2016 EMASS POOL PLAYER POLICY

[Approved at March 22, 2016 Board Meeting]

ADMINISTRATION: Each Divisional Coordinator shall oversee and administer his Division's pool player policy. This policy is in effect for all league games held during the season, as well as all games played during playoffs.

AUTHORIZED USE OF POOL PLAYERS: Pool Players may be requested when a Team has fewer than 12 regular roster players available. The Manager may request as many eligible Pool Players as necessary to bring their team up to 12 available players. Pool Players must be assigned prior to the first game of the day. If injuries occur during the day and a team finds itself with fewer than 12 players, they are prohibited from adding EMASS members attending as spectators to their game roster and, with the exception of the Atlantic Division, if their numbers are reduced to fewer than 11, they should simply request a non-defensive catcher from their opponent’s team.

PLAYERS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE AS POOL PLAYERS: Any registered EMASS Player is eligible to serve as a Pool Player in any Division provided the Division Coordinator has granted the manager the option of using that pool player or (those) pool players.

PROCESS FOR OBTAINING POOL PLAYERS:

Atlantic Division: A Manager who requires one or more Pool Players shall be responsible for contacting the Atlantic Division Coordinator BY EMAIL on or before 5:00 PM on the Sunday BEFORE a scheduled Tuesday game (the "Request Deadline") or 5:00 PM on the Tuesday BEFORE a scheduled Thursday game. IT IS THE MANAGER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HE KNOWS WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PLAY IN THE UPCOMING GAME by the Request Deadline. The Manager must inform the Atlantic Division Coordinator of the names of ALL regular roster players who will not be available for the upcoming game. Failure to request Pool Players by the applicable Request Deadline will result in no Pool Players being made available. However, in the event of a verifiable player emergency or illness after the Request Deadline, the Manager may request an Emergency Pool Player.

American and National Divisions: A Manager who requires one or more Pool Players shall be responsible for contacting the American Division Coordinator or the National Division Coordinator, as the case may be, BY EMAIL on or before 7:00 PM on the WEDNESDAY BEFORE a scheduled Saturday game (the "Request Deadline"). IT IS THE MANAGER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HE KNOWS WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PLAY IN THE UPCOMING GAME by the Request Deadline. The Manager must inform the appropriate Coordinator of the names of ALL regular roster players who will not be available for the upcoming game. Failure to request Pool Players by the applicable Request Deadline will result in no Pool Players being made available. However, in the event of a verifiable player emergency or illness after the Request Deadline, the Manager may request an Emergency Pool Player.

Metro Division: A Manager who requires one or more Pool Players shall be responsible for contacting the Metro Division Coordinator BY EMAIL on or before 5:00 PM on the Monday BEFORE a scheduled Wednesday game (the "Request Deadline") or 5:00 PM on the Wednesday BEFORE a scheduled Friday game. IT IS THE MANAGER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HE KNOWS WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PLAY IN THE UPCOMING GAME by the Request Deadline. The Manager must inform the Metro Division Coordinator of the names of ALL regular roster players who will not be available for the upcoming game. Failure to request Pool Players by the applicable Request Deadline will result in no Pool Players being made available. However, in the event of a verifiable player emergency or illness after the Request Deadline, the Manager may request an Emergency Pool Player.

Pacific Division: A Manager who requires one or more Pool Players shall be responsible for contacting the Pacific Division Coordinator BY EMAIL on or before 5:00 PM on the Friday BEFORE a scheduled Monday game (the "Request Deadline"). IT IS THE MANAGER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HE KNOWS WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PLAY IN THE UPCOMING GAME by the Request Deadline. The Manager must inform the Pacific Division Coordinator of the names of ALL regular roster players who will not be available for the upcoming game. Failure to request Pool Players by the applicable Request Deadline will result in no Pool Players being made available. However, in the event of a verifiable player emergency or illness after the Request Deadline, the Manager may request an Emergency Pool Player.

All Divisions – In determining who is eligible to serve as a Pool Player on any given game day, the Division Coordinator shall do his best to ensure that the Team requesting Pool Players is neither significantly improved nor weakened by the Pool Players. However, it is understood that the secondary goal will be to ensure that each Team has at least 11 players. The Division Coordinator will review the ratings of the missing players and the potential Pool Players, as well as defensive positional necessities, and then either (at the Coordinator's discretion):

  • Provide the team manager with a list of player names (preferably 5 to 10) of those who are eligible to serve as Pool Players.

Note: In this case it is the manager's responsibility to contact the eligible pool players to ascertain their availability. The division coordinator has no responsibility to do so. As soon as the Pool Player (s) is confirmed, the Manager must notify the Division Coordinator by email.

  • Obtain a pool player to show at the field ready to play for the team in need. This includes contacting, ensuring availability, providing information to the player regarding when and where to play. In this situation the Coordinator must notify the manager of the selected pool player.

On the day of the game, a Manager using (an) approved Pool Player(s) MUST NOTIFY the opposing Manager PRIOR to the first game. If a team manager has requested pool players who are at the field ready to play, and a regular roster player (who was/were on the original list provided to the Division Coordinator as being unable to play), also appears at the field ready to play, the Pool Player(s) shall play AND the regular roster player(s) SHALL NOT PLAY UNLESS THE REGULAR ROSTER PLAYER BECOMES THE 12TH PLAYER. A violation of these Regulations may result in the violating team forfeiting any game in which an ineligible Pool Player has been used.