8. Tourney Roster:  All players can only commit to one roster. No exceptions.

This season will be a great one…you don’t want to miss it!  Get your team together and register!

Pictures are Up!

August 26, 2013
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Hello Everyone,

Please forward this email onto your church members.
 
Follow the link found in the media section. You should be able to download any of the photos free of charge.
 
Also when you get a chance, please have folks like us on facebook.  Look to right —>
 
Thanks!
 
-Leonard

Playoff Results

August 19, 2013
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Captains –

I hope your teams all had a great day on Saturday enjoying each others company and playing some (good?) softball. After a long day of hard fought games, we have 2 new champions. In the Coed division, Immanuel rode their #1 seed all the way to the top and finished their undefeated season with a win over Church of Christ. In the Open division, the trophy stays with Calvary English Chapel, but with the Blue squad, that stayed perfect through the tournament, ultimately besting Bethel Presbyterian Church. Congratulations to both teams for very impressive seasons. We should have pictures posted soon on the iisl.org website.
Now that the season is over, we’d like to get some feedback on the season. We will be sending out a brief survey shortly so we can continue to improve the league. If you have any comments or thoughts you’d like to share separately, please feel free to email me, Leonard or Andy. Also, if anyone is interested in helping next season on the council, please let us know. We can always use extra help organizing the league.
Lastly, we found 2 hats at the field (one white Adidas and one pink Disney princess). Please ask your teams if they lost either of these hats. (I’m pretty sure the Disney hat belongs to Joe Han from Immanuel!)
Thanks again for a fun season. I look forward to seeing you all again next season.
Best regards,
Joe

Playoff Update2

August 16, 2013
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Captains –
The tournament is a day away and I hope you are all ready for a great day of fellowship and softball. Couple of last minute items:

1. If you have any announcements you’d like to make at the all church gathering, please let me know today and I will include you in the announcements.

2. The captains meeting for Open teams will be held immediately after the announcements. There will be a tent setup so please meet there. Only team captains please.

3. Please encourage all your teammates to arrive by 10am for the all church meeting. This is the only time that we can all see each other in one place during the day and season.

4. If you have any questions about rules, please send them to me today so I can address it at the captain’s meeting. Otherwise, the rules are posted on the website. They are basically the park district rules with a couple minor modifications.

5. Reminder: please have forms signed by all your players.

6. I know you have all been reminded about the purpose of the league and to be great ambassadors for Christ but please remind your fans that are watching the same. I know some spouses can get pretty enthusiastic in the stands so make sure you remind them how to be good fans.

7. If you need to reach me for anything, please call my cell: 312.505.1411. I will be at the park by8:30am setting up for the Coed league so call me anytime after that.

Looks like we are going to have great weather tomorrow! See you all tomorrow.

Good luck to all teams.

Joe

Playoff Update – Coed

August 14, 2013
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Captains –
The brackets are finally set. You can now view it on google drive under the “2013 Tournament” tab. If you haven’t updated any games played this last week, please check the schedule and do so ASAP. I’ll be filling in seeds and will update accordingly.

Here are the key highlights of the schedule:

1. Due to field availability and time limitations, the losers of the first round games (4 games/bottom 8 seeds) will play into a consolation bracket that guarantees the losing teams at least one more game. In other words, if you lose in the first-round you cannot win the tournament.
2. The top 4 seeds get a 1st round bye.
3. Games will be 60 minutes, which means teams will need to be ready to move into dugouts quickly, get on and off the field in between innings quickly, or risk playing 4 inning games.
4. Given the importance of the 1st round games, we strongly suggest your teams be ready to start playing at 9amsharp.
5. All teams must attend the 10 AM all teams meeting.

Please review the schedule and let me know if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT: attached are 3 MANDATORY forms that every team must submit before their first game.

1. Player waiver – each player must sign
2. Code of Conduct – each player must sign
3. Team Roster – no signatures needed, just names of all players playing on Saturday

We will disqualify any team that does not have the signed documents so please make sure you have them turned in at the captain’s meeting.

RULES:
The league rules are posted at http://www.iisl.org/ under the Rules and Regulations link. A couple of key rules to remember:

1. Batters can not step in front of the plate when hitting the ball. This is an automatic out.
2. Runners that are inside the foul line after crossing first base are considered in play and can be tagged out unless the ump has called time.
3. There is no limit to the number of batters you can have in the lineup but all players that play in the field must be in the batting lineup.
4. Strong suggestion: Please avoid visits to the pitcher, huddles, or other delays and have your batters on-deck and ready to hit so each game plays as many innings as possible!

REMINDERS:
1. Each team will be responsible for taking care of their own lunch and drinks.
2. This is a church league and we want a positive experience for everybody involved. Let’s honor God in our behavior and really encourage fellowship. Please keep this perspective throughout the day.
3. Stay hydrated all day. In case we have a really hot day, please remind your teams to drink lots of fluids throughout the day.
4. For those older players, Ben Gay might be a good idea…

If you have any final questions, please let me know. Thanks again for your patience for the schedule. We look forward to a great day of softball on Saturday.

In Christ,
Andy

Playoff Information

August 13, 2013
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Captains –
The brackets are finally set. You can now view it on google drive.

Here are the key highlights of the schedule:

1. All teams must arrive by 10 AM for an all teams meeting. We will have a captains meeting for the Open captains immediately after the all team meeting.
2. Open league games will begin at 11:15 AM
3. First 2 games will be play in games for a 4 team double elimination tournament. Losers of the first 2 games will play a consolation game immediately after their first game.

Please review the schedule and let me know if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT: attached are 3 MANDATORY forms that every team must submit before their first game.

1. Player waiver – each player must sign
2. Code of Conduct – each player must sign
3. Team Roster – no signatures needed, just names of all players playing on Saturday

We will disqualify any team that does not have the signed documents so please make sure you have them turned in at the captain’s meeting.

RULES:
The league rules are posted at www.iisl.org under the Rules and Regulations link. A couple of key rules to remember:

1. Batters can not step in front of the plate when hitting the ball. This is an automatic out.
2. Runners that are inside the foul line after crossing first base are considered in play and can be tagged out unless the ump has called time.
3. There is no limit to the number of batters you can have in the lineup but all players that play in the field must be in the batting lineup.

REMINDERS:
1. Each team will be responsible for taking care of their own lunch and drinks.
2. This is a church league, not Major League Baseball. We all want to win but it should not come before honoring God in our behavior. Please keep this perspective throughout the day.
3. Stay hydrated all day. In case we have a really hot day, please remind your teams to drink lots of fluids throughout the day.
4. For those older players, Ben Gay might be a good idea…

If you have any final questions, please let me know. Thanks again for your patience for the schedule. We look forward to a great day of softball on Saturday.

In Christ,
Joe