New Castle Babe Ruth League By-LawsUpdatedTuesday June 4, 2019 byMichael Atkins, Sr.
New Castle Babe Ruth League By-Laws
NEW CASTLE BABE RUTH BASEBALL BY LAWS AMENDED April 2019 • Organization • Board of Directors • President • Vice President • Secretary/Treasurer • Concession Director • Concession Manager • Umpire-In-Chief • Equipment Manager • Assistant Equipment Manager • Rules Committee Chairman • Manager’s Representative • League Parent Representative It will be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to oversee the overall operation of the league. The Board of Directors will meet monthly from January to October. Special meetings may be requested by any Board Member subject to the call by the President. A quorum will be established at Full Board meetings if a majority of Executive Board Members are present so that league business can be conducted. • Executive Board • President • Vice President • Secretary/Treasurer • Rules Committee Chairman • Concessions Director It will be the responsibility of the Executive Board to develop the organizational, fiscal, and personnel policies of the League such as, but not limited to by-laws, budget, fundraising, payment of and hiring of outside personnel, e.g. scorekeeper and groundkeeper. The Executive Board will make its recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. The Executive Board will meet each month prior to the full Board meeting. • Rules Committee • Rules Committee Chairman • Umpire-In-Chief • President (or designee) The Rules Committee will be responsible for on field rules compliance such as, but not limited to player drafts, player trades, manager or coach selection of both the regular season and tourney teams, umpire selection, protest committee and tourney team rosters. The Rules Committee will meet weekly during the regular season. All decisions by the Rules Committee will be final. RULES, REGULATIONS & PROCEDURES • League Finances • New Castle Babe Ruth League will have only one checking account, including concessions. All checks will require the signature of at least two people. The President, Vice President(s) and Treasurer are the only authorized signatures. • Any expenditure over $1,000 will take Executive Committee approval, except when ordering concessions. • New Castle Babe Ruth Baseball League, Inc. will provide liability insurance for all of its board members, managers, coaches, players, umpires and concessions manager. • Parent Representative • Each team will select a parent representative. • Main responsibility – canvass & concessions scheduling for team. • Concessions Stand • The Concession Director and Concessions Manager will be assigned a bank debit card for purchases and will supervise the ordering of all supplies for the concession stand. • All umpires and scorekeeper will be paid each day at the end of the games through the concession stand. • Each team representative is expected to have at least two parents of the home team to work in the concession stand during the game their team is playing. Help should report 15 minutes before the start of the first game. Help for the second game needs to be available before the end of the first game to assist with the between games rush. • The team’s parent representative will provide the Concession Manager with a schedule of their teams dates, times and who will be working, prior to the beginning of the season. If changes are necessary, the team parent rep will notify the concession manager. • No person under the age of 18 will be permitted to work in the concession stand. • Yearly Canvass • New Castle Babe Ruth League will conduct a yearly fundraising canvass throughout the community under the direction of the Executive Committee. • Each player is expected to participate both days during this event. • Parent participation is expected • Board of Director Members will be available to help oversee each team during the canvass and help the parents to achieve a safe and successful canvass. • Registration, Eligibility and Selection of Players • All players must be registered and approved by the Board of Directors • To be eligible to participate, a player must give his name, birth date, address, telephone number, name of parents or legal guardian and their telephone number if different from his own and the parent or guardian email address. All players must pay a registration fee to be established by the Executive Board. Players may request a hardship grant. The Executive Board will appoint a committee to investigate and approve applications for hardship waivers. New Castle Babe Ruth League will not disqualify anyone from playing because of an inability to pay the registration fee. • Order of Draft: Each manager shall be numbered in reverse order of the position which his team held in the final league standings at the close of the preceding season; i.e. last place team shall be first, next to last shall be second and so forth with the first place team drafting last. • Each manager shall then proceed to select in order of his number from the Player Agent’s list. After each manager has had an opportunity to draft one player, the selection shall be repeated in the same order until all teams are filled or until all candidates are selected. • It is recommended that for an optimum balance each team should carry 5 players from each age group. • There may be a supplemental draft held each year, after the regular draft for players who were not able to sign up during the regular sign up period. The placement of players will be made at least two weeks prior to the regular season starting. After that period, no player will be placed on a team. Any manager, coach, or player who attempts to use this supplemental draft to play on a certain team will be disqualified. • Description of Option Players • Sons of managers, sons of coaches, and brothers of players already on a team shall be considered option players. • The manager’s son is second round draft choice. • The sons of coaches are treated in the same manner except that to be eligible for an option, the father must have actively coached the full previous season in the New Castle Babe Ruth League. • Brother options will be treated as fifth round picks. • A manager may exercise options only to the extent that such option will fill his team in accordance with the composition requirements of Babe Ruth Baseball. • Options must be announced prior to the draft. A manager may deny any option. • Any disputes of eligibility for options must be presented to the Rules Committee Chairman prior to the draft for resolution. The Rules Committee will convene and make a decision as to the eligibility of the option. • Equipment and Uniform Procedure • The purchase of team equipment must be made by the President or Equipment Manager. Any equipment purchase exceeding $200 must be approved by the President or Executive Board. Mangers are not permitted to make purchases with league funds without authorization. Equipment purchased by the league shall be turned in to the Equipment Manager or Assistant at the end of the season. • Shirts will be provided by the league. The players will purchase their pants (all white), hat and belts. The player will retain his shirt at the end of the season. The league will purchase uniforms for the manager and coaches. The coaching staff may wear coach’s shorts during the league season, but they must be color coordinated with their team’s colors. Tourney coaches must wear baseball pants. • Managers will bring the shirt sizes with number for each player within five days after tryouts to the Equipment Manager or to the sporting goods store where the league has made arrangements to purchase them. • Uniforms are to be maintained and worn properly at all times. Shirt tails are to be tucked in and caps turned properly. Managers and coaches must be in uniform. • Playing the Game • Starting times: Single weekday games in April and May will start at 5:30 pm or a half hour after the JV vacates the field. Games played on a school night will be limited in time to 1 ½ hours. No inning can be started after 9 pm. After school is out, starting times will be 5:30 pm and 20 minutes after the completion of the first game. Saturday games will start at 10 am and each subsequent game starts 20 minutes after the preceding game. Sunday games will begin at 1:30 pm. • Teams playing the first game may not enter the field until 45 minutes prior to the game time. The visitors should start taking infield/outfield warm up 30 minutes before game time. The home team should begin taking infield/outfield 20 minutes prior to game time. The second game infield/outfield should begin 5 minutes after the first game teams have cleared the field. Each team will be allowed 10 minutes for infield/outfield warm up. The second game will start promptly after the home team completes their infield/outfield warm up. • The home team will remain in its defensive position while its subs line up along the 3rd base line during introductions. The visitors will line up along the 1st base line. After the introductions, the National anthem will be played followed by the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Code. The same procedure will be followed at the start of the second game, except the National Anthem will not be played. • At the end of the first game, teams should vacate the field and dugout for the next game. Post-game meetings shall be held outside the playing field and the dugouts. • The first base dugout is to be used by the visitors and the 3rd base dugout by the home team. • Teams shall keep the dugouts clean by removing all trash before leaving the dugout. No food is allowed in the dugouts. The team may have cooler containing water or sports drink in the dugout. • Upon completing the last game of the day, both teams are expected to tarp the mound and home plate area. • Scorekeeper • The Scorekeeper of the league will keep score for each game during the league season and for all tournaments. The Scorekeeper pay will be established by the Executive Board. • The Scorekeeper should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. • It is the Scorekeeper duties to place the phones in the dugouts prior to the first game and bring them back to the building after the completion of the final game of the day. • The Scorekeeper will provide statistics to the managers and coaches as possible from the computer program. • The Scorekeeper will log the official results of each game on the league schedule that is posted in the score booth. • The Scorekeeper will post the results of each tournament game on the sign board after the game is complete. • The manager or coach of each team will take their line-up card to the Scorekeeper 30 minutes prior to the start of the game so he can be prepared prior to the start of the game. • Umpires • The Umpire-In-Chief will secure two qualified individuals for each game during the regular season and one during the pre-season. • Both umpires should be on the field approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of each game. • The home plate umpire will be the chief umpire for that game. • New Castle Babe Ruth League will use Babe Ruth certified umpires only for league games. • If a game becomes a rain out, after the game has started, the umpires will be paid a prorated amount for that game and will be paid an additional prorated amount for the remaining portion of the rescheduled game. • Managers and coaches are prohibited from umpiring during the regular league season. During the pre-season, the manager or coach whose team is playing defense will umpire in the field. • If a person wants to become a Babe Ruth certified umpire, the league will reimburse the cost of the test and the purchase of a league approved shirt and pants (One time only). • Selection Procedure for Tournament Managers and Coaches • Tournament team managers and coaches will be selected by the Rules Committee. League managers and coaches must inform the Rules Committee of their desire to manage an All Star team, in writing, by the start of the regular season so the Rules Committee can make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Some factors the Rules Committee will use in its recommendations are: • Previous tournament experience • Order of manager's league finishes • Baseball knowledge and experience • Capability to represent the league and community in a positive manner • Selection Procedure for Tourney (All-Star) Teams • The tournament manager will hold a minimum of 2 open tryouts. A minimum of 12 players and maximum of 15 will be selected. It is recommended that players attend both tryout sessions, however players must attend at least one tryout to be eligible for the team. Only by a unanimous vote by the Rules Committee can a waiver be given due to special circumstances. The Manager will submit his tourney team roster to the Rules Committee for final review. Amended 06/12/2017 • For All Stars you have to attend 50% of Regular Season Games to be considered to play All Stars. Amended 04-07-19 If circumstance arise and one or more of New Castle Babe Ruth Baseball League All-Star teams advance to Indiana State Championship, Ohio Valley Championship or Babe Ruth World Series, where traveling is dictated, all expenses will be borne by the players’ family representatives or by solicitation of funds. The League will sanction such solicitation but will not be any part of the fund or expenses. 4/7/19 • Proper Behavior & League Expectations of Participants (Overseen by Rules Committee) • Participants are expected to know and demonstrate the fundaments of sportsmanship and to respect and cooperate with the game officials. They are to refrain from criticizing others, respect the property of the league and its officials, show respect for other participants and do not applaud errors by opponents or penalties inflicted on the other team. They should not heckle, jeer or harass members of the opposing team. They should not criticize the players or coaches for the loss of a game. They should avoid profane language and obnoxious behavior. • Babe Ruth Baseball prohibits the use of all tobacco products including smokeless tobacco for both local and tournament competition. You will not smoke or chew while coaching a game or conducting practice. This rule applies to all field personnel, which includes managers, coaches and umpires, and players. The first offense shall result in a warning while the second offense may result in dismissal from the league. • New Castle Babe Ruth prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and the abuse of prescription medication during practice, games and any activity directly associated with the Babe Ruth League. • New Castle Babe Ruth demands that all managers, coaches, players, or any league representative when traveling with a tourney team refrain from any action that would be considered improper, immoral, questionable, or in any way bring discredit upon the New Castle Babe Ruth League Program. • Any player, manager, or coach ejected from a game may be subject to disciplinary action. Within 24 hours of the ejection, the manager and umpire will submit in writing to the President or his designee, the causes for the ejection. A determination will be made by the Rules Committee Chair or when possible the Rules Committee, as to the penalty. If the team is to play the following day after such ejection, the manager and umpire will meet with Rules Committee Chair or the Rules Committee prior to the beginning of the game for resolution. • All managers and coaches must be certified by Babe Ruth Baseball, Inc. by completing the written test provided by Babe Ruth. Upon certification by Babe Ruth League, Inc. the managers and/or coaches will be reimbursed by the league for the cost of the test. • Spectator Rules • The smoking of tobacco products within the fenced in area at Denny Bolden Field is prohibited. The open possession or use of alcohol at Denny Bolden Field is also prohibited. • The use of foul language and/or behavior that is abusive, obnoxious, rude, insolent, or angry will not be tolerated. Anyone acting in such a manner may be asked to leave the property. • Any behavior or conduct that jeopardizes the positive experience of those at the ball park and is believed to be illegal will be reported to the local law enforcement authorities. League Rules Overseen by Rules Committee • The New Castle Babe Ruth League will utilize the 10 run rule after 5 innings. When a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after 4 innings that game will be considered completed. • Re-Entry: Any of the nine starting players may withdraw and re-enter once provided such player occupies the same batting position whenever he is in the lineup. A substitute who is withdrawn may not re-enter except that the re-entry of an already used player will be allowed in the case of an injury or ejection of a player, which constitutes less than nine players in the lineup. The opposing Manager must make selection of this substitute. The injured player, once removed may not re-enter the game. • During the game all players not playing are to be inside the dugouts except for the on deck hitter and any player warming up in the bullpen. • Equipment is to be kept in the dugout during the game. • The number of people permitted in each dugout is 19. 15 players, 1 manager, 3 coaches. All will be in uniform and on the team roster. • Contact Rule: If a runner attempting to reach any base intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player, he will be called out on the play and may be ejected from the game. The objective of this rule is to penalize the offensive team for deliberate, unwarranted, unsportsmanlike action by the runner for the obvious purpose of crashing into the defensive player, rather than trying to advance to the base. Obviously, this is an umpire's judgement call. • Pitching: 95 pitches 3 days rest. Here are the rules: 1-35 pitches, 0 days rest. 36-60 pitches, 1 days rest. 61-80 pitches, 2 days rest. 81-95+ 3 days rest. These are all hard stops expect when you are that the 95 pitch count you can finish that batter. Example: If you pull the pitcher at 36 pitches. That threshold is 35 they went over by 1 pitch now they have a 1 day rest. If you start a batter at 93 pitches you can finish that batter. But when you are finished with that batter you will need to pull that pitcher because they have reached the 95 pitches and will have a 3 day rest. Amended 03-01-18 • During the pre-season each team will be allowed to bat their line up or 3 outs per offensive inning. It is the intent that every player gets an opportunity to play in each game. • The Rules Committee will handle any protest. If a manager wishes to protest a game he will announce to the Chief Umpire for the game that he wishes to protest the game. The Chief Umpire will notify the Scorekeeper that the game is being played under protest. The scorekeeper will note in the scorebook the exact place of the game where protested. The Manager must submit within 24 hours a written protest to the Rules Committee Chairman or turn in the written protest in a sealed envelope to the Concessions Stand, describing the nature of the protest and cite the rule(s) that he believes have been misinterpreted. No judgment calls of the umpire will be subject to protest. Rulings will be rendered within 48 hours. • Any player who has been injured and is seeing a physician or needs to see a physician for the injury or who has a brace, cast or any other medical device will be declared ineligible until such time as released by a physician to play. • Each team will be allotted 1/2 hour of hitting practice in the batting cage prior to their assigned game. The visitors should start 1 1/2 hours prior to the assigned starting time of their game and the home team 1 hour. If a team does not wish to take batting practice then the Manager should contact the Manager of the opposing team, letting him know that he will not be utilizing the batting cage. • NO PERSON is allowed in the batting cage without proper protective equipment and without at least the manager or a coach supervising the batting practice. Only individuals covered by league insurance, i.e. players, managers and coaches are allowed to use the batting cage.