The Off-Season is typically a wiffleball league’s slowest phase each year. Very rarely does a league’s down time after the playoffs intrigue anyone to the extent that WSEM has in 2013. On September 1 the league announced something that would change the league forever: the talent cap system. The talent cap will go into effect for the 2014 regular season. The league has went through the trouble of ranking players by skill on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each team can have a maximum of 21 stars before having to pay a luxury tax of $100-200 (no team may have more than 24 stars worth of talent). 2014 Rookies are only scored as 1.5 stars.
Carl Coffee and Brandon Corbett have been tirelessly analyzing the free agency with articles on the website and episodes from their highly entertaining podcast. October 1 the free agency opened up and several teams have been getting busy filling/organizing their rosters. Seeing teams develop this early for the 2014 season is pretty exciting but knowing that they are getting two expansion teams for next season makes the WSEM off-season the most exciting to watch in 2013 so far. There are a few notable leagues that have yearly drafts, such as Palisades WBL, and that has always been seen as a big step reserved for exceptional leagues but the Talent Cap era could be a bold leap forward in leagues keeping things competitive. The talent cap looks like it’s off to a great start but we will not know how it truly went until April 24 when the talent cap goes into effect.