Overview Performance competition for female baseball players as an addition to the existing women's club competition. Eligibility There shall be two categories of player:
Local – any female player who has been a registered member of a Baseball WA baseball club in any of the previous three seasons.
Marquee – any female player who does not qualify as a local player.
All players shall be League Age 15 years or older.
Players not already in a WSL team shall nominate annually for the player draft. This includes players whose existing contract expired at the end of the previous season.
The number of teams shall be determined by the size of the player draft nomination pool.
In the first season, the expected number of teams would be two however more teams may be created based on the draft pool size.
Each team shall have a General Manager (GM) appointed by the WSL Commissioner.
The GM shall be responsible for appointing team staff and all operational matters of the team.
Each team shall have no more than 16 players on its roster at any time.
Each team shall have a maximum of four (4) different marquee players on their roster during a season (ie marquee players cannot be replaced during a season unless not all of the four marquee roster spots have been used already).
Local players shall be drafted into teams each season.
The draft format shall be determined by the WSL Commissioner.
Marquee players do not need to be part of the draft and are contracted by teams directly outside the drafting process.
Teams may finish drafting once they have 12 Local players on their roster and must finish if the full 16 player roster limit is reached.
Teams may “pass” in any round without being excluded from further rounds.
Any free agent who was a member of a team in the previous season who is drafted by a different team may have their drafting “challenged” by their old team. Under a “challenge” the old team shall be able to immediately draft the player for the same “contract” term as the new club would have “offered”. The “challenging” club shall then lose its next draft pick.
Length of Draft Contracts
Any player drafted in Rounds 1 to 4 shall receive a three-year “contract”.
Any player drafted in Rounds 5 to 8 shall receive a two-year “contract”.
Any player drafted in Rounds 9 onward shall receive a one-year “contract”.
At the end of the “contract” period, a player shall become a free agent and, if Local, shall be eligible to nominate for the draft or if marquee, shall be eligible to sign as a marquee.
Games shall be played under the same rules as Big League Div 1.
Each team shall play each Big League 1 team once as part of their regular season schedule.
Teams shall team play each other between 4-6 times during the season including as part of Perth Heat weekends (where practical).
Players who make themselves unavailable within a contract period may be placed on the Inactive List (IL).
This includes players who have long term injuries or are pregnant.
Teams may request permission from the WSL Commissioner to temporarily replace a player placed on the IL with a local player.
Players can only be selected in the Women's Open State Team if:
They are part of an active WSL squad, or;
They are on the IL due to injury or pregnancy.
Players on the IL for other reasons or not “contracted” on a WSL squad shall not be eligible for State Team selection.
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