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Acton Adult Softball League
PO Box 2386
Acton, MA 01720
The goals of the AASL registration process are:
See sections below:
AASL fees are assessed as a team fee that is $1,500 for the 2017 season. The fee is the same as in 2016. We try to reduce costs to keep team fees low while still providing a level of service you've come to expect.
Team captains determine their team's roster size and who registers, then divide the team fee accordingly. It is common (and encouraged) for team captains to exclude themselves from contributing towards the team fee, as their role as captain should have some tangible benefit considering the role they play and the responsibility they have throughout the season. But, this decision is made entirely on an intra-team basis.
Returning teams have first priority during registration. To secure your space, you need to pay the team fee:
Checks can be mailed to Acton Adult Softball League, PO Box 2386, Acton, MA 01720, or hand-delivered to Rich, Matt, or Jennifer (contact us by email or phone). Without this first payment, the team's place in the league is not guaranteed. Returning teams registering after that date might find that a new team of Free Agents from the Wait List/Sub List individuals has been formed and taken its place in the league for the upcoming season. If a team does not get placed, any of its registered players will be moved to the Wait List/Sub List based on the date and time that they registered.
Each Player Must Register. Players register online. Players can register directly and captains will accept their registration, or players can be invited onto a team by the team captain, receiving an invitation code to join. Since all players must be waivered before participating in any AASL practice or game, submitting these early will reduce paperwork burden later on.
Captains must coordinate payment of the team fee. Yes, Captains, we know this is the most painful part of the job. But we have little alternative since teams get equal field time, have varying roster sizes, and some teams find sponsors who contribute to the team fee.
If a captain determines that more players are needed to fill the desired team roster size, we encourage captains to access new players from the Wait List/Sub List. There are often several new players who wish to join the league each year or who have played before and want to play again, and a Wait List/Sub List is kept specifically for this purpose. Both men and women are expected to be available. As these new players are added to a roster, payment should be assessed accordingly, based on equal fees for all players.
For example, assume a Captain wishes to have 20 players on his team, but only has commitment from 14, knows of two others who moved to Wyoming, and is still waiting to hear from 4. The captain calculates the team fees for a 20-person roster (excludes himself) as $1500/19 = $78.95 per player. Even though he only has 14 players confirmed, he should charge them each $78.95 and as others are confirmed, or new Wait List/Sub List players join the team, they each reimburse him $78.95. Basically, there is no chance of the captain not being able to achieve his 20-member roster (there IS interest) so he should calculate the fees accordingly and collect payments from the outset at his calculated per player rate.
Captains should let league officials know immediately when additional registrants are necessary. Make someone happy and meet somebody new -- pull them from the Wait List/Sub List!
In cases where a returning team's captain is not continuing in AASL, the team should organize under a new captain who will manage the team for the upcoming season. Please alert AASL officials if this is the case. Note that this team still must meet the registration requirements above or may lose placement to a new team.
AASL had 16 teams in 2016 as we have had since 2006. The number of teams for 2017 will once again be 16 teams. It is likely that all teams will return as each has indicated interest in returning. Captains of new teams should email their interest to Rich (no payment yet) to be placed on the TEAM Wait List, to be added to the league as space is available. If the team is accepted, then the team form and payment will be due as listed in Returning Teams above.
AASL continues seek additional field space to grow the league from 16 to 20 teams, but again this is not possible for 2017.
New teams that are placed will have 48 hours after notification to submit a deposit of 50% of team fees.
Players on Returning Teams It's easy: Register yourself NOW. Your captain will see that you've signed up and asked to be on that team and will accept you onto the team. Alternatively, a captain may invite you via actonasl.org and you will receive an email from actonasl.org containing an invitation code. Use that to get to the registration form, and fill out the online registration form. In either case, pay your captain your share of the team fee as instructed by the captain, and pay attention to this site to make sure your captain gets the team fee in on time!
Even if you registered last year, you need to re-register this year.
Players on Returning Teams
It's easy: Register yourself NOW. Your captain will see that you've signed up and asked to be on that team and will accept you onto the team. Alternatively, a captain may invite you via actonasl.org and you will receive an email from actonasl.org containing an invitation code. Use that to get to the registration form, and fill out the online registration form. In either case, pay your captain your share of the team fee as instructed by the captain, and pay attention to this site to make sure your captain gets the team fee in on time!
Even if you registered last year, you need to re-register this year.
Players Wishing to Join any Team or Get into a Game (Wait List/Sub List)
AASL recommends that individual registrants (not affiliated with an AASL team, or formerly affiliated with a team but not returning to that team) register online as soon as possible for the best chance of placement. AASL intends to place individuals based chronologically on when enrollment forms are received. Placement occurs on a first-in, first-out basis as captains request individual men or women to be placed on their team. If you wish to play on the same team as another person, please note this on your form. If you are placed on a team, your captain will let you know what your share of the team fee is.
In 2016, we used a dozen male subs and as many female subs as we could find. In 2013, we formed two new teams from 30+ waitlisted individuals. In previous seasons, we've placed only a few unaffiliated/new players before the season started, then we were able to place a few more as the season progressed and teams realized they needed additional players to field a team each game.
We also use these registrations for a "Sub List" - a list of available substitutes who can be picked up for a single game if needed. If you're registered online, keep your softball equipment and clothes in your car so you'll be ready to go to the field and play. AASL will email "Sub List" players when needs arise and we'll find available players to fill temporary roster needs.
When/If captains request players from the Sub List for games where they expect to be short, AASL will email Wait List/Sub List players. Since captains often notify AASL with little time to fill a spot, AASL will email a group of players at once. After a brief period, any/all replies are reviewed. Sub List players are chosen in order that they registered for the season. It's all based on who is available the day of the game, so quick replies are a way to get in a game faster. If the Sub List is used frequently, more and more players will get a chance to play in games. There is no fee to play on a team as a substitute from the Sub List. However, captains may decide to recruit a Sub List player as a full-time player for their roster, at which time that Sub List player will be moved to the team roster and be asked to contribute a pro-rated payment of the team fee.
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