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League Operational Policies, Procedures, and Rules of Play

Last Updated: September 1, 2016

  1. GENERAL POLICY
    1. It is the intent of North Fort Myers Babe Ruth League Inc (NFMBRL) to accommodate any player who wants to play baseball and who lives within the boundaries, and meets registration requirements. No player will be turned away except for disciplinary reasons or restrictions placed on NFMBRL by organizations with which it is obliged to cooperate. During registration and team formation, players may be placed on a waiting list until there is an opening on a roster or until enough players register to form another team.
    2. No player or coach shall be subjected to bullying, abusive language, harassment, severe or injurious discipline, anger of the coaches, parents, teammates, etc.
    3. Managers, coaches, parents, spectators, players, etc., shall not consume alcohol or tobacco products at any NFMBRL functions.
    4. NFMBRL follows the rules as set forth in the Official Regulations and Playing Rules for the current year for each chartered division set forth by Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken. NFMBRL has adapted Supplemental Rules that augment the Official Regulations and Playing Rules. These Supplemental Rules are mandatory during regular season, but are not applicable during post-season tournament play. All league participants or guardians are responsible to know these Supplemental Rules as well as the Official Regulations and Playing Rules.
    5. NFMBRL shall enforce the following age and residence rules during registration in compliance with Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken rules.
    6. Player Age: A player’s league age for the current season is whatever his/her age in on May 1st. See Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken League Baseball Proof of Age Requirements document for details on acceptable proof of age that must be submitted at registration.
    7. Player Residence Location: The player must live within the boundary NFMBRL and be prepared to show evidence of such residency.
    8. Babe Ruth League, Inc. chartered leagues are required to conduct a nationwide background check on all Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors, and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players. The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the players. Once a volunteer has successfully completed the background check, it is good for a three (3) year period.
    9. We will train our managers, coaches and volunteers to be able to handle most accidental injuries. Our facilities are periodically surveyed and always maintained to the highest standards to prevent injuries and mishaps.

 

  1. DIVISIONS

    (Number of teams subject to change due to number of registered players)

    Division Ages Teams

    1. Cal Ripken Tee-Ball (Boys/Girls) 4, 5, 6 first year players
    2. Cal Ripken Baseball Rookie (Boys/Girls) 6-8 year old, (6 greater skilled players)
    3. Cal Ripken Baseball Minors (Boys/Girls) 8-12 year old, (11-12 first year of lesser skilled players)
    4. Cal Ripken Baseball Majors (Boys/Girls) 9-12 year old, (9-10 greater skilled players)
    5. Babe Ruth Baseball (Boys/Girls) 13U-15U Travel Ball
    6. Any deviation from the above divisions is by Board approval only.

 

  1. MANAGERS AND COACHES
    1. MANAGER SELECTION
      1. Individuals interested in Managing at NFMBRL baseball team must complete and submit a Volunteer Application Form. Each manager candidate may be interviewed by the board members. Following the completion of all the manager candidate interviews for each division, the manger selection committee will submit a list of manager candidate names to the NFMBRL Board of Directors that they recommend be approved as managers for the upcoming season.
      2. Manager positions are for one year only. Having managed one year is not a guarantee of a managing position the following year.
      3. Failure to follow league rules and/or NFMBRL By-Laws and/or failure to manage in the spirit of good sportsmanship may result in dismissal by the NFMBRL Board of Directors following a thorough investigation into alleged managing infractions and/or failings.
      4. All decisions by the Board of Directors are Final.
    2. Manager Training
      1. Every manager shall attend Field Training Class(es) given under the direction of the Lee County Parks and Recreation as well as Coaching Training Classes given under the direction of mentors assigned by the NFMBRL Board of Directors.
      2. Failure to attend any or all training may result in dismissal of that manager.
      3. All decisions by the Board of Directors are Final.
    3. Manager Responsibilities
      1. Ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all players and coaches on their team.
      2. Ensuring proper moral and ethical conduct of players, coaches, players’ parents and himself/herself.
      3. Knowing, teaching and following all rules and regulations as set forth by Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken League and NFMBRL by-laws.
      4. Ensuring that volunteers are obtained from among the team’s parents to run concessions as assigned, distribute and collect uniforms, field maintenance, safety and other responsibilities as determined by the Board of Directors.
      5. Attending all required manager meetings.
      6. All managers must declare 2 coaches in writing to the League’s Board of Directors 10 days prior to their 1st regular season game.
      7. Managers may ask another individual (who does not have a son/daughter playing in NFMBRL) to be a coach.
      8. Accepting all decisions of NFMBRL Board of Directors as final.
      9. Looking for ways to improve NFMBRL and conveying them to the Board of Directors.
      10. Mandatory to hold at least 2 practices per week scheduled for the entire season. Preseason, when available, 3 practices per week are mandatory.
    4. Coaches Selection
      1. Each manager shall select their own two coaches, pending the approval of the Board of Directors.
      2. Coaches for a drafted team may be chosen prior to the draft. It is desired that the coaches be fathers/mothers of a player on the team.
      3. Each coach is required to complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form.

 

  1. Assignment of Players

    The most important consideration in the assignment of players to teams is the assignment of players to the level of play they are best suited and to distribute the available talent so that all teams in all divisions of NFMBRL are competitive.

    1. Cal Ripken T-Ball Division
      1. Division teams are formed by the NFMBRL Board of Directors on the basis of equal distribution of gender, age and ability.
      2. The primary goal is to achieve equal teams by having a similar number of boys and girls of similar age and skill level.
      3. Coach and players requests will be considered but not guaranteed in an attempt to ensure fairness to all.
    2. Cal Ripken Rookies, Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth Divisions - Draft

      Prior to the Drafts, the President will present all draft options to the Board of Directors, detailing both positive and negative aspects of each method. The matter with then be discussed and decided by majority vote. Note: If the Board’s decision is to redraft, Item 5 below is not applicable.

      1. Baseball Rookie, Minor, Major and Junior divisions shall hold try-outs each year at an appropriate time following the conclusion of registrations.
      2. Try-outs are conducted under the directions of the President.
      3. Each player who has properly registered shall be given the opportunity to participate.
      4. It is the responsibility of the individual team managers to have adequate knowledge of the players attending try-outs and who are eligible to be drafted or to obtain assistance from another individual and/or President.
      5. Be a titled member of the team that drafted him/her unless he/she is subsequently traded or released.
      6. The draft process shall be administrated by the NFMBRL President and/or Board of Directors.
      7. All players ages 7 and up are required to try-out.
      8. 12 year old players are drafted first in the Majors Division.
      9. Managers get his/her own child (player) drafted by the 5th round.
      10. Two Coaches get his/her own child (player) drafted by the 5th round.
      11. Any Player signing up late or missing try-outs may be required to attend a make-up skills demonstration prior to the draft. Exception to this would be if all applicable Managers agree such a demonstration is not necessary.
      12. Players trying out for a Majors team and not drafted shall be placed on a Minors team.

 

  1. Player Vacancy

    If a vacancy occurs on a team with titled (drafted) players the procedures shall be as follows:

    1. Vacancy is defined as follows:
      1. He/she moves to another city or state too distant to commute for practice and play.
      2. He/she is injured and it is a season ending injury (based on doctor’s opinion).
      3. He/she has for personal reasons decided to terminate his/her association with the team
      4. Any other justifiable reasons reviewed and approved by the NFMBRL Board of Directors.
    2. Procedures:
      1. The Manager of the team losing a player shall promptly advise the President. The President shall advise the President and NFMBRL Board of Directors. If the loss of the player is approved, the President will send a letter of release to the player and the parents stating that the player is released from the team (except for injury) and the League for a justifiable reason. This action creates a legal opening for a replacement on the team roster.
      2. The manager shall review the available player list (players on a minor team who also attended try-outs) with the President and shall select a replacement. Majors Managers may select any player from the list of players that attended try-outs.
      3. The replacement becomes a permanent member of the team.

 

  1. Supplemental Rules

    The following supplemental rules are intended to supplement and/or emphasize the Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken Official Regulations and Playing Rules. These supplemental rules are mandatory during regular season. Tournament exceptions are noted. Conflicts with these supplemental rules must be brought to the NFMBRL Board of Directors in writing for resolution.

 

  1. General
    1. Participation requirements state that all players must play a minimum of six consecutive defensive outs and bat at least once during the six consecutive outs. In the event a player becomes ill or injured during a game and is unable to fulfill the participation rule, both managers must confer and agree to waive the participation rule for that player during that game only (the participation penalty that would be exercised at the beginning of the subsequent game is nullified).
    2. The home team is the official scorekeeper and pitch counter. Game start time shall be noted by the plate umpire and recorded in the official scorebook. It’s the manager’s responsibility to maintain the scorekeeper and pitch counter on all player pitched teams.
    3. Games may be declared either “called” or “incomplete.” Called games are those that did not start and incomplete games are those games that started but did not finish the minimum number of innings to be declared a regulation game. Reasons for called and incomplete games are when unsafe weather conditions exist, a field is too wet to safely play, when there is insufficient light to safely play or when a team does not have nine players. Managers of opposing teams make decision to start a game and the Umpire-in-Chief for the game (plate umpire) makes decision to stop a game.
    4. Player unavailability (e.g. school events) is not cause to delay the start of or call a scheduled or rescheduled game. If the team has nine players, the game must be played. When a team cannot field nine players, the game shall be rescheduled or called a “no game”, in which the score will not be recorded in the season standings.
    5. Games shall not be called sooner than 30 minutes prior to game time. In severe weather situations, NFMBRL Board of Directors or President can call a game no sooner than 120 minutes prior to game time. Every effort must be made to make fields playable when there are scheduled games. Pitching eligibility rules are enforced for rescheduled games. If this process is not followed, one or both teams shall forfeit.
    6. If the game shall be finished immediately two teams in an incomplete game meet again during the season, the incomplete game shall be finished immediately prior to the start of their next scheduled weekday game (pending field/light availability). If they do not meet again during the season incomplete games shall be rescheduled in the same manner as called game.
    7. Called games shall be rescheduled at the earliest possible date. Games shall be rescheduled in the same sequence they were originally scheduled (i.e. the first game called shall be the first game rescheduled). Games will not be rescheduled for the next day unless the field, umpires and concessions personnel (if applicable) can be arranged by 9:00 pm the night of the called or incomplete game.
    8. If the game is suspended before the completion of the first inning, the partial inning is negated and the game is restarted when it is rescheduled. The inning in this instance does not count toward the weekly inning pitching limitations. Four games in a calendar week (Sunday-Saturday) shall not be scheduled. League identified blackouts date (Sundays, Spring Break and Memorial Day weekend) shall not be used for making up games unless both managers and the NFMBRL Board of Directors agree. Games will not be rescheduled on black out date when it eliminates a three game week.
    9. Both managers must notify the NFMBRL game scheduler when a game has been called. The Games Scheduler shall reschedule the game and notify the affected teams, NFMBRL Umpire-in-Chief, and the NFMBRL Concession Director.
    10. Forfeits are allowed for refusing to play.
    11. Pitching regulations are clearly defined within Babe Ruth Local League Regulations Section 0.06. Managers are responsible for and must ensure they keep track of and can make available all pitching records to umpires, opposing managers and league officials, if requested. NFMBRL Officials reserve the right to audit pitching records and take appropriate actions to ensure regulations are being followed. Pitchers shall not start a new inning of pitching once they have reached the pitch count limit for their age. The punishment for not following the pitch count rules are as followed: 1st offense written warning by the NFMBRL Board of Directors. 2nd offense a one game suspension. 3rd offense permanent suspension for the rest of the season. Failure to comply with pitching limitations shall be grounds for protest and manager suspension or removal at the discretion of the President and NFMBRL Board of Directors.
    12. Protest shall be made in accordance with Official Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken Rules. Protest against violations or interpretations of the playing rules or the use of an ineligible player are to be submitted to the Board Member within 24 hours. No protests shall be considered involving an umpire’s judgment.
    13. Players warming up pitchers must wear, at a minimum, a catcher’s mask with throat protector and a catcher’s helmet (not a skull cap). Wearing full catcher’s gear is encouraged. If a catcher is not ready at the beginning of a half-inning, the manager must designate a player to warm up the pitcher to speed up game play.
    14. COMPLETE SEASON: Division Champions and tie breakers shall be determined by the President and Board of Directors.

 

  1. Safety
    1. NFMBRL will provide the safest playing environment possible. We will train our managers, coaches and volunteers to be able to handle most accidental injuries. Our facilities are periodically surveyed and always maintained to the highest standards to prevent injuries and mishaps.
    2. All male catchers shall wear an athletic supporter with a cup to prevent injury that could occur from a pitched or foul ball. The umpire shall not allow play to start or continue if the catcher is not wearing this protection. No exceptions are allowed. It is recommended that ALL male players wear an athletic supporter of some kind with a protective cup to prevent injury that could occur from a hit or thrown ball. It is also recommended that female catchers also wear a protective cup.
    3. Head first slides are not allowed except when returning to a base. EXCEPTION: Head first slides are allowed, but not encouraged in the Rookie Division and up.
    4. Managers shall check the playing facilities for safety prior to starting practices. Umpires and managers shall check the playing facilities for safety prior to starting games. All problems must be reported to the NFMBRL Board Member on Duty.
    5. Each incident or accident will be documented and reported to the President within 24 hours of its occurrence.
    6. Managers and coaches will attend a coaches briefing prior to the season. The briefing will include basic safety principles and first aid. Successful coaches from the NFMBRL area will provide their insight regarding coaching techniques.
    7. Each facility is required to have a supplied First-Aid Kit at all practices and games. The NFMBRL Board of Directors will check supply levels prior to practices and games and replenish as required.
    8. In the event of lightning, all practices and games must stop when the Lightning Alert System detects lightning within 10 miles as indicated by one loud horn blast. Play is to resume approximately 30 minutes after the system has not detected lightning which will sound three loud horn blasts. NO EXCEPTIONS.
    9. Managers and parents will emphasize safe and secure policies as it pertains to the dropping-off and picking-up of children at all practice and game fields.
    10. Equipment shall be stored in an orderly manner in the dugouts to prevent hazards.
    11. No visitors, only players and coaches shall occupy the dugout area.
    12. Each manager will inspect the equipment for wear and tear before each practice or game and repair or replace defective equipment.
    13. Volunteers if performing duties within the concession stands will be briefed on the regulations and operating guidelines employed within the stand.
    14. All batters, base runners and youth base coaches shall wear a batting helmet.
    15. Arrangements shall be made to ensure a working phone is available at each practice and game.
    16. During games, managers will ensure that players not currently participating in the game are supervised in the warm-up area or dugout for the purpose of practice or enrichment.
    17. Any Player or Coach suffering from a concussion diagnosed by a medical professional, must have a Physician’s written consent prior to returning to normal play

 

  1. Conduct and Bullying

    This By-Law pertains to all Coaches, Players, Officials and Spectators and will be enforced by the Executive Board of Directors.

    1. No Coach, Player, Official or Spectator shall be subjected to bullying, abusive language, profanity, harassment, severe or injurious discipline, anger of the coaches, teammates, spectators etc. Failure of any participant to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner consistent with any youth sport activity will not be tolerated.
    2. In cases of profanity, or inappropriate language, any Board Member has the authority to issue a one-time Verbal Warning.
    3. More severe offenses should be immediately reported to any Board Member as soon as reasonably possible. Disciplinary action, if warranted, may include:
      1. Verbal and Written Warning to become a permanent part of the participant’s record at NFMBRL.
      2. Suspension of Play for a stated number of games
      3. Release from the league for the remainder of the season.
    4. More serious offenses or repeat offenders will have greater consequences than others including removal or legal consequences.

 

  1. Fields
    1. Field addresses and field rules shall be distributed with game schedules. Players, coaches, managers and spectators are required to follow all field rules mandated by the Lee County Parks and Recreation.
    2. No pets are allowed at any fields.
    3. Home team shall provide volunteers to prepare the field prior to the start of each game. Field preparation may include removing debris and obstacles from the field, dragging the infield, raking around the bases, home plate and pitcher’s mound, tamping home plate and pitcher’s mound, installing bases and chalking the foul lines and batter boxes. Field prep must be completed 30 minutes prior to the game start time so that the teams can do pre-game warm-ups. EXCEPTIONS: Abbreviated field prep will be done between back-to-back games.
    4. Prior to the start of a scheduled game. Each team may take infield practice. The visiting team will take the field first. Each team is allowed up to 10 minutes to conduct their infield practice (Visitor shall be first). If field preparation shortens available infield minutes prior to scheduled game start time by order of the umpire.
    5. Home team will provide volunteers for announcing, scorekeeping and official pitch count in Cal Ripken Minor, Major and Babe Ruth 14U Travel / Junior Divisions.

 

  1. T-Ball

    The T-Ball division shall also abide by the following additional supplemental rules:

    1. Game length - Six innings (5 ½ if the home team is ahead) and no new inning will begin after play has lasted ninety minutes. A game shall be considered regulation if a team is ahead by ten (10) runs after four (4) innings or three and one half (3 ½) by home team, at anytime during the game, if a team is unable to surpass the other team due to the 6 run per inning rule, the game will be terminated.
    2. Equipment - T’s and balls will be provided for all games. Teams may use a Tee of their own while at bat. Regular Cal Ripken League baseballs will be used. All players are required to wear approved batting helmets while batting. Catcher’s equipment is required.
    3. Batting - All rostered players will be presented in a complete batting order, and that list will be presented to the umpire at the start of each game. Any team with less than 10 batters will take an out each time the 10th batter is scheduled to bat. Each batter will be allowed to swing at the ball until they hit a ball in fair territory or have three complete misses of the ball or four (4) foul balls. A strike shall be called if the bat hits the tee without hitting the ball. (Balls and strikes are treated the same as regular Cal Ripken Baseball rules). A batted ball that does not reach the 25' line marked in front of home plate and is not fielded by a defensive player is considered a dead ball and considered a foul ball. If a defensive player touches a batted ball before it crosses the 25' line and before the umpire declares the ball dead, it becomes a live ball. Umpires will set the Tee for the batters and assist with Tee when necessary. Coaches may position player in the batter’s box. There will be no on deck batters.
    4. Fielding - A fourth outfielder will be allowed defensively. There shall be ten (10) players on the defense. Play ends when lead runner is stopped and the umpire calls time out. The pitcher does not have to make a pitching motion before batter swings at ball.
    5. Scoring - When any team’s sixth run of any inning is scored, the inning shall be considered over, even if the team batting has less than 3 outs assessed against them.
    6. Stealing - Stealing will not be permitted and all base runners must remain in contact with the base until the ball is hit.
    7. Overthrows - Players can advance as many bases as possible, until the play is called dead by the umpire or when the ball is returned to the pitcher on the mound, action has ceased and umpire has declared the play over.
    8. Infield fly rule - There will be no infield fly rule
    9. Defensive players/coaches position - A maximum of six (6) players including the catcher are allowed to play in the infield. Two defensive coaches will be allowed on the field. Coaches must be positioned and remain in foul territory at least 15' beyond first and third base. If any coach attempts to intimidate, coerce or otherwise negatively affect the opposing team, they will be removed from the field/game at the umpire’s discretion. An offensive coach is permitted in the area of home plate, position to be determined by the umpire in charge. Pitchers are required to have at least one foot on the pitchers rubber, until the ball is hit.
    10. Time out request - In accordance with the rules of baseball, time out is requested by a coach/player, and then granted by the umpire, at the umpire’s discretion. Before a timeout shall be granted to the defensive team in a live ball situation, the defense must cause the offense to cease play (i.e. force the base runner(s) into a non-advancing situation). At the umpire’s discretion, play may be stopped if in the judgment of the umpire there is an injury to a player. He would then award runner/batter bases accordingly and to the best of his judgment.
    11. Protests - Will be ruled on immediately by the umpire in charge.
    12. Participation - Any player who arrives late to a game may be entered into the lineup as long as he is on the official team roster.
    13. Injury – If in the judgment of the umpire a serious injury has occurred during play, umpire shall stop play and award bases accordingly. If all players are batting in the lineup, an injured player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out. If a player is skipped in the lineup due to injury he is not eligible to return in any capacity.
    14. Ejections – Coach and player ejections shall be for the remainder of the current game AND also a one game suspension for the next game. Additional punitive action may be imposed at the discretion of the North Baseball Board, depending on the nature of the infraction. If all players are batting in the lineup, an ejected player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out.

 

  1. Baseball Rookie Division

    The Baseball Rookie Division shall also abide by the following additional supplemental rules:

    1. Offense – Teams will have a choice of batting 10 players using the Cal Ripken substitution rules OR batting all players and using free substitution in the field*. All teams must start a game with a minimum of 9 players. The missing starter (if less than 10) in the batting line up will be called out at his turn at bat. Failure to be able to field 9 players will result in a forfeit as covered in the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken rules. Each batter shall receive a maximum of five (5) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes. If the batter fouls the 5th pitch, batter will receive pitches as long as batter continues to foul the pitch. There will be no walks. Any player hit by a pitch will be awarded first base by umpire’s judgment. All players are required to wear approved batting helmets while batting. Face guards are optional. *A late arriving player should be listed last in the batting order and skipped when his turn at bat comes up, until the player arrives. No penalty unless team drops below 10 players.
    2. Stealing – There will be no stealing. Runners must stay in contact with the base until the ball has reached home plate. Penalty for leaving early is covered in CR rules Page 12.
    3. Pitching machine – Pitching machines and Cal Ripken baseballs will be provided for all games. The pitching machine will be maintained and monitored by the offensive coach. The speed of the machines will be universal for each game (Approx 43 mph). The speed is determined as the ball crosses the plate. The machine will be located as close to the pitchers plate (46’) as possible. Coach will place the ball on the machine, point to the batter, make eye contact, call “ready” and release the ball. Adjustments can be made by the coach or umpire at any time at his discretion. A pitch can be deemed “no pitch” if in the judgment of the umpire there was machine malfunction. The pitching machine, when hit by a live ball, is considered an umpire and governed by the rule book (Rule 5.09f).
    4. Extra Player – Can be adopted as an option for those batting 10 players using the Cal Ripken substitution rule option. With the use of the Extra Player, teams would have 11 starters, with the remainder of players serving as substitutes
    5. Defense – There shall be ten (10) players on the field defensively (1b, 2b, 3b, ss, 4 of, p, c). A fourth outfielder will be allowed defensively. Outfielders may be placed anywhere in the outfield a coach deems necessary, in fair territory. Pitcher will be on either side of the pitching machine assuming the defensive position of a pitcher (helmet optional). Pitcher will have one foot on clay area. The catcher takes his normal position in full gear. Pitcher cannot charge on bunts until ball has been released by the machine.
    6. Game length – Six innings (5 and one half if the home team is ahead) and no new inning will begin after play has lasted ninety (90) minutes. A game shall be considered regulation if a team is ahead by ten (10) runs after four (4) innings, if the home team is ahead by ten (10) runs after three and a half innings. The game is over, if at any point either team is unable to surpass their opponent’s total runs.
    7. Scoring – When any team’s seventh run of any inning is scored, the inning shall be considered over, even if the team batting has no outs assessed against them.
    8. Infield fly – There will be no infield fly rule.
    9. Bunting – Bunting will be permitted, but fake bunting is not permitted. Penalty for fake bunting will be as follows (whether contact is made or not): 1) Batter will be called out. 2) Ball will be declared dead and all runners will return to bases. On the 2nd occurrence the manager will be ejected from the game. If second time for the same player, player will also be ejected. Bunting on the last pitch, if foul, batter is out. Pitcher cannot charge on bunts, until the ball has been released by the machine.
    10. Time out request – In accordance with the rules of baseball, time-out is requested by a coach/player, and then granted only by the umpires, at the umpire’s discretion. Before a timeout shall be granted to the defensive team in a live ball situation, the defense must cause the offense to cease play (i.e. force the base runner(s) into a non-advancing situation). In addition, ball must be in the infield.
    11. Injury – If in the judgment of the umpire a serious injury has occurred during play, umpire shall stop play and award bases accordingly. If all players are batting in the lineup, an injured player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out. If a player is skipped in the lineup due to injury he is not eligible to return in any capacity.
    12. Defensive coaches – Two defensive coaches will be allowed on the field while their team is on defense (third coach will be in the dugout). They must be positioned in foul territory, past the infield clay, and down each respective foul line. They must always remain in foul territory, and are there for positioning and assisting their players only. If any coach attempts to intimidate, coerce or otherwise negatively affect the opposing team, they will be removed from the field/game at the umpire’s discretion.
    13. Protests – Protests will be ruled on immediately by the umpire in charge.
    14. Ejections – Coach and player ejections shall be for the remainder of the current game AND also a one game suspension for the next game. Additional punitive action may be imposed at the discretion of the North Baseball Board, depending on the nature of the infraction. If all players are batting in the lineup, an ejected player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out.
    15. Sliding – There is no “must slide rule” in this tournament or any other Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Tournament.
    16. Dugouts – Manager, two coaches, bat person and rostered players are permitted in the dugout. Coaches must be on the official team roster. There are no substitute coaches allowed. Bat person must be between 4 – 18 years old. Bat person does not have to be in uniform. At the completion of your game, please leave dugout clean, have your team meeting in another location so that incoming teams can enter and prepare for the next game.

 

  1. Baseball Minors

    The baseball Minor division shall use the current edition of the Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules and the NFMBRL By-Laws. The baseball Minor division shall also abide by the following additional supplemental rules:

    1. Games shall consist of six innings. Each half inning shall end when three outs have been made or five runs have been scored, whichever comes first. However, if a batted ball results in scoring more than five runs at the completion of continuous game action, all runs scored count.
    2. Time limits on games shall only be imposed if there is another game scheduled after the subject game. In such situations, no new inning shall begin 120 minutes after scheduled game start time and the game shall end at the end of the final inning. (For clarification, an inning starts immediately after the last out of the previous inning.) Due to game time restrictions, the last inning shall not be declared before the fifth inning. For example, if the game has been running long and it appears at the beginning of the fourth inning that the fifth inning cannot be played due to time limitations, the fourth inning shall not be declared the last inning. Inning length is unpredictable and the fourth inning may end quickly allowing time for the fifth inning to be played.
    3. Games shall be limited to two extra innings. A game may end in a tie.
    4. Four innings (three and one-half innings if home team is ahead) constitute a complete game in case the game is called because of rain, darkness, etc.
    5. The manager may place ten players (if available) in the field. With ten players, four players shall occupy the outfield. If a team only has nine players, then they shall be stationed anywhere on the field as the Official Rules allow.
    6. Two adult base coaches are allowed.
    7. Teams shall bat through the entire roster. It is recommended that the player order be changed from game to game.
    8. The Division Champion will be based on season record based on wins (2 points), losses (0 points), and tied games (1 point). In the case of a tie, a single game will be played to regulation time limit. Time limit will be extended in the case of a tie. The game will not end in a tie.
    9. Injury – If in the judgment of the umpire a serious injury has occurred during play, umpire shall stop play and award bases accordingly. If all players are batting in the lineup, an injured player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out. If a player is skipped in the lineup due to injury he is not eligible to return in any capacity.
    10. Ejections – Coach and player ejections shall be for the remainder of the current game AND also a one game suspension for the next game. Additional punitive action may be imposed at the discretion of the North Baseball Board, depending on the nature of the infraction. If all players are batting in the lineup, an ejected player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out.

 

  1. Baseball Majors

    The Baseball Major Division shall use the current edition of the Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules and the NFMBRL By-Laws. The baseball Major Division shall also abide by the following additional supplemental rules:

    1. Games shall consist of six innings. Each half inning shall end when three outs have been made
    2. Time limits on games shall only be imposed if there is another game (different teams – not doubleheader) scheduled after the subject game. In such situations, no new inning shall begin 120 minutes after scheduled game start time and the game shall end at the end of the sixth inning (after five and a half if the home team is winning). (For clarification, an inning starts immediately after the last out of the previous inning.)
    3. Games shall be limited to two extra innings. A game may end in a tie.
    4. The Division Champion will be based on season record based on wins (2 points), losses (0 points), and tied games (1 point). In the case of a tie, a single game will be played to regulation time limit. Time limit will be extended in the case of a tie. The game will not end in a tie.
    5. Injury – If in the judgment of the umpire a serious injury has occurred during play, umpire shall stop play and award bases accordingly. If all players are batting in the lineup, an injured player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out. If a player is skipped in the lineup due to injury he is not eligible to return in any capacity.
    6. Ejections – Coach and player ejections shall be for the remainder of the current game AND also a one game suspension for the next game. Additional punitive action may be imposed at the discretion of the North Baseball Board, depending on the nature of the infraction. If all players are batting in the lineup, an ejected player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out.

 

  1. Baseball Juniors

    The Baseball Junior Division shall use the current edition of the Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules and the NFMBRL By-Laws. The baseball Junior Division shall also abide by the following additional supplemental rules:

    1. Games shall consist of six innings. Each half inning shall end when three outs have been made
    2. Time limits on games shall only be imposed if there is another game (different teams – not doubleheader) scheduled after the subject game. In such situations, no new inning shall begin 120 minutes after scheduled game start time and the game shall end at the end of the sixth inning (after five and a half if the home team is winning). (For clarification, an inning starts immediately after the last out of the previous inning.)
    3. Games shall be limited to two extra innings. A game may end in a tie.
    4. The Division Champion will be based on season record based on wins (2 points), losses (0 points), and tied games (1 point). In the case of a tie, a single game will be played to regulation time limit. Time limit will be extended in the case of a tie. The game will not end in a tie.
    5. Injury – If in the judgment of the umpire a serious injury has occurred during play, umpire shall stop play and award bases accordingly. If all players are batting in the lineup, an injured player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out. If a player is skipped in the lineup due to injury he is not eligible to return in any capacity.
    6. Ejections – Coach and player ejections shall be for the remainder of the current game AND also a one game suspension for the next game. Additional punitive action may be imposed at the discretion of the North Baseball Board, depending on the nature of the infraction. If all players are batting in the lineup, an ejected player spot in the lineup is not penalized with an out.

 

  1. Fall Ball

    Fall Ball is for instruction and training in the fundamentals of baseball to improve players’ skills and to prepare them for the next season. The Fall Ball Division shall use the current edition of the Babe Ruth – Cal Ripken Baseball Official Regulations and Playing Rules and the NFMBRL By-Laws.

 

  1. Tournament Play (All Stars)
    1. Manager Selection all Divisions
      1. Any manager wishing to participate in post season Tournament play shall make their wishes known to the President of the League upon completion of regular season play.
      2. A Tournament Manager Selection Committee of Board Members will consider all candidates and make one recommendation to the President for each division of play. If a possible candidate is a Board Member, he/she shall not be part of the Selection Committee. The President also shall not be part of the Selection Committee. The Committee will make it’s selection based on season record, team sportsmanship, availability, and knowledge of the game.
      3. The President will make the final Manager selection for all divisions of play.
      4. This manager will lead his/her team during all tournament play in a manner that is consistent with good sportsmanship.
    2. Team Selection all Divisions
      1. Tournament team will be selected by the appointed Team Manager, President, and Board of Directors.
      2. Teams are to be selected of the best players of the division and not from the selected manger’s team only.
      3. Team Manager should check with player parents to ensure that the tournament schedule and requirements can be met by the player.
      4. Each team selected shall consist of 12 players.
      5. Substitutes to the original roster may be requested by the selected Manager to the President and Board of Directors if needed for any reason. The President and Board of Directors will determine the outcome and all decisions are final.