ALL STAR BASEBALL LEAGUE, INC.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Lou Tompkins All Star Baseball League has been organized for the purpose of promoting the game of baseball through organized competition. In order to balance the competition, the Board of Directors of the League has established three basic divisions with different levels of play within each division.
1.1 The league will consist of three (3) divisions. Senior Division is designed for 17-21 year olds, with a limit per roster of six (6) 20 or 21 year olds. (A player cannot be 22 on April 30 of the current year). Exceptions can be made at the commissioner’s discretion based on seniority of player. For example if a team ends up with 7 20-21s this year and all 7 have been part of our league for the last three years, then we would grant them an exception because they are not out recruiting 21s for a one-time roster boost.
Division A is designed for 15-16 year olds. (A player cannot be 17 on April 30 of the current year.) In addition, A Division age players may play for the City/Town's Senior Division Team but only provided the A Division players are listed on the Senior Division Team's Roster. However, in no event can 17 year old players play for the A Division Team.
Division B is designed for 13-14 year olds. (A player cannot be 15 on April 30 of the current year.) In addition, (i) B Division 13-14 year old players may play for the City/Town's A Division Team but only provided the B Division 13-14 year old players are listed on the A Division Team's Roster and (ii) 14 year old B Division age players may play for the City/Town's Senior Division Team but only provided the 14 year old B Division players are listed on the Senior Division Team's Roster. However, (iii) in no event can 15-16 year old players play for the B Division Team and (iv) in no event may a 13 year old be listed on a Senior Division’s Team Roster.
Division B includes a special category of 12 year old players turning 13 between May 1 and July 31 of the current year. A 12 year that turns 13 between May 1 and Jul 31 of the current year may play on that Towns B Division.
However, (i) in no event may a 13 year old be listed on a Senior Division Team’s Roster and (ii) in no event will the special category of 12 year old players (turning 13 between May 1 and July 31 of the current year) be listed on an A Division’s Team Roster.
NOTE: A player cannot be listed on more than one (1) roster in the same division.
1.2 At the conclusion of the regular season games the Tournament of Champions playoff will be held and will be comprised of the top eight (8) teams in each division.
2.1 The home team is responsible for the condition of the field. The field should be manicured and properly marked.
2.2 The home team shall have the choice of dugouts. The only exception to this is when the home team plays the game at the visitor’s field. Although the home team remains as the home team, the home team will use the visitor’s dugout at the visitor’s field.
2.3 All on-field base coaches (adults and/or players) will be required to wear a protective helmet. The adult protective helmet can be a hard liner shell that fits inside the baseball cap (skull cap), a one flap, two flap or no flap batting helmet.
Batting helmets of the full-protection type must be worn by all players while at bat or on the bases. These helmets of the full-protection type shall have extended ear flaps which cover both ears and the temples. Batting helmets of this type shall be required of each batter, base runner, on-deck batter and base coach.
3.1 The League is responsible for assigning two (2) umpires per game.
3.2 The cost of the umpires during the regular season is the responsibility of the home team. During the TOC the League will reimburse the home team for cost of the umpires for the scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday games provided the home team submits an email to the Treasurer of the League requesting reimbursement. The League will pay the umpire fees directly to the umpires for the semi-final and finals of the TOC.
3.3 The League only provides baseballs for the semi-final and finals of the TOC.
4.1 Each team must submit a separate team roster via the league website at www.ltabaseball.com by each division’s first game.
The complete rosters will only be available to the Commissioners to protect the privacy of the players. Each player's name, address and date of birth must be listed on the official roster.
4.2 Failure to submit a timely roster will result in forfeits for games in which a roster is not submitted.
4.3 No player will be allowed to participate who is not on a roster. Use of a player not on the roster will result in a two game suspension of the team’s manager, forfeit of the game and $240.00 forfeit fee to be paid 4 hours prior to the next scheduled game.
4.4 Rosters are limited to a maximum of twenty (20) players for the A and B Divisions and twenty four (24) players for the Senior Division. It is highly recommended and stressed that all 20 (24) roster slots should be completed to ensure that a team has enough players to draw upon to avoid forfeits. Open or unlimited rosters are not permitted.
4.5 ROSTER ADJUSTMENTS ARE PERMITTED ONLY during the period of July 2 – 6, 2018. NO OTHER ROSTER ADJUSTMENTS OR CHANGES ARE PERMITTED.
4.6 A player cannot be listed on more than one (1) roster in the same division. See Rule 1.1 for rostering a player in multiple divisions.
4.7 For A or B Division rosters a player must live in the city, town or attend the public school in the city, town for whose team he plays. A player who plays in the city/town’s spring league is also eligible for the roster. However, see rule 4.8 for adjoining community roster if circumstances warrant.
4.8 Adjoining communities may submit a combined team roster if
a. they are unable to submit a team roster on their own due to a lack of players or run the risk of forfeiting games;
b. one of the combined adjoined communities will be the responsible community (subject to league approval) that will be the community that other communities are adjoined to and will
i. serve as point of contact for the league;
ii. submit the team registration;
iii. submit the team roster (cannot roster a player from an adjoining community if that adjoining community is submitting a roster unless the adjoining community approves);
iv. provide field(s) in the responsible community’s location where the games will be played.
If you desire to submit an adjoining town team roster, as provided in the rules above, you will need league approval so please contact the President of LTA Baseball, Inc if you’re thinking of doing so for the league approval.
For the Senior Division, 60% (14 of 24) of their roster (players) must be from the community of the submitting team.
4.9 IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SENIOR DIVISION TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, 18 – 21 year old players must have played in not less than six (6) games of the games played by his team.
The determination of the number of games played by 18 - 21 year old players will include games not played by team (e.g., rain out) that the player would have been able to play according to the judgment of the manager.
4.10 IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE A DIVISION TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, 16 year old players must have played in not less than fifty percent (50%) of the games played by his team.
The determination of the number of games played by a 16 year old will include games not played by team (e.g., rain out) that the player would have been able to play according to the judgment of the manager.
The determination of the number of games played by a 16 year old will also include any games played for a Lou Tompkins Senior Division team that the 16 year old is rostered on.
4.11 All teams must be properly uniformed and all uniform jerseys must be numbered.
5.1 The Babe Ruth League Rule Book, as supplemented by these rules, shall be the sole method of play.
6.1 All teams must be insured with the League prior to the first game.
7.1 Official Babe Ruth baseballs or better must be used.
7.2 The home team is responsible for providing at least six (6) new baseballs for each home game during the regular season and the Tournament of Champions, except the League will provide six (6) baseballs for each of the semi-final and finals games of the TOC.
8.1 NON-WOOD BASEBALL BAT STANDARD
All non-wood bats must have the USABat Marking or marked BBCOR .50. Bat Barrell – 2 5/8 “.
9.1 The home team manager is responsible for notifying the visiting team, umpires and Division Commissioner in the event inclement weather does not permit a game to be started. The home team should make every effort to notify the visiting team and umpires in sufficient time to keep them from traveling unnecessarily. (recommended 2 ½ hrs before scheduled game start).
Following the coaches meeting, each team will have 48 hours to review their schedule, find the dates that they cannot play and need to move the game date, contact their opposing team’s manager or coach, and if both agree to a new date and time, they can submit a request to their Division Commissioner to reschedule the game. After the 48 hour period is up, the schedule is complete and no changes will be allowed except for those related to weather. Only the commissioners within the division may changes a game within that division. For example, no A commissioner may change a Senior or B division game.
All make-up games must be made up the next available day or within 7 days of the original postponement. Example, if a team’s game is rained out on Wednesday, and his town doesn’t have a field available until Friday, then Friday is the next available date. If the two managers cannot agree upon a date within 7 days of the original postponement, the division or league commissioner have the authority to schedule the make-up of the game on a field and at a time of their choosing. Each team will run the risk of taking a forfeit. It shall be the responsibility of the home team manager to request the Division Commissioner to reschedule any such postponements and update the schedule on the LTA Baseball web site and notify the assignor(s).
9.2 Once the game has started, the umpires have control of the game and shall decide when a game should be stopped and/or terminated.
9.3 All games MUST be played as scheduled with the following exceptions:
Scheduled LTA Baseball games may only be rescheduled to accommodate any national-affiliated tournament games for Babe Ruth or Senior Little League or a town’s post-season playoff games. LTA Baseball will not honor requests to alter the game schedule to accommodate ANY other tournaments or league games. A request may be made to the Division Commissioner if a team wishes to reschedule a LTA Baseball game due to a conflict with their national-affiliated tournament games for Babe Ruth or Senior Little League or a town’s post-season playoff game on the same day. The request must be made as far in advance as possible of the LTA Baseball scheduled game.
9.3.1 Teams must disclose their involvement with Babe Ruth or Senior Little League district/state/national tournament play before the start of the LTA Baseball season to the scheduler and their Division Commissioner and include format, dates, times and sites, whenever possible.
9.3.2 Should a conflict arise due to a district/state/national tournament game, the teams must make every effort to play the game within a week following the original scheduled date.
The LTA Baseball philosophy in these instances is to try and play the game within the required timeframe, with communication between the managers and Division Commissioner crucial. Any undue attempts to obstruct this tenet will be looked upon unfavorably by the Board and may have a determining effect on a ruling. Division Commissioners MUST approve of any schedule change before the game can be moved.
Upon approval of any rescheduling or game changes by the Division Commissioner, the Division Commissioner will update the schedule on the LTA Baseball web site and notify the assignor(s).
Certain field changes will be allowed at the discretion of the Division
Commissioner provided the home team manager and the opposing manager agree and
make the request at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled game. A field
change request may be approved if the proposed field is a better field or the
home team has been bumped from the scheduled field by the town/community field
allocation organization. Field changes shall only be approved if the
proposed field/venue is listed as an LTA primary or secondary field or is an
approved field/venue/site by LTA Baseball and is located in
an LTA Baseball member town or an adjacent town/community.
All time of game changes must be approved by the Division Commissioner and will only be approved in extreme circumstances (i.e. field unavailability at a specific time). Time changes must be requested to the commissioner at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled game and will only be approved if both home and visiting team coaches agree. Time change requests for pure convenience of a specific team will not be approved. Weekday game times may be changed from 5:45pm starts to an "under the lights" time as long as teams request the change to their commissioner at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled game time.
Upon approval of any field or time of game changes for a scheduled game by the Division Commissioner, the Division Commissioner will update the schedule on the LTA Baseball web site and notify the umpire assignor(s).
9.5 However, notwithstanding the above, if a team cannot play a game due to a scheduling conflict (town's post-season playoff games or to accommodate any national-affiliated tournament games for Babe Ruth or Senior Little League), the team with the conflict shall forfeit if agreement cannot be reached with the opposing manager through their Division Commissioner. Teams must resolve these matters through their Division Commissioner and not negotiate around their Division Commissioner. Any team or manager who attempts to circumvent the ruling of their Division Commissioner will be subject to possible game forfeiture and suspension.
9.6 Regular season games which are shortened by either rain or darkness shall have the score revert back to the last complete inning and declared official if at least 4 1/2 innings have been played with the home team ahead or 5 innings if the visiting team is ahead. The only exception to the rule will be in the event the home team either ties or takes the lead in the bottom half of an inning which is not completed. In this case (where each team has had an equal number of times at bat) the score shall not revert to the last complete inning, but instead shall stand as played. All Tournament of Champion games (including tie games and weather shortened games) shall be played to their conclusion unless the mercy rule applies.
9.7 If a game begins and thereafter is called before becoming an official game, it shall be resumed and completed from the point of discontinuance.
10.1 Weekdays – 5:45 P.M. until July 31st. During the month of August, all weekday games shall begin at 5:30 P.M. Towns with lights may play their home games at a later time.
10.2 The starting time for Saturday and Sunday games will be as set forth on the Schedule.
11.1 The umpire’s decision is final on the field. After lodging notice of protest on the field, follow Babe Ruth procedures by marking play in the scorebook and then contacting the Division Commissioner stating the reason for the protest action.
11.2 A protest committee shall decide said protest. The protest committee shall consist of the President, Vice President and a Director not directly involved in the protest. The protest committee shall take all relevant matters into consideration.
11.3 For each playoff game a representative of the President shall be on hand and shall form a protest committee for each game. Each committee shall include the President’s representative and a representative from each of the two teams playing the game. The President’s representative shall choose each team representative from those suggested by each team manager.
12.1 The coach of the winning team must notify the Division Commissioner via the league website at www.ltabaseball.com within 24 hours in order to get credit for the win. The winning coach must have the score, all pitchers names for both teams, and the innings pitched for all pitchers. Losses mwill be recorded by the Division Commissioner unless he is properly notified, within 24 hours, and has all the required information.
12.2 In the event of a tie game, the home team coach must notify the Division Commissioner via the league website at www.ltabaseball.com within 24 hours in order to get credit for the tie. The home team coach must have the score, all pitchers’ names for both teams, and the innings pitched for all pitchers. No ties shall be recorded by the Division Commissioner unless he is properly notified within 24 hours and has all the required information.
12.3 Commissioners must be notified directly (within 24 hours) of any ejected player, manager, coach or spectator. This notification, consisting of the name and number (if player), should be made by both managers - home and visiting teams.
13.1 A tenth player may be added by a team as an extra hitter. This player may substitute for any player in the field, but he must remain in the same position in the batting order.
13.2 The use of a tenth player is optional for each team on a game by game basis. If a team starts with ten players in its order, it must finish with ten. The only exception to this is if a player is injured or must depart early (either by choice or by ejection) and the team does not have ten eligible players available, it may play with nine.
13.3 If a team selects to use only nine (9) players in a given game, then a tenth player spot cannot be added during that game.
13.4 If a team wishes to use a tenth player for a given game, the manager so employing the tenth player must include the tenth player in his lineup as exchanged with the opposing manager prior to the start of the game.
14.1 If a team cannot field nine (9) official roster players within fifteen (15) minutes of the designated starting time for the game, a forfeit shall be declared
14.2 An automatic forfeit will be declared if a team goes below 9 players. The only exception to this is when an injury occurs and all substitutes have been used. An already used player will be allowed to re-enter. Selection of this substitute must be made by the opposing manager. This type of re-entry can only take place when an injury prevents a player from continuing in the game. The injured player, once removed from the game, cannot re-enter.
14.3 The score of forfeited games will be recorded as 7 – 0.
14.4 The penalties for forfeits are provided in the table that follows:
Not enough players at start of game
$120 + pay umpires
Not enough players during game
No-Show with notification
1st offense = $120
2nd + offense = $240
See rule 14.8.
No penalty if due to conflict with national-affiliated tournament games for Babe Ruth or Senior Little League; town’s post-season playoff game because rules 9.4 and 9.5 apply.
No-Show without notification
$240 + see rule 14.8.
Use of illegal player
2 game suspension of manager
Failure to timely submit
14.5 Payment for penalties are to be made by credit card or PayPal on www.ltabaseball.com and must be made no later than four hours before the next scheduled game or the manager will be suspended for that game. The suspension will remain in place until the forfeit fee is paid.
14.6 Other violations which result in forfeiture will be dealt with by the Board of Directors on a per case basis.
14.7 Multiple infractions are subject to increased penalties including being barred from Tournament of Champions and removal from summer schedule entirely. Division Commissioner and Board of Directors will adjudicate such situations.
14.8 Teams which forfeit games due to any “No Show” violation are obliged to pay for umpires in any such game if said umpires are not notified in time and are present for the game. Should the fee be outstanding at the end of the current Lou Tompkins Baseball season, the offending league will be charged for said amount.
15.1 In all divisions other than the Senior Division during the regular season, pitchers may pitch a maximum of ten (10) innings each week. Further, a pitcher may only pitch a maximum of seven (7) innings in any one (1) calendar day. The pitching week goes from Monday through Sunday.
15.2 In all divisions other than the Senior Division during the regular season, if a pitcher pitches four (4) or more innings, he must have two (2) calendar days rest. If a pitcher pitches three (3) innings or less in a game, no days of rest are required. However, coaches are encouraged not to overuse any pitcher.
15.3 For the Tournament of Champions, the A and B Divisions will follow a modified Babe Ruth Tournament pitching format. No pitcher in the Tournament of Champions shall be allowed to pitch more than seven (7) innings in two successive games nor pitch in more than seven (7) innings in any one (1) calendar day during the Tournament of Champions.
15.4 Throwing one pitch in an inning constitutes pitching the entire inning.
15.5 A starting pitcher removed from pitching may pitch again in the game as long as he has not been removed from the game. If he is removed from the game or if the manager and/or coach makes two trips to the mound in the same inning as to the same pitcher, then the pitcher cannot pitch again in that game. Any other pitcher in the game cannot return to the mound in the same game once he is removed from the mound irrespective of whether that pitcher assumes a field position or is removed from the game
If a player re-enters illegally as a pitcher, there is no penalty except he must be removed from the mound as a pitcher immediately when discovered.
15.6 All innings pitched, in any and all divisions, count in the application of these pitching rules regardless of whether the game results in an official game.
Note: All pitchers rostered in more than one division will be governed by the pitching rules in effect for the youngest division in which they play.
15.7 No warnings given on balks.
15.8 Winning managers, or the home team managers in the event of a tie, must call in all innings pitched for all pitchers for both teams.
15.9 Any violation of the pitching rules 15.1 and 15.2 results in an automatic forfeit of the game in which the rule(s) violation occurred.
15.10 The score of forfeited games will be recorded as 7 – 0.
16.1 The second trip to the mound to the same pitcher in the same inning shall automatically result in the removal of that pitcher from the game as a pitcher.
16.2 The manager and/or coach is prohibited from making a second visit to the mound while the same batter is at bat, but if a pinch hitter is substituted for this batter the manager and/or coach may make a second visit to the mound, but must remove the pitcher.
16.3 In the case where a manager and/or coach has made his first trip to the mound and then returns a second time to the mound in the same inning with the same pitcher in the game and the same batter at bat, after being warned by the umpire that he cannot return to the mound, the manager and/or coach shall be removed from the game and the pitcher shall be required to pitch to the batter until the batter is retired or gets on base. After the batter is retired, or becomes a base runner, then this pitcher must be removed from the game as a pitcher only.
16.4 A "trip" is defined as: any time an umpire calls time out so that any of the manager or coaches may confer with the pitcher either at the mound or along the foul line, and any time an umpire calls time out so that any of the manager or coaches may confer with any player who subsequently confers with the pitcher before the pitcher delivers another pitch.
16.5 A manager or coach is considered to have concluded the visit to the mound when he leaves the eighteen (18) foot circle surrounding the pitcher's rubber.
16.6 If a manager or coach goes to the mound and removes a pitcher and then the manager or a coach goes to the mound to talk to the new pitcher, that will constitute one trip to the mound to that new pitcher in that inning.
16.7 There is no limitation on the number of trips a manager and/or coach may make in a game to any one pitcher except for the limitations set forth above.
17.1 Any of the original starting players (including the tenth player if utilized as provided in Rule 13) may withdraw and re-enter once provided such player occupies the same batting position whenever they are in the lineup. A substitute who is withdrawn may not re-enter.
17.2 A substitute may replace a substitute and the starting player may still re-enter for the substitute.
17.3 A starting player withdrawn from the game more than once cannot re-enter.
17.4 Withdrawal and re-entry takes place only when a player has been removed from the game.
17.5 If a player re-enters illegally as a pitcher, fielder, or runner, there is no penalty except that he must be removed from the game immediately when discovered. If he re-enters illegally as a batter, such illegal re-entry is penalized according to official Baseball Rule 6.07, Batting Out of Order.
17.6 Already used players will be allowed to re-enter if all substitutes have been used and an injury occurs. The selection of this substitute must be made by the opposing manager. This type of re-entry can only take place when an injury prevents a player from continuing in the game. The injured player once removed from the game, cannot re-enter.
18.1 Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents and themselves.
18.2 Any player, manager and/or coach ejected from the game shall face disciplinary action by the Board of Directors with the minimum penalty for the first ejection being suspension from the next game in addition to the ejection from the subject game.
In addition, (i) if a player, manager or coach is ejected twice in a season, the minimum penalty is a one (1) week suspension in addition to the ejection from the subject game and (ii) if a player, manager or coach is ejected three (3) times in a season, the minimum penalty is suspension for the remainder of the season including all post season games.
In the event there is physical contact the Board may apply additional penalties.
18.3 When a manager, coach or player is ejected from a game, they shall leave the field immediately and take no further part in the game. They may not sit in the stands and may not be recalled. The intent of this rule is that the ejection causes the ejected person to be out of sight and hearing of all participants.
In the event a player is ejected it is required of the manager to provide responsible supervision off premises for ejected player.
18.4 Any manager and/or coach excluded by an official from a game is ineligible to coach at any league game at any level until the next contest at the same level has/have been completed.
During the suspension the disqualified coach may not be present at the competition site.
18.5 Commissioners must be notified directly (within 24 hours) of any ejected player, manager, coach or spectator. This notification, consisting of the name and number (if player) of the person ejected, should be made by both managers - home and visiting teams.
18.6 Any manager or coach who repeatedly harasses umpires shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Directors.
18.7 Any team whose parents are abusive to either the umpires or the opposing team shall face disciplinary action by the Board of Directors.
18.8 No player shall be allowed to harass opposing players, managers or coaches. Such action shall be cause for ejection in which case Rule 18.2 will be operative.
19.1 A runner shall be called out when he does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder, at any base, when either the fielder has the ball and is waiting to make a tag, or the throw is on its way and the fielder is about to catch the ball for the purpose of making the tag. In any case, contact must be made for this rule to apply and umpire's judgment controls.
19.2 Please see MIAA Force Play Slide Rule (printed at the end of this rule book) for detailed description of the application for rule 19.1.
19.3 The MLB Collision Rule
(7.13 in MLB rule book) will apply to plays at Home Plate.
20.1 An automatic mercy rule will be in effect. The umpire will stop the game once it becomes official (4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead or 5 innings if the home team is behind) if one (1) team is ahead by twelve (12) runs (or more) and has had equal time at bat (by innings) or if the home team is leading.
21.1 At the conclusion of the regular season there will be an eight (8) team Tournament of Champions (T of C) in the Senior Division, A Division and B Division.
21.2 Seeding - The seeding of the eight (8) teams will come from the best overall record if the Division is not split into conferences. If the Division is split into two (2) conferences then the top two teams in each conference will be the top four (4) seeds. The remaining four (4) seeds will be by best record, regardless of conference.
21.3 The following season point system shall be used, when necessary, to seed teams in the championship round.
1. Win = 2 points
2. Tie = 1 point
21.4 For each division, the championship round shall follow a double elimination format to determine the semifinalists, if weather allows. Every effort must be made to have the final games, for each division, on the Sunday of the championship round week. This may mean that the Board of Directors will change the format to a single elimination at the start of the round or even during the round. Poor weather shall be the reason to change from a double to a single elimination format.
If the League can secure a sufficient number of lighted fields for the TOC games scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, then games 1 – 10 for each division will be played under the lights at those fields as assigned by each of the Division Commissioners.
The highest seed will be the home team throughout the T of C.
Tuesday Game 1: Team 1 vs Team 8
Game 2: Team 2 vs Team 7
Game 3: Team 3 vs Team 6
Game 4: Team 4 vs Team 5
Wednesday Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 4
Winner of game 5: Semifinalist
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Winner of game 6: Semifinalist
Game 7: Loser Game 2 vs Loser Game 3
Game 8: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 4
Thursday Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs Winner Game 8
Winner of game 9: Semifinalist
Game 10: Loser Game 6 vs Winner Game 7
Winner of game 10: Semifinalist
21.5 For each division, the semifinal games shall follow a single elimination format.
Saturday Game 11: Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed.
Game 12: Next Highest remaining seed vs. Next Lowest remaining seed.
21.6 For each division, the final game shall follow a single elimination format.
Sunday Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12
21.7 If game 13 cannot be played on the originally scheduled Sunday, there will be no extension of the pitching week beyond the originally scheduled Sunday for game 13. Therefore, any games played after the originally scheduled Sunday for game 13 will be treated as played on that Sunday.
Seeding/standings for the Tournament of Champions will be determined as follows:
22.1 NUMBER OF POINTS EARNED DURING THE REGULAR SEASON
The tie breakers are used in order to advance or seed one team at a time. Each time a tie is broken to advance one team, leaving a tie between two or more teams, the situation reverts to criteria of 22.2, (Head-to-head results).
If still tied:
22.2 RESULTS OF HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPETION
Example: Three teams are tied with the same number of points earned during the season. Teams A, B and C played against each other once during the season. Team A won all its games against Team B and Team C. Team A advances, which then creates a two-way tie between Team B and Team C. That tie then is broken by reverting to criteria of 22.2. (Head-to-head results).
If still tied:
22.3 LEAST RUNS ALLOWED PER GAME DURING THE SEASON
If the results of the head-to-head matchup(s) of the teams that are involved in the tie cannot break the tie (because not team defeated each of the other teams in the tie each time they played, or because no team has defeated all of the other teams involved in the tie, or because the teams involved in the tie did not play one another during the season), then the tie is broken using criteria of 22.3. The remaining teams’ tie is broken by reverting to criteria of 22.2. (Head-to-head results).
If still tied:
22.4 MOST RUNS SCORED PER GAME DURING THE SEASON
If still tied:
22.5 COIN FLIP BY THE HEAD COMMISSIONER OR THE APPLICABLE DIVISION COMMISSIONER
23.1 If poor weather interferes with the successful conclusion of the regular season within the time period scheduled, the established tie breaking systems may be used to select teams for the T of C or to even create a champion, if necessary.
SECTION 4. The intent of the force-play-slide rule is to ensure the safety of all players. This is a safety as well as an interference rule. Whether the defense could have completed the double play has no bearing on the applicability of this rule. This rule pertains to a force-play situation at any base, regardless of the number of outs.
a. On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground before the base and in a direct line between the two bases. It is permissible for the slider’s momentum to carry him through the base in the baseline extended.
Exception—A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder. Interference shall not be called.
(1) “On the ground” means either a head-first slide or a slide with one leg and buttock on the ground before the base.
(2) “Directly into a base” means the runner’s entire body (feet, legs, trunk and arms) must stay in a straight line between the bases.
b. Contact with a fielder is legal and interference shall not be called if the runner makes a legal slide directly to the base and in the baseline extended.
A.R.—If contact occurs on top of the base as a result of a “pop-up” slide, this contact is legal.
c. Actions by a runner are illegal and interference shall be called if:
(1) The runner slides or runs out of the base line in the direction of the fielder and alters the play of a fielder (with or without contact);
(2) The runner uses a rolling or cross-body slide and either makes contact with or alters the play of a fielder;
(3) The runner’s raised leg makes contact higher than the fielder’s knee when in a standing position;
(4) The runner slashes or kicks the fielder with either leg; or
(5) The runner illegally slides toward or contacts the fielder even if the fielder makes no attempt to throw to complete a play.
PENALTY for 1-5
(1) With less than two outs, the batter-runner, as well as the interfering runner, shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.
(2) With two outs, the interfering runner shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.
(3) If the runner’s slide or collision is flagrant, the runner shall be ejected from the contest.
Note: On a force play, with a two-man umpiring system, if the plate umpire does not have a potential play at the plate, he should move toward the base to observe the runner going into second or third base. In this situation, the base umpire must follow the throw and may not see the true effect of the lead runner’s action.
Balk Rule Clarification
(1) A pitcher, when in contact with the pitcher’s plate makes a move (i.e. a step or an intent to throw) towards third, must now complete the throw in the same continuous motion similar to making the move to first. Failure to do so will result in a BALK.
(2) As always, if a pitcher legally disengages the pitchers plate (stepping backwards with his pivot foot), he may make any movement he desires as he is no longer considered a pitcher.