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JUNIOR games rescheduled

The JUNIOR LEAGUE games from April 30 have been rescheduled for July 2.

6 p.m. DH on GREEN: Holy Smokes Pizza vs. Bowlers CC
6 p.m. DH on YELLOW: Putt-Putt vs. Palmer FH

The season is here!

The rosters for the junior and senior divisions have been formed and we are ready to roll!

COACHES: Rosters will be emailed to you shortly. Please contact your players as soon as possible. Schedules and waiver forms will be available for pickup on MONDAY, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the complex. The commissioners will be there to get you that information.

Please contact Adam Kroemer, League Commissioner, at akroemer@sbcsc.k12.in.us if you have any questions.

2024 season is upon us

We are about a month away from the start of the season. As a refresher, a comprehensive list of rules was published on this site on May 1, 2023.

There is one change for the 2024 season, and it regards bats. In order to streamline bat rules, changes regarding age and bat usage have been implemented.

In addition, one of the points of emphasis is the substitution rules, which delineates where subs can play in the field and hit in the batting order. These will be enforced. Also, the protective gear rules established in 2023 will remain in place this year. These three points of emphasis have been re-posted below.

Gameday Substitutes

  • If a sub is used, opposing manager should be made aware as a courtesy
  • Limit: Up to 3 permitted/team.
  • Gameday subs must be age appropriate for the division.
  • Any league member may sub
  • A non-league member may sub (waiver required.)
  • All subs must bat and play field.
  • Subs must be placed at the bottom of the batting order
  • Positions:
    • If 1 sub used, sub must play RF
    • If 2 subs: RF and Catcher
    • If 3 subs: RF, Catcher, RCF
    • Exception: (Senior Division Only) If a team lacks a pitcher and both managers agree, then a sub may pitch.

Bats

  • Senior Division: Any bat provided it does not exceed a 1.21 BPF rating (Bat Performance Factor). 
  • Junior Division:
    • 61 and under can use single wall, double wall or wood bat.
    • 62 and older may use the above or composite (cannot exceed 1.21 BPF.)
  • Both Divisions:
    • Any player using an illegal bat may be called out by the umpire if an appeal is made before the next live pitch.
    • Approved bats are those bearing markers from the USSSA, NSA, ISA or ASA.

Protective Gear

  • Players participate at their own risk.
  • Wearable PPE is encouraged per the desired degree of protection.
  • Pitching screen will be permitted (Senior Division).

Here’s how you can join the fun at MSSL

If you’re interested and need information about joining the Michiana Senior Softball League, please contact Adam Kroemer at akroemer@sbcsc.k12.in.us. We have two divisions – the juniors (ages 52 and older) for those who want real competition, and the seniors (ages 62 and older) for those who want a greater emphasis on fun and exercise. We are flexible on the age requirement for seniors. If you are younger than 62 but your fitness level would make you uncomfortable playing with the juniors, let us know.

Typically, new players attend an open practice in April and are assigned to a team afterward. Fees are $60 to play in either league, or $100 if you play in both. All regular-season games are at the Byers Softball Complex on the southwest side of South Bend – near Mayflower Road and Sample Street. The juniors play at 6 and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. The seniors play 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The season begins the first week of May, with a 20-game schedule, followed by a tournament, ending in August.

Our rules take age into consideration. We use 11 fielders on defense. We prefer that all players bat and play at least two innings in the field, but we are willing to make exceptions. Batters with mobility concerns can request a courtesy runner once they reach first base. If you feel it may be unsafe for you to play but you still want to be involved in the league, we will try to pair you up with a team that needs a base coach. We also can use help planning extra activities and fundraisers, if that is something that interests you.