Dear RHMRBL members,
The Executive has convened and plans are now in motion to get the ball rolling for 2017. The 33rd season for the RHMRBL is poised to be another great one, filled with good baseball, good friends and good laughs. Events to look forward to in 2017: Draft Day, Spring Training Day, All-star game, Invitational exhibition game, poker tournament and Awards dinner. If you were at any of these events last year, you know they’re going to be good.
Registration for the 2017 season will open December 17th, 2016. The registration amount remains unchanged at $400 and we will again be offering an early bird registration rate of $380 until January 14th, 2017. Please note that full payment is required by this date to take advantage of the early bird rate. The regular registration deadline is March 4th, 2017 and full payment of registration is also required by this date to be included in the 2017 RHMRBL Draft @ WEGZ.
New for this season we will also be offering a new lower cost option for members and rookies who wish to be a reserve player. Serviceable Veteran and Rookie Trial registrations will be accepted and these players will be eligible to play for any team in need of a reserve, up to 6 games. If you are interested in this option, please contact the executive for all the details.
RHMRBL will be playing a 24-game schedule for the 2017 season and will be splitting the league into two divisions. Each team will play their division rivals 6 times and interleague teams 4 times. In the Playoffs, the two division winners will receive the bye and the two remaining teams in each respective division will play each other in a Wild Card Series. The winners of the WC will then play their division winners in a Division Series and the winners of the DS will face off in the Championship Series for the 2017 Reaper Cup.
The All-Star game format will be division vs division, 15 per squad, decided by an online vote. If you have any ideas on what to name these two divisions, please email me your suggestions.
RHMRBL is also joining forces with THE DUGOUT for the 2017 season. Every Sunday starting January 8th, 2017 from 9pm-11pm, RHMRBL will be having Training sessions at $10 per person. All members are welcome and encouraged to come out, support our sponsor and get some exercise! There are a few exception dates but I hope to see a bunch of you there.
I am excited about what we have in store for the membership and you should be too. A list of dates and events will be out early in the New Year to give you ample time to schedule your summer and details will be posted on RHMRBL.com and on social media, so make sure you check often.
As usual if you have any comments and/or concerns or you would like to be a 2017 sponsor, you can contact me.