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Discussion: Playing Time

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Dec. 1, 2013
chico senior
Men's 60
77 posts
Playing Time
I'm looking for a little help with determining playing time. We are a 60 Major team in SSUSA and a group 4 team in NCSSA. We each chip in the same amount of money and have a couple of sponsors to help with expenses. Everyone takes care of their own tournament costs. At this point everyone takes his turn sitting. Is there a way that we can continue to do that and still put a competitive team on the field during crunch time?
Dec. 1, 2013
Men's 65
570 posts
if you find one please post it, I know there is alot of managers like to read that one.
Dec. 2, 2013
280 posts
You do control the rotation of sitting right? And you don't sit players whole games do you? That's called self inflicted suicide and there is no solution.

It's about total innings played. And situations will dictate the time to sub your weakest and strongest players.

Another help in games you know are big is to sub early and use them as starters, because crunch time doesn't occur in innings 1-4 that often. So when innings 5-7 (where games are won) come up, you have what you want.

It's not an easy problem to solve, but that helps.

Dec. 3, 2013
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
Our major team had three pitchers who only pitched, but sat out otherwise. They all could play other positions in case of low attendance or injury, and two were decent hitters, but they were O.K. with sitting an entire game. We had two catchers, both good hitters, who also didn't play if not catching, but did sometimes go in to pinch hit. We had three first basemen--like the pitchers they could play other positions if needed, but rotated game by game except for one who was a phenomenal hitter and we EH'd him when not playing first.

We had a successful season with this philosophy, but I'm sure it depends on the personality of those asked to regularly sit out games. Some players won't accept this. I can imagine a manager like southernson carefully managing innings for his players, but I'd bet such a manager doesn't play himself with all those mental gymnastics.
Dec. 6, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1203 posts
It's difficult to keep everyone Happy... Everyone wants to be in the lineup, however there are only 11 spots! So, I would reccommend getting guys in the seeding games that might not be starters as much as you can without jeopardizing your team... Bottom line is the bench players need to know their roles and all other players have to realize how important that bench is to preserving starters legs down the stretch. My team self sponsors too,and has been successful with a bunch of unselfish players for the most part.. We get some squawking once in a while, however we just keep moving forward with what we have been doing! We are honest with everyone and what we expect..
Dec. 6, 2013
Men's 60
240 posts
Before the start of the season this topic needs to be discussed. If the players decide to share time for whatever reason, so be it. If their intention is to win as many tournaments as possible, when elimination begins put your best ten on the field. If you have one or more players who are hitting well, have them DH. In pool games, let the players who won't be playing in elimination games play. Heck they may get more playing time than those who play elimination only. LOL

The important thing is that everyone be on the same page. If a player doesn't like the team philosophy, he should move to another team. Any new player needs to be made aware of you team policy. This is just my POV, for what it's worth.
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