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WELCOME TO THE 2018 MARLBORO CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE


Welcome the the Marlboro Coed Softball League website.  As of May 4, this is current for the 2018 season Teams have been entered into the Team link, along with contact info. The full season schedule is in place, including already scheduled make-up games. The league rules are also available on this page along with instructions for reporting game results.

Please send corrections or suggestions to the league email:  marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com 


Reporting Scores

Following games, it is recommended that BOTH coaches report scores within 24 hours. Last year there were at least four cases where coaches reported different scores.  Since "Runs Against" is a criteria for tie breakers in final standings (and playoff seeding) it is in a team's interest to have accurate results. If only one team reports a score that result will be recorded without further checks. 

Scores should be reported to the league email - marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com 


Rainouts/Rescheduled Games

As the season starts, we've noted that the Marlboro rec department has been much more active in closing the town fields in situations with heavy rain so as to prevent damage to the fields. We'll try to alert affected teams when we get those warnings but if you have any doubts about field status, please email the league ( marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com ).  In the absence of official closure, obviously use your best judgement with regards to player safety and potential damage to the fields. The town has taken a dim view of field damage resulting from playing in muddy conditions and we don't want to jeopardize future league accessibility to the fields. 

In the event of a rain out or a game being rescheduled for any reason, please inform the league via the score reporting process. Please use the league email address ( marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com ).  

The league has a number of available field slots for make-up games, available on a first come, first served basis.  We’ll attempt to keep this list of the available slots current as they are assigned. 

Rescheduled Games 

April 30 - JR and Sons at Hitmen rained out. To be made up as part of double header on July 9.

April 30 - Brew Crew at Suney's rained out. To be made up as part of double header on July 13.

June 1 - Owens at Davis postponed. To be made up on Aug 13 on Red.

June 4 - Owen's at Hitmen weather postponed.  To be made up on Aug 15 Red

 

As of June 4 there is only one field available for make-up games.

Mon, Aug 13 - Ghiloni Field

 

 

One cautionary note on rescheduling. In the past teams have attempted to squeeze in make-up games as doubleheaders during the period following the regular schedule. Daylight fades earlier and can make it tough to get in two full games.  Sunset on Aug 1 is at 8:07 and on 7:47 on Aug 15. The lighting can especially be a major problem on a cloudy day. So use your judgement. In a worst case, agree to maybe play two short games.


Marlboro Coed Softball League Specific Rules (2018)

1.      The spirit of this league is a fun, coed, non-aggressive-play league.  Teams receiving multiple complaints or determined (by the league official) to not be following this spirit may not be invited to return in the future or, in extreme cases, may be banned from further play.

2.    A team must have 2 women in the field AND in the top 10 of the batting order at all times. If only 1 woman is present, then:

a.       First girl must bat in the 1-9 spot and the 10th spot is an automatic out

b.      Team may field 10 players, but the woman can NOT be the catcher

·         If no women present, then:

1.      It’s up to the other team to decide if still playing

2.      9th and 10th batters are automatic outs

3.      Team can field 9 players (3 outfielders)

·         If a team only has 8 players then the other team, if they so choose, can provide a catcher to the other team so the game can be played.  The pitcher or any fielder MUST cover any plays at the plate.  The 9th and 10th batters are automatic outs.

3.      No more than 8 runs per team per inning can be scored, except for the 7th inning.

4.      7 inning games (extra innings if necessary).

5.      Taking out people with an aggressive slide is an automatic out. Blocking the base is also illegal.  You CAN NOT take out the catcher or any other player at ANY COST. 

6.      No stealing or leading, but tagging up on a caught fly ball is ok. Players cannot leave their base until the ball makes contact with the bat.

7.      Slow pitch with an arc of about 10 feet.  No line drive pitches (under 8’) will be called strikes.  It must go at least 8 feet high but no higher than 12 feet and hit the mat to be called a strike.  Please make sure your pitchers know this rule.

8.      We will use a safety bag this year at first base.  Please make sure that all team members know to run to the safety bag.  If they use the other bag it will be an automatic out.

9.      ALL games must start by 6:00pm.

10.  Foul balls that are caught are an out. A foul tip that goes over the batter’s shoulder and is caught is an out.

11.  Each team supplies 1 new game ball per game. (2 balls per game).  Teams hitting a ball into the woods must make an attempt to retrieve the ball if possible.

12.  Home team provides bases.

13.  Players must play in 1/2 of a team’s regular season games (7 games) to be eligible for playoffs with the exception of the below exemption. Teams that violate this rule will be banned from the league. Teams may be asked to produce their score books if there is any dispute about a player’s eligibility.  If the opposing team disputes any player in the lineup it must be brought up before play begins.  There will be no disputes after the game has already commenced.

13a) Medical Exemption:  If a player on your team cannot participate in a certain number of games, due a legitimate medical reason, then those games will not count when calculating the total number of regular season games for that player.  In order to avoid teams using this exemption to bring in “ringers” the player in question must present evidence justifying a legitimate medical exemption to the league prior to the playoffs.  The decision of the league official will be final when evaluating this matter.

14.  A pinch runner may be used for the batter after the batter reaches first base safely if the batter has an injury or medical reason requiring such. The pinch runner must be the person who made the last out (regardless of gender).  If there are no outs and a pinch runner is needed the LAST BATTER in the lineup will be the pinch runner.

15.  If a ball is overthrown to 1st or 3rd base and is ruled out of play (see rule 15)….the runner(s) get 2 bases, the one they are advancing to plus 1 no matter where they are in the base line as long as they have both feet off the base they are currently on.

16.  Out of play balls for each field…. THE BACKSTOP ON ALL FIELDS IS STILL A LIVE BALL AND IS IN PLAY!

16a) WHITE-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugout or into the soccer/lacrosse nets that are sometimes in foul ground.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16b) WHITE-any ball that hits the tree above the fence is a Home Run even if it lands in the field of play.  There may be a net this year in left field.  Any ball that hits the net above the fence is a Home Run.  If the ball rolls under the fence in center field it is a ground rule double.  If the ball rolls into the woods in right field it’s all you can get.  The fielder MUST go get the ball.

16c) RED-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugouts or into the creek.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16d) CC-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fence on the 1st base side (including down the hill) and into the dugouts on the 3rd base side.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16e) GHILONI FIELD-Ball is out of play when it goes beyond the line established by the light poles on both base lines, touches a tree in flight, or enters the dugout area through the fence.

17.  Pitcher must pitch from the pitcher’s rubber or behind the rubber.  The pitchers mound is 55 feet from home plate.  You are allowed to pitch UP TO 6 feet behind but CAN NOT pitch any closer than the 55 feet.

18.  The base paths are 65 feet apart, unless a field has base receivers embedded in the dirt, in which case this will be where the bases are placed for safety sake.  Please make sure you abide by these lengths.

19.  Base coaches make safe/out and fair/foul calls. Head Coaches ONLY will resolve any arguments (amicably). If an argument cannot be resolved amicably (then your team probably does not belong in this league) then the call will go in favor of the visiting team in the first dispute and then home team in the next dispute, etc.

20.  No metal cleats.

21.  No bunting.

22.  Softball bats must not exceed 1.20 BPF (Bat Performance Factor).  NO COMPOSITE BARREL or TRIPLE WALL bats are allowed.  If a bat has a composite handle only it WILL BE ALLOWED.  These are usually half and half bats.  Please make sure this in enforced.  We do not want any injuries and ONLY LEGAL BATS will be allowed.  If an illegal bat is found to be used then the team will AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT the game.  If this happens TWICE then the team will be thrown out of the league with NO REFUND of money.  Seeing you have the field you can still scrimmage with the team you were supposed to play but the game WILL NOT count in the standings.  If there are any questions with regards to which bats are legal please contact the league.

23.  Limit of 4 out-of-the-park HR’s per team per game. Any additional out-of-the-park HR’s will be outs. This only applies to fields that have fences.  Any other fields the outfielders MUST go get the ball (see 15A1).

24.  Teams must have 4 OF’s that are at least 85’ deep from the bases.  Please make sure this is enforced.

25.  Tiebreakers used to determine standings (and playoff seedings):

a.       Head-to-Head record

b.      Runs Against (per game avg)

26.  Forfeited games will count as a 7-0 loss to the forfeiting team.  This score will not be considered in determining a team’s “Runs Against (per game avg)” for purposes of playoff seeding tie breakers. This calculation will be performed only if/when the need for determining the tie breaker is performed at the end of the season.

27.  Makeup games that are not played prior to the tournament will be counted as 7-7 tie in determining playoff seeding.  All ties will count as a ½ win ½ loss for each team.

28.  Strike Zone mats will be used. If a legal pitch (see #6) hits any part of the mat (not the plate), the batter will have a strike called on them.  The mat will be placed about 3 inches BEHIND the plate.  If the ball falls in between the mat and the plate it IS A STRIKE.  If it hits ANY part of the plate then IT IS A BALL.  The BLACK part of the plate is considered part of the plate and will be called a ball.  Please make sure this is enforced.  This will allow the pitchers and batters to get used to the strike zone as the mat WILL NOT be used in the playoffs and the umpires will be calling balls and strikes.  Catchers will be the authority as to whether a ball hit the mat or not.

29.  EVERY BATTER will start with a 1 ball and 1 strike count.  6 pitched balls that miss the mat is a walk (ie Ball 7).  2 strikes (swinging or looking) will be a strike out.  Foul balls do not count as a 3rd strike.

30.  Pitchers must TRY and hit the mat.  We don’t want intentional walks.  Coaches, please try and keep your pitchers honest on this one!

31.  Teams must establish and utilize a consecutive batting order.  If requested, the Batting Order will be supplied to the opposing team’s coach and/or umpire.  The batting order must contain a spot for all players in the field.  It may also contain any unlimited number of Extra Hitters (EH’s).  The field positions and EH’s, may bat at any spot in the lineup but batters may not change their spot in the lineup once it has been established. 

 

Additional batters (Bench players, late arrivals, etc.) not previously in the game may be added to the end of the lineup at any time or may be substituted into an existing lineup spot by removing that existing player from the game.

 

Rule Number 2 regarding the number of female players in the top 10 batting spots must be adhered to in all situations or the appropriate penalties under that rule will apply at the appropriate spots in the lineup. 

 

32.  Teams may substitute in the field freely.  A player who plays in the field must appear in the batting order.

33.  A player must participate in at least 2 innings of a game for it to count as eligible towards the playoff count.

34.  Teams that forfeit 3 games during the season will be put on suspension for the remainder of the season and not eligible for the playoffs.  All games past and future will be scored as 7-0.  Suspended teams will be counted as a last seed and any teams seeded below them will move up in position.

35.  Playoff seedings will be determined based on the final season standings of those teams that commit to participating in the tournament up to 48 hours in advance of the first game. In other words, if 8 out of 10 teams commit to playing then the bracket will be an 8-team bracket.  Teams that cancel their commitment to play within 48 hours of the tournament will be considered a forfeit of that particular game in the tournament due to the logistics of having to notify all teams of time changes at such a late hour.

36.  Umpires will be provided for the playoffs as part of league fees.  They will be responsible for calling out/safe, fair/foul, strikes/balls, etc.

37.  Make-up games will be rescheduled by the home team.  Visiting team MUST be able to attend any make-up re-scheduled for a Mon or Wed.  If make-up is on another day you must make sure the visiting team can field a team.

38.  In the case of rain DURING the game BOTH coaches will reach a decision as to whether or not the game should continue.  If a decision is made to cancel the game once it has started but prior to completing 4 innings, then the game will be NULL AND VOID AND MUST BE RESCHEDULED. 

39.  Softballs to be supplied by the league.

40.  Batters must be in the batters box before the pitch is thrown.

41.  If a rule is not covered then we will abide by the ASA official rule book for the ruling of a certain play or call. 

42.  Dispute Procedure.  All disputes should try to be settled during the game by adhering to our league rules, ASA rules, and the spirit of the league as described in Rule 1.  Any rulings that cannot be settled during the game can be referred to the league for clarification.  All official protests will be heard and decided by the three-member League Board.  If any member of the Board is not available or must recuse themselves due to their involvement in the protest, the remaining Board members may hear the case themselves or choose to elect temporary substitute members from the coaching ranks of other teams within the league.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome to the 2017 Marlboro Coed Softball League


Welcome the the Marlboro Coed Softball League website.  Teams have been entered into the Team link, along with contact info. The schedule for the first week has been input but we're waiting on a final determination about how many teams we will have before going further. The league rules are also available on this page along with instructions for reporting game results.

Please send corrections or suggestions to the league email:  marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com 

 


2017 Playoff Results

Here are the results of the 2017 Playoffs. The last score will be entered when it becomes available.


2017 Final Regular Season Standings

For the sake of the official record for the league, here are the final regular season standings.  They differ slightly from those displayed by the website we use because we use a different set of criteria for breaking ties in standings.   Our tie breakers are head-to-head records among tied teams and then Runs Against (per game avg). The website does not use head-to-head comparisons.  This year we needed to use head-to-head to determine the top three position tie. We also used head-to-head to determine a tie between Davis and Hitmen. Then we had to go all the way to Runs Against (per game avg) to settle Misfits and Dell.  That said, here are the final standings:

1.       Toadily Hammered

2.       Brew Crew

3.       Owen O’l Learys

4.       Suney’s

5.       The BBQs

6.       DCU-1

7.       Davis Engineering

8.       Hitmen

9.       Misfits

10.   Dell Technologies/VBlockers

11.   Synqor

12.   National Grid


Reporting Scores

Following games, it is recommended that BOTH coaches report scores within 24 hours. Last year there were at least four cases where coaches' reported different scores.  Since "Runs Against" is a criteria for tie breakers in final standings (and playoff seeding) it is in a team's interest to have accurate results. If only one team reports a score that result will be recorded without further checks. 

Scores should be reported either to the league email - marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com or by text to 508-868-8838.

 

 


Rainouts/Rescheduled Games

In the event of a rain out or a game being rescheduled for any reason, please inform the league via the score reporting process. Either use the league email address ( marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com ) or text the info to 508-868-8838.  

The league has a number of available field slots for make-up games.  We’ll attempt to keep the available slots current as they are assigned. 

As of Aug 14 there are no  fields are available for make-up games.

 

 The following make-up games have been scheduled:

            April 26 Synqor at BBQs rescheduled for July 17 Red - Completed

            April 26 Hitmen at Toadily rescheduled as part of double header on July 17.  - Completed 

            April 28  late start for NG  - DCU-1  at National Grid  rescheduled as part of double header on July 19 - Completed

            May 5  National Grid at Suneys  rainout - rescheduled as part of double header on July 24 - Rained out on July 24

            May 15 Owen's at Dell Technologies closed fields rescheduled for Aug 9 White - Completed

            May 15 Davis at Synqor closed fields rescheduled for Aug 14 Red

             May 15 closed fields for BBQs at Suney's rescheduled for Aug 7 Red  - Completed

            May 22 Synqor at Hitmen rainout rescheduled for Aug 16 White

            June 5 National Grid at Owen's field conditions rescheduled for Aug 14 White

     June 5 Hitmen/DCU postponed.  Rescheduled for Aug 18 Red

            June 16 Toadily Hammered at BBQs rescheduled for Aug 14 Ghiloni

            May 26 field conditions postponement by coaches  Brew Crew at Misfits  (DH was scheduled on June 19 but rained out) -Rescheduled for Aug 11 Red - Completed as forfeit

             June 19 Davis at Misfits postponement ( Davis short on players) rescheduled as late game on June 28 - Completed

             July 12 Dell at National Grid rainout rescheduled as late game on July 31 at Ghiloni   - Completed    

              July 12 Misfits at Synqor rain out  rescheduled for Aug 9 Red - Completed as forfeit

July 24 DCU at Misfits rained out - rescheduled for Aug 2 Red - Rained out on Aug 2

July 24 Dell at BBQs rained out - rescheduled for Aug 7 - Completed

Aug 2 Misfits at Suney's rained out - rescheduled for Aug 7 White - Completed

Aug 2  DCU-1 at  Misfits make-up game rained out - Rescheduled for Aug 16 Red

       Aug 2 BBQs at DCU-1 Rained out - rescheduled for Aug 16 Red

       

 The following games need but are not yet scheduled for make-up games                       

             

July 24 Suneys/National Grid DOUBLEHEADER rained out

 

 

 

 

              

One cautionary note on rescheduling. In the past teams have attempted to squeeze in make-up games as doubleheaders during the period following the regular schedule. Daylight fades earlier and can make it tough to get in two full games.  Sunset on Aug 9 is at 7:55 and on 7:44 on Aug 18. The lighting can especially be a major problem on a cloudy day. So use your judgement. In a worst case, agree to maybe play two short games.

 

 


2017 Marlboro Coed Softball League Specific Rules

1.      The spirit of this league is a fun, coed, non-aggressive-play league.  Teams receiving multiple complaints or determined (by the league official) to not be following this spirit may not be invited to return in the future or, in extreme cases, may be banned from further play.

2.    A team must have 2 women in the field AND in the top 10 of the batting order at all times. If only 1 woman is present, then:

a.       First girl must bat in the 1-9 spot and the 10th spot is an automatic out

b.      Team may field 10 players, but the woman can NOT be the catcher

·         If no women present, then:

1.      It’s up to the other team to decide if still playing

2.      9th and 10th batters are automatic outs

3.      Team can field 9 players (3 outfielders)

·         If a team only has 8 players then the other team, if they so choose, can provide a catcher to the other team so the game can be played.  The pitcher or any fielder MUST cover any plays at the plate.  The 9th and 10th batters are automatic outs.

3.      No more than 8 runs per team per inning can be scored, except for the 7th inning.

4.      7 inning games (extra innings if necessary).

5.      Taking out people with an aggressive slide is an automatic out. Blocking the base is also illegal.  You CAN NOT take out the catcher or any other player at ANY COST. 

6.      No stealing or leading, but tagging up on a caught fly ball is ok. Players cannot leave their base until the ball makes contact with the bat.

7.      Slow pitch with an arc of about 10 feet.  No line drive pitches (under 8’) will be called strikes.  It must go at least 8 feet high but no higher than 12 feet and hit the mat to be called a strike.  Please make sure your pitchers know this rule.

8.      We will use a safety bag this year at first base.  Please make sure that all team members know to run to the safety bag.  If they use the other bag it will be an automatic out.

9.      ALL games must start by 6:00pm.

10.  Foul balls that are caught are an out. A foul tip that goes over the batter’s shoulder and is caught is an out.

11.  Each team supplies 1 new game ball per game. (2 balls per game).  Teams hitting a ball into the woods must make an attempt to retrieve the ball if possible.

12.  Home team provides bases.

13.  Players must play in 1/2 of a team’s regular season games (7 games) to be eligible for playoffs with the exception of the below exemption. Teams that violate this rule will be banned from the league. Teams may be asked to produce their score books if there is any dispute about a player’s eligibility.  If the opposing team disputes any player in the lineup it must be brought up before play begins.  There will be no disputes after the game has already commenced.

13a) Medical Exemption:  If a player on your team cannot participate in a certain number of games, due a legitimate medical reason, then those games will not count when calculating the total number of regular season games for that player.  In order to avoid teams using this exemption to bring in “ringers” the player in question must present evidence justifying a legitimate medical exemption to the league prior to the playoffs.  The decision of the league official will be final when evaluating this matter.

14.  A pinch runner may be used for the batter after the batter reaches first base safely if the batter has an injury or medical reason requiring such. The pinch runner must be the person who made the last out (regardless of gender).  If there are no outs and a pinch runner is needed the LAST BATTER in the lineup will be the pinch runner.

15.  If a ball is overthrown to 1st or 3rd base and is ruled out of play (see rule 15)….the runner(s) get 2 bases, the one they are advancing to plus 1 no matter where they are in the base line as long as they have both feet off the base they are currently on.

16.  Out of play balls for each field…. THE BACKSTOP ON ALL FIELDS IS STILL A LIVE BALL AND IS IN PLAY!

16a) WHITE-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugout or into the soccer/lacrosse nets that are sometimes in foul ground.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16b) WHITE-any ball that hits the tree above the fence is a Home Run even if it lands in the field of play.  There may be a net this year in left field.  Any ball that hits the net above the fence is a Home Run.  If the ball rolls under the fence in center field it is a ground rule double.  If the ball rolls into the woods in right field it’s all you can get.  The fielder MUST go get the ball.

16c) RED-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugouts or into the creek.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16d) CC-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fence on the 1st base side (including down the hill) and into the dugouts on the 3rd base side.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16e) GHILONI FIELD-Ball is out of play when it goes beyond the line established by the light poles on both base lines, touches a tree in flight, or enters the dugout area through the fence.

17.  Pitcher must pitch from the pitcher’s rubber or behind the rubber.  The pitchers mound is 55 feet from home plate.  You are allowed to pitch UP TO 6 feet behind but CAN NOT pitch any closer than the 55 feet.

18.  The base paths are 65 feet apart, unless a field has base receivers embedded in the dirt, in which case this will be where the bases are placed for safety sake.  Please make sure you abide by these lengths.

19.  Base coaches make safe/out and fair/foul calls. Head Coaches ONLY will resolve any arguments (amicably). If an argument cannot be resolved amicably (then your team probably does not belong in this league) then the call will go in favor of the visiting team in the first dispute and then home team in the next dispute, etc.

20.  No metal cleats.

21.  No bunting.

22.  Softball bats must not exceed 1.20 BPF (Bat Performance Factor).  NO COMPOSITE BARREL or TRIPLE WALL bats are allowed.  If a bat has a composite handle only it WILL BE ALLOWED.  These are usually half and half bats.  Please make sure this in enforced.  We do not want any injuries and ONLY LEGAL BATS will be allowed.  If an illegal bat is found to be used then the team will AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT the game.  If this happens TWICE then the team will be thrown out of the league with NO REFUND of money.  Seeing you have the field you can still scrimmage with the team you were supposed to play but the game WILL NOT count in the standings.  If there are any questions with regards to which bats are legal please contact the league.

23.  Limit of 4 out-of-the-park HR’s per team per game. Any additional out-of-the-park HR’s will be outs. This only applies to fields that have fences.  Any other fields the outfielders MUST go get the ball (see 15A1).

24.  Teams must have 4 OF’s that are at least 85’ deep from the bases.  Please make sure this is enforced.

25.  Tiebreakers used to determine standings (and playoff seedings):

a.       Head-to-Head record

b.      Runs Against (per game avg)

26.  Forfeited games will count as a 7-0 loss to the forfeiting team.

27.  Makeup games that are not played prior to the tournament will be counted as 7-7 tie in determining playoff seeding.  All ties will count as a ½ win ½ loss for each team.

28.  Strike Zone mats will be used. If a legal pitch (see #6) hits any part of the mat (not the plate), the batter will have a strike called on them.  The mat will be placed about 3 inches BEHIND the plate.  If the ball falls in between the mat and the plate it IS A STRIKE.  If it hits ANY part of the plate then IT IS A BALL.  The BLACK part of the plate is considered part of the plate and will be called a ball.  Please make sure this is enforced.  This will allow the pitchers and batters to get used to the strike zone as the mat WILL NOT be used in the playoffs and the umpires will be calling balls and strikes.  Catchers will be the authority as to whether a ball hit the mat or not.

29.  EVERY BATTER will start with a 1 ball and 1 strike count.  6 pitched balls that miss the mat is a walk (ie Ball 7).  2 strikes (swinging or looking) will be a strike out.  Foul balls do not count as a 3rd strike.

30.  Pitchers must TRY and hit the mat.  We don’t want intentional walks.  Coaches, please try and keep your pitchers honest on this one!

31.  Teams must establish and utilize a consecutive batting order.  If requested, the Batting Order will be supplied to the opposing team’s coach and/or umpire.  The batting order must contain a spot for all players in the field.  It may also contain any unlimited number of Extra Hitters (EH’s).  The field positions and EH’s, may bat at any spot in the lineup but batters may not change their spot in the lineup once it has been established. 

 

Additional batters (Bench players, late arrivals, etc.) not previously in the game may be added to the end of the lineup at any time or may be substituted into an existing lineup spot by removing that existing player from the game.

 

Rule Number 2 regarding the number of female players in the top 10 batting spots must be adhered to in all situations or the appropriate penalties under that rule will apply at the appropriate spots in the lineup. 

 

32.  Teams may substitute in the field freely.  A player who plays in the field must appear in the batting order.

33.  A player must participate in at least 2 innings of a game for it to count as eligible towards the playoff count.

34.  Teams that forfeit 3 games during the season will be put on suspension for the remainder of the season and not eligible for the playoffs.  All games past and future will be scored as 7-0.  Suspended teams will be counted as a last seed.

35.  Umpires will be provided for the playoffs as part of league fees.  They will be responsible for calling out/safe, fair/foul, strikes/balls, etc.

36.  Make-up games will be rescheduled by the home team.  Visiting team MUST be able to attend any make-up re-scheduled for a Mon or Wed.  If make-up is on another day you must make sure the visiting team can field a team.

37.  In the case of rain DURING the game BOTH coaches will reach a decision as to whether or not the game should continue.  If a decision is made to cancel the game once it has started but prior to completing 4 innings, then the game will be NULL AND VOID AND MUST BE RESCHEDULED. 

38.  Softballs to be supplied by the league.

39.  Batters must be in the batters box before the pitch is thrown.

40.  If a rule is not covered then we will abide by the ASA official rule book for the ruling of a certain play or call. 

41.  Dispute Procedure.  All disputes should try to be settled during the game by adhering to our league rules, ASA rules, and the spirit of the league as described in Rule 1.  Any rulings that cannot be settled during the game can be referred to the league for clarification.  All official protests will be heard and decided by the three-member League Board.  If any member of the Board is not available or must recuse themselves due to their involvement in the protest, the remaining Board members may hear the case themselves or choose to elect temporary substitute members from the coaching ranks of other teams within the league.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016 Playoff/Chanpionship Results

Game Results from 8/20/2016:

           A. Marlborough High School Red Field:

                Quarter- Final Games 9:30am and 10:45am:

               1st: VBlockers (9th Seed): Score 20 beat Hitmen (8th Seed): Score 14

               2nd: 10th Seed vs. Synqor (7th Seed) got a Bye because there was no 10th Seed

               4thBrew Crew (3rd Seed): Score 9 beat DCU-2 (6th Seed): Score 4

           B. Ghiloni Field: 

                Quarter- Final Games 9:30am, 10:45am, and 12:00pm:                

                3rd: BBQ's (5th Seed) Score: 18 beat DCU-1 (4th Seed) Score: 3

                5th: Suney's (2nd Seed) Score: 12  beat Synqor (7th Seed) Score: 8

                6th: Owen O'Leary's (1st Seed) Score: 10  beat VBlockers (9th Seed) Score: 0 

                Semi- Final Games 1:30pm and 3:00pm: 

                7th: Suney's (2nd Seed) Score: 9 beat Brew Crew (3rd Seed) Score: 7

                8th:  BBQ's (5th Seed) Score: 16 beat Owen O'Leary's (1st Seed) Score: 10 

                Championship Game 4:30pm:

                9th: Suney's (2nd Seed) Score: 13 beat BBQ's (5th Seed) Score: 5   

2016 Champion WINNER: Suney's Pub & Restaurant

Legend: Orange denotes winner of that particular game.

 


2016 Playoff Layout

Here is the  bracket for the 2016 playoffs with results. Scores will be added shortly. 9 teams played on Saturday August 20. Davis Engineering, Misfits, and Quota Factory were not be in attendance.     Given the smaller turnout and the availability of a second field the schedule was compressed to start the first games at 9:30 and 10:45 on both the Red Field and Ghiloni.   Those games were played with one umpire each. The rest of the schedule took place at Ghiloni with two umpires.  The final game was set to play at 4:30.   

 

The team seedings may seem different from the final standings as indicated at the time of posting the brackets.  For purposes of seeding, teams not participating in the playoffs are not counted in the seedings. In addition, the identical record tie between BBQs and DCU-1 was resolved based on the head-to-head record criteria.  Two other record ties were irrelevant for the playoffs as they involved teams not participating in the playoffs. 


Available slots for Make-up games

Several teams have scheduled make-up games as double header sessions during the period when teams play each other again.This is fine except that the second meetings of teams are scheduled in the July 18 to Aug 5 period. Sunsets on July 18 will be  at 8:19, dropping back to 8:01 by Aug.5.  That can make getting two full games in tight before the light fades, especially if it's cloudy.   The following field slots are available for make-up games. We'll try to keep this list current as slots are assigned. 

(Current as of August 9)
 
Mon Aug 15   White Field
 
 
Aug 10 Red field slot assigned to Misfits @ Owen's make-up for May 4.
Aug 12 Red field slot assigned to DCU-2 at DCU-1 make-up for June 27.
Aug 10 White Field Assigned to QuotaFactory and VBlockers for doubleheader
Aig 15 Red Field slot assigned to BBQs at Quota Factory for May 2 postponement.
Aug 15 Ghiloni slot assigned to SYnqor at Hitmen make-up for Aug 1 postponement.
Aug 17 Red Field assigned to BBQs at Suneys for make-up game July 1 postponement
Aug 17 White Field assigned to DCU-1 and Davis for make-up doubleheader postponed from July 29

Welcome to the 2016 Marlboro Coed Softball League.  The current season rules are below and schedules can be found under the Schedules tab . Contact information will be updated shortly.

 

2016 Marlboro Coed Softball League Specific Rules

1.      The spirit of this league is a fun, coed, non-aggressive-play league.  Teams receiving multiple complaints or determined (by the league official) to not be following this spirit may not be invited to return in the future or, in extreme cases, may be banned from further play.

2.    A team must have 2 women in the field AND in the top 10 of the batting order at all times. If only 1 woman is present then:

a.       First girl must bat in the 1-9 spot and the 10th spot is an automatic out

b.      Team may field 10 players, but the woman can NOT be the catcher

·         If no women present then:

1.      It’s up to the other team to decide if still playing

2.      9th and 10th batters are automatic outs

3.      Team can field 9 players (3 outfielders)

·         If a team only has 8 players then the other team, if they so choose, can provide a catcher to the other team so the game can be played.  The pitcher or any fielder MUST cover any plays at the plate.  The 9th and 10th batters are automatic outs.

3.      No more than 8 runs per team per inning can be scored, except for the 7th inning.

4.      7 inning games (extra innings if necessary).

5.      Taking out people with an aggressive slide is an automatic out. Blocking the base is also illegal.  You CAN NOT take out the catcher or any other player at ANY COST. 

6.      No stealing or leading, but tagging up on a caught fly ball is ok. Players cannot leave their base until the ball makes contact with the bat.

7.      Slow pitch with an arc of about 10 feet.  No line drive pitches (under 8’) will be called strikes.  It must go at least 8 feet high but no higher than 12 feet and hit the mat to be called a strike.  Please make sure your pitchers know this rule.

8.      We will use a safety bag this year at first base.  Please make sure that all team members know to run to the safety bag.  If they use the other bag it will be an automatic out.

9.      ALL games must start by 6:00pm.

10.  Foul balls that are caught are an out. A foul tip that goes over the batter’s shoulder and is caught is an out.

11.  Each team supplies 1 new game ball per game. (2 balls per game).  Teams hitting a ball into the woods must make an attempt to retrieve the ball if possible.

12.  Home team provides bases.

13.  Players must play in 1/2 of a team’s regular season games (7 games) to be eligible for playoffs with the exception of the below exemption. Teams that violate this rule will be banned from the league. Teams may be asked to produce their score books if there is any dispute about a player’s eligibility.  If the opposing team disputes any player in the lineup it must be brought up before play begins.  There will be no disputes after the game has already commenced.

13a) Medical Exemption:  If a player on your team cannot participate in a certain number of games, due a legitimate medical reason, then those games will not count when calculating the total number of regular season games for that player.  In order to avoid teams using this exemption to bring in “ringers” the player in question must present evidence justifying a legitimate medical exemption to the league prior to the playoffs.  The decision of the league official will be final when evaluating this matter.

14.  A pinch runner may be used for the batter after the batter reaches first base safely if the batter has an injury or medical reason requiring such. The pinch runner must be the person who made the last out (regardless of gender).  If there are no outs and a pinch runner is needed the LAST BATTER in the lineup will be the pinch runner.

15.  If a ball is overthrown to 1st or 3rd base and is ruled out of play (see rule 15)….the runner(s) get 2 bases, the one they are advancing to plus 1 no matter where they are in the base line as long as they have both feet off the base they are currently on.

16.  Out of play balls for each field…. THE BACKSTOP ON ALL FIELDS IS STILL A LIVE BALL AND IS IN PLAY!

16a) WHITE-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugout or into the soccer/lacrosse nets that are sometimes in foul ground.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16b) WHITE-any ball that hits the tree above the fence is a Home Run even if it lands in the field of play.  There may be a net this year in left field.  Any ball that hits the net above the fence is a Home Run.  If the ball rolls under the fence in center field it is a ground rule double.  If the ball rolls into the woods in right field it’s all you can get.  The fielder MUST go get the ball.

16c) RED-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugouts or into the creek.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16d) CC-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fence on the 1st base side (including down the hill) and into the dugouts on the 3rd base side.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

16e) GHILONI FIELD-Ball is out of play when it goes beyond the line established by the light poles on both base lines, touches a tree in flight, or enters the dugout area through the fence.

17.  Pitcher must pitch from the pitcher’s rubber or behind the rubber.  The pitchers mound is 55 feet from home plate.  You are allowed to pitch UP TO 6 feet behind but CAN NOT pitch any closer than the 55 feet.

18.  The base paths are 65 feet apart, unless a field has base receivers embedded in the dirt, in which case this will be where the bases are placed for safety sake.  Please make sure you abide by these lengths.

19.  Base coaches make safe/out and fair/foul calls. Head Coaches ONLY will resolve any arguments (amicably). If an argument cannot be resolved amicably (then your team probably does not belong in this league) then the call will go in favor of the visiting team in the first dispute and then home team in the next dispute, etc.

20.  No metal cleats.

21.  No bunting.

22.  Softball bats must not exceed 1.20 BPF (Bat Performance Factor).  NO COMPOSITE BARREL or TRIPLE WALL bats are allowed.  If a bat has a composite handle only it WILL BE ALLOWED.  These are usually half and half bats.  Please make sure this in enforced.  We do not want any injuries and ONLY LEGAL BATS will be allowed.  If an illegal bat is found to be used then the team will AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT the game.  If this happens TWICE then the team will be thrown out of the league with NO REFUND of money.  Seeing you have the field you can still scrimmage with the team you were supposed to play but the game WILL NOT count in the standings.  If there are any questions with regards to which bats are legal please contact the league.

23.  Limit of 4 out-of-the-park HR’s per team per game. Any additional out-of-the-park HR’s will be outs. This only applies to fields that have fences.  Any other fields the outfielders MUST go get the ball (see 15A1).

24.  Teams must have 4 OF’s that are at least 75’ deep from the bases.  Please make sure this is enforced.

25.  Tiebreakers used to determine standings (and playoff seedings):

a.       Head-to-Head record

b.      Runs Against (per game avg)

26.  Forfeited games will count as a 7-0 loss to the forfeiting team.

27.  Makeup games that are not played prior to the tournament will be counted as 7-7 tie in determining playoff seeding.

28.  Strike Zone mats will be used. If a legal pitch (see #6) hits any part of the mat (not the plate), the batter will have a strike called on them.  The mat will be placed about 3 inches BEHIND the plate.  If the ball falls in between the mat and the plate it IS A STRIKE.  If it hits ANY part of the plate then IT IS A BALL.  The BLACK part of the plate is considered part of the plate and will be called a ball.  Please make sure this is enforced.  This will allow the pitchers and batters to get used to the strike zone as the mat WILL NOT be used in the playoffs and the umpires will be calling balls and strikes.  Catchers will be the authority as to whether a ball hit the mat or not.

29.  EVERY BATTER will start with a 1 ball and 1 strike count.  6 pitched balls that miss the mat is a walk (ie Ball 7).  2 strikes (swinging or looking) will be a strike out.  Foul balls do not count as a 3rd strike.

30.  Pitchers must TRY and hit the mat.  We don’t want intentional walks.  Coaches, please try and keep your pitchers honest on this one!

31.  Teams MUST use a continuous batting order.  Late arrivals can be entered at the end of the lineup.  You can add someone into the lineup AT ANY time during the game.  Teams may substitute freely defensively, as long as rule #1 is followed.  If you have people show up for the game they MUST play at some point in the game.  They DO NOT have to start the game but they MUST play at least 3 innings in the game to be considered playing that game which will count towards their playoff eligibility.

32.  Teams that forfeit 3 games during the season will be put on suspension for the remainder of the season and not eligible for the playoffs.  All games past and future will be scored as 7-0.  Suspended teams will be counted as a last seed.

33.  Umpires will be provided for the playoffs as part of league fees.  They will be responsible for calling out/safe, fair/foul, strikes/balls, etc.

34.  Make-up games will be rescheduled by the home team.  Visiting team MUST be able to attend any make-up re-scheduled for a Mon or Wed.  If make-up is on another day you must make sure the visiting team can field a team.

35.  In the case of rain DURING the game BOTH coaches will reach a decision as to whether or not the game should continue.  If a decision is made to cancel the game once it has started but prior to completing 4 innings then the game will be NULL AND VOID AND MUST BE RESCHEDULED. 

36.  Lower grade softballs to be used…. still TBD

37.  Batters must be in the batters box before the pitch is thrown.

38.  If a rule is not covered then we will abide by the ASA official rule book for the ruling of a certain play or call. 

 

 

 


Congratulations to the 2015 Playoff Teams

Suney's emerged as the 2015 playoff winners, getting past the Brew Crew.  

 


Welcome to the 2015 Marlboro Coed Softball League

Coaches, if you can get results into marlborocoedsoftballleague@outlook.com  we'll try to get them up as soon as possible. Ideally, the home coach should be responsible for forwarding the score but we'll welcome inputs from both coaches. At the very least the "visiting" coach should check the score as reported on the website for accuracy and report any discrepancies so questions can be cleared quickly. Remember that standings (and playoff seedings) tie-breakers are by "Head to head record", then "Runs against" so it's in teams' interest to insure the results are accurate.

 IMPORTANT NOTE: The website we use does not incorporate the "head to head record" criteria for determining standings. It goes by "win percentage", then "runs against", then "Runs for". So it may not properly report standings for teams with identical records. The commissioners will review "head to head" records when making playoff seedings. 

 


2015 Marlboro Coed Softball League Rules

1.   The spirit of this league is a fun, coed, non-aggressive-play league.  Teams receiving multiple complaints or determined (by the league official) to not be following this spirit may not be invited to return in the future or, in extreme cases, may be banned from further play.

2.    A team must have 2 women in the field AND in the top 10 of the batting order at all times. If only 1 woman is present then:

a.       First girl must bat in the 1-9 spot and the 10th spot is an automatic out

b.      Team may field 10 players, but the woman can NOT be the catcher

·         If no women present then:

1.      It’s up to the other team to decide if still playing

2.      9th and 10th batters are automatic outs

3.      Team can field 9 players (3 outfielders)

·         If a team only has 8 players then the other team, if they so choose, can provide a catcher to the other team so the game can be played.  The pitcher or any fielder MUST cover any plays at the plate.  The 9th and 10th batters are automatic outs.

3.      No more than 8 runs per team per inning can be scored, except for the 7th inning.

4.      7 inning games (extra innings if necessary).

5.      Taking out people with an aggressive slide is an automatic out. Blocking the base is also illegal.  You CAN NOT take out the catcher or any other player at ANY COST. 

6.      No stealing or leading, but tagging up on a caught fly ball is ok. Players cannot leave their base until the ball makes contact with the bat.

7.      Slow pitch with an arc of about 10 feet.  No line drive pitches (under 8’) will be called strikes.  It must go at least 8 feet high but no higher than 12 feet and hit the mat to be called a strike.  Please make sure your pitchers know this rule.

8.      We will use a safety bag this year at first base.  Please make sure that all team members know to run to the safety bag.  If they use the other bag it will be an automatic out.

9.      ALL games must start by 6:00pm.

10.  Foul balls that are caught are an out. A foul tip that goes over the batter’s shoulder and is caught is an out.

11.  Each team supplies 1 new game ball per game. (2 balls per game).  Teams hitting a ball into the woods must make an attempt to retrieve the ball if possible.

12.  Home team provides bases.

13.  Players must play in 1/2 of a team’s regular season games (7 games) to be eligible for playoffs with the exception of the below exemption. Teams that violate this rule will be banned from the league. Teams may be asked to produce their score books if there is any dispute about a player’s eligibility.

13a) Medical Exemption:  If a player on your team cannot participate in a certain number of games, due a legitimate medical reason, then those games will not count when calculating the total number of regular season games for that player.  In order to avoid teams using this exemption to bring in “ringers” the player in question must present evidence justifying a legitimate medical exemption to the league prior to the playoffs.  The decision of the league official will be final when evaluating this matter.

14.  A pinch runner may be used for the batter after the batter reaches first base safely if the batter has an injury or medical reason requiring such. The pinch runner must be the person who made the last out (regardless of gender).  If there are no outs and a pinch runner is needed the LAST BATTER in the lineup will be the pinch runner.

15.  If a ball is overthrown to 1st or 3rd base and is ruled out of play (see rule 15)….the runner(s) get 2 bases, the one they are advancing to plus 1 no matter where they are in the base line as long as they have both feet off the base they are currently on.

16.  Out of play balls for each field…. THE BACKSTOP ON ALL FIELDS IS STILL A LIVE BALL AND IS IN PLAY!

15a) WHITE-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugout or into the soccer/lacrosse nets that are sometimes in foul ground.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

15b) WHITE-any ball that hits the tree above the fence is a Home Run even if it lands in the field of play.  There may be a net this year in left field.  Any ball that hits the net above the fence is a Home Run.  If the ball rolls under the fence in center field it is a ground rule double.  If the ball rolls into the woods in right field it’s all you can get.  The fielder MUST go get the ball.

15c) RED-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fences (both 1st and 3rd base side), into the dugouts or into the creek.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

15d) CC-Ball is out of play when the ball goes behind the fence on the 1st base side (including down the hill) and into the dugouts on the 3rd base side.  The ball is in play if it hits the fence and stays in front of it.

15e) GHILONI FIELD-Ball is out of play when it goes beyond the line established by the light poles on both base lines, touches a tree in flight, or enters the dugout area through the fence.

17.  Pitcher must pitch from the pitcher’s rubber or behind the rubber.  The pitchers mound is 55 feet from home plate.  You are allowed to pitch UP TO 6 feet behind but CAN NOT pitch any closer than the 55 feet.

18.  The base paths are 65 feet apart, unless a field has base receivers embedded in the dirt, in which case this will be where the bases are placed for safety sake.  Please make sure you abide by these lengths.

19.  Base coaches make safe/out and fair/foul calls. Head Coaches ONLY will resolve any arguments (amicably). If an argument cannot be resolved amicably (then your team probably does not belong in this league) then the call will go in favor of the visiting team in the first dispute and then home team in the next dispute, etc.

20.  No metal cleats.

21.  No bunting.

22.  Softball bats must not exceed 1.20 BPF (Bat Performance Factor).  NO COMPOSITE BARREL or TRIPLE WALL bats are allowed.  If a bat has a composite handle only it WILL BE ALLOWED.  These are usually half and half bats.  Please make sure this in enforced.  We do not want any injuries and ONLY LEGAL BATS will be allowed.  If an illegal bat is found to be used then the team will AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT the game.  If this happens TWICE then the team will be thrown out of the league with NO REFUND of money.  Seeing you have the field you can still scrimmage with the team you were supposed to play but the game WILL NOT count in the standings.  If there are any questions with regards to which bats are legal please contact the league.

23.  Limit of 4 out-of-the-park HR’s per team per game. Any additional out-of-the-park HR’s will be outs. This only applies to fields that have fences.  Any other fields the outfielders MUST go get the ball (see 15A1).

24.  Teams must have 4 OF’s that are at least 75’ deep from the bases.  Please make sure this is enforced.

25.  Tiebreakers used to determine standings (and playoff seedings):

a.       Head-to-Head record

b.      Runs Against (per game avg)

26.  Forfeited games will count as a 7-0 loss to the forfeiting team.

27.  Makeup games that are not played prior to the tournament will be counted as 7-7 tie in determining playoff seeding.

28.  Strike Zone mats will be used. If a legal pitch (see #6) hits any part of the mat (not the plate), the batter will have a strike called on them.  The mat will be placed about 3 inches BEHIND the plate.  If the ball falls in between the mat and the plate it IS A STRIKE.  If it hits ANY part of the plate then IT IS A BALL.  The BLACK part of the plate is considered part of the plate and will be called a ball.  Please make sure this is enforced.  This will allow the pitchers and batters to get used to the strike zone as the mat WILL NOT be used in the playoffs and the umpires will be calling balls and strikes.  Catchers will be the authority as to whether a ball hit the mat or not.

29.  EVERY BATTER will start with a 1 ball and 1 strike count.  6 pitched balls that miss the mat is a walk (ie Ball 7).  2 strikes (swinging or looking) will be a strike out.  Foul balls do not count as a 3rd strike.

30.  Pitchers must TRY and hit the mat.  We don’t want intentional walks.  Coaches, please try and keep your pitchers honest on this one!

31.  Teams MUST use a continuous batting order.  Late arrivals can be entered at the end of the lineup.  You can add someone into the lineup AT ANY time during the game.  Teams may substitute freely defensively, as long as rule #1 is followed.  If you have people show up for the game they MUST play at some point in the game.  They DO NOT have to start the game but they MUST play at least 3 innings in the game to be considered playing that game which will count towards their playoff eligibility.

32.  Teams that forfeit 3 games during the season will be put on suspension for the remainder of the season and not eligible for the playoffs.  All games past and future will be scored as 7-0.  Suspended teams will be counted as a last seed.

33.  Umpires will be provided for the playoffs as part of league fees.  They will be responsible for calling out/safe, fair/foul, strikes/balls, etc.

34.  Make-up games will be rescheduled by the home team.  Visiting team MUST be able to attend any make-up re-scheduled for a Mon or Wed.  If make-up is on another day you must make sure the visiting team can field a team.

35.  In the case of rain DURING the game BOTH coaches will reach a decision as to whether or not the game should continue.  If a decision is made to cancel the game once it has started but prior to completing 4 innings then the game will be NULL AND VOID AND MUST BE RESCHEDULED. 

36.  Lower grade softballs to be used…. still TBD

37.  Batters must be in the batters box before the pitch is thrown.

38.  If a rule is not covered then we will abide by the ASA official rule book for the ruling of a certain play or call. 

 

 


Out Of Play Balls

May 26, 2013

For the out of play balls please make sure your team know NOT to round the base because they assume it is a dead ball if it hits the fence.  If they round the base they can be tagged out.  I DO NOT want any arguments on this.  It is the coaches responsibility to let their team know about the rule changes.


Congrats to the Brew Crew and to all participants for a great playoff day.

 


Pitch Count

May 26, 2013

The pitch count starts at -1 ball and 1 strike for each batter(i.e. it takes 6 balls to walk and only 2 to strike out)


Base Paths!

May 26, 2013

All base paths should be 65 feet in distance.


No Metal Cleats!

May 26, 2013

No metal cleats


Additional Bat Information!

May 31, 2013

Additional bat info from an email from the League Commish:

I was just asked about the approved bat list and I wanted to make sure everyone was clear on what bats we could and could not use.  The list I sent out was from my men’s Sunday morning league and they DO NOT ALLOW COMPOSITE BATS.  As you will see on the list all the major brands were not on there because they are all composite.  If you have a composite bat you CAN NOT use it in this league.  This is a fun league and those bats are VERY dangerous.  Especially for the pitchers.  Please let me know if you have any questions.