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RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE WMWBL - REVISED January 18, 2016

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RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE WMWBL - REVISED January 18, 2016

 

The WMWBL was created to provide for players 25 years and over a  

competitive and fun wood bat baseball league in the Springfield,  

Massachusetts area. Adult attitudes must always prevail, no matter how  

competitive any league. The responsibility that this ethic sustains will remain  

with the league President and Board. Anyone who abuses the league's code  

will be suspended or expelled from the league without refund of any fees paid.  

To be eligible to play in the league, you must turn 25 years by December 31 in  

the year of the current season.

 

INDEX

 

1.) General League Rules

 

2.) Teams, Players & Line-Ups

 

3.) Player Behavior and Team Responsibility

 

4.)Game Length, Mercy Run Rule, and Rain-outs

 

5.) Pitchers

 

6.) Courtesy Runners

 

7.) Uniforms, Helmets, Baseballs, Wood Bats, and Other Equipment

 

8.) Official Standings, Player Attendance, Special Circumstances & Playoff 

 

Eligibility

 

9.) Forfeits, Protests and Rain-outs

 

10.) Code of Conduct

 


 

1. General League Rules

 

1a.) Team roster forms, and team medical waiver forms, with completed  

information, must be submitted by Opening Day. All league fees must be paid  

in full by Opening Day. All players must sign a Player Waiver Form, which can 

be downloaded off of wmwbl.com. Players cannot go on the field before they  

sign a waiver. It is permissible for a player to play in a game before his  

information is entered into his team’s roster on-line on  Leaguelineup, as long  

as information is entered before the next game.

 

1b.) Home team manager must notify the U-I-C, the opposing manager, and  

the league office of any cancellation due to field conditions, a minimum of one  

hour before game time.

 

1c.) Payment of umpires will be determined by the League president.

 

1d.)Either manager can and MUST report scores after each game on  

Leaguelineup.  If you are unable to enter your results, scores should be sent to  

Ted Davis by the following day. The winning team is responsible for writing  

the game summary on Leaguelineup but if no summary is entered by the  

winning team, then the losing team can enter a summary.  Entering statistics  

on Leaguelineup is optional. However, rosters and games played must be  

entered in a timely manner.

 

1e.) If an all-star game is possible, the selection of all-stars will be discussed  

by the coaches and a formula will be drafted.

 

1f.) Free defensive substitutions are allowed throughout the game. However,  

if a pitcher is replaced, he must remain on the field defensively at another  

position to be able to pitch again in that game.

 

1g.) The "hidden ball" trick is not allowed. 

 

1h.) Third base fake pick-offs are not allowed

 

1i.) Base runners will abide by the NCAA College Slide Rule(See College Slide  

Rule on the Handout Menu).

 

 

2.)  Teams, Players & Line-Ups

 

2a.) Any new players to the League who have contacted it to join to play, will  

be offered to teams in a reverse order of the previous year’s final standings. In  

the event there is a new team, then they will be provided the opportunity first.

 

2b.) Each manager can bat as many players as he desires, with a minimum of  

nine. Lineup cards with full names must be exchanged with the opposing  

manager prior to the game. Teams can play an official game with 8 players and  

bat only 8 players if that is all they have in uniform at the game. Opposing  

team must still bat a minimum of nine batters. Games cannot be re-scheduled  

because a team does not have enough players. If both teams agree, a borrowed  

player can be used, and then the game will count as an official game regardless  

of which team wins. 

 

2c.)Teams must bat and field a minimum of 9 players for all playoff games.

 

2d.) If a manager starts a game with less than the full number of players they  

have at the game, when they make a substitution into the batting order, the  

player removed from the order cannot be reinserted into the batting order for 

the duration of the current game. NOTE: Fielding substitutions may be made  

freely and are not impacted by changes to the batting order. Teams may add  

players to the bottom of the line-up at any time before the beginning of the  

fourth inning. Once a pitch has been thrown in the fourth inning the line-ups  

are frozen and you must have the same number of hitters at the end of the  

game as you did at the beginning of the fourth inning.

 

2e.) If a player cannot play the entire game and knows this ahead of time he is  

to inform his coach. If the coach wants to bat his entire line-up then he must  

bat the player that will be leaving early last in the line-up. The coach must  

inform the opposing manager of this situation. When that player leaves and 

his turn in the order comes up he will not be charged an out for the at bat  

instead he will be skipped over and the game shall continue with the next  

scheduled batter. If he does not notify the coach and the coach does not notify  

the opposing manager before the start of the game then an out shall be  

recorded when that player’s turn comes in the batting order.  

 

In the event that a player should leave early and a player who has showed up  

late has been placed in the order behind him the player leaving early will be  

skipped over and the game shall resume with the next scheduled batter. This  

rule will only apply for one batter per game.

 

2f.) A team MAY declare at the time that lineups are exchanged prior to the  

start of play that any batting order position (i.e. 9, 10, 11, etc.) can be occupied  

by two (2) players in each such batting position. That is, 9A/9B, 10, 11A/11B,  

12, etc. The first time that position 9 gets an at bat, 9A would hit and the next  

time this slot hits, 9B would be up. Then 9A hits the third time this spot in the  

order comes up, and so on, alternating between these two players throughout  

the game. Once a team declares the use of this A/B system, it must continue  

using it for the remainder of the game. Hitters in the A/B position may be  

pinch hit for, just as any other player.

 

2g.) If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or ejection, a reserve  

player, not previously entered into the game as a hitter, must hit in the  

replaced hitter's place. If there are no reserves who can replace the individual,  

the spot is skipped and all hitters below that position move up. The first time  

this vacated spot comes up in the batting order, an out will be assessed; after  

that one time no out will be recorded for skipping the spot.

 

2h.) No player may switch teams during a season, without the consent of both  

managers and the league president.

 

2i.) All teams must announce all offensive additions, substitutions, and/or  

changes to the home plate umpire AND opposing team manager and/or  

scorekeeper. Only after this has been done will the added player be deemed a  

legal substitution.

 

 

3.)  Player Behavior and Team Responsibility

 

 

3a.) The visiting team will have use of the playing field for the final 10 minutes  

prior to game time for warm-ups. 

 

3b.) Infielders are not allowed to decoy a throw or catch. If a decoy throw or  

catch is detected, all runners shall be allowed to advance one base beyond the  

base held after all play stops. If the same fielder decoys twice in the same  

game, the fielder shall be expelled from the game. Decoying is referred to a  

false catch or throw done in an attempt to get the player to slide  

unnecessarily, where no strategic value is gained. An example of a legal  

"strategic" decoy is with a runner on first stealing, an infielder yells, "I got it,"  

on a single to the outfield in order to make the runner stop or go back to first  

base. An example of an illegal decoy is with a runner stealing second and no  

throw is made by the catcher, the infielder cannot fake a tag on the runner  

resulting in the runner sliding unnecessarily.

 

3c.)  Players shall not intentionally collide with any other players. In the case  

of a runner intentionally colliding with a fielder, the runner will be called out  

and may, at the umpire's discretion, be expelled from the game.  If a defensive  

player is not in the 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, he cannot block the base or be in the base path so as to impede the base  

runner's right to that base. Under such circumstances, the defensive player  

shall be responsible to avoid collision. If a collision does occur under these  

circumstances, the runner will always be considered safe and the obstruction  

rule shall be enforced. The defensive player may be ejected from the game (if  

the action is intentional, he must be ejected), and will be suspended from  

league play if the obstruction is judged to be flagrant.

 

3d.) Each team must set its own standards of player/team sportsmanship, and  

must encourage behavior befitting to the image and policies of the league.

 

3e.) Failure to abide by age regulations - the managers must all recognize their  

responsibility to the league and the perpetuity of it as to not cross the line  

where winning is more important than playing. An opposing manager may at  

anytime have the right to question a player’s age. If a manager wants to lodge  

a protest, proof of age and residence must be presented to the manager who  

lodged the inquiry. If that player does not have proof upon him, it must be  

provided to the League president within 24 hours. If an under age player is  

detected, the penalties will be forfeiture of all games in which the under-age  

player participated in, and team forfeits for all those games as well. If the  

manager had prior knowledge, he is subject to suspension.

 

 

4.)  Game Length, Mercy Run Rule, and Rain-outs

 

4a.) All weekend games are 9 innings, except for Doubleheaders, which are 7  

innings each.

 

All weekday games are 7 innings.

 

All league playoff games must be played to completion either by league  

standards, being a 9 inning game. The umpire may suspend, cancel or call a  

game if, in their opinion, the safety of the players is compromised due to rain,  

darkness or time limits.

 

4b.) If there is a 15-run discrepancy at the end of 5 innings.

 

4c.) Any games rained out will not be re-scheduled by the league, but may be  

made up at any time not conflicting with previously scheduled games. All  

make-up games must be agreed to by both managers and league notification  

must take place. Rain out games must be made up in order of cancellations.  

Tie games can be played to completion at a later date, again with the  

agreement of both teams and league notification. Final league standings will  

be determined by won/lost percentage. Ties will be decided by head-to-head  

competition first, followed by inter-division win-loss record.

 

In the event of rain, it is the responsibility of the scheduled home team to  

notify the umpires and opposing team of field conditions and possible  

cancellation of game, at least 1 hour before scheduled game time. In the event  

such notification does not take place, the home team solely will be responsible  

for any travel fees imposed by the umpiring organization.

 

There are two exceptions to this rule. (1)At the umpires discretion he may  

shorten the game due to darkness or rain. (2)During the first game of a  

doubleheader an inning may not be started after 3 hours of the scheduled  

start time.

 

 

5.) Pitchers

 

   

5a.) No Player while pitching may wear white or gray sleeves, nor may a  

pitcher wear a batting glove or wristband while pitching.

 

5b.) If a pitcher hits 4 batters in any game, the pitcher must be removed from  

the game.

 

 

6.) Courtesy Runners

 

6.a) Players that will need courtesy runners, must have their manager notify  

the opposing manager prior to the start of the game. If not so notified, the  

opposing manager may deny the request. Each team will be allowed a  

maximum of 2 players per game who can be run for each time that they reach  

base. The individual who runs for these player(s) needing a courtesy runner is  

not determined ahead of time. It is always the last batted out who must run  

for the person needing the courtesy runner. Once the game begins and the full 

complement of 2 courtesy runners has not been used, if a player sustains an  

injury, an additional courtesy runner may be used. In the event a player  

becomes injured during the game and the maximum number of courtesy  

runners (2) have already been designated, a pinch runner must be used and  

no courtesy runner will be allowed. If a batter (designated as needing a  

courtesy runner) opts to run, or forgets to get a courtesy runner and  

subsequently runs, he will lose his courtesy runner for the remaining portion  

of the game.

 

6b.) Each team is allowed to designate two courtesy runners. Players needing  

courtesy runners must have their manager notify the opposing manager  

before game time. If not so notified, the opposing manager may deny the  

request. The player to make the last batted out must be the courtesy runner. 

 

Pitchers and catchers may be skipped over as courtesy runners (override to  

rule 5a). If a player is legitimately hurt during the game and his team has  

already used two courtesy runners, then the team will allow a third courtesy  

runner.

 

 

7.) Uniforms, Helmets, Baseballs, Wood Bats and Other Equipment

 

7a.) All teams must have full baseball uniforms consisting of caps, numbered  

baseball jerseys, baseball pants, belt, sanitary socks and stirrups - each  

player’s uniform must be of similar design to his teammates uniforms. Teams  

having sponsorship will be allowed the sponsor's name on their uniforms via  

patch or uniform shirt. No player out of uniform will be allowed to play  

without the opposing manager’s consent.

 

7b.) Teams will use the official league approved baseballs:  The home team  

provides four game balls. If more balls are needed in the course of the game,  

then both teams provide additional balls equally.

 

7c.) Batters must wear a helmet with at least one ear flap. Runners are  

required to wear helmets at all times.

 

7d.)  League is wood bat only. Wood bats are required (no dipped bats, multi- 

piece, metal handle/wood barrel bats, or any other combination other than a  

single piece of 100% natural wood (override to national rule 1.d). Radial Bats  

are allowed. Composites made of only wood or wood and fiberglass are  

allowed.

 

7e.) Metal cleats are permitted.

 

 

 

8.) Official Standings, Player Attendance, Special Circumstances and 

 

Playoff Eligibility

 

8a.) Final league standings will be determined by regular season record. All  

teams make the playoffs. Tie-breakers go in this order:

 

* Head to head.

 

* Run differential (all games)

 

* Runs allowed (all games) - if teams have played an uneven amount of games, 

 

then average runs allowed will be used.

 

* Runs scored (all games) - if teams have played an uneven amount of games, 

 

then average runs scored will be used.

 

* Coin toss

 

8b.) To be eligible to play in the playoffs, players must be registered on their  

team's roster on Leaguelineup in the WMWBL page.  A player must have 10  

documented game appearances (a minimum of an at bat, or a pitching  

appearance for each game) in a regular season game, in order to be eligible to  

play in the playoffs.

 

 

8c.) INJURY / MILITARY EXCEPTION:

 

Where extenuating circumstance of injuries or military service arises, the  

League President shall have jurisdiction to make exceptions either on a short  

term, or long-term basis regarding adding players to a roster and/or playoff  

eligibility. For example, if a player gets injured in May and cannot come back  

until August, and who may not have enough games played to be playoff  

eligible, the League President may allow that player to be playoff eligible.  

Exceptions are not allowed to players who have been playing baseball in  

another league in that same year.

 

The spirit of this rule is to prevent late season ringers that have not played  

most of the year in our league and also to eliminate end of season forfeits as a  

determiner of playoff eligibility. If a team forfeits a game, none of their players  

get credit for a game played/pitched and all of the opposing team's players get  

credit for a game played/pitched.  If a game is rained-out and cannot be made  

up, all players for both teams will receive credit for a game played/pitched.

 

 

9. Forfeits, Protests, and Rain-outs

 

9a.) Forfeits:  Each team will be allowed a maximum of two (2) forfeits.  If a  

team forfeits three (3) times during the season (regular season and/or  

playoffs) that team will be expelled from the league for the remainder of the  

season.   If the offending team wishes to return to the league the following  

season they must get approval from the league board.

 

If a game is forfeited and the umpires have not been notified in a timely  

manner of the cancellation of the game the team that forfeited the game is  

responsible for the payment of the umpires.

 

9b.) All protests must be brought to the League board within 48 hours after  

the game for which the protest is made. The League board will be made up of  

one representative from each team. In the event of a tie vote, the League  

President holds the tie-breaker. The League board's ruling can be appealed to  

the President.

 

 

10.) CODE OF CONDUCT

 

10a.)  Fighting before, during or after a game earns a two (2) game  

suspension. A second offense results in immediate expulsion from the league.

 

10b.) Striking an umpire earns a one-year suspension and forfeiture of any  

moneys paid to the league. In addition, verbal abuse of an umpire or failure to  

leave the field after an ejection is also subject to suspension.

 

10c.)  Managers and players shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike  

manner at all times. No manager or player shall commit the following:

 

1. Lay a hand upon, shove or strike, or threaten an official. Players and  

managers guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from  

further participation in the game and shall remain suspended until his  

conduct is reviewed by the board of directors. Players and managers  

guilty of such conduct shall be subject to suspension for the remainder  

of the season or expulsion from the league for life.

 

2. Refuse to abide by an official’s decision. Players guilty of such conduct  

shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game  

and shall remain suspended until his conduct is reviewed by the board  

of directors. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject to probation  

or suspension for the remainder of the season.

 

3. Be guilty of objectionable demonstrations of dissent at an official’s  

decision. Players and managers guilty of such conduct shall be subject to  

suspension from further participation in the game.

 

4. Discuss with an official or officials the decision reached by such official  

or officials, except for the manager or his designee who are authorized  

to participate in such discussions. Players guilty of such conduct shall be  

subject to suspension from further participation in the game.

 

5. Use unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of the game against the body  

or person of an opposing player. Players guilty of such conduct shall be  

immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall  

be subject to probation or suspension for the remainder of the season. 

 

6. Be guilty of physical attack as an aggressor upon any player, manager,  

official, or spectator, before, during, or after a game. Players guilty of  

such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation  

in the game and shall remain suspended until their conduct is reviewed  

by the board of directors. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject  

to suspension for the remainder of the season or expulsion from the  

league for life.

 

7. Be guilty of verbal abusive attack upon any player, manager, official, or  

spectator, before, during, or after a game. Players guilty of such conduct  

shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game  

and shall remain suspended until their conduct is reviewed by the board  

of directors. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject to  

suspension for the remainder of the season.

 

8. Consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during the game or be  

upon the field of play at any time in an intoxicated condition. Players  

guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further  

participation in the game and shall be subject to probation or  

suspension for the remainder of the season.

 

9. Smoke on the field of play or in the dugout. Players guilty of such  

conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in  

the game.

 

 

10d.) Penalties

 

1. The board of directors may, by vote of the majority of the directors,  

suspend any player or manager for such a period and upon such terms  

as it may propose, for the conduct with in its opinion is prejudicial to the  

welfare, interest, reputation, or charter of the league.

 

2. Except as otherwise provided, the commissioners shall determine the  

appropriate action required for violations of the codes of conduct, and  

shall report their decision to the player, manager and the board of  

directors.

 

3. A player found in violation of any provision delineated in the codes of  

conduct, after being placed on probation for the remainder of the season  

shall be suspended for the remainder of the season.

 

4. Any player found in violation of any provisions delineated in the codes  

of conduct, after being suspended from further participation in a game  

shall be suspended for the remainder of the season.

 

10e.) Grievances, protests, and appeals

 

1. Grievances may be filed by an individual player or by the manager of a  

team provided that a grievance is formally submitted to the  

commissioner or appropriate board. The commissioner shall adjudicate  

all such grievances and shall report any action taken to the board of  

directors.

 

2. An appeal of any action or ruling may be filed with the board of  

directors by an individual player or by the manager of a team provided  

that the appeal is formally submitted. However, all decisions by the  

board of directors are final and not subject to appeal.