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2013 LABL Rules & Managers Responsibilities / Saturday Wood Bat Divisions
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1. RULES PRIORITY (If something is not covered, go to the next level of rules)
LABL Wood Bat (Do not go by MSBL rules in scorebook)
Major League Baseball
2. UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
Players must wear a complete uniform (matching when possible) which includes hats, jerseys, pants, belts and socks. Should such items not be available due to shipping delays, a numbered jersey (no T-shirts) must be worn. Failure to adhere to these rules may lead to forfeiture of games.
Batters and runners must wear approved batting helmets. Single flapped helmets worn properly are acceptable. Cracked or taped helmets are not acceptable.
Catchers must wear a protective helmet, unless a waiver is on file with the League office.
Only one piece wood bats are allowed, no composite or metal/wood bats. Bats that are NOT 1 piece, or they are wrapped in resin and fiberglass are composite bats. Bats that have a metal handle and a wood barrel are composite bats. Bamboo is the only exception that could be allowed as long as it's 1 piece. Although it is layered together with lots of glue, the barrel and handle are 1 piece. An example of a composite are most Dimarini's. Some even have a maple barrel, polyurethane handle and a metal rod down the center of the bat to hold the two together, hardly one piece. Players that use illegal bats are subject to be called out or subject to ejection. A manager must protest the use of an illegal bat prior to the first pitch to the next batter. Failure to do so will render the at bat legal with no detrimental consequences to the batter. Upon a proper protest, the first time a batter uses an illegal bat during a game, he will be ruled out for that AB and all runners will return to their bases at the time of the AB. The 2nd time a batter uses an illegal bat during a game, he will be ejected from that game. For this purpose, an AB is valid after one pitch has been thrown to that batter.
E. New for 2013:
Base coaches are required to wear double flapped batting helmets while coaching the bases.
3. GAME LENGTHS, PREPARATION & STARTING TIMES
All games shall be nine (9) innings, with no new inning starting after three (3) hours of time. If after 9 innings of the play the score is tied and time remains, play will continue until the tie is broken, or until the time limit is reached, whichever comes first (no extra umpire charges). Innings in progress when the time limit is reached must be completed. If any extra innings (only to break a tie game) are played after the time limit, the umpires will be paid $10 per team per inning. The three hour time limit shall commence from the scheduled start time unless circumstances prevent the game from starting at that time (i.e. - previous game in progress, late arrival of umpires, etc.). Any inning that begins before three hours shall be completed.
There will be a ten (10) minute grace period to the start of the game to allow for the late arrival of players to constitute the minimum number of players to play. The grace period will not extend the three hour time limit which commences from the scheduled start time.
There is no mercy rule in LABL.
The maximum time allotted between innings shall be two minutes, and a pitcher may throw up to 8 pitches within those two minutes. Additional time shall be allotted for catchers that were batting or base running. This rule shall be enforced by the umpires. In case of injury, a pitcher may have as many pitches as necessary.
Teams are not to attempt any field preparation unless given permission to do so by the League. This includes watering, dragging or raking of the field. Failure to adhere may result in disciplinary action against a team, which may include forfeiture of games.
Teams are responsible for keeping and leaving all dugouts and fields clean, especially the last game of the day. Failure to adhere may result in disciplinary action against a team, which may include forfeiture of games.
Umpires shall be paid in cash prior to the start of the game. The fee is $70 per team, per game.
The home team always shall always occupy the 3rd base dugout, except at Culver City HS when the CC Cubs are involved (they always occupy the 3rd base dugout).
4. TEAMS, PLAYERS & LINEUPS
A. Age requirements for the Saturday Wood Bat division(s):
All players must at least reach their 25th birthday by December 31, 2013,
a) Any team may have up to 3 players under age 25 (at least age 18 at time of play), however, those players are not allowed to pitch in this division.
b) Acquire a written age exemption from the league president (provisions may be applied by the league president with such exemptions).
Failure to adhere may result in disciplinary action against that player and his team; which may include forfeiture of games.
B. Pro and ex-pro player rules:
All players must be out of any level of professional baseball (excluding Independent Leagues) for three complete LABL seasons, or have a written exemption from the league president to participate. Failure to adhere may result in disciplinary action against that player and his team; which may include forfeiture of games.
C. Player Registration:
All players must fill out and submit a player registration form by at least 10:00 PM the night before any game played with accurate, factual information to the league through the online player registration form, or have league approval before game participation. Should a non-registered, or non-approved player play in a game, he has played in that game illegally. The opposing manager may report that player to the league president via email no later than 11:00 AM on the day after the game in question. That manager will be asked to submit the opponent's lineup card as presented at the pre-game meeting at home plate, or show proof of the non-registered, non-approved players' participation. Use of a non-registered, or non-approved player may result in disciplinary action against that player and his team; which may include forfeiture of games.
Players may not switch teams during the season without the permission of each manager involved and the League. A player must fulfill all financial obligations with his manager or the League before switching teams, and should permission not be granted, that player will be subject to a re-entry draft as prescribed by the league president.
At the end of each season all players become free agents, and remain free agents until they register with a team.
Any player who participates in a league tryout is only eligible to be placed on a team via the draft, which will take place at some time before the season. Should said player be drafted, he must play for the team that drafted him, although that player may choose which team he plays for should he be chosen by multiple teams. Should said player not be drafted, he becomes a free agent eligible to play for any team. The draft will be conducted such that parity shall be reflected (not solely) based on the team standings from the previous year. For the purpose of the draft; the Saturday, Sunday South Bay, and other Sunday divisions are separate entities.
A player may only be rostered on one (1) Saturday teams' roster, and/or one (1) Sunday teams' roster. Any exceptions must be approved in written form by the league president.
H. Game played definition:
To be credited with a "game played", a player must have signed the "blue sheet", and must do at least one of the following:
a) Have at least 1 plate appearance, and must appear in the website box score.
b) Face at least 1 batter as a pitcher, and must appear in the website box score.
c) Play at least 4 innings in the field at any position; have the umpire(s) verify that fact on the "blue sheet", and must appear in the website box score.
d) Start the game in either the batting of fielding lineup; get injured before qualifying; have the umpire(s) verify that fact on the "blue sheet", and must
appear in the website box score.
e) Attends the game, but does not get into either the offensive or defensive lineup due to manager's decision or because of injury; have the
umpire(s) verify that fact on the "blue sheet", and must appear in the website box score.
f) A player may get credit for game played should a scheduled game result in a gameday forfeit. To get credit for this game, each player present must sign
the "blue sheet" which then must be sent to and received by the League president, and
to the next scheduled game, the game played stats must be input into the league website boxscore for that game.
g) The manager of any player that appears in the league website boxscore that shows all zero (0) stats must send an explanation/reason to the league (Dave Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion in the league website boxscore to get credit for a game played.
I. Free Agents:
Any player that is not on a LABL roster for a particular day (Saturday divisions / Sunday divisions) is considered a free agent. The League shall maintain a free agent player list. This list consists of available players who have indicated they are ready to join a team full-time. This list is for teams that may need players to join their roster as a rostered player any time before or during the season.
J. Pool Players:
The League shall maintain a pool player list. This list consists of available players for teams that may need substitute (pool) players for any given game or games. The purpose of the pool list is to prevent forfeits, NOT to obtain a competitive advantage.
a) To qualify as a pool player, that player must be on the league free agent / pool player list, or be a rostered member of any LABL team.
b) A rostered players' first obligation is ALWAYS to the team he is rostered on.
c) A pool player may only play in a maximum of two (2) games per team, per season.
d) Rostered players may ONLY play for a team NOT in the division of their regular team, unless both managers involved in that game agree otherwise. Example: A rostered Saturday National division player may not play as a pool player on another Saturday National division team unless both managers involved in that game agree to allow it.
e) A legal pool player may be the 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th player to start a game and must adhere to all other pool player rules. A pool player may not be the 12th, 13th, etc. player. Should a regular member of your roster show up after the game has begun, you must insert that player into the batting lineup (add to the bottom), but you may keep the pool player in the game is so desired.
f) Pool players must bat last in the batting lineup to start the game and all healthy rostered players must bat if available;
a pitcher that normally does not bat (a player that is primarily a pitcher and has no more than a total of 1 plate appearance on average per his games played. The team manager should write "NBP" on the game lineup card next to the non-batting pitcher) may continue to be used in such a manner.
g) Pool players may play any position in the field other than pitcher.
h) If you are using a pool player, it is your responsibility to notify the opposing manager and the umpires before the start of the game, and to note such players on the "blue sheet".
i) When playing a pool player, or pool players, that team must input those stats under "Pool Players" and email Dave Becker with the names of each pool player used after each game.
j) Failure to adhere to all pool player rules may result in disciplinary action against that team; which may include forfeiture of games.
k) The purpose of using pool players is to prevent forfeits,
to obtain a competitive advantage. Should the use of pool players be deemed by the
League as an attempt to obtain a competitive advantage, your team will be subject to forfeiture of that game.
Lineup cards must be given to the opposing manager and umpire before each game. The lineup card must show the batting lineup (including any
courtesy runners, A/B system batters, pool players) and any substitute players.
The lineup card must show players last name and number.
L. Blue Sheets:
Blue sheets are the game scorecard, player liability release, and player attendance verification which is to be signed by all members from both teams of
any particular LABL game. Blue sheets are the home teams’ responsibility. No game can be started until all players from both teams have signed it. After the game the home manager must make sure that the blue sheet is signed by the umpires and both managers. He then forwards (by mail or email, no faxes) that blue sheet to the League president (Jack Provost) before the next scheduled game. Failure to do so can result in a $25 fine per offense.
Teams must field no less than nine (9) players. If a team only has nine (9) players, all players must bat.
a pitcher that normally does not bat (a player that is primarily a pitcher and has no more than a total of 1 plate appearance on average per his games played. The team manager should write "NBP" on the game lineup card next to the non-batting pitcher) may continue to be used in such a manner, and the team may only bat 8 players. Substitute players may be utilized from the pool player listing. A team with less than eight (8) players in the batting lineup, and in the fielding lineup ten minutes after the scheduled game time shall constitute a forfeit. The forfeiting team shall pay all umpire fees for the game ($70 per umpire) or use the team bond. The bond must be repaid before that team may participate in its’ next game.
A team may begin or end a game with eight (8) players if no other players are available. This team will play the game with no “out” penalty to begin, first time after or to end a game.
There is no “out” penalty for playing a game with eight players, even if due to ejection.
This is allowed only twice during the season. Should a third instance occur, a forfeit may exist. Both teams involved in an eight player game should always notify the League for monitoring purposes.
A player that is out of the game, having been substituted for earlier, may re-enter the game to replace an injured player if the team is not able to field the minimum number of players without the replacement.
A player that must leave a game for injury or a scheduled commitment (which should be conveyed to the opposing manager prior to the game)must be batted for in that players’ position by an available substitute
a pitcher that normally does not bat may continue to be used in such a manner). If no substitutes are available, then the deleted player shall be removed from the batting lineup and all other batters move up in the lineup (crunching) with no “out” penalty to the affected team. That player must also be removed from the defensive lineup (which includes pitching).
There is no “out” penalty for legally crunching of the batting order even due to ejection. Exception:
If a player is ejected during his AB and there is no substitute available to come in to complete that AB, the batter will be ruled out for that AB only.
Each team may bat as many players as desired in the initial lineup, but not less than nine (9),
as provided in rule 4J or 4M. The team may add players to the bottom of the lineup as desired. If a player is batted or run for (except under courtesy runner rules) by another player he must be taken out of the batting lineup but may remain in the fielding lineup or pitch.
Each team has a batting lineup and fielding lineup that are independent of each other. Players may play in either lineup or both. All players may substitute freely within the fielding lineup with no effect on the batting lineup.
All batting changes must be reported to the opposing team and the umpires before those changes occur. Failure to adhere to this rule may subject the offending team to all penalties under major league rule 6.07.
S. A/B Lineup:
A team may utilize the A/B batting system (which allows two players to occupy the same spot in the batting lineup and alternate AB's).
a) This A/B system must be instituted at the start the game and must be on the lineup card furnished to the opposing team and umpires.
b) The A/B system is allowed anywhere in the batting lineup.
c) If the A/B system is used, it must continue throughout the remainder of the game.
d) If a player is batted or run for, that new player will now occupy that part of the A/B.
e) If an injury, ejection or scheduled commitment should occur, that player will be replaced by an available substitute. Should no replacement player be available, the other ½ of the A/B will now occupy that spot in the batting order for each subsequent AB with no penalty.
f) The A/B system may not be used if a pool player is in the lineup.
Any team that has won their division championship, and/or post season tournament in consecutive seasons must move up to at least the next higher skill level division (if available within the appropriate age division)the following year. A team must play in consecutive seasons for this rule to apply.
Any pitcher removed from the game may return to pitch only one (1) time during the course of the game, but not in the same inning. Same inning is defined as “the last inning that he appeared”.
Pitchers may not wear white or gray pitching sleeves, wrist bands, or any color batting gloves or mirrored sunglasses while pitching.
A pitcher shall be removed as a pitcher after he has hit three batters with a pitch in one game or, if in the umpires’ judgment that pitcher deliberately and flagrantly threw at a batter he may be ejected.
For the purpose of giving a win credited to a starting pitcher in an LABL game, the pitcher must pitch at least 1/2 of the innings played.
No player shall decoy a catch which forces an opposing runner to slide unnecessarily. In the event this occurs, the runner will be awarded one more base. Should that same fielder commit this infraction more than once in the same game that fielder shall be ejected from the game.
7. COURTESY RUNNERS
Each team will be allowed two (2) courtesy runners per game.
If you are using courtesy runners, it is your responsibility to notify the opposing manger and umpires on the lineup card before the game. Otherwise the opposing manager has the right to refuse such courtesy runners.
The last batted out must be the courtesy runner.
Once the game begins and the full complement of courtesy runners has not been used, an additional courtesy runner may be added due to injury.
In the event that a player becomes injured during the game and the full complement of courtesy runners has been used (2), a pinch runner must be used as a substitute for that player unless the opposing manager approves the use of an additional courtesy runner. In the event that a substitute is not available, then an additional courtesy runner may be used for that player for the remainder of the game if the umpire deems the injured player to be injured enough to warrant a courtesy runner. The umpire has the tie-breaking vote if the two managers cannot agree. .
If a batter who is designated as a runner elects to run or forgets to utilize the courtesy runner, he will lose his courtesy runner rights for the remainder of the game.
According to the rule suggestion of National MSBL, which the LABL has adopted, the rule on scoring for courtesy runners is very simple. All stats earned….runs scored, stolen bases, caught stolen bases, etc. will be credited to the batter that the courtesy runner is running for.
8. NON-COLLISION OR NO BASHING RULE
No player shall intentionally collide with any other player.
All runners must either slide or give up their right to a base (avoid a collision by stopping or leaving the base path) if the defensive player has possession of the ball, is in the act of receiving the ball, or is about to immediately receive the ball and will be able to make an apparent play on the base runner. Under such circumstances, the runner shall be responsible for avoiding a collision. If a collision does occur under these circumstances the runner will always be considered out and all other obstruction rules shall be enforced.
If a defensive player is not in possession of the ball, is not in the act of receiving the ball, or is not about to immediately receive the ball so that he is able to record an out (apparent play at any base, he cannot block the base (e.g. Home plate) or be in the base path so as to impede or obstruct the baserunners’ right to that base. Under such circumstances, the defensive player shall be responsible for avoiding a collision. If a collision does occur under these circumstances the runner will always be considered safe and all other obstruction rules shall be enforced.
In addition to the above, the runner or fielder who creates an intentional collision may be ejected at the umpires’ discretion.
Please note: contact, which, in the opinion of the umpire(s) is incidental, accidental, unintentional or otherwise unavoidable is NOT considered a collision with consequences as described in the preceding.
9. PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY RULES
A player must play in ½ of his team's games (the lower number if an odd number of games played….ex: in a 21 game season a player must play in 10
games) to qualify. Rule 4H defines a "Game Played".
A player may receive a medical waiver from the League President for games missed due to injury. For consideration, the manager of the player in
question must request in writing a medical waiver for the player; who must be prepared to submit on request documentation from a medical professional. A
list of the specific games and dates missed due to injury must be included in the waiver request (5 games maximum allowed).
A player may receive a “special circumstances” waiver from the league president. The manager of that team must request in writing a waiver for the player and name the specific circumstance(s); and games and dates missed due to such circumstance(s).
If the manager does not have enough eligible players for a playoff game, then he should first ask the League President for “conditional pool
player” status for players that have played with the team during the season, but did not qualify with enough games played, or did not receive a waiver.
These “conditional pool players”* must be approved by the league president and adhere to all other playoff pool player rules, i.e. the team does not have
enough qualified rostered players available, pool players may not pitch, must bat last, etc).
Unlike the regular season (in which a pool player may be up to the 11th player), playoff pool players may be
used ONLY up to/including the 9th player. So, for a team using pool players, (conditional or regular) the batting and fielding lineups will be the same 9
A pool player may be the 10th player under either of the following conditions: 1) If a qualified rostered player can
bat (and not play defense) due to injury, then a pool player (conditional / regular) may play in the field, but
bat, OR, 2) If a qualified rostered player is a pitcher that normally does not bat (a player that is primarily a pitcher and has no more than a total of 1 plate appearance on average per his games played) during the regular season, a pool player (conditional / regular) may bat, but
play in the field until that pitcher is removed from the game and that pitcher does not play in the field. 3) Should a regular member of your roster show up after the game has begun, you must insert that player into the batting lineup (add to the bottom), but you may keep the pool player in the game if so desired. 4) Should a playoff-rostered player need to leave the game due to bona fide injury, need to leave the game early for a bona fide reason announced by his manager at the pre-game meeting with the umpires, or need to leave the game early due to a family emergency or other unforeseen occurrence, a pool player may enter the game as the substitute for the departing player. A maximum of two  reserve pool players may be on any playoff game day roster. They can only be used as a substitute for the departing player(s) and must, if they are going to bat, bat at the bottom of the batting order. When the departed player's position in the order is reached, it shall be skipped without penalty. Furthermore, these reserve players must be conditional pool players and, therefore, must be the first available non-qualified player(s) on a team roster with the most regular season games played. Should no conditional pool players be available, then a regular pool player may be used in this capacity. And remember, all conditional or regular pool players must be approved before the game by the League President, Jack Provost.
Players on a team's regular season roster, but who have not qualified, may be considered conditional pool players, so long as the following is adhered to and the manager obtains the approval of the League President prior to the start of the game in question. If for example a manager only has 7 players confirmed, his first conditional pool player would be the player on his roster with the most games played [but, less than half the team's total], and the second and final conditional pool player would be the player with the second-most games played. If either or both of these players are not available for the game in question [for reasons the manager should be prepared to share with the League President], then the manager selects the player(s) with the next most games played, and so on.
If, after exhausting the methods above, a manager still cannot field a 9 player team, then he may access the general pool player list, subject to restrictions published in our Rules (player may not come from the same division, etc.).
Note: The manager needing additional players and who must access the general Pool Player List, must obtain written approval from the League President as to which player(s) he intends to use from the List.
The purpose of using pool players is to prevent forfeits and to prevent further injury,
to obtain a competitive advantage. Should the use of pool players be deemed by the League as an attempt to obtain a competitive advantage, your team will be subject to forfeiture of that game.
All waiver requests must be addressed in writing to the League President, who will be the arbiter. All pool players conditional first choice / regular second choice) must be approved for play by league president Jack Provost
10. PLAYER BEHAVIOUR AND RESPONSIBILITIES
No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are permitted on the field or the premises of the field. Failure to observe this rule may result in immediate ejection from the game and/or league.
Smoking or tobacco products are forbidden on the field, in the dugout and at most premises of the fields (see individual fields for rule). Failure to observe this rule may result in immediate ejection from the game and/or league.
Players ejected from a game shall not participate in that game in any way after the ejection. This includes commenting to the umpire in any way. An ejected player must leave the field grounds and shall not be heard or seen. If the player does not comply, the umpire shall give one warning to the team of the ejected player that a forfeit shall occur if the ejected player does not comply.
A player and/or manager ejected from a game is automatically suspended from the next regularly scheduled game and may receive additional disciplinary action for his ejection from the League president. A player may file an appeal of this suspension with the League president.
All game protests shall be lodged in writing via email or fax with the league president within 24 hours of the game. Should you lose your protest a $50 dollar fee will be imposed upon your team.
Verbal abuse of opposing teams or umpires will not be tolerated. The umpires have been instructed to warn and/or eject players for abuses.
Throwing of equipment will not be tolerated. The umpires have been instructed to warn and/or eject players for abuses.
League decisions against players and/or managers for disciplinary reasons, including all ejections shall be emailed to all managers in a timely fashion with the name and team of the player and the action taken.
A manager may challenge any decision made by the League president or any committee by filing an appeal to a standing appeals committee. A $50 bond must be posted by the appealing manager with the appeal, and will be refunded only if the appeal/challenge is upheld. The appeals committee shall not be comprised of any member from the same division of the challenging manager.
Any situation that may arise during the game that is not covered by any of the above rules shall be resolved by the managers of the game or by the home plate umpire if said managers are unable to reach an agreement. The circumstances of such an event shall be reported to the chief umpire and the League president.
12. AFTER GAME RESPONSIBILITIES & WEBSITE RESPONSIBILITIES
Blue sheets are the home teams’ responsibility. After each game the home manager must make sure that the blue sheet is signed by the umpires and both managers, and then forwards (by mail or email, no faxes) that blue sheet to the League president (Jack Provost) before the next game. Failure to do so may result in a $25 fine per offense.
Dugouts must be cleaned of trash after the game. This includes sunflower seeds.
Each manager is responsible for having updated rosters, inputting game boxscores, game summaries and team statistics.
Each player must be registered with the League via online registration by 10:00 PM the day prior to your next game.
Any non-rostered pool player or player that is not already on the pool player list must be added to the pool player list prior to game time.
All rosters must be current and up to date. The league has monetary and player eligibility penalties for failure to perform this task.
It is the winning teams’ minimum responsibility to input the game linescore (runs, hits, errors for both teams), completed game, innings and game headlines. A summary of the game is also preferable. This must be done by 11:00 AM on the Monday following that weeks’ game (of course most of the managers input the day of the game). The losing team should input the linescore, completed game and innings if they are the first team to input. The losing team may add to the summary of the game is so desired. The league has monetary, standing points, and player eligibility penalties for teams failing to perform these tasks.
Boxscores for each game
(including pitching stats – if you do not have that information, get it from the opposing manager)
must be posted for each team by 12:00 PM on the Wednesday following that weeks’ game (most of the managers input this much sooner). Boxscores are important for four reasons: 1) It validates participation in the game, which is cross referenced to the blue sheet. 2) It automatically updates the season statistics for that team. 3) The updated statistics allow for opponents to get a clearer picture of an opponents’ roster and of the abilities of their opponents. 4) It provides a more organized and presentable league.
Penalty for non-compliance: If a team is more than 1 week late with any stats and does not have a valid reason for such lateness, that team can be penalized a point for each infraction. And, the players on the offending team will be notified why they are losing a point.
13. CONTACTS & INFORMATION
League President: Jack Provost – Call first, and
if you have any game day problems (field problems, injuries, umpires, etc.). His cell number is (818)422-0998. Only call this number on game day. Should you need to contact Jack at any other time you can email him at email@example.com or by phone at (818)988-8150.
Saturday Wood Bat coordinator: Dave Becker - Call or email him first with any Saturday wood bat problems or concerns that are not on game day. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone is (310)374-5731. PLEASE DO NOT CALL ON GAME DAYS (He will be playing)!
Schedule coordinator: Dave Becker – Call or email him first with any scheduling problems or concerns that are not on game day. His email is email@example.com and his phone is (310)374-5731. PLEASE DO NOT CALL ON GAME DAYS!
Webmaster: Dave Becker – Should you have website problems you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of umpires: Al Walters – Should you have umpire issues you can email him at email@example.com (please cc: Jack Provost & Dave Becker).
League website: www.labl.org
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