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2017 NTABL News

The Winter Manager's Meeting will Be Tuesday, February 7, 7:00PM at Palios Pizza Cafe, 825 W. Royal Lane, Ste 120, Las Colinas, TX 75039

All returning and prospective managers need to plan on attending or sending a team representative.  

Teams can secure a spot with a $500 REFUNDABLE deposit which will get your team listed on the Teams page.  This will allow inquiring players to contact you directly to arrange a workout session.

Tryouts for the spring/summer season will be Saturday, March 4.  9AM, Lake Highlands High School

Team fee balances will be due March 12.

2017 Information

What's new?  

A 55 and over league called the Legacy Divsion.

Managers can now copy last year (or any previous) team for bulk invites.  No more manually entering in your whole team's email addresses.  Just click on the "Roster" link from your team dashboard and follow the prompts.  Note: This feature is only available on desktop version, not mobile.

Our registration now includes a "Small Group" feature.  Free Agents and Rookie Leaguers can use this to make sure you get on the same team as your buddies.  

Game reminders and your dashboard now have an RSVP function, so all you need to do is click the button to let your manager know your game status.  You can even   

We'll be implementing an umpire rating system for managers to ensure that our very best umpires are rewarded with playoff and All Star games.  The Best of the Best umpires will also receive a substantial bonus and recognition at our year end awards banquet.  

We are currently seeking a professional to help administer the non-profit, make sure we play by the rules and keep our books clean.  If that person is YOU, contact Kirk Pruitt.  This will be a paid position, although the money isn't much.  Hopefully we have someone within our ranks who is willing and qualified.  

What stays the same for 2017?

Kirk Pruitt will return in his role of President and be responsible for the scheduling, league communications, team and player development, constitution and rules, interface with the national office as well as entertain big ideas for the overall benefit of the league. Kirk also breaks all ties for disputes or disciplinary log jams.  

The rest of our leadership team returns intact with Bobby Caltabiano as VP of the 45+ Masters Division, Bill Macey as VP of the 35+ Veterans Division, Jason Bottenfield as Open National VP and Mark Adams as the Open American VP.  Sam Kayea returns as the Director of Fields and Umpires and Shawn Lee begins his fourth tour as our Social Media Coordinator.  Gerry Mecca will continue to serve as Treasurer.  He'll focus on all financial matters including registration payment, player eligibility, financial reporting and also the philanthropic leadership and focus.  Linda Macey returns as Chairperson for our Scottish Rite Charity All Star Games at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.   

Costs

Payment options will remain the same; all major credit cards, cash and PayPal.  Team fees bump slightly (sorry) for all divisions.  Team fees still include fields, lights, umpires, high quality baseballs, team score book, website, email game reminders, text messaging system for rain outs and urgent messages, league administration,  MSBL National Membership, liability and secondary medical insurance.  

National Division (18+) - $4900 for 20 games plus a best 2-of-3 playoff series for 6 teams. If more than 6 we MAY have a play in single elimination game depending on number of teams but no more than 6 can play best 2-of-3 playoff series. All games will be 2 hour weekday and 2:45 hour weekend games, twice a week usually a Wednesday and a Sunday based on field availability. All playoffs are 9 inning.  

American Division (18+) - $4900 for 20 games plus playoffs.  We will discuss playoff format at the manager's meeting.  Some teams prefer the best of three format while others like double elimination.   All American Division games will be 2-hour weekday and 2:45 hour weekend games playing twice a week, usually a Tuesday and a Sunday based on field availability. American playoffs are 9 inning.

35+ Veterans are usually on Thursdays and 45+ Masters are usually on Mondays, 2-hours or seven inning games.  The team fee for the Veterans and Masters will be $4600 for an 18 game season with a double elimination tournament at the end.

Other Ball

We will hold our All Star games again this summer at the AA Frisco Roughriders home at Dr Pepper Ballpark in August with a game for each division.  The Texas Cup will be held in Houston over the Independence Day weekend.

Rookie League starts on the Saturday one week BEFORE Memorial Weekend and is a 10 game, $160 per player developmental and player pool league that plays doubleheaders over 6 Saturdays. This program filled UP last year, so sign up soon if you want to play.    Players on rosters from any other NTABL division can play in the Rookie League for half price ($80).

Fall League starts around Labor Day is a 10 game plus single elimination playoff open league that plays 7-inning, 2-hour time limit games twice a week, one weekday and one Sunday.  Team fees and deposit date TBD.  We typically have two divisions - Competitive and Recreational.  

What do you need to do?

If you are a manager, contact your players and get started collecting fees. If you are a player, contact your manager from last season or sign up for the free agent list in the division you want to play.  

The registration system will be open January 14 so managers can begin setting their teams up and gathering fees.    

Returning teams contact your VP if you want last year's team copied over (we cannot give out info for players not on your past roster).

Thanks for choosing the NTABL.




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