On April 12, 15 of Veto League’s most dedicated met to discuss the upcoming season. Included in the discussion were uniform alterations, the decision on opening day, selection of captains, and a minute rule change. Opening day has been set for the weekend of April 17-18 at 11:45am, with players meeting at Ridgewood. Double headers are probable for both days. Veto League usually begins their campaign the first weekend of May. However, due to high demand and a great ’09 turnout, commissioner Matt Veto, in an attempt to increase ticket sales and fan attendance, moved the schedule up two weeks. “I strongly feel that Veto League Baseball has made a significant impact in each of our lives today. And if I can spread that magical aura of playing on a field for two extra weeks, I’m all for it,” said Veto.
At the winter meetings, players voted to transition from the older style plan t-shirt jersey to a newer innovative “wick-away” material. Cost per shirt is estimated to rise $2 from the previous VLB uniform. It was also voted to incorporate a new style of hat, also with a more comfortable mesh material and raised lettering. New jerseys and hats will be available for purchase in upcoming weeks. To offset the cost, the Veto League has decided to offer a discount on shirts for the first two weeks of the season, selling the wick-away shirts with name and number on the back for $10, instead of the estimated $14 regular cost. Cost of the hat is yet to be determined, but is estimated at $22.
Players took a vote and decided to alter the intentional walk rule that was incorporated into Veto League a few seasons ago. With the rule tweak, captains are allowed two walks per game (down from three a year ago), however, are allowed no intentional passes if 25 or more players show up to play ball.