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Pool Players

Pool Player Guidelines - 2023 Season

Pool players enable teams in the competitive divisions (AAA, Minors, Majors) to field enough players to prevent a forfeit.  The lower divisions do not use pool players.

1. The request is made by the manager or coach of the team directly to the Pool Player Administrator NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS before the game.  Please email Patti Shore ([email protected]), the Pool Player Administrator.

2. Pool Player Administrator will make the decision as to which player from the pool is selected to play on any given day. Managers may not request specific players.

Note re Rules 1 and 2:  Any managers choosing to directly reach out to a player or a player’s family to arrange for pool play without going through the Pool Player Administrator will regret this choice.

3. Once a manager makes his or her request for a pool player, he or she must use that player (even if the manager subsequently doesn't need the player and/or calls Pool Player Administrator and says whoops).

4. No request is to be made if 10 players are already available to play.  Managers should (but are not required to) request a pool player if they only have 9 available players.  Obviously, a team with less than 9 players available to play must request a pool player.

5. Pool players must play at least the minimum time: 9 defensive outs/3 innings and bat at least once. Even if a team player shows up, the pool player must still play the 3 innings and bat at least once.

6. Pool players are not to be starters (in lieu of rostered players) and bat only after all present team players have batted. Managers need to be aware of how to handle substitutions to avoid rule violations.

7. No more than TWO pool players may be requested for any one game.

8. Pool players cannot pitch nor catch.

9. Pool players must wear their own uniforms.

10. All players are considered pool players and may decline or accept when called.

11. Pool players cannot play more innings that any rostered players present in a 6-inning game.


Patti Shore
Player Agent / Pool Player Administrator
Cell: 415-595-7530
[email protected]



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