[written by Zahid Merchant]
Salam, We pray and hope that everyone is staying safe. As life returns to normal, we are following the province and city guidelines to resume play this season. The province has limited the number of players allowed to play in a league which has forced us to adjust our regular format. As much as we would like to have a normal season, inshaAllah there is some benefit in the new format we are implementing. A lot of our format has been borrowed from our friends at Get Buckets Basketball League.
New Dynasty Mode format:
1. Every Sunday starting August 9th, we will be hosting weekly pick up tournaments for registered players. Every Wednesday, a link will be sent out for players to sign up to play for that Sunday. When we reach a limit of 48 players, we will close registration for that week. (First come, first serve)
2. Players will be charged $11 for every week they sign up to play. If you cancel after signing up, you will still be charged unless a reason is provided before the draft. At the end of September, we will refund whatever money is owed to you from the $175 league fees.
3. 4 GMs will be selected who will draft their teams for Sunday. After a week is played, new GMs will be selected to draft new teams except for the winning team from the previous week which will stay together to try and complete a DYNASTY.
3. Game format will be tournament style. One hour games starting with 1-1 count with no new inning with 10 mins remaining (max 7 innings). All teams will play each other in round robin (3 games total). Top two teams will advance to the finals. If two teams are tied, tie-breakers will be Head-to-Head, then Run Diff then Runs Scored.
4. Stats will only be kept in the finals with points for every offensive stat which will be tracked over the course of the season. These stats will not be recorded on the BSL site but on a separate site just for this season.
5. If a team wins 3 consecutive weeks, they will be considered a dynasty and will earn additional points for their streak and then team will dissolve. (To keep a dynasty team going, 8 of 12 players need to be returning the following week)
6. Draft order will be randomized unless the GMs need to be adjusted for parity. If a dynasty team needs players, they will pick players in the same round as the players they are replacing. (Dynasty team will have last pick of the round)
August 9th, August 16th, August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 3 (All-Star Tourny)
Point structure (No errors will be recorded):
Finals appearance: 3 points, Finals win: 3 points, Dynasty: 5 points, Single: 1 point, Double: 1.2 points, Triple: 1.4 points, Homerun: 1.6 points, Run scored: 0.5 point, RBI: 0.2 point, BB: 0.8 point, SF: 0.5 point
Covid Safety Measures overview:
1. Every player must complete the liability waiver for the league, understanding the risk of playing in these circumstances (Already completed)
2. Every player must complete a weekly covid screening survey by Saturday to be allowed to play on Sunday (weekly)
3. Every player must have their own bat/equipment in order to sign up. Sharing bats or any equipment is strongly discouraged by SPN, Baseball Ontario and Ontario Health. Our umpires may refuse to allow the player to bat if they are sharing a team bat.
4. Each fielding team will have their own set of balls that they take with them into the field and off the field. Balls will not be shared by both fielding sides.
5. No batting or fielding practice will be allowed prior to games. Only tossing within your own team is allowed prior to the game.
6. Dugouts will be closed and only used by the on-deck batter. All players are required to sit in the bleachers or along the fence while maintaining physical distancing.
7. More detailed safety guidelines will be provided to all players in our Return to Play Guidelines