On Saturday, The VLB will embark on its 16th season and here is what members both new and old can expect. First off, one of Veto League's biggest issues is conflicts with Rock Island Freshman baseball. Though the varsity Rocks play at the High School and the Sophomores play at Saukie Field, the Freshman call Douglas Park their home just like Veto League. But looking at the schedule, it appears that this year there will be zero conflicts. All of their weekend games for the rest of the season are on the road.
Additionally, many new members can be expected to attend. Through word of mouth, social media and other internet sites, Veto League has grown significantly. Last season, the VLB saw its 500th ever player and it continues to expand beyond that. To date, 531 total people have participated in at least one Veto League Baseball game. Since last year's night game, 19 people have signed up to play on the Join The VLB page. It is never too early or too late to sign up. So feel free to join if you have not done so already. Veto League anticipates that it will see more than just 19 new players this year.
New rules were implemented for this year as well and details on those can be seen here. All of the Veto League rules, including the new ones, can be seen on our Rules page.
As for this weekend specifically, the weather for Saturday looks great. Temperatures will reach the mid 70s with sunny skies though wind is expected to play a factor. Winds could gust up to 30mph which could create havoc for players needing to field fly balls.
Sunday the weather forecast is less favorable. Rain is expected to move into the area beginning on Saturday night and continue through most of the day on Sunday. The rain will bring cool air into the area as well. The field will potentially be unplayable and conditions overall may not be suitable for baseball. Veto League usually postpones games the morning of and individuals who plan to show up Sunday should monitor their emails as well as the league's social media pages on Sunday morning to know whether or not there will be games.
The first game of the season is set for the Narwhals (DJ Borkovec) to take on the Phenoms (Scott Raes) which is an intra-division battle within the Saukie division. Game 2 on Saturday will be the Goonies (Josh Paul) at the High Rollers (Mike Holst) - a matchup of two Blackhawk Division teams. For the full schedule, check out the schedule page.