After much discussion of the pitching rule over the past year, at the April 2016 meeting, team representatives agreed to abide by the International Softball Congress (ISC) pitching rule, relying on the umpires’ judgement regarding enforcement.
As stated in section N.4 of the KFL Constitution, “The league will adhere to the International Softball Congress rules on illegal pitches with the exception that an illegal pitch will constitute a ball on the batter but base runners shall not advance.” Of course, if the illegal pitch results in ball four on a batter, they will take their base and any runners forced to do so by that action will also advance.
As always, players who hassle umpires excessively on this (or any other) issue run the risk of being ejected. If you have any questions, please direct them to your team representatives.
- Mike Brown
The second meeting of the 2016 KFL season took place on Tuesday, April 26, marking the final meeting of team representatives prior to the start of game action for the year. Among other business, the 2016 KFL Executive was officially voted in, following its expansion from three to five members at the March meeting.
Long-time Treasurer Pat Lemieux will continue in that role, while former Vice President Mike Brown will take over as President. Three newcomers were also welcomed to the league’s administrative body: James Gallo (Athletics) as Vice President, Ron Woodworth (Bell Cartage Outlaws) as Director of League Relations, and Dan Polischuk (Athletics) as Director of Communications.
Other meeting highlights included debate over the pitching rule and structure of the B-side playoffs.
On the matter of the pitching rule, it seemed neither the teams nor umpires were thrilled with the experience from last year’s modified pitching rule and team representatives voted to return to following the International Softball Congress rules on illegal pitches. A further explanation on this will be posted to the website prior to the start of league play.
The format of this year’s B division was also discussed; both a round-robin format followed by a one-game final and a more traditional playoff format resulting in a best-of-three final were considered. Team representatives voted for the latter, meaning the 2016 B playoffs will involve one-game semi-finals (9 vs. 12 and 10 vs. 11), with the winners meeting in a best-of-three series. Team reps agreed to revisit this matter next year, depending on the number of teams in the league.
For any further information about last night’s meeting, contact your team representatives.
- Mike Brown
The regular season schedule for the 2016 KFL season has been officially released - and opening night is less than three weeks away!
The season is set to begin on Monday, May 9 with a double-header featuring the Smoke and Bulldogs in the early game, followed by the Thunder and Selects at 9 p.m. The league's reigning champs, the 37s, begin their title defense on Tuesday, May 10 against the Kings, while the KFL's newest squad, the Brewers, start things off that same night against the Classics. View the full slate of games on our Schedule page.
We look forward to seeing all the KFL's players, umpires, and fans for another year of excellent fastball at beautiful Budd Park!
- Mike Brown
The first meeting of the 2016 KFL season took place on Wednesday, March 23. The Brewers, the league’s newest team, were officially welcomed. Combined with the decisions of the Jays and Red Sox not to field a team in 2016, the KFL will have 12 teams for the upcoming season.
The meeting proceeded with preliminary discussion of schedule and budget options, as well as the league’s pitching and mercy rules. Notably, an amendment to the league’s Constitution, designed to expand the Executive from three to five members and more equitably distribute the workload, was brought forward and passed unanimously.
The Vice President and Treasurer roles remain largely the same, while two positions – Director of League Relations and Director of Communications – were created to lessen the burden on the President. More detailed breakdowns of the positions are reflected in the revised Constitution (section C).
Team representatives will elect new Executive members at the next meeting in late April. Anyone who is potentially interested in an Executive role should contact the Interim President for more information.
- Mike Brown
The 2015 KFL season officially came to a close on Thursday, November 19 with the final league meeting of the year.
Highlights included discussion of the pitching rule that was instituted at the beginning of the season and debate regarding the 10-run mercy rule. Both items will be revisited this spring, when they can be voted on if changes are desired. Players are encouraged to share their thoughts on these matters with their team representatives in the meantime.
There was also a lengthy discussion about a proposal floated by the Red Sox to create a season-long, second-tier B division. Many team reps had not yet seen the proposal, which will be forwarded to everyone shortly to facilitate a more informed discussion.
Most notably, KFL President Bryan Reeve stepped down after four years in the league’s top leadership position. Highlights of his tenure included organizing exhibition games between a KFL All Star Team and the national squads of Argentina (2014) and Australia (2015); working with Rogers TV to have occasional broadcasts of league play; and securing a spot for the KFL Champions as the second host team for the 2014 ISC World Championships, held in Kitchener. The league would like to thank Reeve for his leadership and long-time dedication to the KFL.
In advance of the meeting, Reeve had notified team reps of his intention to step down, and he had conversations with a couple people interested in the President role, though none ultimately decided to seek election.
At the meeting, it was agreed that Vice President Mike Brown, working in consultation with Reeve, would act as Interim President over the winter months, with a specific mandate to examine the current Executive structure and propose changes for an expanded Executive that more equitably distributes the workload. The hope is that this will lead more people to seek Executive positions going forward and make the league’s continued success less reliant on a single person’s efforts.
Anyone with thoughts on this matter is encouraged to speak with Brown. Proposals will be brought forth and voted on in the spring, at which point the league will elect new Executive members.
- Mike Brown
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|Jeff Wise||Diamond Jaxx||2|
|Vice President||James Gallo|
|Director of League Relations||Ron Woodworth|
|Director of Communications||Dan Polischuk|