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Discussion: Playing Down

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Oct. 5, 2009
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
Playing Down
To the greatest minds in senior softball. I am looking for rules or regs pertaining to age group(s) playing down. Example: 65 major team has to play down to the 60 level.
Question(s),
1. Does the 65 team stay in the same rating level, i.e., major?
2. Are there instructions stating the procedure?
IMHO I would think that playing down would also include moving down a rating.
This situation came up this past weekend and I could not find a clear rule. I read the associations rules, however, they more or less were written for platium /gold /silver breakdown.
Oct. 5, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
don't recall a TEAM rule on that but there is for players one way or the other.
Seems they place them where they deem "necessary" to fill slots for bracket. I think also that is why so many complaints are posted on this. You may find a 65 m team playing against a AAA 60's team, or a M+ 70's team. Things like that, or perhaps worse depending on ones view...
I believe I read somewhere that you put T's on (for someone, forger which) so I'd think, (DAH) you would know that this happens. Not specific to any assn either.
Think also, if you go down a level, you also play under their rules...
As for the colors stuff brackets et al, I think of them as being mixed ages and or levels.
Hope it helps and that I'm not wrong... lol
Have seen teams play up, as well, so maybe that is their leveling the field so to speak... lol

Oct. 5, 2009
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
Taits, You are correct about TRYING to level the playing field. However, there should be written guidelines vice my "gut" feeling which is the way it goes now. It could be stated that if you play down an age group you will also play down a rating...Very simple.
Oct. 5, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
You'd just end up back where you were mid game or shortly afterword...i figure.
Oct. 5, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Have to admit one thing, it can not be easy for them not knowing in advance exactelly how many teams will enter any specific tournament let alone div or bracket.
But i do think the option to bail w\o penalty of loss of fees as a choice should be an option... not good for the assn but fantastic PR... Especially if less than say 3 other same age ratings team are in your bracker. . With less than 5 it should not be used as judgement.
Oct. 5, 2009
michigan native
5 posts
The way it is supposed to go,or at least how it's been done when we've got in that situation:
65 major plays even up against 60 AAA
65 major gets five runs against 60 major, one run each inning starting with inning two through the 6th with inning 7 being open inning
Oct. 5, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Glad you put that in, I didn't want to write another book like I have a habit of doing occasionally.
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