NORMAL SCHEDULE FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE
Doors are typically open at 8:30AM. Please show up for batting practice from 9:00AM thru 9:45AM as games start at 10:00AM. Lineups are fairly established between 9:45AM and 9:55AM. If your magnetic name tag is not pulled and placed on roster board by that time it creates lineup decisions that impact everyone and often delay game starts. If circumstances delay your arrival until after 9:45AM, please be considerate and contact a fellow ballplayer and ask him to put your name on roster board (advise how late you will be).
What happens at 9:45AM:
Arlington Heights wants us to remind all that alcohol is prohibited on their premises - including parking lot.
Our goal is to have fun, exercise, socialize and enjoy time on the diamond. In our pursuit of these goals, we all play with passion. Please remember to keep your emotions in check. We want to ensure we're promoting a fun and safe environment. What we ALL cannot allow is an anger situation that leads to actions that could very well result in us ALL losing our welcome to the facility. We don't want to be told to leave the facility and not come back because a couple guys lost their cool. Friendly teasing or constructive criticism is expected but not to the point that is pushed beyond accepted limits. Nor do we want a situation to occur where one or two individuals disrupt the play of 20 plus guys because they 'lost it' - for ANY reason. Should any situation occur, it may result in a player or two being suspended for an appropriate period of time by consensus of the committee.
Batting practice generally begins around 9:00AM - or whenever enough players are present. Players should practice and bat on their respective diamond (A, B or C). When hitting one should take one turn batting on their respective field only. To ensure all players have a chance to bat, batters are limited to 10 (ten) swings only. After all seniors on a specific diamond have batted, if time remains seniors may take a second turn batting.
Games are generally 7 innings in length. Exceptions are made for different circumstances where they are 9 innings. If 7 innings a double header is usually played. If 9 innings, one game is played.
The maximum number of runs allowed per inning is four (five for the 'A' Field) with the exception of the last inning in which runs are unlimited.
When a game reaches a point where one team has a 10 run lead or better, it is generally considered lopsided. To compensate for these situations, if a team has a ten run (or more) lead entering the Final inning only, that leading team becomes the Home team, batting last, And like any Home team they will not bat in their bottom half of the inning unless the game is tied or they are losing. This process will apply even when there are 3 teams on one diamond. The team leading by 10 runs 'FLIP FLOPS' to bat last.
Similarly, if entering the last inning a team does NOT have a 10 run lead but they score enough runs to take a 10 run lead, they may continue to bat UNTIL they reach a maximum of a 16 run lead (or 3 outs). Once at a 16 run lead, their at bat is frozen with existing outs and base runners, and the other team bats (FLIP FLOPS). In the unusual case that other team comes back from 16 runs down, then initial team resumes their at bat with 'frozen outs and base runners' restored.
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