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2015 League Rules & Regulations

As Approved by the Rules Committee

John Sherrard - Sting (Chair)

Jason Hamberg- Bulls

Mel Kattleman - Deerfield

Jim Beckett- Red Sox

Stephen Smith - Blue Jays


The Major League Baseball rulebook, with American League designated-hitter specifications, serves as the official guide for governing play for any Cincy ABL game with the exception of the following:

1.00  Eligibility

1.01 Age minimums: To be eligible to play in a Cincinnati Adult League Baseball (Cincy ABL) game, a player must be:

a)  25 years old within the calendar year. A player must turn 27 years old within the calendar year to pitch. No other position restrictions. All players are subject to the professional and playoff-eligibility rules. (See 1.03 and 1.05)        

1.02 In good standing:  Players must be in good standing with the league in order to be eligible to compete.  In good standing includes but is not limited to having served suspensions for ejections, having paid all outstanding debts to former teams and/or the league itself, having not been sanctioned by the league for behavior infractions, etc.

1.03 Professional Experience: A player may not have participated in a professional baseball game within the previous calendar year. (i.e. to play in 2012 Season must not have played in any professional game in Calendar 2012.) Teams are limited to three (3) former professionals who have been out of professional baseball for less than five (5) years. Professional baseball refers to Major League Baseball, its minor league affiliates and any league where players are paid to perform. (Including Independent Leagues) 

1.04 Penalties: A player found in violation of Cincy ABL eligibility regulations is subject to expulsion from Cincy ABL for five (5) years. Any manager found to have used an ineligible player also is subject to expulsion from Cincy ABL for five (5) years.  All games in which the ineligible player participated will be forfeited.  An expelled player or manager has the right of appeal to the Governing Board or may petition the league President for reinstatement after one (1) year.

1.05 League Playoff Eligibility: To participate in Cincy ABL league playoffs, a player must:

a) Be on a roster (meeting all roster / league eligibility requirements) prior to August 1; and by the end of the season:

b) Field Players to have played in minimum of 1/3 of total games played plus one (1) additional game. (Rain outs and forfeits do not count toward this total. Ex: A team has played 26 games; to be eligible a player must have played in 9 games. (1/3 of the 26 games played rounded down to 8 games plus one additional game).   Pitchers need to have pitched at least 20 innings in the regular season, or have played in minimum of 1/3 of total games played plus one (1) additional game.  (In field or as pitcher), to pitch in a playoff game. (start or relieve any number of innings)           

c) A player, who fails to meet the minimum game number or 20 inning requirement due to injury, may petition the Rules Committee for a waiver.  The appeal must be in writing and include date of injury and documentation of treatment, etc.  The appeal must be submitted at least two weeks (14 days) before playoffs are to begin.

d)  Rosters on file as of August 1 will be the final playoff rosters and will be available for reference.  League President will send out a list of ineligible players before the playoffs begin.

e)  Use of ineligible players will lead to forfeiture of playoff games in which the ineligible player participated.  Proof of participation during the regular season must be noted in the player’s team’s scorebook AND in the statistics on the league website. To verify eligibility of players for the playoffs, ALL teams MUST have statistics entered on the league website at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the playoffs; otherwise that team will be ineligible for the playoffs.

f) Eligibility requirements are waived for two (2) coaches who have coached their team the majority of the season and are listed as coaches/ managers on the managers list.

1.06 Governance: Cincy ABL is governed by a 3-member Governing Board, which establishes playing guidelines, fees. The Governing Board shall be composed of a President, Vice-president, and Secretary.  Members of the Governing Board will have selected responsibilities throughout all of the divisions. There is also a Rules Committee will rule on rule disputes and eligibility issues that occur during the season.

2.00  Sportsmanship

2.01 Good Sportsmanship and adult attitudes must prevail no matter what the level of competition. Umpires will eject players before, during or after games for any of the following infractions, which the league considers to be unsportsmanlike behavior:

a)    Consumption of alcoholic beverages during a game. (While the league cannot make judgments on sobriety, managers are requested to prohibit players who arrive at games and appear intoxicated or smell of alcohol from playing. Umpires will eject players who smell of alcohol.)  (See Rule 2.04 regarding alcohol.)

b)    Threats of physical intimidation of umpires, players or spectators, including any threatening physical contact.  (In case of no ejection or where umpires are unaware of such an incident, managers need to report incident to a member of the Governing Board for further action.)

c)    Verbal abuse of umpires, players or spectators, such as profanity, name-calling, belittlement or excessive harassment. (Ball & Strike calls and judgment decisions are not debatable.)

d)    Throwing of equipment (bats, helmets, gloves, etc.) @ umpire’s discretion.

e)     Fighting (see 2.03).

2.02 Ejection:  Any ejection will carry an automatic one (1) game suspension.   On review the suspension may be extended to two (2) games depending on the circumstances of the incident.  More serious infractions could result in longer suspensions.  Suspensions will carry over from season to season. Any team member who is ejected twice during the same season will be suspended from Cincy ABL for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. Any team member, from year to year, with a history of ejections is subject to further disciplinary action subject to the Governing Board. All suspensions of more than one game may be appealed in writing to the Rules Committee. Managers are required to notify the League President and the Rules Chairman or their designee, of any player ejected from their team.  Failure to notify the aforementioned by the start of the next scheduled game could result in a forfeit for the offending team for using an ineligible player.  If that player competes in the contest and the league officers have not been notified then the contest in which that player participates in will be declared a forfeit and all subsequent games that the ejected player participates in will be also be declared forfeits.

2.03 Fighting:  Players involved in fights (regardless of who may have been the instigator) will be suspended for the remainder of the season.  Sanctioned players may appeal their suspension to the Rules Committee and, if denied, may petition for reinstatement before the following season.

2.04 Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at the playing sites – before, during and after all league activities.  Playing sites are defined as the playing site itself plus the property owned by the same entity surrounding the playing site.  This includes parking lots.  Player(s) found in violation of open-container ordinances at playing sites are subject to a 2-game suspension.

2.05 Tobacco: Smoking is prohibited on the field of play or in the dugouts and their immediate area, before, during or after games.  Players who wish to smoke must go to the stands or the parking lot—however; players are subject to the field owner’s smoking rules.  Player(s) found in violation of tobacco regulations at playing sites will be ejected and subject to subsequent penalties.

2.06 Property responsibility:  Player(s) responsible for damage or vandalism to facilities and/or property used by the league will be suspended from play, pending an automatic review of his actions by the Governing Board.  Player(s) may also be financially responsible for repairs.

2.07 Right of Appeal: A player may appeal a suspension of more than one game, to the Cincy ABL Rules Committee but must do so within 24 hours in writing (to the Chairman of the Rules Committee or his designee).  This may be by email or fax. Appeals will be heard by the Rules Committee, which will review the incident to determine whether the suspension should be upheld, modified, or waived (the Board does have the option of increasing sanctions).  Player may participate pending appeal; although the Committee will do all they can to review the appeal within 24-36 hrs. Players suspended for actions other than an ejection are not eligible to compete pending their appeal.  In the case of suspension appeals, The Rules Committee will have the following options:

a)       Rescind the suspension.

b)       Increase the suspension

c)       Decrease the suspension

Note I:  In the case of a 2nd ejection suspension appeal, player has 24 hours in which to file an appeal; however, player may not participate pending a hearing.

Note II:  In all cases an umpire’s report will be solicited from the Umpires Association whose members handled a game out of which a protest, ejection or appeal arises.  However, an umpire’s report will not be necessary for the implementation of the 1game suspension for an ejection (2.02).

 

3.00  Registration / Fees / Waivers

3.01 Registration: Before competing in a Cincy ABL event, a player must:

a)       Be listed on their respective team’s Commercial General Liability Form. (CGL) This form will also serve as the Team Roster.  

b)       New players to Cincy ABL, will provide a copy of Driver’s License or Birth Certificate to the League.

3.02 Fees: Registration fees are tentatively set each January; however, they are subject to change until but no later than May 1 if operations costs increase. New teams fees will include a two game forfeiture bond, which will then carry forward in subsequent years.

3.03 Insurance: Cincy ABL carries a $2,000,000 liability policy. The per-team fee is included in team registration fees.

3.04 Fee Payment:  Managers are responsible for their team’s fees and how they are collected. The Governing Board will set the deadlines for the payment of fees, league registration, and insurance. Teams will not be scheduled to play if fees are not paid.

4.00 Rosters

4.01 Size:   Maximum: 25 players for regular season. Players must meet Playoff Eligibility Rules (see 1.05) to be on Roster for playoffs. Final Playoff Roster due August 1. Coaches should remove players from the Roster who are not eligible for playoffs. The League President will send out a list of ineligible players before the playoffs begin.

 

4.02 Ex-Professionals:   Refer to 1.03

 

5.00  Player Transfers

5.01 Any player in the league LESS than 3 years (any part of a year =calendar year) who wants to transfer from one existing team to another must submit a written request on a Cincy ABL Player Release Form. Managers and Governing Board members have appropriate forms. Deadline for transferring teams is July 1.

5.02 The request must include documentation of approval by vacated team manager.  Managers can block release requests at any time, but they must be able to provide the board with documented proof of the reason for the block. 

5.03 A player may challenge a block, by appealing to the Rules Committee.  After contacting both the manager and the player, the Rules Committee will decide if a hearing is warranted, and act accordingly.

5.04 Appeal must be submitted to the Chair of the Rules Committee in a timely manner.

5.05 Generally, a release can be denied under these circumstances by the Rules Committee:

a)      Tampering:  Proof a player was recruited or induced financially, etc., to change teams.

b)      The transfer runs counter to Cincy ABL long-time philosophy that better teams should not “load-up” at the expense of lesser teams.

c)      The transferring player has not met financial or equipment obligations to the team he is leaving.  Teams are required to notify the Governing Board in writing prior to July 1 if there are any financial or other issues involving any players.  

5.06 Players in the league 3 years or greater are free to transfer to another team no later than July 1. The associated teams must provide new rosters (CGL’s) reflecting the changes.    

5.07 Players transferring are responsible for the completion of the Release form and turning it in to the Cincy ABL president.

6.00  Pre-Game & Starting Rules

6.01 Where possible, home team has the field until 15 minutes before the game. Visiting team has the field 15 minutes prior to the game. Be gentlemanly and help each other out.

6.02 A team must have at least 8 (eight) of its players to start an official game. The deficient team has a 10-minute grace period to get at least 8 players before the game is declared a forfeit. If a player is on the way in, then it is up to the manager’s and umpires discretion. A team may start a game with 8 players. The 9th (slotted) batter will always be an automatic out with less than 2 outs. If there are 2 outs and anybody is on base and the 9th batter comes up, the inning will continue with the top of the order and the next inning will start with the automatic 1st out. If there are 2 outs and nobody on base and the 9th batter comes up, then the automatic out is the 3rd out.  If another player arrives after the start of the game, then he will automatically be put into the 9th slot. It is allowed for the opposing team to borrow the other team a 9th player for defense if they choose. In this case, the 9th batter automatic out rules still apply. It is also allowed for the opposing team to borrow a player to the deficient team for the whole game. (max. 1 player) In this case, that same player will stay on the opposing team for offense and defense for the whole game, and the automatic out rules do not apply. In either case, the winner of the game is awarded the points, regardless of the deficient team.

6.03 If a game is declared a forfeit, the deficient team may pick up players from the opposing team or other teams at the site; umpires are NOT committed to calling a game under these conditions.

6.04 Team at bat is responsible for retrieving foul balls. On-deck batters will retrieve balls to backstop. Everybody help.

6.05 Managers are required to submit the official line-up, including last name, first initial, and jersey number of all players expected to participate in the game, to the home plate umpire and opposing manager. Players arriving after the start of the game then may be inserted into the game, but that player must be listed on the lineup card to be eligible to play.  (Penalty:  Follow existing baseball rules for batting out of turn.)

6.06 Both teams are required to keep scorebooks and to communicate changes in the offensive line-up, pitching and catching to the opponent’s scorekeeper.  Penalty for 6.06

a)      First occurrence:  Warning and appearance before the Governing Board.

b)      Second occurrence:  Forfeiture of the game.

7.00  Games:  Complete & Length

7.01 Length:   Regular Season Sunday games are 9 inning games. Regular season Wednesday games are 7 inning games.  All Playoff Games are 9 inning games.

7.02 Time Limits: There is no time limit for 7 inning games. Darkness will be only limiting factor. 9 inning game – No inning will start after three hours from start of game, BUT not less than 9 innings. If the game remains tied, the game will go to a Cincy ABL Shootout Format.

7.03 Rainouts: Prior to the start of a game – field owner, commissioner or home team manager (in that order) determines status of field. Rainouts will be listed on the league website.  Once game is started, rainout decision will be made by umpires. Every attempt will be made to complete the game. Makeup dates will be designated and determined throughout the season.

7.04 Complete games: Five (5) innings (4˝ if the home team is ahead) – for both 9- and 7-inning games.

7.05 Tie games:  If the score is tied when the time-limit rule is enforced in a legally complete game, the game will be completed in the Roy Hobbs Shootout format.

a)  Play one inning at a time, with the last batted out from the previous inning starting the new inning as a runner at second base.

b) Each hitter starts with a 3-2 count.  If the pitch is a strike (called or swung at and missed), the batter is out; if the ball is hit foul, there will be another pitch; if the pitch is a ball, the batter walks.  Or the batter hits the ball fair and advances under normal rules.

c) Each team gets 3 outs.  If the score remains tied after each team has batted, repeat the process with full innings until one team has scored more runs to win.

7.06 Mercy rule:  A game will complete under the following circumstances: 15 runs after 5 innings in a 9 inning game, 10 runs after 7 innings in a nine inning game; and 10 runs after 5 innings of a 7inning game.  Games may also be ended early upon the agreement of both managers.

8.00  Forfeits

Teams will forfeit under the following conditions:

8.01 Fewer than 8 players are available at the start of game after 10-minute grace period.  

8.02 Fewer than 8 players are available after the start of (or during) the game because players being lost due to ejection’s or injuries.  This is case regardless of the inning the game is in.

8.03 Use of an ineligible player.

8.04 Failure of an ejected player to leave the park.

8.05 Lack of uniforms (all players on the field must be in uniform).  (See Rule 10.01.)

Note: If a game has been declared a forfeit and both managers agree to share players, the teams may still play a game; however, umpires are not obligated to work the game.

8.06 A portion of the team’s league fees cover a 2 game forfeiture bond.  If a team forfeits due to a shortage of players prior to game start, both teams will pay the normal umpire fees.  The non-forfeiting team will inform the Board of the forfeiture. The Board will reimburse the non-forfeiting team the umpire fees paid. The forfeiting team will not be repaid, and the amount paid to the non-forfeiting team will be disbursed out of the forfeiting team’s 2 game forfeiture bond.

8.07 A Hearing by the Rules Committee will be held if a team forfeits twice during the season to determine their future for the rest of the year.  In no instance will a team continue with 3 forfeits.

8.08 All games will be played as scheduled.  If a team chooses not to play a regularly scheduled contest then that game will be declared a forfeit and the non-forfeiting team will be declared the winner. If there is sufficient notice of the forfeit; 48 hours, then the forfeiting team will NOT be required to pay the forfeit fee. If this occurs a second time that forfeiting team will have to pay the forfeit fee regardless of notification and could be subject to additional penalties. See 8:07.

8.09 If a game is forfeited less than 24 hours before the start of the scheduled game then the forfeiting team will pay both umpires a $20 appearance fee. This fee will be paid to the league before the next scheduled contest.

9.00  Protests / Suspension appeals

9.01 Protests:  Allowed only on rules interpretations or violations.  Protests on a judgment call by an umpire will not be accepted.  Retroactive protests will not be accepted.

9.02 Process:  Protests must be made at the point at which a rule has been broken or miss-applied.  To protest a game, a manager must:

a)     Stop the game before the next pitch is thrown.

b)      Notify the umpire and the opposing manager that the game is being played under protest and why.

c)      Write in the HOME team’s scorebook the situation and on what grounds the game is being protested.  The manager must sign it.

d)      The umpire must sign the HOME team’s scorebook, noting the situation of the game (including the count on the hitter) and when the protest was lodged.

9.03 Disciplinary / Protest Committee: All matters subject to dispute must be submitted in writing within twenty-four (24) of the incident to the Chairman of the Rules Committee or his designee.  Disputes can be submitted by email or fax, and must contain all information pertinent to the dispute.  Names of the teams involved, the date incident occurred, names of players and/or umpires involved, and a complete description of the event.  Contact information for all the parties concerned must also be included.  All disputes will be decided based solely on the written information submitted by the involved parties, so the written information that is submitted must be complete.  It is up to the discretion of the Rules committee to request more information to resolve the dispute.  This however may delay the judgment of the committee.

The manager of the opposing team must be informed of the protest and the reasons thereof, so he can submit information regarding the dispute to the Rules committee.

Any disputes that are not filed within the proper time frame will not be considered by the committee nor by the league president.

The dispute will be heard by at least three members of the rules committee and decided upon by a majority vote.  In all cases, an odd number of members will cast a vote as to not have a tie.  The decisions of the Rules Committee are final and are not subject to appeal.

Decisions of the Rules Committee will be rendered with 24-36 hours of hearing the dispute and communicated to the involved parties.  No verbal disputes will be heard by the Rules committee or the league president, nor will any action be taken on verbal disputes.

9.04 Rulings: The decision of the Rules Committee is effective immediately and cannot be appealed. 

10.00  Equipment

10.01 Uniforms and Uniform Quality: All teams must have matching uniforms (tops and baseball pants) and hats of a baseball quality not unlike those worn by professional teams and be in accordance with the rules of baseball. No sweat pants or shorts allowed. Pitchers will not wear white or gray long-sleeve shirts, wristbands, or batting gloves. Non-uniformed players will not be allowed to play or appear on the field. Coaches are allowed to wear shorts but must have matching uniform top and hat.  All teams must make an effort to have their uniforms by their first game. If a team doesn’t have uniforms, the game will be played, but all teams must have uniforms by June 1st.   Teams who do not have uniforms by this date could be subject to forfeit. (Teams whose uniforms have not arrived but can prove purchase may apply to the Governing Board of the league for a waiver of this rule before any game is played.)

10.02 Helmets: All batters (dual-flapped or flap toward pitcher), and runners must wear helmets.

10.03 Bats:  Only wood bats or wooden composite bats (Bamboo, birch etc...) may be used in league and tournament play.  In the case of composite bats or bats that have metal handles as long as the barrel of the bat is made of wood it is deemed legal for league play.

10.04 Cleats: Metal cleats are allowed.

10.05 Baseballs: Cincy ABL supplies baseballs to each team.  The home team and the visiting team will each supply 3 baseballs – 2 new and 1 good used – for each game.

10.06 Catchers’ Equipment: Catchers are required to wear a skull-cap or helmet, a protective cup and throat guard (can be built into mask).

11.00  Playoff Tiebreakers

11.01 For post-season playoff seeding, the following tiebreakers will be used:

a) Total points accumulated

b) Overall Win – Loss Percentage.

c) Head to Head Record.

d) Fewest runs allowed in games played between the tied teams.

e)Fewest runs allowed for the season in games that are played.  Forfeits do not count toward this total.

f) Average runs per game if teams have played a different amount of games.

g) Coin Toss.

 

 

 

Cincinnati ABL Special Playing Rules

   The Major League Baseball rulebook, with American League designated-hitter specifications, serves as the official guide for governing play for any Cincy ABL game.  The exceptions are included in these rules alterations for Cincy ABL.

 

12.00  Safety Rules

12.01 To prevent injuries, all runners should avoid collisions with fielders.

12.02 Any runner who deliberately runs into a fielder or forcefully slides into a fielder away from a base will be ejected.

12.03 Illegal slides will result in the sliding player being called out and ejected.

a)    A legal slide is directly to the base (defined as player being within an arm’s length of the bag) on a straight line from the previous base.  A slide may go past the base, but not through the base to hit a fielder.  In general, the players should slide at all bases where there is an apparent play.

b)        An illegal slide is described as:

I.        barrel-rolling

II.        body blocking

III. sliding with such momentum that it takes the sliding player into a fielder beyond the base.

       IV. sliding out of the baseline.

V.          sliding with spikes above the fielder’s knee

12.04 The rules committee is concerned about unnecessary and violent collisions with the catcher at home plate, and with infielders at all bases. The intent of this rule is for base-runners and defensive players to avoid such collisions.

a)         When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who clearly has possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge:

I.         Whether the collision by the runner was avoidable (could the runner have reached the base without colliding) or unavoidable (the runner’s  path to the base was blocked) or

II.        Whether the runner actually was attempting to reach the base or attempting to dislodge the ball from the fielder.

III.               PENALTY: If the runner, a) could have avoided the collision and reach the base, or b) attempted to dislodge the ball, the runner shall be declared out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the interference.

IV.   A.R.1 – If the collision by the runner was flagrant, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the contest. The ball shall be declared dead.

b)       If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or baseline clearly without possession of the ball, or is not in the immediate act of catching the ball, obstruction shall be called. The runner is safe and a delayed dead ball shall be called.

I.         A.R.1 – If the runner collides flagrantly, he shall be declared safe on the obstruction, but will be ejected from the contest. The ball is dead.

12.05 The catcher is not allowed to block the plate without the ball or a reasonable expectation of a play on the runner.  If he does, the runner will be safe, and the catcher will be warned.  A second warning in the game will result in ejection.

12.06 Any fielder who forces a runner to slide by faking a tag will be ejected.  The runner advances one base.

12.07 Same ejection, suspension and expulsion rules (and appeals) apply as described in Section 2.00 of Cincy ABL Regulations.

13.00  Batters Box Rule

13.01 Batters must keep one foot in the box at all times while at bat.  The following exceptions:

a)        When batter is driven out by a pitch or has swung at a pitch.

b)        Defense calls time out or pitcher is off the mound.

c)        Defense attempts a play or a wild pitch / passed ball occurs.

d)        Catcher leaves his position

e)        Offense (or batter) calls time out.

f)         Batter fakes a bunt or assumes possible ball 4 (this does not mean go all the way to first base).

13.02 When the batter is out of the box, he may not leave the dirt area around home plate except in the case of a substitution, a conference or an equipment problem.

13.03 This rule is to keep the game flowing.  When a player is in violation, the umpire will ask the offending batter to return to the batter’s box – one warning per offending player.  If the offending player does not return to the batter’s box (or if the violation is repeated), a strike will be called without a pitch being thrown.

14.00  Line-Ups

Philosophy:  Offensive and defensive teams are considered separate – a defensive player not in the offensive line-up may be added to the batting order or inserted in a shared batting position at any time.    

14.01 Defensive:  There are unlimited defensive substitutions for players who are physically capable and willing to play.

14.02 Offensive:   The starting offensive line-up must have at least 9 batters (all can be DH’s if it’s the manager’s choice).  The maximum number of batters is limited only by a team’s roster.

a)      The batting order may be expanded at any time.

b)      The batting order may NOT be decreased.

c)       If a game begins with 8 players, all must hit; players who arrive late must be added to the bottom of the order until the line-up has at least 9 hitters, after that they may be added or slotted.

14.03 Managers are required to submit the official line-up, including last name, first initial, and jersey number of all players expected to participate in the game, to the home plate umpire and opposing manager. Line ups in the scorebook and all lineup changes must be included in the scorebook the same way.  A lineup with just first names is no longer acceptable.  All players who participate in a game must be entered in the scorebook.  This includes all pinch/courtesy runners and players who play the field.  At the conclusion of the contest each manager or their designee, will check and sign the opposing teams scorebook.  A signature in the book means that you have checked the book and to your best knowledge, it is complete and accurate.  Any questions about players who participated in the game should be asked at this time.   Players arriving after the start of the game may then be inserted into the game, but that player can only be added to the bottom of the lineup or slotted for another player

 

15.00  Substitution

15.01 Defense:  Free substitution at all times.  (Exception:  See 15.02.)

15.02 Pitchers:  Pitchers may re-enter as pitchers as long as they remain in the game defensively.  A re-entered pitcher is limited to 4 warm-up pitches.

15.03 Offense:  Those players not in the initial offensive line-up can be inserted in the batting order by adding them to the end of the line-up or by having them pinch-hit or pinch-run for another player (slotted).  Anytime a player is added or inserted to share a batting slot, the manager must notify the umpires and the opposing manager.

15.04 Offensive sharing:  Two (or more) players may share a position (batting or running) in the offensive lineup; the sharing may be initiated by the manager at any time and is not limited to one batting position.

a)      Neither player may appear anywhere else in the offensive lineup.

b)      If one of the players is incapacitated (cannot play) for any reason (left early, ejection, or injury), the remaining players in the shared position continue as before.

c)      If all players in the shared position are gone (left early or ejected), and no substitute who has not appeared in the offensive line-up is available, the batting position is an automatic out, regardless of number of batters in the lineup.

d)     If the last player in a shared (or non-shared) position is injured and is forced to leave the game and no more substitutes are available, then the batting position will not be an automatic out, unless it results in only 8 batters left, in which it will be an automatic out in that slot.

15.05 If a player in the offensive (starting or been added) line-up has to leave the game due to another commitment or ejection, he must be replaced in the line-up by another player.

a)        If there is no reserve player available, the position is declared vacant and it will be an automatic out whenever the position comes to bat for the remainder of the game. (Except 15.04 (d)). If an ejected player is at bat when ejected, his replacement will assume the ball-strike count.  If there is no replacement, it is an automatic out.      

16.00  Courtesy runners

16.01  Courtesy runners are permitted if agreed upon at the beginning of the game or as the need arises (injury etc.) during the contest by each team’s manager. Managers if at all possible should declare courtesy runners at the beginning of the game.  A courtesy runner will be used for the catcher with 2 outs as a speed-up consideration. The offensive team may keep the catcher as the runner only if it considers it as an advantage. That team will warm up the pitcher the next inning. The courtesy runner must be the last offensive player to be put out (either as a runner or as a hitter) or they can be slotted in the order. If the team has more than 9 players then teams should slot players to use as runners.  Sportsmanship and common sense should rule in the case of courtesy runners.

17.00  Pitchers

17.01 While pitching, a pitcher may not wear white or gray long-sleeve undershirts; or wear batting gloves or wristbands. All neck jewelry will be hidden.

17.02 If a pitcher hits 4 batters in a game, he must be removed.

17.03 Intentional walks are allowed.  Pitcher must deliver 4 pitches out of the strike zone.

17.04 Pitchers should be loose and ready to pitch at game time. Umpires will enforce max of 7 warm-up pitches between innings.

18.00  Umpires

18.01 Umpire Fees for 2012 are $60/ea. for 7 inning game, $70/ea. for 9 inning game. If both teams and the umpires show for a game and it is rained out before the game starts, there will be no umpire fees paid.  If any portion of the game is played, the full umpire fees will be paid.  If a team forfeits prior to game start and the weather is good, both teams will pay the normal umpire fees and the non-forfeiture team will be reimbursed by section 8.06.   If only 1 umpire shows then he will be paid 1.5 times the rate for that game, divided by both teams. (Wed-$82 Total; Sun.-$97 Total)

18.02 If there is an argument on the field regarding a play or rule interpretation, only the managers or acting managers will discuss the call with the umpire(s). Managers will discourage their players from discussing or arguing the call with the umpires.  Complaints about the on-field conduct of umpires can be filed in writing to the President within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident for possible action.  No verbal disputes will be heard by the Rules committee or the league president, nor will any action be taken on verbal disputes. 

2013- Addendum- Pitchers can still fake throw to third base if occupied and throw to another base if it is occupied.  If properly done this will not be called a balk.