Player Pool Policy

Montgomery County Little League (MCLL)

Player Pool Policy

All divisions of baseball and softball within MCLL

Ratified October 2018

This policy is for all divisions of both baseball and softball within MCLL.

This policy is provided to aid Teams in their participation in any MCLL hosted regular season games (this procedure may NOT be utilized for playoffs). In the event a team cannot field nine players the day of the game, they may elect to utilize a pool player from the other regular season teams in the league. The spirit behind this policy is to assist teams who may not be able to participate, due to lack of player participation that day, and gives them the ability to still play the game. The intent is NOT to stack a team or leave your weaker players home. This policy will be conducted on the ‘Honor” system and MCLL fully expects that teams will keep to the spirit of the rule in order for all to benefit from this procedure.

A pool of players from existing regular season teams will be created with players that are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season when teams face a shortage of rostered players for a regular season game within their respective division. NOTE: Players may not be “borrowed” from an opponent.

Guidelines:

  1. The league’s player agent will create and run the pool. The league’s player agent will use the pool to assign players within their respective division to teams that are short of players on a rotating basis.
  2. Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick and choose players from the pool within their respective division.
  3. Under this option, when a player participates in a game on a team other than his/her own team, such player will not be permitted to pitch in that game.
  4. Pool players that are called and show up at the game site must play at least nine (9) consecutive defensive outs and bat once.

Preferred method of creating and utilizing the pool.

  1. During registration a player will have the option to opt-in to the player pool. During the year players can choose to opt-out or opt-in by contacting the player agent.
  2. All players will be listed in a spreadsheet sequenced by their player registration ID. This randomizes the list and gives priority to early registrants.
  3. Starting at the top, contact the parents of the player to see if they are able to play. If the player can play, instruct them to show up in their normal, regular season uniform and the coach will follow the above guidelines. If the player cannot play in the game after being asked, move to the next player on the list.
  4. Once the pool player is utilized, his/her name should be moved to the bottom of the pool for any future games until all players have been called to play. This will prevent the same player being utilized over and over again.

Considerations:

  • If you anticipate needing a pool player, please be clear with all your other player’s parents. If you activate the pool because you have 8 showing up and you have 10 show up, plus the pool player, the pool players MUST play 9 consecutive outs and bat once. It is imperative you express this to your players so they understand the ramifications of not communicating to the coach.
  • You can bring more than one player, but they both MUST be selected randomly and they both MUST play 9 consecutive outs and bat once.
  • As noted above, the pool player should wear their normal uniform from their regular team and should NOT be using a jersey from the team that called on them. This is to help delineate who is a pool player and who is on the roster.
  • The pool should be activated for each separate game (Example: Your team is scheduled to play both Monday and Tuesday evening and you only have 8 for both games. On Monday, you will activate the pool and then on Tuesday, you will need to have a different player from the pool).