Updated  04/26/17

W.N.Y. TOWN OF CLARENCE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION INC.

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE ONE.

NAME

A.  This organization shall be known as the W.N.Y. Town of Clarence Baseball Association Inc..

B.  The organization will use the common name of Town of Clarence Baseball Association (TCBA).

ARTICLE TWO.

PURPOSE

A.  The objective of TCBA shall be to promote, through supervised, competitive baseball activities, the development of youth with emphasis on the teaching of baseball skills, team play of baseball and an overall attitude of good sportsmanship.

This objective can be best achieved through the concerted effort of all the individuals who have agreed to take positions of responsibility in our Association.  Coaches, League Directors, Umpires and other involved participants must stress, through example, that baseball competition can be a positive learning experience, whether in victory or defeat.  The benefit to the youth will depend largely on the overall attitude created by the individuals supervising the program.

B.  The TCBA Code of Conduct (Appendix A) has been adopted to affect the purposes espoused by these By-laws.

ARTICLE THREE.

MEMBERSHIP

A.  All residents of the Town of Clarence or the Clarence Central School District shall be eligible.  Membership is affected by registering as a participant for competitive play, actively participating in Association operations, or as an active member of the TCBA Past Directors Association (PDA).  Active members of the PDA  shall have previously served a minimum of one (1) year on the TCBA Board of Directors, or, are the child or spouse of a past member of the Board of Directors, and be current with PDA membership fee. PDA membership fee shall be set annually by the Board of Directors.

B.  Coaches, parents, umpires, volunteers, board members and players are all "members" of the Town of Clarence Baseball Association and should be willing to participate in league activities if and when asked.

C.  Any member who disregards the rules of the Town of Clarence Baseball Association or violates the Code of Conduct will be formally warned in writing, and may be suspended or removed from the league, depending on the severity of the action.

D.  The Board of Directors, in secret balloting, and by two thirds majority vote of board attendance at a disciplinary meeting will have the authority to suspend or remove any member, including a member of the Board of Directors, from the Town of Clarence Baseball Association, whose conduct is considered detrimental to the best interest and objectives of the Town of Clarence Baseball Association. 

ARTICLE FOUR.

GOVERNMENT

A.  The Board of Directors will serve as the governing body of the TCBA.  The term of the Board will be August 1 to July 31 each year. 

B. Board of Directors members shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Booster Club Director, Registration Director, League Directors, Equipment Director, Indoor Facilities Director, Outdoor Facilities Director, Clinics and Training Director, Website Director, Purchasing Director, Immediate Past President, and/or positions deemed necessary. 

C. The Board of Directors members will be completely voluntary in their service to the Board.  The office of President shall have a term limit of two terms. 

D.  By June 30 each year, the presiding Board will nominate and elect the next year’s President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

E.  The President will select volunteers for all other board positions needed during their term, including filling any vacancies that may occur.

F.  The Board of Directors will make all decisions affecting policy, welfare and by-laws of the TCBA.  Any variance, revision or addition to the By-Laws requires Board vote approval.

G.  Each member of the Board of Directors will have one vote.  In the event that a Board member is not present for a vote, their vote may be cast by the Secretary provided the absent member notified the President and Secretary of their vote prior to the vote.

H.  Two-thirds of the full Board must be present for a quorum.  Provided a quorum is present, the majority vote of those present at a meeting will determine the outcome of any issue except for disciplinary actions as specified in the Code of Conduct (Appendix A).  Any vote outside of a Board Meeting requires a quorum and must be officially recorded by the Secretary.

I.  Any member of the Board of Directors may call a meeting by giving notice of the meeting to all members at least 48 hours in advance of the desired meeting.

J.  The Board has the ability to appoint non-voting members as required.

K.  Any work product done by a Board member or agent of on behalf of TCBA is the property of TCBA and is done in the name of TCBA, and not the individual.  Board members will surrender any information, items, licenses, etc.  Use of the Association’s PO Box for League business as opposed to personal addresses is encouraged.

ARTICLE FIVE.

DUTIES

A.  The duties of each Board position will be maintained in a Position Description.  The League President, Vice President, and Secretary are responsible each year for updating and maintaining position descriptions to be consistent with current needs, procedures, and by-laws.  These descriptions are intentionally not written into the by-laws purely as a practical matter so as not to require constant updating and changing of the by-laws, but rather the individual descriptions themselves.

B.  Coaches:  Coaches have a very important role in insuring the objectives of the TCBA are achieved.  Each coach must strive to develop a spirited, competitive team within the rules and policies adopted by the TCBA.  The Coach must convey all needs and concerns promptly to his/her League Director.

The Coach must assure that his/her assistants, players and supporting spectators respect the efforts of the other coaches, players and umpires on the playing field.  He/she shall promptly correct any poor sportsmanship on his/her team including parents and spectators, and report all playing, sportsmanship and rule violations to his/her League Director.  Any serious violation will be brought before the Board of Directors for their consideration and/or appeal pursuant to the principles of the Code of Conduct.

Coaches of teams will be nominated by the League Directors, approved and/or removed by the Board of Directors.  Coaches will be responsible for the selection of their rosters according to draft rules and for the actions of their team players, parents, relatives and spectators attending practices, scrimmages and league games.

ARTICLE SIX.

FINANCES

A.  The Treasurer oversees, manages, and performs all financial duties of the Leagues. 

B.  As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, TCBA’s main financial goal is to ensure adequate funds for needs for each season and adequate funds for improvements, growth, etc.

C.  It is the goal of TCBA to spend all funds each season to the benefit of all Leagues, with the exception of modest carry-over dollar amounts determined each year, or specified project funds.

D.  Three entities handle TCBA funds.  House League, Booster Club, and Travel League.  As a practical matter, each of the three entities may manage its own bank accounts, payments, receipts, etc.  However, all will be done under the supervision and responsibility of TCBA as a whole.  TCBA Treasurer is co-signer on all accounts.

E.  By October 1 of each season, each of the entities (House, Booster, and Travel) will submit to the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer a budget proposal for the following calendar year season.  These budgets will be used to project the expense and resource revenue needs of the Leagues.

F.  It is the responsibility of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer to determine courses of action for any potential financial short-falls for any League.

G.  The budget proposals will include a modest carry cost that the leader of any of the entities is suggesting remain in the bank account for general operational needs and the start of the following season.

H.  Any funds in excess of the operating expenses and needs of any League and approved carry-over costs will be surrendered to the TCBA general fund.

I.  The Board of Directors will vote on any motion made for the use of the general fund.

J.  If at the end of any Board term there are funds remaining in the general fund, the Board must decide whether to spend the monies to improve the League or any of its facilities, or to deposit those funds in a specific project account.

ARTICLE  SEVEN.

ELIGIBILITY, LEAGUES AND TEAMS

A.  All youths within the registration determined birth date ranges who reside in the Town of Clarence or Clarence School District are eligible to play.

B.  In order to be eligible for team placement, draft or any TCBA practice, game or function, individuals must be registered through the official, formal registration process.

C.  The number and name of leagues each season will be decided by the Board.

D.  Each player will be placed on a team according to his/her League Age.

E.  The League Director or a TCBA member may submit a request for a waiver to the Board of Directors to permit a player to be assigned to a league normally for players of a younger or older age.  The Board of Directors must vote to approve or reject the waiver request.

F.  Players will be placed on a team according to a selective draft in accordance with all By-Law draft rules, except those in the Rookie League where rosters will be determined by the League Director.

ARTICLE EIGHT.

DRAFT RULES

A.  The Board of Directors will determine the general draft procedures.  NO changes or deviations will be permitted without approval of the Board.  Unless specifically noted, all draft rules apply to all leagues.

B.  The draft will be conducted from a list of registered players who have been rated as to ability for their respective ages.  The rating system will be determined by the Board of Directors.  Draft lists with ratings will be provided to League Directors prior to the draft.  Final draft lists with draft order, pre-designated slotted coach related players, siblings, competitive balance placements, etc., must be submitted to the Board for approval prior the draft.

C.  League Directors must have all coaches selected no later than 14 days prior to the draft and have a meeting with these coaches no later than 10 days prior to the draft to share past evaluations of these players and review draft procedures.  The league By-Laws should also be reviewed at this meeting.  The Vice President and League Directors are responsible for scheduling and conducting drafts according to the By-Laws.  At least three Board members should be present at each League’s draft.

D.  Sequence of the Draft:

Rookie League

§   No draft.  Teams grouped by League Director.

 

Leagues Where All Players Are The Same Age

§   The order of the draft will be determined by lot with modifications as necessary to ensure competitive balance and as approved by the Board.

§   The players will be drafted as one group. 

§   The draft sequence will be first to last, then last to            first, etc. Where there are players left unselected after the last complete round is finished, a non-complete round will be conducted.  In this non-complete round of the draft, the number of players dictates the order of the draft sequence.  Example: 4 players left - 4th pick goes first, 3rd pick goes second, 2nd pick goes third and 1st pick goes fourth.  The coach with the first pick of the first round will always select the last player available when a non-complete round is necessary. 

Leagues Where Players Are Different Age Groups

 §   The order of the draft will be determined by lot with modifications as necessary to ensure competitive balance and as approved by the Board.

 §   Players will be drafted by age with the older league players being selected in Phase one. 

 §   The draft sequence will be first to last, then last to first, etc., until a partial round remains.  Then the partial round will be added to the group of younger league players for Phase 2 and the draft sequence will be last to first, first to last, etc. Where there are players left unselected after the last complete round is finished, a non-complete round will be conducted. In this non-complete round of the draft, the number of players dictates the order of the draft sequence.  Example: 4 players left - 4th pick goes first, 3rd pick goes second, 2nd pick goes third and 1st pick goes fourth.  The coach with the first pick of the first round will always select the last player available when a non-complete round is necessary.

 

E.  Coaches' Son(s)/Daughter(s); Brother(s)/Sister(s): The coaches' son(s)/daughter(s), as well as brother(s)/sister(s), will not be an automatic choice of a pre-designated round in the draft.  Instead (prior to the draft) the League Director will determine in which round the child would most likely be drafted, if he/she were available to be drafted by any and all coaches.  The system to be used to establish the appropriate draft round in which the child will be placed will be developed by the appropriate League Directors and approved by the Board. This system will include modifications to be made to the draft to ensure competitive balance.  This method will also apply to assistant coaches.

F.  Late Sign-Ups:  Late sign-ups will be assigned if openings exist in the applicable league.  Late sign ups must be placed in draft order.  There will be no manipulation of teams by use of late sign ups.  League Directors, only with Board approval, may assign a late player out of order only to address an imbalance of superior players.  The Board is authorized to assess a late fee for any players registering past a designated date and is also authorized to determine that date on which all rosters will be frozen and no further registrations will be accepted.

G.  There will be NO trading of players.

 ARTICLE  NINE.

GENERAL RULES OF PLAY

The rules of play, other than as amended by these By-Laws, will be in accordance with the Official Little League Rules for the Rookie, Minor, Major, and American Leagues; and the Official Baseball Rules for the National and Senior Leagues.  The General Rules apply to all leagues.  Additional specific rules for each league are given in other Articles. In addition, no player will be allowed to compete in any game while wearing shorts or open toed shoes.

A.  The maximum barrel diameter for any bat that can be used is 2¼ inches on a 60’ diamond (Rookie, Minor, Major Leagues) and 2¾ inches on a 70’ diamond. (American League).  National and Senior Leagues use 2¾  inches.  In Senior League, nothing greater than a 3 oz. drop is allowed.

B.  The requirements stated in the Little League Rule Book for a certain number of players per age per team are waived.

C.  ALL games must be played as scheduled.  Coaches shall NOT cancel any game.  The League Director or his/her designee will make a final decision to postpone games due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions.  The coaches will then be notified of the postponement, usually by 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and as soon as possible on Saturdays.  The League Director must reschedule the game and the umpire, and notify both coaches of the new date when the game will be played. 

D.  All games are generally set for precise starting times as outlined in the schedules.

1.  If one of the teams does not appear within fifteen minutes of the specified start time, the game is forfeited.

2.  Teams must play if they have a minimum of eight players.  This does not apply for Rookie League and Minor League.

3.  If, after a fifteen-minute leeway period, a team has fewer than eight players, that team will be designated as the visiting team and the game will begin.  If that team still has fewer than 8 players after completion of the top half of the first inning, the defaulting team forfeits the game.  This does not apply to Rookie League and Minor League.

4.  No full inning shall be started more than 2 hours and 15 minutes after the scheduled start of the game.  This rule shall not apply to the Rookie League.

5.  The team that is behind must complete its turn at bat in the fourth inning or it is not considered a complete game.  In this case, the entire game will be played from the beginning.  Because of time constraints, this rule for the play-offs will be determined by the League Directors prior to the season with approval of the Board of Directors.  The decision to stop the game rests solely with the umpire.

E.  The official team rosters for all leagues must contain a minimum of nine players.  Only those players appearing on the official team roster or a valid callup player are eligible to play.  The minimum of nine players does not apply to the Rookie League (see Article Ten).

F.  If a team uses an ineligible player and/or an ineligible pitcher, the game shall automatically be forfeited, and the coach will be subject to suspension under the Code of Conduct disciplinary procedures.

G.  Minimum playing requirements must be followed unless a player is benched for disciplinary reasons, including failure to attend regularly scheduled practices and/or games. The coach instituting disciplinary procedure must notify the opposing coach prior to the start of the game. In no event may a coach call up a player to substitute for a benched player.

H.  The bench or dugout on the first base side is assigned to the home team and the visiting team uses the bench or dugout on the third base side.

I.  All batters, base runners, pitchers warming up on the mound and player base coaches must wear helmets at all times.  Catchers must wear all equipment including a mask, when warming up a pitcher on the field of play.

K.  No metal spikes are allowed in any league except National and Senior Leagues.

L.  Any unsportsmanlike conduct (swearing, throwing of equipment, etc.) by a player may result in immediate ejection of the player from the game and subject him/her to additional disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct.  Players fighting are subject to possible suspension for the year.  Any other TCBA members in violation of this provision are subject to review under the Code of Conduct procedure.

M.  As the safety of all players is of utmost importance, the following rules apply.  No player will intentionally collide with a defensive player to prevent an out from being made.  The catcher must not block home plate or otherwise impede a runner from scoring.  Head first slides are not allowed.  Any player sliding head first is automatically out.  Diving back to a base head first is allowed and is not considered a slide. 

ARTICLE TEN.

SPECIFIC RULES OF PLAY FOR ROOKIE LEAGUE

A.  The focus at this level should be on sportsmanship, team play and knowledge of the game. There will be no standings kept or playoffs conducted at this level.

B.  Team rosters should consist of no more than twelve players and no fewer than eight players.

C.  Requests from parents in writing for team placement will be considered.  Final rosters will be prepared by the League Director with the approval of the Board of Directors.

D.  There will be a one-hour time limit imposed when two consecutive games are scheduled.  Otherwise, the game shall be limited to three innings.  Time will be kept by the umpire.  No inning may begin with fewer than ten minutes remaining in the hour (if the one hour time limit is in effect).  All innings (top and bottom) are to be completed in their entirety.

E.  There will be one or two volunteer umpires for every game. 

F.  A decision to postpone a game due to unplayable conditions is up to the coaches prior to the start of the game.  Once the game begins, it is the coaches' decision.

G.  The game will be played with a reduced impact factor (RIF) ball.

H.  Batting helmets must be worn by all batters, base runners and the on deck batter.

I.  There will be no restrictions on the number of players needed to field a team.

J.  There will be NO scores kept or recorded.  Everyone is a winner.

K.  Offensive Rule Amendments:

1.  The entire roster will bat every inning.  Outs will be completed but not recorded.  In the event a player is out, the player will leave the field.  Batting order will change each inning and be in the reverse order of the previous inning.

2.  During each at bat, the batter will have a maximum of ten opportunities to hit the ball whether it be by pitch or off the batting tee or any combination thereof.  The coach will pitch approximately 15 feet from home plate, and the assistant coach will be the catcher but will not assist on defensive plays.

3.  If the "coach-pitcher" is hit by a batted ball, a "no-pitch" will be declared.  The batter will return to the batter's box, and all base runners will return to the base held at the time of the pitch.

4.  Bunting is not permitted.  If a bunt is attempted, a strike will be called and the player will be reminded that bunting is not allowed.

5.  Base runners cannot lead off on the pitcher and shall not leave the base until the ball has been hit.  When the ball is in play, a base runner can advance at his/her own risk.

6.  The infield fly rule will not be invoked.

7.  Any offensive interference in the base path will be considered an out.  If it is unintentional, the umpire will use his/her discretion in making the call.

8.  Any runner hit by a batted ball before it is touched by a defensive player is automatically out.

9.  The coach will appoint adult base coaches.  In this capacity they may only provide instruction to their base runners and shall in no way obstruct the playing of the game.  The base runner will be out if touched by the base coach.

 K.  Defensive Rule Amendments 

1.  In defensive alignments, there will be no pitcher or catcher.  There will be normal infield alignments with the exception of 2 short infielders who will play on either side of the pitcher (but not in front of the pitcher's rubber) and will cover defensive plays at home plate.  The “pitcher” positions must wear a helmet.  As the entire roster will play on defense, all extra players will be in the outfield.

2.  The play will end when the ball is under the control of a player in the infield as a result of stopping any base runner from advancing.  Base runners will be awarded the base that they are closest to.  (Note: Control shall mean that the player holding the ball is not trying to make another defensive play.)

3.  All other defensive rules apply.

4.  In a case of defensive interference as determined by the umpire, the runner will be awarded one extra base beyond that to which he/she is headed.

5.  The coach and his/her assistant may position themselves on the playing field for instructional purposes.  They may not interfere with the play in any way.

ARTICLE ELEVEN.

SPECIFIC RULES OF PLAY FOR MINOR LEAGUE

A.  The focus at this level should be on sportsmanship, team play and knowledge of the game.  Team standings will be kept and a tournament will be played  at the end of the regular season.

B.  A pitching machine will be used as the pitcher when practical for Minor League games.

C.  A maximum of 7 runs may be scored in one inning.  Six innings are played.

D.  Base runners cannot lead off and shall not leave the base until the ball has been hit.  When the ball is in play, a base runner can advance at his/her own risk.

E.  Bunting is not permitted.  If a bunt is attempted, a strike will be called and the player will be reminded that bunting is not allowed. 

F.  The infield fly rule will not be invoked.

G.  Every team player will be assigned a position in the batting order and will bat in that position during the entire game and will also play defensively for the entire game.

H.  Pitching Machine Rules:

The dirt part of the pitcher’s mound two feet in from the grass edge starting and ending at the center of the pitching machine will be in play.  The area in front of center and the rest of the mound shall be designated as the "free hit zone".  Any ball that lands in this area is dead, and the hitter is awarded first base.  Any batted ball that comes in contact with the machine or the adult operator is also dead and the hitter is awarded first base.  In the case of a dead ball or a ball hitting the pitching machine, runners will advance only if necessary to accommodate the batter being awarded first base. Players are not allowed to field the ball inside this area.  A ball that passes through the free hit zone without contacting the pitching machine, pitching machine operator or any player will be in play.  One player is placed outside the pitcher’s mound assuming the defensive position of the pitcher.  This player must have at least one foot on the edge of the pitcher's mound and be behind a line extending from the pitchers rubber to the edge of the circle.  The pitcher must be positioned on the first base side of the mound in the case of a right handed batter and on the third base side of the mound in the case of a left handed batter.  Pitcher position must wear a helmet. 

1.   A coach, assistant coach or adult volunteer must feed the pitching machine.

2.  Each player gets five hittable pitches to put the ball into play.  If the batter has not succeeded after five pitches the batter is out.  There are no walks yet a player can strike out after three swinging strikes.  The batter is not out on an uncaught foul ball.  There is no limit to the number of foul balls after there are two strikes on a batter.  Any pitch which, in the umpire's opinion, is unhittable and, at which the batter does not swing, shall be declared a "no-pitch", and not counted against the five pitch limit. Any pitch which, in the umpire's opinion, is un-hittable and, at which the batter does swing, shall be declared "A PITCH".

3.  Any thrown ball which hits anything in the circle (i.e. the machine, operator, pitching rubber, etc.) is a dead ball and all base runners advance to the base to which they are headed.

I.  A decision not to use the pitching machine or discontinue using the pitching machine or postpone a game during or prior to the commencement of the game due to unplayable conditions is up to the coaches.  The agreement of both coaches is required for play to continue with or without the pitching machine.

J.  If the pitching machine cannot be used, a coach or an assistant coach will pitch to his/her own players. 

1.  The "coach-pitcher" may be positioned at the pitching rubber or up to 10 feet in front of the rubber.  The "coach-pitcher" must pitch overhand.  The "coach-pitcher" must not coach the runners.  When the ball is put into play, the "coach-pitcher" should move to an area which will best remove the "coach-pitcher" from potential interference with the play of the defensive team.

2.  If the "coach-pitcher" is hit by a batted ball, a "no-pitch" will be declared.  The batter will return to the batter's box, and all base runners will return to the base held at the time of the pitch.

3.  If the batter is hit by a pitched ball, the batter is not awarded  first base.  The pitch does count as one of the batters ten pitches.

4.  There will be no called balls or strikes and no walks. The batter will be out if he/she swings and misses on a 3rd strike, or if he/she fails to hit a ball into the field of play within 10 pitches.  The umpire shall keep track of swinging strikes and the number of pitches and shall declare when the batter has one remaining pitch.  

K.  When a "coach-pitcher" is used, the team in the field will position a player within 5 feet of the pitching rubber to field the pitcher's position. This player must be positioned on the first base side of the mound in the case of a right handed batter and on the third base side of the mound in the case of a left handed batter.  Each team will use a catcher and four infielders.  The remaining players on the roster will be used in the outfield.  Outfielders must be positioned at least 15 feet into the outfield grass.

L.  The play is dead when the ball is under the control of an infield player in the infield.  A baserunner who is more than halfway to the base to which he/she is advancing will be awarded that base.  Otherwise the baserunner shall return to the prior base.  Per baseball rules, timeouts must be awarded only by the umpire.  No timeouts are assumed as soon as the ball is in play.

M.  Coaches, Assistant Coaches or Adult Volunteers may assume the duty as base coaches.  In this capacity, they may only provide instruction to their base runners and shall in no way obstruct the playing of the game.  The base runner will be out if touched by the base coach.

N.  Should the absence of regular team players result in fewer players being present than allowed on the field of play, an official player from the next lower league may be added to the official roster for that game.  The temporary player can come from any team from the next lower league unless the Board of Directors has established a supplemental structure to specify the call up linkage between leagues.  The temporary player is subject to the following restrictions:

1.  The temporary player must be assigned to the last position in the batting order.

2.  If the temporary player is the 11th available player, he/she will occupy the 11th spot in the batting order and must play defensively for a minimum of six outs.  A temporary player who is the 11th available player is not subject to the minimum infield/outfield rules. In no event shall any team field more than 11 players through the use of call ups.   If a regular player is injured or otherwise unable to continue to play, the temporary player may then participate without restriction.

3.  The temporary player, if used, must play defensively for six outs.

O.  Each player must play at least 3 innings in the infield and 2 innings in the outfield each game.  This rule may be waived by the coach or by the parent or guardian of a specific player only with League Director’s approval.  Approval must be granted prior to the start of the season.  Any such waiver should be an exception occurrence only and only occur if it is clear that the player will be safer playing only in the outfield.

 ARTICLE TWELVE.

SPECIFIC RULES FOR MAJOR , AMERICAN, NATIONAL AND SENIOR LEAGUES

A.  Six innings are played

B.  It is the intention of the Board that all players experience a variety of positions.  However, each available player, but not including call up players, must play a minimum of two innings in the infield and two innings in the outfield during each game, with both being satisfied prior to the end of the 5th inning. A player sitting the bench will be an allowable substitution only for satisfying the outfield requirement. The pitcher and catcher will be considered infielders for the purposes of this rule.  This rule may be waived by the coach or by the parent or guardian of a specific player only with League Director’s approval.  Approval must be granted prior to the start of the season.  Any such waiver should be an exception occurrence only and only occur if it is clear that the player will be safer playing only in the outfield. The Senior League is exempt from this requirement.

C.  All available team players will bat in order, regardless of the starting defensive line up.  Every player on the roster will be assigned a position in the batting order and will bat in that order during the entire game even though he/she may not be in the game defensively.  Thus defensive substitutions may be made freely with the constraint that no player may  sit out two defensive innings more than any other player.

D.  When a rule, such as bunting, the infield fly rule, balks, stealing of home, outfield positioning, etc., is put into effect for any league, it shall be invoked for all higher leagues.

E.  The Major League shall be played on a regulation little league diamond. The American league will be played on a 70 foot diamond.  The National and Senior Leagues shall be played on a regulation 90 foot diamond.

F.  If a game is tied at the end of six innings, one additional inning should be played to attempt to break the tie.  However, an extra inning will not be played if there are fewer than twenty minutes left until the scheduled start of another game on that field.  An extra inning will also not be played if either coach or the umpire feels that it is or will be too dark to safely complete that inning.  The safety of the players is paramount.

ARTICLE THIRTEEN.

SPECIFIC RULES OF PLAY FOR MAJOR LEAGUE

A.  Each team may field 10 players.  The 10th player must be used as an outfielder.  All outfielders must be positioned in the outfield at least 25 feet from a straight line between bases.

B.  Should the absence of regular team players result in fewer players being present than allowed on the field of play, an official player from the next lower league may be added to the official roster for that game. The temporary player is subject to the following restrictions:

1.  The temporary player cannot pitch and must be assigned to the last position in the batting order.

2.  If the temporary player is the 11th available player, he/she will occupy the 11th spot in the batting order and must play defensively for a minimum of six outs.  In no event shall any team field more than 11 players through the use of call ups.   If a regular player is injured or otherwise unable to continue to play, the temporary player may then participate without restriction.

3a.Temporary player used as a 11th player:

A late arriving regular roster player must enter the game for the temporary player once the temporary player has played defensively for six outs.

b.)  Temporary player used as the 9th or 10th player:

A late arriving player must be added to the bottom of the batting order and the temporary player allowed to continue to play....

Or

The late arriving regular roster player may be used as explained above in 3a.

Note:  In either case (a. or b.) the coach may, if for disciplinary reasons, use his/her discretion as to when the late arriving regular player enters the game.

4.  Any temporary player should be called up from the assigned Minor league teams.  If a player is used from other than the assigned teams, the League Director must be notified immediately after the completion of the game in which such player is used.   Permission must also be obtained from a parent or guardian of the player.  If permission is not obtained, the player cannot play.

C.  A decision to postpone a game due to unplayable conditions is up to the coaches prior to the start of the game.  Once the game begins, it is the umpire's decision.

D.  Pitching Rules:

  1. The rules are exactly as defined in the Little League Rule Book. A player is allowed to pitch a maximum of 75 pitches, but no more than two (2) innings, which will be defined as six (6) outs in any one GAME or DAY.  Pitching rules outlined in these By-Laws will apply to both House and Travel Leagues combined, during the House Season.

 The following schedule of rest must be adhered to for all pitchers:

 # of pitches                                                                  # of days rest

65-75                                                                           3 calendar days

41-64                                                                           2 calendar days

21-40                                                                           1 calendar day

1-20                                                                             0 calendar days

 Prior to each game, each team will designate a parent or coach who will keep count for both teams’ pitchers. At the end of each inning, the designated parent or coach from each team will compare pitch counts for each pitcher and agree upon a number for that pitcher. If a player reaches the maximum number of pitches before an at bat is over, he/she may finish pitching to that batter and then must be removed as pitcher. Coaches will have the ultimate responsibility of insuring that the pitcher receives the appropriate number of days rest. The pitch count rules are established for the health and safety of the players, and coaches who abuse this rule will be suspended.

2. The balk rule will not be applied.  In case of a balk, the umpire should explain the infraction to the pitcher so he/she can correct his/her play in the future.

3. If a pitcher hits two batters in an inning, he/she shall receive a warning from the umpire, and he/she shall be removed as a pitcher if he/she hits another batter at any time thereafter.

4. In no case may a pitcher be reinserted as a pitcher after he/she has been removed as a pitcher.

E.  Base runners cannot lead off on the pitcher and shall not leave the base until the ball has crossed home plate.  Base runners may only steal second and third base.  Stealing of home plate is not allowed.   A runner may advance from third base by being batted in, walked with bases loaded, batter hit by pitch with bases loaded, or on a catchers’ interference.

F.  Bunting is permitted. 

G.  The infield fly rule will not be invoked.  A batter may not advance as a result of a dropped third strike by the catcher.

H.  Coaches and Assistant Coaches may warm up a pitcher at home plate or in other areas.

I.  A maximum of five runs may be scored in one inning, except this rule shall not apply to the last inning of any game

J.  The following will be permitted for the coaching of bases:

1.  One adult at each coaching box.

2.  One adult with one player in uniform and helmet at each coaching box.

3.  One player in uniform and helmet at each coaching box.

K.  Each game of a doubleheader shall be 5 innings in length.  Pitching rules for the league apply.

L.   Standings will be kept and playoffs held.

ARTICLE  FOURTEEN.

SPECIFIC RULES OF PLAY FOR AMERICAN LEAGUE

A.  No more than nine defensive players may be deployed in the field at any time. Should the absence of regular team players result in fewer players being present than allowed on the field of play, an official player from the next lower league may be added to the official roster for that game. The temporary player is subject to the following restrictions: 

1.  The temporary player cannot pitch and must be assigned to the last position in the batting order.

2.  If the temporary player is the 10th available player, he/she will occupy the 10th spot in the batting order and must play defensively for a minimum of six outs.  A temporary player who is the 10th available player is not subject to the minimum infield/outfield rules contained in Article Twelve. In no event shall any team field more than 10 players through the use of call ups.  If a regular player is injured or otherwise unable to continue to play, the temporary player may then participate without restriction.

3.  A late arriving regular roster player must enter the game for the temporary player once the temporary player has batted once and played defensively for six outs.  The coach may, if for disciplinary reasons, use his/her discretion as to when the late arriving regular roster player enters the game.

4.  Any temporary player should be called up from the assigned Major league teams.  If no appropriate player is available from the assigned teams, a player may be called up from any other Major league team.  If a player is used from other than the assigned teams, the League Director must be notified immediately after the completion of the game in which such player is used.  Permission must also be obtained from a parent or guardian of the player.  If permission is not obtained, the player cannot play. 

B.  A decision to postpone a game due to unplayable conditions is up to the coaches prior to the start of the game.  Once the game begins, it is the umpire's decision.

C.  Pitching Rules: 

1.  The rules are exactly as defined in the Little League Rule Book. A player is allowed to pitch a maximum of 85 pitches, but no more than three (3) innings, in any one GAME or DAY.  Pitching rules outlined in these By-Laws will apply to both House and Travel Leagues combined, during the House Season.

The following schedule of rest must be adhered to for all pitchers:

# of pitches                                                                  # of days rest

65-85                                                                           3 calendar days

41-64                                                                           2 calendar days

21-40                                                                           1 calendar day

1-20                                                                             0 calendar days

Prior to each game, each team will designate a parent or coach who will keep count for both teams’ pitchers. At the end of each inning, the designated parent or coach from each team will compare pitch counts for each pitcher and agree upon a number for that pitcher. If a player reaches the maximum number of pitches before an at bat is over, he/she may finish pitching to that batter and then must be removed as pitcher. Coaches will have the ultimate responsibility of insuring that the pitcher receives the appropriate number of days rest. The pitch count rules are established for the health and safety of the players, and coaches who abuse this rule will be suspended. 

2.  The balk rule will not be applied.  In case of a balk, the umpire should explain the infraction to the pitcher so he/she can correct his/her play in the future.

3.  In no case may a pitcher be reinserted as a pitcher after he/she has been removed as a pitcher.

D.  Stealing of home is allowed.

E.  The infield fly rule as defined in the official Little League rule book will be used.

F.  A maximum of five runs may be scored in one inning, except this rule shall not apply to the last inning of any game.

G.  The dropped third strike rule is in effect.

H.  On a 70’ diamond, players can lead off and steal. (Note: no balk rule in effect, it is a dead ball, runners return to their original base.)

 

I.  Each game of a doubleheader shall be 5 innings in length.  Pitching rules for the league apply.

J.  Standings will be kept and playoffs held.

 

ARTICLE FIFTEEN.

SPECIFIC RULES OF PLAY FOR NATIONAL LEAGUE

A.  Should the absence of regular team players result in fewer players being present than allowed on the field of play, an official player from the next lower league may be added to the official roster for that game. The temporary player is subject to the following restrictions: 

1.  The temporary player cannot pitch and must be assigned to the last position in the batting order.

 2.  If the temporary player is the 10th available player, he/she will occupy the 10th spot in the batting order and must play defensively for a minimum of six outs.  A temporary player who is the 10th available player is not subject to the minimum infield/outfield rules contained in Article Twelve. In no event shall any team field more than 10 players through the use of call ups.   If a regular player is injured or otherwise unable to continue to play, the temporary player may then participate without restriction.

 3.  A late arriving regular roster player must enter the game for the temporary player once the temporary player has batted once and played defensively for six outs.  The Coach may, if for disciplinary reasons, use his/her discretion as to when the late arriving regular roster player enters the game.

 4.  Any temporary player should be called up from the assigned American league teams.  If no appropriate player is available from the assigned teams, a player may be called up from any other American league team.  If a player is used from other than the assigned teams, the League Director must be notified immediately after the completion of the game in which such player is used. Permission must also be obtained from a parent or guardian of the player.  If permission is not obtained, the player cannot play.

 B.  Pitching Rules: 

1.  The rules are exactly as defined in the Senior League Rule Book except that the pitching week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday. Pitching rules outlined in these By-Laws will apply to both House and Travel Leagues combined, during the House League Season.  If a player pitches three (3) innings or less, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.  If a player pitches in four (4) or more innings, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.  A player may pitch in a maximum of six (6) innings in a calendar week (Monday through Sunday).  Travel pitchers may pitch a total of nine (9) innings, House and Travel combined.  Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched in an inning.  For example:

 If a player pitched                    and is still eligible

in four or more                         that player can pitch

innings on:                               again on:           

Monday                                   Friday

Tuesday                                  Saturday

Wednesday                             Sunday

Thursday                                 Monday

Friday                                      Tuesday

Saturday                                  Wednesday

Sunday                                    Thursday

2.  The balk rule will be applied. 

 C.  Standings will be kept and playoffs held.

 ARTICLE SIXTEEN.

SPECIFIC RULES OF PLAY FOR SENIOR LEAGUE

A.  Should the absence of regular team players result in fewer players being present than allowed on the field of play, an official player from the National league may be added to the official roster for that game.  The temporary player is subject to the following restrictions: 

1.  The temporary player cannot pitch and must be assigned to the last position in the batting order. 

 2.  If the temporary player is the 10th available player, he/she will occupy the 10th spot in the batting order and must play defensively for a minimum of six outs.  A temporary player who is the 10th available player is not subject to the minimum infield/outfield rules. In no event shall any team field more than 10 players through the use of call ups.  If a regular player is injured or otherwise unable to continue to play, the temporary player may then participate without restriction.

 3.  A late arriving regular roster player must enter the game for the temporary player once the temporary player has batted once and played defensively for six outs.  The Coach may, if for disciplinary reasons, use his/her discretion as to when the late arriving regular roster player enters the game.

 4.  Any request to use a temporary player should be obtained from the parent/ guardian of that player.  If permission is not obtained, the player cannot play.  It is recommended that the Senior league coach confer with the coach of the temporary player regarding ability to play at the next level. 

B.  Pitching Rules: 

1.  A player may not pitch more than nine (9) innings in one week.  The pitching week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.  Pitching rules outlined in these By-Laws will apply to both House and Travel Leagues combined, during the House League Season.  Delivery of a single pitch constitutes having pitched an inning. 

2.  A player who pitches four innings or fewer in a game must have at least one full calendar day's rest before pitching again.  A player may pitch on consecutive days only if the second day is for a Travel team. The Travel player may then pitch in six innings over a two day period with a mandatory third day of rest.  In no event may a player pitch on two consecutive days in the House League.

 If a player pitched                    and is still eligible

in four or fewer                        that player can pitch

innings on:                               again on:           

Monday                                   Wednesday

Tuesday                                  Thursday

Wednesday                             Friday

Thursday                                 Saturday

Friday                                      Sunday

Saturday                                  Monday

Sunday                                    Tuesday

  

3.  A player who pitches more than four innings in a given game must have at least two full calendar day's rest before pitching again.

 If a player pitched                                and is still eligible

in five or more                         that player can pitch

innings on:                               again on:           

Monday                                   Thursday

Tuesday                                  Friday

Wednesday                             Saturday

Thursday                                 Sunday

Friday                                      Monday

Saturday                                  Tuesday

Sunday                                    Wednesday

 C.  Standings will be kept and playoffs held.

 ARTICLE SEVENTEEN.

FINAL STANDINGS

A.  Standings will be kept and playoffs held only in Leagues which indicate so in the specific rules for each league.

B.  League Directors are responsible for standings and playoff structure, subject to Board approval.

C.  If there is a tie between two teams for the regular season championship in any league or division thereof, the winner of the most games during the regular season series between the tied teams will be declared the regular season champion.  If there are more than two teams tying, any team which has lost the season series to all the other tied teams will be automatically eliminated.  If teams still remain tied after applying the two preceding tie-breaking procedures, they will be declared regular season co-champions.  If a league conducts a playoff at the end of the season, the playoff champion will be the overall league champion.

D.  If there is a tie for any other purpose, such as playoff seedings, etc., the above rules will be used, except in the case of a tie after all above rules have been used, a coin will flipped to determine the winner.

E.  All Star events will be at the discretion of the League Directors.

ARTICLE EIGHTEEN.

TRAVEL TEAMS

A.     MISSION:  To create an opportunity for TCBA players to participate in a higher competitive situation than the House League provides by competing against teams from surrounding communities. All House League players are eligible to try out for their appropriate age team.

B.     GOAL:  To be as competitive as possible.

C.     PLAYER SELECTION Players are selected by the coaching staff after considering the following criteria:

PLAYING SKILLS - Physical and mental ability

COMMITMENT – Desire and dedication to practice and play

SPORTSMANSHIP – Ability to represent TCBA when visiting other communities

PARENTAL PARTICIPATION – Willingness of parents to volunteer their support 

D.     COACHES:  Coaches will be nominated by the Travel League Director and approved by the Board of TCBA on an annual basis.

E.  All players must be no older than appropriate Babe Ruth League age division birth dates for their respective teams. 

F.  Each age level will hold a tryout in September. All players for each age group will try out for the “A” or “RED” team. The (A) Red team will have priority over all available players. After the (A) Red team is complete, the (B) Black team may be put together, if there are enough quality players, at the discretion of the Travel Director. A second (B) Black team may be considered if enough quality players exist and approved by the Travel Director.

G.  The fee for all players will be set by the Travel League Director and approved by the Board.

H.  A completed Travel Team registration form and a Town release form must be submitted with the fee BEFORE a player can practice or play on a Travel Team.

I.  All Travel teams players must be registered TCBA House League players.  National and Senior League Travel players do not have to play on a House League Team, but are responsible for the appropriate fee.

J.  If a Travel Team needs extra players, these players should be taken from other age appropriate House League players but, only with the advance approval of the Travel Team Director.

K.  Teams will play between mid-April and mid-August in competitive Travel Leagues and Tournaments.

L.  “During tournament play, TCBA Travel teams will abide by the pitching rules outlined by that Tournament’s governing authorities.”

M. No Travel player may play for a team above his appropriate age level until he is age eligible for the 13’s team. For example: A player age eligible to play for the 9’s may not play for any older team until he is age eligible to play on the 13’s. That player may then try out for the 13’s, 14’s, 15’s.

N. Clarence Travel Baseball will be open to those players that do not meet the residency guidelines in Article Three section A of the TCBA By Laws at all levels 13 U and older.  This open registration will be at authority of the travel directors and TCBA president to address unique situations on a case-by-case basis in effort to resolve any situations that are in the best interest of the TCBA and Clarence Travel program but will in general follow the guidelines below:

1. Two players per team at 13U and 14U

2. Three players per team at 15U and older