League Rules

2017-2018 KC Metro Handball League

I. Organization


  • Tony Orel
  • Nick Scherzer


  • Danny Cates
  • Tony Orel
  • Lou Serrone
  • Mark Hogan/Craig Scherzer
  • Ron Scherzer
  • Chris Storm

II. Budget

  1. The league will cost on average $20 per player. Approximate breakdown is $5 to ACOP, $6 awards/operating, $9 balls.
  2. To make budget, each team’s commitment will be $200.
  3. Team total is due by the 5th week of the season
  4. Captains are free to demand different amounts required from their players due to variable participation.
  5. The financial requirements were based on what will make the league great and last year’s turnout. Historically, there were 65 players active more than 50%. If we receive full payment from 65 players, we will have budgeted:
    1. $600 to pay OP club for use of facilities.
    2. $575 for 2 cases of USHA 21 handballs.
    3. $411 for trophies and operating expenses.
  6. League budget will be fully transparent among paid participants throughout the year.
  7. Any remaining monies from league will be added to banquet, saved for 2016 metro league budget, or used in another way decided by vote from captains.
  8. The club charges $7 for non-members per visit.

III. Calendar

  1. Session 1: Weeks 1 – 5
  2. Week 8 is mixer night
  3. Session 2: Weeks 6 – 11
  4. Mixer night week 7 or 8
  5. Session 3 Weeks 12 – 16
  6. Postseason: Weeks 17 and 18
  7. There will be 3 ‘five week’ sessions. Every team will play each other three times. The traditional format will be 2 singles/2 doubles/1 flex match.
  8. After the 16 week “regular season” wraps, we will go into “post season” for 2 more weeks.
  9. The postseason finals will be the 18th week of league.
  10. We will not have league for holidays, local tournaments, and St. Louis tournaments. A full calendar with matchups and off nights will be released separately.

IV. Court Schedule

Court Schedule
  1. We have 8 courts reserved from 4pm until close.
  2. Bar Courts 1 & 2:
    1. 4:30pm, 6pm, and 7pm. These times are approximate. Please be near your court before your start time.
  3. Floor courts 9, 10, and 14:
    1. 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. These times are approximate. Please be near your court before your start time.
  4. Upper level courts 6, 7:
    1. 5pm, 6pm, and optional 7pm. These times are approximate. Please be near your court before your start time.
  5. Upper level court 5:
    1. This court is reserved for Pool matches in the 2017/2018 season. These will be organized on the court sheet and will list when the pool matches take place on this court.
  6. Court schedule allows for us to get all league matches on by 7:00 PM
  7. Matches can begin as early as 4pm per our reservation. This can only be used by the match that is scheduled for 5pm on the court they are supposed to play on. If you are not the 5pm scheduled match for that court, you will have to end your match sharply at 5 to not affect the night’s schedule.
  8. If you want to play earlier on Thursday, then you will need to make your own accommodations and supply your own ball.
Feature Matches
  1. 7:00 PM Court 1 and 2 are the Feature matches of the Night.
  2. Most entertaining matches should be played not necessarily the highest ranked players. Bar Crowd wants to see some action.
  3. 1 point penalty will be assessed to the team if the 3rd session captain fails to schedule a match on Court 1 and Court 2 @ 7:00 PM.
  4. Captains playing the 7:00 PM matches on Court 1 and 2 may trade their 7:00 PM Time Slot with a Captain with an earlier schedule without penalty provided that both Captains confirm in advance with one of the Co-Commissioners that they have agreed to switch.

V. League Night

  1. Thursday night League – All matches without exception should be scheduled for Thursday. Captains are not required to accommodate or make arrangement for matches at any other time other than Thursday night.
  2. Earlier Thursday Playing Times – If both Captains have players that want to play earlier than 5:00 PM on Thursday they will be allowed with the consensus of both captains to schedule matches earlier than 5:00 PM provided that the players reserve their own courts and are off by 5:00 PM. Failure to complete an early match before scheduled league will result in forfeiture as decided by Co-Commishes. It is the player’s responsibility to make sure their early match does not interfere with scheduled court time.
  3. Later Playing Times and off-league night matches – If there is a consensus between the Captains that they have a match they both want to play that cannot be played on Thursday due to extenuating circumstances they can schedule their match on a different day with approval from a commissioner. League participants that are not members of the OP Club are not eligible for this. Any players that are not members of the OP Club caught trying to play without paying their $7, or claiming they are playing a league match on a different day to get free handball will be suspended or expelled from the league as decided by captains vote.

VI. Responsibilities of the Captains

  1. Communicate with your players (E-Mail, Phone etc)
  2. Know who can play
  3. Try to work everyone in without jeopardizing your wins
  4. Wednesday Deadline – All matches should be set and posted by Wednesday night.
    1. Any conflicts regarding scheduling after Wednesday if not resolved by the captains will be resolved by the Commissioners
  5. Forfeits
    1. Any match played by a member of another team is a forfeit
    2. There will be a double forfeit if both teams are unable to field a roster spot. This must be communicated to, and ultimately decided by, the commishes. In the past there have been disagreements over which captain truly “forfeit” when both tried to field a roster spot. This is why it will be the commishes discretion. If a commish is a participating captain, then he cannot decide. If both commishes are participating, then Bob Frey will decide.
  6. Trades –Trades are allowed during the first 10 weeks of the league provided that the trades are registered with the Co-Commissioners prior to the next scheduled league night. Trades are no longer allowed after week 12 to avoid collusion.

VII. Rating System

  1. The rating system for the league is in place to assure all participants of the league get a competitive match. Captains should always play their best available players but also compromise with their opponent captain so all participants get a good match to play and interest is maintained.
  2. The rating system is no longer required for matches, but acts as a guideline and should be consulted if a captain is unsure of a good skill match when setting their roster.
Competitive Balance
  1. When necessary, commissioners may act as mediators when two captains disagree on the competitive balance of a match. If by Thursday morning two captains cannot agree on the matchups of their submitted rosters, the commissioners will decide on the match or leave it as is. Changes may affect other singles or doubles matches if necessary. Commissioners will take into consideration limitations that a captain may have when creating their roster. If one of the commissioners is a captain of the team that is in arbitration, then a non-participating captain will be asked to provide input on the matchup to avoid any preferential treatment.
  2. There will be times where the best available players does not make the most competitive match. This will be considered and respected when matches appear unbalanced.

VIII. Postseason

  1. The top four finishers will square off in a two week postseason bracket. The best record at the end of the season will play the 4th place finisher, and the 2nd place finisher will play the 3rd place finisher. The winners of each match will play in a final the following Thursday. The winners will be determined by total match wins. The team that wins the final match is determined the league champion.

IX. Awards and Banquet

  1. There are individual prizes for regular season excellence voted on by majority captains based on regular season performance:
    1. Rookie of the year. Players new to the league that played in less than 3 weeks the prior season qualify. No age limit, skill limit will be decided by captains
    2. Junior of the year. Best player under 21
    3. Best Open player
    4. Best A player
    5. Best B player
    6. Best 50’s player
    7. Best 60’s player
  2. Finalists for each category above will be based on each player’s regular season statistics submitted by commish. Then captains will vote on winner.

X. Mixer Night

  1. Sometime in December we will have mixer night. This means all captains are to mix their teams up as much as possible. The format is all doubles for just this week. Top players must play with rookies; old guys must play with young guys, and any other mix you can come up with. Give new players a shot at playing with great players. This week will not count towards league, the purpose is to get people on the court with each other that otherwise would never have that opportunity. For participating in this we will have an open bar until a determined tab amount has run out.

XI. Balls

  1. League dues are used to purchase two cases of USHA 21 balls. We will use what we have throughout the season, and once we’re out, you’re on your own. If your game ball breaks, you don’t get another one.
  2. Each court gets a ball that week. On the court schedule, I will put a blue dot next to the person responsible for the ball every week. One player from the 5pm match will get their game ball from a designated captain that week. They will then be responsible for getting that ball to the 6pm designated player that is following them on that court. Matches that do not take place during scheduled league times do not get a game ball. The only exception will be if a 5pm match wants to start early at 3 or 4pm. But they are still responsible for making sure the person behind them gets the game ball.
  3. Failure to pass along a game ball will penalize that person from getting one in the future.
  4. If there are any balls remaining at the end of the year, they will be given to the award winners during the banquet.