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Declassifying Classificationxxx

After reading a few posts about the classification list for 2018 we thought it might be a good time to visit the process and answer some questions about the who, how, why, and what now when talking classification.

Why classify teams?
While we’re sure some believe they should be getting paid to play, the reality is that recreation is the name of the game up here in Alaska. While our A teams don’t equate to A teams in the lower 48, teams that travel are often declassed down for ASA tourneys out of state, the divisions of A/B/C/D/E are needed to have healthy leagues and tournaments. Giving teams an opportunity to play at a competitive skill level helps grow the leagues and allows for larger tournaments at all the levels.
The goal for most teams is to have fun and since winning is usually fun there is a drive to get better. Some teams get better through playing together and some through rebuilding every year and picking up better players, whichever way you go you have to expect that once your skill level eclipses the league you are playing in you will be moved up to a more competitive level of play. As a team becomes less competitive there is also the opportunity to move down.

When can classification change?
It starts locally, your association has a responsibility, just like the state, to have teams in their proper divisions as it helps grow the league and local tournaments. During the season local associations can recommend to the state Classification Board that a team be moved up or down depending on performance or other criteria such as the guidelines put in place by the State. During the season the state requires changes of classification be addressed by June 20 so that teams can make prepare for changes in State tourney locations and teams affected must be notified no
later than July 1 of each year. After the season is over teams are reevaluated locally and recommendations are made at the State meeting in December.

Who decides on theses changes?
The state classification is split into two boards:

  • Northern and Central Board: made up of one representative each from Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Anchor Town and Mat-Su, and an at-large member appointed by the Alaska ASA State Commissioner with the State Player
  • Southern Board: made up of one (1) representative each from Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, with the Deputy Player Representative serving as the chairperson.

What is taken into consideration when moving a team?
Performance is a prime factor when moving a team, if the team is steamrolling opponents and their +/- in net runs is high or they are losing consistently and their +/- in net runs is low they can be considered for declass. Another concern is that teams abide by the guidelines put forth by the state, these are found on the first page of the attached classification document. An example is if a team classified as Coed D from this year’s list decides to add more than 3 players from a C team, they would have to take the higher classification and play as C league during the season. Your personal classification is determined by the team you played on last year, so if the team you played on last season is now listed Coed B, you are considered a Coed B player. See the bottom of this post for more of the state’s Classification Provisions.

Can we appeal the classification?
Yes, here are the details on appeals (From State Code):

  1. A team shall adhere to the following steps in appealing the decision of the local
    association classification board:

    1. Appeal in writing, after competing in two (2) sanctioned ASA tournaments, to the local association or District Classification Board.
    2. A team may appeal the final decision of the Local Association Classification Board to the State Commissioner. This appeal must be in writing and submitted within fourteen (14) days after the Local Association Classification Board final decision. The State Commissioner shall render a final decision within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the appeal.

 

State code for Classification Guidelines
A few more details about what a team can and can’t consist of, from the State Code:
ARTICLE 8 – CLASSIFICATION GUIDELINES
8.01 PURPOSE:

  1. To establish rules and guidelines for the classification of teams and players for
    tournament and championship competition.

8.02 OBJECTIVES:

  1. To attain in an equitable manner, classification of teams at their respective level of athletic proficiency for the various levels of tournaments and championship play conducted by ASA, local, state and metro associations.
  2. It is the goal of the classification system to promote teams to the level of play where the team is reasonably competitive.

8.03 AUTHORITY:

  1. The classification guidelines as approved by the ASA Northwest Council shall be the basic structure for team classification. Each local association shall properly administer the resulting procedural code. They may establish additional procedures and/or rules locally in keeping with the above purposes and objectives as long as they are not
    inconsistent or in variance with these guidelines.

8.04 GENERAL CLASSIFICATION PROVISIONS:

  1. NEW TEAMS – It is the responsibility of the local association to classify new teams to the appropriate level of play.
  2. RE-FORMED TEAMS – Teams that re-form, in order to avoid upward reclassification, must have fewer than four (4) players from the previous year’s roster or a combination of fewer than four (4) players from any reclassified teams of the same level in order to be considered as a new team. Addition of players from higher classified teams will be counted as one (1) player for each level they drop. For example, a “B” player dropping to a “D” team will count as two (2) players for the fewer than four (4) rules.
  3. Men’s players may only drop one (1) classification on their coed current or previous team or the highest level or the highest level in the local association. Appeals may be directed to local classification board and must be approved by the State Commissioner.
  4. No more than two (2) Men’s Comp players on a Coed B team and no more than one (1) Men’s Comp player on a Coed C team. Exceptions must be put in writing to the local association classification board and must be approved by the State Commissioner.
  5. A team reclassified for the upcoming season must participate in at least two (2) tournaments in that season prior to July 29 before they can request declassification.
  6. Teams may apply in writing to the local association classification board for declassification, but not before June 20.
  7. All teams may be considered for reclassification at the end of the season relative to available programs.
  8. Teams traveling to post season play after State Tournament competition will have their classification reviewed by the State Commissioner before travel.

8.05 TOURNAMENT TEAMS:

  1. Any coed, men’s or women’s slow pitch team residing in a community or area that does not have that same classification of play, must register no lower than Coed C, Men’s C or Women’s C respectively for all tournament play. The District Commissioner, or Deputy Commissioner absent a District Commissioner, may classify tournament teams at a higher classification, but not lower. Such teams must play at least two (2) ASA sanctioned invitational tournaments to support their application to the Local Association Classification Board for reclassification to a lower class. Teams residing in communities or areas with the requested classification of play may not register as tournament teams.
  2. Any player(s) that elects to play up in classification on a Tournament Team shall retain the player classification of their corresponding League Team.

Mikeal Edd Goodwin Memorial Open Resultsxxx

Wasilla, Nov. 4-6, 2017 at the Grandview Hotel.

Thanks to the MatSu Dart Association for making this tournament happen, and it was a great event to take part in.
Wasilla, Nov. 4-6, 2017 at the Grandview Hotel.

Thanks to the MatSu Dart Association for making this tournament happen, and it was a great event to take part in.

Draw Doubles 501
1st: Jeff Olson/Hailey Cherry
2nd: Ken Camp/Dave Gilbert
Top 4: Dean Fleer/Chris Willey
Don Tucker/Charlie Mathis
Top 8: Jim Brant/Dan Armstrong
Jeff Garlough/Frank Bevo
Kayla McCreary/Aj Cherry
Mike Atkins/Shannon Peterson
Mixed Doubles 501
1st: Artie Powers/ Katherine Stanberry
2nd: Ken Camp/ Michele Mccauley-Olson
Top 4: Dean Fleer/ Carrie Walker Keays
Todd Castle/ Greta Fisk
Top 8: Andrew Wauson/Jennifer Cooke
Patrick Walker/Helga Walker
John Deny/Jeni Phillips
Lauren Mason/Jason Ammerman
Men’s Singles Cricket
1st: Jeff Olson
2nd: Danny Kelly
Top 4: Ryan McRoberts
Ken Camp
Top 8: Artie Powers
Dean Fleer
A.J. Cherry
Gino Villanueva
Women’s Singles Cricket
1st: Hailey Cherry
2nd: Carrie Keays
Top 4: Donna Kelliegh
Irene Goodwin
Top 8: Jennifer Cooke
Lauren Mason
Denise Gilbert
Michele Olson
Open Doubles 501
1st: Danny Kelly/Artie Powers
2nd: Ken Camp/Matt Markovich
Top 4: Rich Wawrzonek / Hollis Versyp
Sean Palmer/Dean Fleer
Top 8: Jason Rahn/Greg Papineau
Ron Goodwin /Jeff Olson
Chris Thomas /Brad Beiser
Todd Castle/Brien Jones
Women’s Doubles 501
1st: Donna Kelliegh/Jennifer Cooke
2nd: Margaret Fleming-Hale/Michele Olson
Top 4: Carrie Keays/ Renee Wood
Irene Goodwin/Mary Beth Goodwin
Top 8: Trista Fetchenhier/Mary White-Meacham
Farrah Mathis/Amanda Powers
Helga Walker/Hailey Cherry
Nellie Evern/Sharon Peterson
Women’s Singles 501
1st: Hailey Cherry
2nd: Carrie Keays
Top 4: Irene Goodwin
Trista Fetchenhier
Top 8: Sharon Peterson
Helga Walker
Renee Wood
Michele Olson
Men’s Singles 501
1st: Alvin Arzaga
2nd: Hollis Versyp
Top 4: Ken Camp
Matthew Markovich
Top 8: Artie Powers
Jason Ammerman
Pat Walker
Richard Wawrzonek

2017 AkS Classic Detailsxxx

Here are the info packages for this weekend’s tourneys, rules, pool play and brackets.

46 coed teams playing this weekend, tourney details for each are in a post below.xxx

46 coed teams playing this weekend, tourney details for each are in a post below. Rings are once again up for grabs in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Wasilla will have sweatshirts. Safe travels, have some fun and don’t forget these overall rules:
1) Bring an id, they will be checking
2) Not rostered, not playing
3) Uniforms need to be matching
4) Pickup players wear their team’s uniform so they can be identified
5) Game time is game time, get to games early
6) Bats WILL be rechecked so plan accordingly
7) Obey the local association rules, ALL request you leave your pets and your glass bottles at home. Anchorage Sports has a rule banning sunflower seeds, they are killer to get out of turf, and Wasilla’s concession serves beer so leave your libations at the campsite.

A great mantra.xxx

A great mantra. It’s a good thing to remember when you’re on/off the fields with a sponsor’s name across your jersey.

Big tourneys coming upxxx

The next four weeks are the busiest on the tourney schedule and it’s almost all coed. Here’s a look at your options around the state:

June

24th & 25th — Tudor Bingo Cash Out  (Coed A/B $275); Bovey Invitational (Coed C $250); Tudor Bingo Invitational (Coed D $200 6 pick ups): At Cartee in Anchorage, 2RR/DE  Deadline Tuesday, Contact your local association to register

24th & 25th — Midnight Sun One Pitch Tournament (Men’s/Women’s/Coed $200): At Hez Rey in Fairbanks, 24 hour tourney, contact Danette Bonham at 1-907-452-6768 Deadline Tuesday

July

1st & 2nd — Kenai Firecracker (Coed C & D/E/Rec $250): in Kenai, Deadline June 27th, Contact your local association to register

1st & 2nd — July Magic (Coed A/B,C/D/Rec $225): in Valdez, Deadline June 27th, Call Allie Ferko at 1-907-202-0711 to register your team and for more details.

1st & 2nd — Seward Tourney: in Seward, $250 Deadline June 27th, Contact your Anchor Town Sports to register

7th, 8th  & 9th — Golden Days (Men’s Comp, C/D; Womens Open; Coed A/B, C, D $250): in Fairbanks, Deadline June 30th, contact Danette Bonham at 1-907-452-6768

13th to 16th — 42nd Annual Rainball Tournament : in Juneau, $350 Deadline June 30th, Contact the Juneau Softball Association

League Pick-Up Rulesxxx

No one wants to show up for their game only to find out the other team is a no-show or they lack enough players to play. A lot of leagues allow for teams to pick-up players to help avoid this and play their scheduled games without forfeits. The pick-ups are not a free-for-all but have restrictions to who, and how many you can pick up, these rules change from association to association, here’s a look a few of the rules:

Details Anchorage
Sports
Anchor
Town
Golden
Heart
Mat-Su
Softball
Players needed to play 8 8 9 8
Max players allowed to pick-up 3 Enough to get
to 8
2 (Unless opposing team agrees to more) 3
Player must be rostered on a team in that league of play, a Coed can pick-up a coed player, pick-ups for men’s or women’s league must be on a men’s or women’s team roster. Yes Yes Yes Yes
You can pick-up to have more than 10 No No No No
Pick-ups can be from the scheduled opponent Yes
Pick-ups have to be from your division and have a game that night Yes Yes
Players may be only borrowed from the scheduled opponent and the opponent chooses which players will be lent out Yes
Pick-ups have to be from the same class or lower Yes, exception is in Coed E can play in Coed F
If a late player from the team that has pick-up player(s) arrives, they must be immediately inserted into the lineup as a substitute for one of the picked up players Yes Only if an injury Yes Yes
Borrowed pick-up players may return to their own team and will be considered as eligible
substitutes.
Yes No Yes Yes
If not listed please see your local association’s website.

Pot of Gold Resultsxxx

23 Men’s Comp/C teams at Cartee
1) Paisanos (Comp-ANC)
2) Far North (Comp-ANC)
3) Momma’s Boys (C-ANC)
4) Ballz Deep (C-ANC)
5) SOP (C-FBK)
5) BIN (C-MatSu)

Tournament of Champions resultsxxx

June 2/3 & 10 in Anchorage, 7 teams

1) Team Faith

2) Main Attraction

3) Laninites

One Pitch Classic resultsxxx

Open tourney, 10 teams at Anchor Town

1) Eddies (A-ANC)

2) Areolas (B-ANC)

3) JC Marketing (D-Anchor Town)