2017/18 Playing conditions

2017-18 Playing conditions


Hobart Summer Baseball League (HSBL)


POLICIES & PLAYING CONDITIONS

 

For the purposes of the following document:


Definitions:


Executive committee: President, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer
General committee:  Executive committee plus the manager of each team or one member from a                     team if the manager is unable to attend
Match committee: Official officers appointed by the Executive Committee to manage playing and match conditions
Team manager: The acknowledged manager of the team or a nominated official to represent the team on game day in their absence. (Team manager must notify the umpire prior to game start)

POLICIES
The HSBL will be guided by the Official Australian Rules of Baseball* with the league executive committee having the authority to adjust a published rule* if it believes that rule may be to the detriment of the promotion and playing of baseball in Tasmania. These HSBL playing conditions should be read in conjunction with those rules.
Although we are not a fully affiliated member of Baseball Australia, we agree to abide by the various BA policies that are in place – anti-harassment, anti-doping, privacy, member protection, codes of behaviour for players, coaches, officials, administrators and spectators.
We also agree to abide by the rules set down in the Good Sports’ program with regards alcohol, drugs and mental health.
1. MINIMUM AGE
Players must be a minimum age of 17 years of age however younger players can be permitted to play, subject to signed parental consent and approval from an executive committee member.
2. ALLOCATION OF PLAYERS
Until such time as “teams” become self-sufficient and to maintain the competitiveness of the league as best as possible, a member or members of the executive will be responsible for allocating new players to teams, unless:
? The team has recruited the player themselves
? The new player is a friend of an existing team member and would like to play on that team with that member. This will be conditional upon existing numbers and experience within that team
Players will be allocated based on the needs of each team, whether it be numbers or experience.
3. REGISTERED PLAYERS
Players are registered with Baseball Tasmania once they pay the appropriate upfront payment for the season, however, to be compulsorily registered with Baseball Australia, the relevant registration form for each season must be also be completed as soon as possible after the availability of the forms. 
If a player is injured before their registration form is received, they will not be covered for insurance so it is important these forms are received as soon as possible. 
The upfront payment covers insurance for the player therefore the player is ineligible to participate in a game of baseball if this payment has not been made. 
It is the responsibility of team managers to ensure that:
? all players have paid the insurance/BA component of their fees BEFORE playing their first game
? all players have either paid the balance of their total fees by a date determined by the general committee or,
? have a payment arrangement, approved by a member of the Executive, in place prior to the determined date.
? all players have completed the relevant registration form for the season as soon as possible after the initial payment is made. 
? players with approved payment arrangements have paid monies owed by the last roster game of the season. Players who have not made the necessary payments by this time are ineligible to play in the finals should their team be participating.
? Those members “paying per game” have paid their money to an appropriate member of the executive committee
4. PLAYER TRANSFERS
A player is to remain for the full season with the team with which they are registered at the beginning of each season. Any requests for transfer once a season has commenced must be referred to the Executive Committee where it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Executive Committee will assess each request and how it will affect the quality of the competition.
5. GAME BALLS
 Each team will be provided with a new league approved match ball to start the game. The umpire will provide an additional new ball and two older back up balls. 
6.  BATS
Only wood and wood composite bats (in accord with the Official Rules of Baseball) may be used.  Umpires will have non-compliant bats removed from the game immediately.  The umpire will issue a warning to the offending team manager.  Should a team continue to use a non-compliant bat after the first warning, a 9-0 forfeit will be declared. 
Players still developing their batting skills MAY apply to the general committee for an allowance to use metal bats. Any allowance can be revoked at any-time by the general committee without the need for a reason. 
7. HELMETS
All batters, base runners and base coaches must wear approved batting helmets to minimize the risk of injury. 
8. UNIFORMS
It is desirable that all players and managers wear the full team uniform while on the field.  Team managers are to ensure that all players are suitably attired.  Moulded or metal cleats are recommended to reduce injury as a result of slipping.  
9. BEHAVIOUR OF PLAYERS, COACHES, OFFICIALS AND SPECTATORS
? Good relationships must be fostered between teams before, during and particularly after games. The Coach of each team must insist that his/her players behave in a sportsmanlike manner, especially towards members of the opposing team, at all times. The use of intemperate or unseemly language by players or coaches is absolutely forbidden. 
? The authority and decisions of the umpire must be respected. Abuse and inflammatory language and tactics must not be directed to any umpire by any person. Balls and strikes cannot be challenged however, if there is a question about a decision on the field, ONLY the team manager is allowed to approach the umpires and this must not unduly delay the game. 
? The use of equipment other than for which it is intended is not allowed. Throwing of bats and helmets is not allowed and penalties may be applied by the match committee.
? Spectators are encouraged to support their team in good spirit. If the umpire does not believe this is occurring Team Managers will be asked to intervene with their own supporters.
If the umpire (s) believe the actions of a player contravene the above, they will initially issue a warning to the team manager and a note will be placed in the scorebook against the offending player (s). If the behaviour continues, the player (s) will be removed from the game and the matter will be referred to the Match Committee** for consideration of further penalties.
If, in the opinion of the umpire (s), a player’s actions are of a more serious nature, they have the option of dismissing the player from the game.
? Smoking: “Do not smoke within 20 metres of competition, seating or marshalling areas at outdoor sportsgrounds while a sporting event is being conducted. This includes all sporting events, irrespective of the type of ground. It includes the period 30 minutes before and after the sporting event. It does not include informal or impromptu sporting activities”.  
http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/tobacco_control/tobacco_control_laws/smoke-free/smoke-free_sportsgrounds
? Alcohol: Consumption of alcohol by participating players and umpires during a game is not permitted. Consumption of alcohol is ONLY allowed within the prescribed “wet area” and at the published times for each game day. The latter is to abide by the maximum consumption hours as per the liquor licence.


10. GAME DURATION: 
a) Roster games
Games are to be of two (2) hours duration. Games will cease at the two-hour mark; if not a complete innings and the game result can be affected by the completion of the innings, the innings will be completed, weather and light permitting.
Scenarios at the two-hour mark:
? An even number of innings completed, game called
? If the top of an innings has commenced and the away side trails by less than seven runs, the top of the innings will be played, light and weather permitting. If after playing the top of the innings, the result of the game can be affected by the playing of the home half of the innings, the game shall continue. If the new innings cannot be played due to weather or light, the score will revert to the last even inning prior to the two-hour mark. 
The minimum game time is 65 minutes therefore if play is halted due to weather, unsafe conditions or light inside that time, the game is declared washed—out and washed-out rules applies.  If the game exceeds 65 minutes but continuation is not possible due to weather and light conditions, the results reverts back to even innings.
b) Finals
Semi and preliminary finals:
Limitations on available Sundays mean some of these finals will more than likely be played mid-week in which case, these finals will be of two-hours duration.
Grand Final:
Is to be played as a full nine innings game with no time limit, but weather and light conditions applies.  
General: 
If in any finals game the scores are tied at the completion of the game, extra equal innings will be played to achieve a result.  The last out of the previous batting innings is to be placed on second base as a runner, with no outs.  This situation will continue until there is a winner after the completion of even innings.
The tightness of the roster does not allow for any extra days in the event of a game being cancelled due to bad weather. In the event that any pre-finals game is washed out, the highest ranked team, as per the final regular season standings, shall advance to the next round. If the Grand Final is abandoned due to weather, the game shall be rescheduled for the following weekend.
Where possible, the finals format will be as per the roster published at the beginning of the season but if not possible, MUST be announced no later than the last roster game before Xmas. The starting times and finals dates may change from the original roster as determined by the executive committee closer to finals time.
11. FINALS QUALIFICATION
To be eligible for finals, players must have played at least 5 roster games for their team and have paid the appropriate registration fees by the date determined by the executive committee.
12. PLAYING CONDITIONS
Wet weather
a) At start of or during game
The start of a game will be delayed if there is heavy rain at the start time and/or if conditions are deemed unsafe for players. In the event of rain during roster games, it will be at the umpire’s discretion as to play stopping and re-starting.  Umpires are to make every effort to ensure that legal games (e.g. 65 minutes) are completed but must not put the safety of players at risk in so doing.
b) Prior to commencement of game
If there has been heavy or consistent rain falling in the region of the ground on the day of a game, a member of the executive committee my abandon a game at least two (2) hours prior to the scheduled start time.  Where there has been substantial rain but the game has not been abandoned as above, if the team managers and umpire, upon inspecting the ground, agree there is too much water on the ground to play a safe game, then the umpire will call the game off.  Abandoned roster games will result in a 9-9 draw with equal points awarded.
c) Lightning
Umpires will take all precautions to ensure a safe environment for our players. 
On game day, the umpires have the responsibility to decide when it is safe to play baseball, giving consideration to the risk of injury from lightning. Play must not be resumed until it is safe to do in the opinion of the umpires on game day.
Delays to play caused by lightning risk will be considered to be a weather delay in deciding the outcome of a game.
d) Heat: 
Should the current temperature reach 38° Celsius for Seniors competitions (34° Celsius for Junior competitions), play shall be suspended immediately. The temperature shall be monitored during this time every 15 minutes. Play shall not resume until the temperature falls below 38° Celsius (or 34° Celsius for junior competitions).

e) Bad light
The league will provide a light meter to determine if play shall continue or stop under poor light conditions.  The umpire and two team mangers should be consulted when poor light becomes an issue.  Once the light meter reaches the predetermined reading (TBA), the umpire shall halt play for 5 minutes and wait to see if the light condition improves, if the light conditions improve (using the light meter) play may continue, otherwise the umpire shall call TIME, and score reverts to even innings.

13. TEAM NUMBERS & FILL-INS
It is the team manager’s responsibility to ensure they have at least nine players available to take the field for each game. This nine must include at least seven (7) financial members* of the team. If a team has less than seven (7) financial members available, they will forfeit the match. If a team has the minimum seven (7) players only, they can seek fill-in players who must initially be sourced from the opposing team where they have more than nine players then from the team which has the bye, if one exists in the roster. If the team refuses to accept or has failed to obtain a fill-in player, an out will be recorded in the scorebook for each player the team is short of the maximum nine required. 
 If a member of the opposition team is injured during the course of the game, any player loaned will be returned to the team to maintain their numbers.
Once off players will be allowed to play for a team BUT they MUST pay the insurance component before taking the field. 
 If, after unsuccessfully trying to obtain fill-ins, a team has only seven (7) players available and one is injured after play has commenced, the game will continue.  In this event, the opposition may offer a fielding substitute.  
 Fill-in players cannot pitch or catch unless with prior arrangement with managers and only in extreme circumstances, must be positioned in the outfield (right first) and must be located at the bottom of the batting order.
* financial members are those who have paid the upfront payment to cover insurance
14. FORFEITED GAME
If a team fails to appear within fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled game start time, then a forfeit will be claimed with match points and a score of 9-0 awarded to the team in attendance.  A forfeit cannot be claimed by the team in attendance if they do not have a minimum of seven (7) players present.  If neither team has enough players after the fifteen-minute grace period, then there will be no points awarded and both teams will have a score of 0-9 recorded against them.
15. PITCHERS’ RULES
? Pitching technique: The aim of baseball in Tasmania is to promote and play our game in the manner in which it is most popularly viewed and within the spirit of our game. To this end, the use of underarm pitching, as in a softball style, is not allowed. 
? Maximum innings: Pitchers are to throw a maximum of FOUR (4) innings per game, including finals.  These do not have to be consecutive innings.  An innings started, but not finished, will be counted as one (1) innings.
? Hit by pitch: If a pitcher hits four (4) batters in one game, he must be replaced on the mound.  No other penalty applies.
c) BAULKS
The umpire shall use discretion, and warn the pitcher and team manager if the pitcher is delivering the pitch in a manner that is unfair to the batter, or runners.  The umpire has the discretion to stop play, if he considers that unfair advantage has been gained.  The umpire may disregard the last play and have runners return back to their base prior to the pitch.  If after a warning the pitcher continues to take unfair advantage in the opinion of the umpire, baulk may be called and if runners are on base they may precede to the next base, otherwise the batter receives a ball to the count.
d) INTENTIONAL WALKS. 
Each team is allowed to intentionally walk any opposition hitter once in a game. The total number of intentional walks each team is allowed in any game is two If, in the plate umpire’s judgment, a team attempts an intentional walk for the third time in a game, he must stop play and have the catcher resume his defensive position behind the plate. A baulk will be called and all runners will advance one base. The count on the batter will be re-started at 0-0.
16. BATTING
a) BATTING LINE-UP
To involve a greater number of players, more than nine batters can be included on the batting line-up. The team sheet submitted to the scorers and plate umpire prior to the game, must include the names of all batters and the order in which they will bat.  All batters must bat in the specified order, with normal procedures and penalties for batting out of order to apply. 
If a batter is injured during or has to exit the game early the manager, after consultation with the umpire, will advise the scorer that the player’s spot will be missed in the order. No penalty will apply in this case.
b) DESIGNATED RUNNERS
Designated runners must be used for all catchers and may be used for pitchers at the batting team’s discretion when there are two out.   Up to two additional courtesy runners are allowed for any players playing with an injury or impediment, provided that prior consent has been obtained from the opposing team manager.  Designated and courtesy runners can be in the playing line-up as long as neither delay or disrupt the game.  Designated runners must be the last person out unless that person is either a catcher or pitcher, in which case the previous person out must be used.  Designated and courtesy runners are not allowed to steal but may advance on passed balls or wild pitches.
c) DESIGNATED HITTERS
Designated hitters are optional in all games.
d) RUNS
A maximum of seven (7) runs can be scored in any batting innings before the umpire calls an end to that innings.  If a team has scored 6 runs and a batter hits for extras (e.g. a home run) with runners on base, only the first run (the seventh run) counts for scoring purposes.
e) BATTING BOX AND HIT BY PITCH
The home team will mark out two batting boxes prior to the start of the game in caulk provided by the League (see diagram below).  Batters must have both feet within the batting box when hitting the ball, otherwise the umpire may determine the batter to be out, under this call, all runners return to their base prior to the pitch.
If the pitch goes through the batting box, a player does not need to make attempt to avoid the ball to be entitled first base under hit-by-pitch rule, but the player must not deliberately move to be hit by the ball otherwise a ball is called. This call is at the discretion of the umpire. 
If the pitch does not go through the batting box, but the batter is hit by the pitch, the player is not entitled to advance to first base by hit-by-pitch rule, but the umpire will determine whether the batter was swinging the bat, or a strike was pitched and therefore a strike is recorded, otherwise a ball may be called. Base runners must return to their base prior to the pitch. 

17. FIELDING
a) ROTATION OF EXTRA FIELDERS
If there are more than nine (9) players present for a team (excess players) a player can only sit on the bench for a maximum of two consecutive innings per game unless a complete team rotation has occurred, or players are injured.  Team managers are to ensure that all players are fit to play and receive an equitable amount of playing time.
18. GENERAL AND SPECIFIC RULES
a) SLOW PLAY
Slow play tactics will not be tolerated.  Umpires are to maintain a game flow.  A maximum of five (5) pitch limit applies to a pitcher’s warm-up between innings.  A maximum of seven (7) pitch limit will apply to new pitchers entering the game. Managers should ensure their players move on and off the field as quickly as possible and that batters are aware in advance of their batting position in the order. 
b) MERCY RULE
If a team is leading by ten (10) or more runs after five (5) innings, the game shall be called
c)  PROTESTS
In the event of a protest, usual baseball procedure will be followed at the time – consult the umpire and mark the scorebook.  Team managers and umpires are encouraged to resolve the issue at the time.  Should an issue remain unresolved, it is to be detailed in writing (or email) by the protesting team manager and within 48 hours, referred via the Committee President, to the HSBL Match Committee for a determination.
d) COLLISION RULE.
No deliberate or negligent physical contact between players is acceptable (in particular, on plays at the home plate). In any tag or force situation, runners will be required either to slide or to give up on the play. Any conduct that in the umpires’ opinion was either negligent or deliberate in causing physical contact (or attempting any physical contact) will result in a mandatory “out” call. 
Official Baseball Rule 7.13 – Collisions at Home Plate reads as follows:
1.   A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball). In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners   shall   return   to   the   last   base   touched   at   the   time   of   the   collision.
Rule 7.13 Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13. If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13. A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher.
2.   Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgement of the Umpire, the catcher without possession of the ball blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe. Notwithstanding the above, it shall not be considered a violation of this Rule 7.13 if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the Umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.
e) STRIKE ZONE * is the area over home plate, the upper limit the whole pitched ball must be below the batter’s breast (bottom of the breast) and the Lower limit – the whole of the pitched ball must be above the bottom of the batter’s knee.
For a swinging ball to be called a strike, any part of the ball across any part of the plate (white part of the plate), ie clip any edge of the plate within the given height is a strike.
For a dropping ball to be strike, the pitched ball must match the front leg kneecap at the front of the plate, also a dropping path must be below the breast at the front of the plate to be called a strike.
The strike zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.
The above agrees with the strike zone definition as laid out in The Official Australian Baseball Rules 6th edition
*2.73 The STRIKE ZONE
Upper Limit - WHOLE BALL BELOW BOTTOM OF THE BREAST
 For the given width, the whole of the pitched ball must be below the batter's breast (bottom of the breast), i.e., if the top of the ball clips into the batter's breast level, it is too high and is
called a ball. A dropping pitch must be below the breast at the front of the plate to be called a
strike.
 Lower Limit - MATCHING THE KNEECAP
For the given width, the whole of the pitched ball must be above the bottom of the batter's knee at the plate. As the kneecap is approximately the size of a baseball, the called strike should therefore be no lower than matching the kneecap. To clip below the kneecap is too low and is called a “ball”. See the pitch all the way through the knee, i.e., a dropping pitch matching the front leg kneecap at the front of the plate must not drop lower than the batter's rear leg kneecap as the ball passes across the plate, to be called a strike.
 Width Limit - PART OF THE BALL OVER THE EDGE OF THE PLATE
Any part of the ball across any part of the whole plate width, i.e., to clip any edge of the plate
within the given height, is a strike.
 Distance - OPPOSITE THE PLATE
The batter's strike zone height is projected to be opposite the plate irrespective of whether the batter is standing forward or back of the plate. The pitch is judged only where it crosses the plate and usually at the front (nearest the pitcher), but a curving pitch that cuts across the
back (side) edge of the plate within the given height is a strike.

f) INFIELD FLY
Is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive, nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out.  When it seems apparent that a battered ball will be an infield fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “infield fly” for the benefit of the runners.  The batter is out and runners may stay at their base.  
Team manger may query the umpire whether an infield fly shall have been called before the next pitch is made, if the umpire has made an error of judgement he may recall play and declare the batter out and return all runners to their original base prior to the pitch. 
g) CATCH & CARRY
 For a catch to be legal any part of the fielder’s body must be inside the field of play. If the catch is taken in Live Ball Territory (LBT) and the fielder's momentum carries him over the home run line without falling the catch is legal and the ball is still in play. Runners may advance at their own risk. It is not necessary for the fielder to enter LBT to throw the ball. It may be thrown from beyond the home run line. 3. If the catch is taken in LBT, and the fielder's momentum carries him over the line, and falls but retains possession of the ball, the catch is legal, the ball is dead and all runners advance one base. Falling shall be interpreted as any part of the fielder’s body, other than his feet, touching the ground. 4. If a fielder takes a catch on LBT and carries over the home run line then drops the ball in attempting a throw the ball is dead and all runners advance two bases.
19.  MATCH CARDS AND LINE-UP CARDS
Match and line-up cards will be supplied by the league.  They must be complete for each game and collected by the umpire at the end of the game and submitted to the league.
20. MATCH COMMITTEE**
Any match day player reports or protests must be lodged with the HSBL match committee within twenty-four (24) hours of the completion of the relevant game. 

THESE PLAYING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN SET OUT BY THE HSBL MATCH COMMITTEE AND ENDORSED BY THE BASEBALL TASMANIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.  ANY UPDATE OR CHANGE TO THESE CONDITIONS WILL BE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE MATCH COMMITTEE AND FINAL ENDORSEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 
REVISED:  August 2017




 

HSBL – POLICIES & PLAYING CONDITIONS

HSBL Playing conditions (pending) 2016/17

HSBL – PLAYING CONDITIONS

POLICIES

The HSBL plays in accordance with the Official Australian Rules of Baseball.  These HSBL playing conditions should be read in conjunction with those rules.

Although we are not a fully affiliated member of the ABF, we agree to abide by the various ABF policies that are in place – anti-harassment, anti-doping, privacy, member protection, codes of behaviour for players, coaches, officials, administrators and spectators.

 

1. MINIMUM AGE

Players must be a minimum age of 17 years of age however younger players can be permitted to play, subject to signed parental consent and approval from an executive committee member.

 

2. GAME DURATION

Games are to be of two (2) hour duration. Games will cease at the two hour mark, if not a complete innings and the game result can be affected by the completion of the inning, the inning will be completed. Subjected to weather and light condition, otherwise the result reverts back to even innings. 

 

Before the start of a new innings the umpire shall determine if even innings is likely to occur before the two hours duration, otherwise declare the game over.  

 

The minimum game time is 65minutes.  If play is less than 65minutes then the games is declared washed—out and washed-out rules applies.  If the game exceeds 65minutes but continuation is not possible due to weather and light conditions, the results reverts back to even innings.

 

Light meter.

The league will provide a light meter to determine if play shall continue or stop under poor light conditions.  The umpire and two team mangers should be consulted when poor light becomes an issue.  Once the light meter reaches ……… the umpire shall halt to play for 5 minutes and wait to see if the light condition improves, if the light conditions improves (using the light meter) play may continue, otherwise the umpire shall call TIME, and score reverts to even innings.

 

3. FINALS

Finals are to be played as a full nine innings game with no time limit, but weather and light conditions applies. 

 

If in any finals game the scores are tied at the completion of the game, extra equal innings will be played to achieve a result.  The last out of the previous batting innings is to be placed on second base as a runner, with no outs.  This situation will continue until there is a winner after the completion of even innings.

 

In the event that any finals game is washed out (e.g. if a legal game cannot be played), the league will either re-schedule the game mid-week or play it as a double-header on Grand Final day.  This decision will be made in consultation with both teams.

 

The finals format will be as per the roster published at the beginning of the season.  The starting times and finals dates may change from the original roster as determined by the committee closer to finals time.

 

4. FINALS QUALIFICATION

To be eligible for finals, players must have played at least 5 roster games for their team and have paid the appropriate registration fees by the date determined by the committee.  The league and the opposing team manager may consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis prior to the commencement of any finals.

 

 

5.  RUNS

A maximum of seven (7) runs can be scored in any batting innings before the umpire calls an end to that innings.  If a team has scored 6 runs and a batter hits for extras (e.g. a home run) with runners on base, only the first run (the seventh run) counts for scoring purposes.

 

6.  a)  WET WEATHER

A game cannot commence if it is raining at the scheduled start time.  In the event of wet weather during roaster games, it will be at the umpire’s discretion as to play stopping and re-starting.  Umpires are to make every effort to ensure that legal games (e.g. 65 minutes) are completed.

 

6.  b)  WET WEATHER PRIOR TO A GAME COMMENCING

If there has been heavy or consistent rain falling in the region of the ground on the day of a game, a member of the league executive my abandon a game at least two (2) hours prior to the scheduled start time.  In addition, if the team managers and umpire, upon inspecting the ground, agree there is too much water on the ground to play a safe game, then the umpire will call the game off.  Abandoned roster games will result in a 9-9 draw with equal points awarded.

 

Pitchers restrictions

Pitchers are to throw a maximum of FOUR (4) innings per game, including finals.  These do not have to be consecutive innings.  An innings started, but not finished, will be counted as one (1) innings .

 

7.  HIT BY PITCHED BALL

If a pitcher hits four (4) batters in one game, he must be replaced on the mound.  No other penalty applies.

 

8.  RUNNERS

Designated runners must be used for all catchers and may be used for pitchers at the batting teams discretion when there are two out.   Up to two additional courtesy runners are allowed for any players playing with an injury or impediment, provided that prior consent has been obtained from the opposing team manager.  Designated and courtesy runners can be in the playing line-up as long as neither delay or disrupt the game.  Designated runners must be the last person out unless that person is either a catcher or pitcher, in which case the last person out must be used.  Designated runners are not allowed to steal but may advance on passed balls or wild pitches.

 

9.  DESIGNATED HITTERS

Designated hitters are optional in all games.

 

10.  a)  EXTRA HITTERS

To involve a greater number of players, extra[HP2]  hitters can be added to the batting line-up.  The extra hitters can bat at any position in the line-up however, all extra hitters must be included on the team sheet prior to the game and all batters must follow in the specified order, with normal procedures and penalties for batting out of order to apply.  Substitutions for extra hitters can be made according to usual baseball practices.

 

If an extra hitter is injured during a game, he may be replaced by another player from the bench.  If the umpire is satisfied that no other players are available from the bench (e.g. if all team members are already batting), then he will instruct that the players to follow are all lifted one spot in the order.

 

Further:  Where a side is playing extra hitters and a starting fielder has to leave the game through injury, the batting side may not have another player available from the bench.  If the umpire is satisfied that is the case, then one of the extra hitters will be nominated to go into the field but will remain in the same spot in the order.  All players will be moved up a spot to cover the injured player.  Refer also to Condition 18 (Re-Entry:  replacement players).

 

Extra hitters may be interchanged with starting fielders if the team wishes, in which event any former fielder will assume ‘extra hitter’ status.  All players must retain their same spot in the batting order.

 

10.  b)  ROTATION OF EXTRA FIELDERS

If there are more than nine (9) players present for a team (excess players) a player can only sit on the bench for a maximum of two consecutive innings per game unless a complete team rotation has occurred, or players are injured.  Team managers are to ensure that all players are fit to play and receive an equitable amount of playing time.

 

11.  MINIMUM SEVEN (7) PLAYERS

A minimum of seven players are to take the field for a team to start a game.  If there are only seven (7) players available and one is injured after play has commenced, the game will continue.  In this event, the opposition may offer a fielding substitute.  There will not be a blank rule (or automatic out rule) for missing players in the line-up.  Teams are permitted to use a player from any other team to achieve the seven (7) player minimum.

 

Fill-in players may not pitch or field and must be located at the bottom of the team sheet for batter purposes.

 

12.  REGISTERED PLAYERS

It is the responsibility of team managers to ensure all players are registered with the Australian Baseball Federation and Baseball Tasmania.

 

13.  RE-ENTRY

Players may be replaced and they may later re-enter the game but only in the batting spot of the replacement player (e.g. their original batting spot).  Replacement players must play at least one full innings (e.g. batting and fielding).  They may however be replaced immediately should they become injured.

 

14.  UNIFORMS

It is desirable that all players and managers wear the full team uniform while on the field.  Team managers are to ensure that all players are suitably attired.  Moulded or metal cleats are recommended to reduce injury as a result of slipping. 

 

15.  BATS

Only wood and wood composite bats (in accord with the Official Rules of Baseball) may be used.  Umpires will have non-compliant bats removed from the game immediately.  The umpire will issue a warning to the offending team manager.  Should a team continue to use a non-compliant bat, a 9-0 forfeit will be declared.

 

16.  HELMETS

Batters, runners and base coaches must wear two eared helmets at all times on the field. 

 

17.  FORFEITED GAME

If a team fails to appear with fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled game time then a forfeit will be claimed with match points and a score of 9-0 awarded to the team in attendance.  A forfeit cannot be claimed by the team in attendance if they do not have a minimum of seven (7) players present.  If neither team has enough players after the fifteen minute grace period, then there will be no points awarded and no score recorded for either team.

 

18.  SLOW PLAY

Slow play tactics will not be tolerated.  Umpires are to maintain a game flow.  A maximum of five(5) pitch limit applies to a pitcher’s warm-up between innings.  A maximum of seven7) pitch limit will apply to new pitchers entering the game.

 

19.  PROTESTS

In the event of a protest, usual baseball procedure will be followed at the time – consult the umpire and mark the scorebook.  Team managers and umpires are encouraged to resolve the issue at the time.  Should an issue remain unresolved, it is to be detailed in writing (or email) by the protesting team manager and within 48 hours, referred via the Committee President, to the HSBL Match Committee for a determination.

 

20.  MATCH CARDS AND LINE-UP CARDS

Match and line-up cards will be supplied by the league.  They must be complete for each game and collected by the umpire at the end of the game and submitted to the league.

 

COLLISION RULE. No deliberate or negligent physical contact between players is acceptable (in particular, on plays at the home plate). In any tag or force situation, runners will be required either to slide or to give up on the play. Any conduct that in the umpires’ opinion was either negligent or deliberate in causing physical contact (or attempting any physical contact) will result in a mandatory “out” call and the ejection of the offending player for the rest of that game.

 

WALKS. Each team is allowed to intentionally walk any opposition hitter once in a game. The total number of intentional walks each team is allowed in any game is two If, in the plate umpire’s judgment, a team attempts an intentional walk for the thrid time in a game, he must stop play and have the catcher resume his defensive position behind the plate. A baulk will be called and all runners will advance one base. The count on the batter will be re-started at 0-0.

 

Batting box The home team will mark out two batting boxes prior to the start of the game in caulk provided by the League.  Batters must have both feet within the batting box when hitting the ball, otherwise the umpire may determine the batter to be out, under this call, all runners return to their base prior to the pitch.

 

If the pitch goes through the batting box, a player do not need to make attempt to avoid the ball to be entitled first base under hit-by-pitch rule, but the player must not deliberately moved to be hit by the ball otherwise a ball is called, and is at discretion of the umpire.

 

If the pitch does not go through the batting box, but the batter is hit by the pitch, the player is not entitled to advance to first base by hit-by-pitch rule, but the umpire will determine whether the batter was swinging the bat, or a strike was pitched and therefore a strike is recorded, otherwise a ball may be called. Base runners must return to their base prior to the pitch.

 

Baulks. The umpire shall use discretion, and warn the pitcher and team manager if the pitcher is delivering the pitch in a manner that is unfair to the batter, or runners.  The umpire has the discretion to stop play, if he considers that unfair advantage has been gained.  The umpire may disregard the last play and have runners return back to their base prior to the pitch.  If after a warning the pitcher continues to take unfair advantage in the opinion of the umpire, baulk may be called and if runners are on base they may precede to the next base, otherwise the batter receives a ball.

 

STRIKE ZONE is the area over home plate, the upper limit the whole pitched ball must be below the batter’s breast (bottom of the breast) and the Lower limit – the whole of the pitched ball must be above the bottom of the batter’s knee.

For a swinging ball to be called a strike, any part of the ball across any part of the plate (white part of the plate), ie clip any edge of the plate within the given height is a strike.

For a dropping ball to be strike, the pitched ball must match the front leg kneecap at the front of the plate, also a dropping path must be below the breast at the front of the plate to be called a strike.

 

The strike zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.

 

Bunting.  Each team is allowed to deliberately bunt a maximum THREE bunts per game, and each play can only bunt once in game.  If the umpire considers a deliberate bunt has occurred which has exceed either the team total of three or an individual’s total of one –the umpire shall call halt to the play, call strike on the batter and return all base runners to base prior to the pitch.  If the strike is the third, the batter shall be call out.

 If a batter tries to buns with two strikes and the bunts runs foul, the batter will call out for bunting on the third strike.

 

Infield fly is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive, nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out.  When it seems apparent that a battered ball will be an infield fly, the umpire shall immediately declare “infield fly” for the benefit of the runners.  The batter is out and runners may stay at their base. 

 

Team manger may query the umpire whether an infield fly shall have been called before the next pitch is made, if the umpire has made an error of judgement he may recall play and declare the batter out and return all runners to their original base prior to the pitch.

 

 

 

THESE PLAYING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN SET OUT BY THE HSBL MATCH COMMITTEE AND ENDORSED BY THE BASEBALL TASMANIA MATCH COMMITTEE.  ANY UPDATE OR CHANGE TO THISE CONDITIONS WILL BE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE MATCH COMMITTEE AND FINAL ENDORSEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

 

REVISED:  SEPTEMBER 2015

Amended HSBL playing conditions

HSBL  -  PLAYING CONDITIONS

Version 1.1   Dated 10/10/2013

Version 1.2 Updated 7/10/2014 (updated as per committee meeting dated 6/10/2014)

INTRODUCTION

We play under the Official Australian Rules of Baseball. These Playing Conditions should be read in conjunction with those rules, as they are specific to our league.

POLICIES

Although we are not a fully affiliated member of the ABF, we agree to abide by the various ABF polices that are in place: - Anti-Harassment; Anti-Doping; Privacy; Member Protection – including Codes of Behaviour for Players, Coaches, Officials, Administrators and Spectators.

1. MINIMUM AGE. Players must be a minimum age of 17 years; however, younger players can be permitted to play, subject to signed parental consent and approval from an executive committee member.

2. GAME DURATION. All roster games shall be a minimum of TWO HOURS duration (a  minimum of five (5) innings to be played), with the 5 Minute Rule and the “Mercy” Rule (7 runs or more lead) to be applied within 10 minutes of the scheduled end.

3. FINALS. Finals are to be of TWO HOURS duration, or minimum of five (5) innings, with the “Five Minute” Rule and the “Mercy” Rule  as above.

If, in any finals game, the scores are tied at the completion of time and/or equal innings, extra equal innings will be played to achieve a result, as aTIE BREAKER. The last out of the previous batting innings is to be placed on second base as a runner, with no outs. This situation will continue until there is a winner after even innings.

In the event of any finals game being WASHED OUT (i.e. if a legal game cannot be played), the league will either re-schedule the game mid-week or play it as a double-header on Grand Final day. This decision will be made in consultation with both teams.

The FINALS FORMAT will be as per the roster published at the beginning of the season. The starting times and finals dates may change from the original roster as determined by the committee closer to finals time.

4. FINALS QUALIFICATION. Players must have played in at least 5 Roster games for their team to be eligible for finals. The league and the opposing Team Manager may consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis prior to the commencement of any Final.

5. RUNS. A maximum of seven (7) runs can be scored in any batting innings in any game before the umpire calls an end to that innings. If a team has scored 6 runs and a batter hits for extras (e.g. home run) with runners on base, only the first run (the seventh run) counts for scoring purposes.

6. a)  FIVE MINUTE RULE – LATE OR SINGLE GAME. If five (5) minutes or less remains until the game is scheduled to finish, and there has been even innings, the game shall end. If it is even innings, and there is more than five (5) minuted remaining from the call of “side”, a further complete innings shall be played. However, if there are only five (5) minutes left and the home team is at bat and is: (i) Ahead – the game ends immediately; (ii) Tied or behind – the game continues until the winning run is scored or the side is retired.

6. b)  FIVE / TEN MINUTE RULE – EARLY GAME. The 5 / 10 Minute Rule shall apply for all early games of a scheduled double-header. If five (5) minutes or less remains until the game is scheduled to finish, and there has been even innings, the game shall end. If at completion of an even innings, from the call of “side”, there remains more than five (5) minutes before the scheduled completion time, a further 10 minutes past the scheduled time shall be allowed to complete the innings. However, should this innings not be completed within the extra time, the result reverts back to normal rules (either even innings or the score at the end of play).

7. a) WET WEATHER. A game cannot commence if it is raining at the scheduled start time. In the event of wet weather during roster games, it will be at the umpire’s discretion as to play stopping and re-starting. Umpires are to make every effort to ensure that legal games (i.e. 65 minutes) are completed, without compromising player safety.

7. b)  WET WEATHER PRIOR TO A GAME COMMENCING. If there has been heavy or consistent rain falling in the region of the ground on the day of a game, a member of the League Executive may “abandon” a game at least TWO (2) HOURS prior to the scheduled start time. Furthermore, if the Team Managers and umpire, upon seeing the ground, agree there is too much water on the ground to play a safe game, then the umpire will “call” the game off.

NOTE: Roster Matches which are washed out or abandoned will result in a 9-9 draw, and equal points awarded.

8. PITCHERS. Pitchers are to throw a maximum of FOUR (4) innings per game, including finals. These do not have to be consecutive innings. An innings started, but not finished, will be counted as one (1) innings.

9. BUNTS. Batters are not permitted to purposely lay a bunt. If the umpire deems that this was a deliberate ploy by the batter, the batter will be called out. Any base-runners trying to advance will be ordered back to the originating base.

10. INTENTIONAL WALKS are not permitted in this league. If, in the plate umpire’s judgement, a team attempts an intentional walk, he must stop play and have the catcher resume his defensive position behind the plate. A balk will be called and any runners will advance one base. The count on the batter will be re-started at 0-0.

11. HIT BY PITCHED BALL. If a pitcher hits four (4) batters in one game, he must be replaced on the mound. No other penalty applies.

12. RUNNERS. Designated Runners MUST be used for all pitchers and catchers when there are two out. Up to two additional Courtesy Runners are allowed for any players playing with an injury or impediment, provided that prior consent has been obtained from the other Team Manager. Designated and Courtesy Runners can be in the playing line-up, as long as neither delay nor disruption is caused to the game. For this purpose, courtesy runners should be the most recent outs or players who are not already in the line-up.

13. DESIGNATED HITTERS are optional for all games.

14. A)  EXTRA HITTERS. To involve a greater numbers of players, a maximum of six extra hitters can be added to the batting line-up. The extra hitters can bat at any position in the line-up, however, all extra hitters must be included on the team sheet prior to the game and all batters must follow in the specified order, with normal procedures and penalties for batting out of order to apply. Substitutions for extra hitters can be made according to usual baseball practices.

If an extra hitter is injured during a game, he may be replaced by another player from the bench. If the umpire is satisfied that no other players are available from the bench (for example, if all squad members are already batting), then he will instruct that the players to follow are all lifted one spot in the order.

Further: Where a side is playing extra hitters and a starting fielder has to leave the game through injury, the batting side may not have another player available from the bench. If the umpire is satisfied that is the case, then one of the extra hitters will be nominated to go into the field but will remain in his same spot in the order. All players will be moved up a spot to cover the injured player. See, too, Rule 18, regarding the use of replacement players.

Extra hitters may be interchanged with starting fielders if the team wishes, in which event any former fielder will assume "extra hitter" status. All players must retain their same spot in the batting order.

14. B) ROTATION OF EXTRA FIELDERS. If there are more than nine (9) players present for your team, meaning you have excess players, they must only sit on the bench for one (1) fielding innings maximum, then be bought on as fielders in the next fielding innings. Team Managers are to ensure that all players fit to play receive a fair amount of playing time.

15. SEVEN (7) PLAYERS MINIMUM are to take the field for a team to start a game. If there are only seven (7) players available and one is injured after play has commenced, the game will continue. In this event, the opposition is encouraged, but not required, to offer fielding substitutes. There will not be a “BLANK” rule (or “AUTOMATIC OUT” rule) for missing players in the line-up. It is permitted for teams to use a player from any other team to achieve the seven (7) player minimum.

16. TEAM SHEETS. All players, including Designated Runners and Courtesy Runners, are to appear on team sheets at the commencement of each game to be eligible to play in that game.

 

17. REGISTERED PLAYERS. It is the responsibility of team managersthat all players are registered with Australian Baseball Federation and Baseball Tasmania.

18. RE-ENTRY. Players may be replaced and they may re-enter the game, but ONLY in the batting spot of the replacement player (i.e. their original spot). Replacement players must play at least one full innings (i.e. batting and fielding), unless injured, when they may be replaced immediately.

19. UNIFORMS. It is COMPULSORY that all players and managers wear the full team uniform (incl. caps) while on the field. Team Managers are to ensure that all players are suitably attired.  Moulded or metal cleats are the preferred footwear to reduce slipping injuries; however, metal cleats should not be used when pitching.

20. BATS. Only wood and wood composite bats (subject to the Official Rules of Baseball) may be used by players.  If an umpire finds any player using a non-compliant bat it will be removed from the game immediately, and a warning issued. If the warned team offends again in that game, a 9-0 forfeit will be declared.

21. HELMETS. Batters and runners must wear two-eared helmets at all times. Base coaches are also required to wear helmets whilst performing their role.

22. FORFEITED GAME. If a team fails to appear with fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled game time, then a forfeit will be claimed, with match points and a 9-0 score awarded to the team in attendance, provided that it has the minimum seven (7) players required to start the match. If neither side has enough players after the fifteen minute grace period, then there will be no points awarded and no score recorded for either team.

23. SLOW PLAY tactics will not be tolerated. Umpires will be instructed to keep the game moving, together with a maximum three (3) pitch limit for pitchers to warm-up between innings. A maximum of 5 warm up pitches will apply for new pitchers entering the game.

24. SCORERS. Each team is to supply a scorer and regulation scorebook.

25. PROTESTS. In the event of a protest, usual baseball procedure will be followed at the time (consulting with the umpire and marking the scorebook). Team Managers and Umpires are encouraged to resolve the problem “on field” if at all possible. However, any unresolvable protest needs to be detailed in writing by the protesting team, and submitted to the committee for review within 48 hours of the game concluding.

26. MATCH CARDS and LINE-UP CARDS will be supplied by the league. These must be filled in each match and collected by umpires at the end of games for submission to the league.

27. MATCH BALLS are to be purchased from the league. Each team is to provide one (1) new ball plus one (1) near new ball to the plate umpire prior to each game. Team names should be written on the balls so umpires can return them to each team at the conclusion of the game, if not lost. The league may, at its option, change the brand of ball from time to time.

28. FAIR PLAY. Teams are expected to observe reasonable sporting ethics and to present Tasmanian baseball in its best possible light. Whilst not diminishing the competitiveness of the contest, players are encouraged to recognise the efforts of opposition players and are urged to refrain from strategies or behaviour that might belittle, embarrass or endanger their opposition.

 

THESE PLAYING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN SET OUT AND AGREED TO BY THE BASEBALL TASMANIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE TEAM REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LEAGUE ON BEHALF OF ALL PLAYERS. ANY UPDATE OR CHANGE TO THESE PLAYING CONDITIONS WILL BE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TEAM REPRESENTATIVES AND THE LATEST VERSION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON OUR WEBSITE.

 

 

Hobart Summer Baseball League Playing Conditions

HSBL  -  PLAYING CONDITIONS

Version 1.1   Dated 10/10/2013

INTRODUCTION

We play under the Official Australian Rules of Baseball. These Playing Conditions should be read in conjunction with those rules, as they are specific to our league.

POLICIES

Although we are not a fully affiliated member of the ABF, we agree to abide by the various ABF polices that are in place: - Anti-Harassment; Anti-Doping; Privacy; Member Protection – including Codes of Behaviour for Players, Coaches, Officials, Administrators and Spectators.

1. MINIMUM AGE. Players must be a minimum age of 17 years; however, younger players can be permitted to play, subject to signed parental consent and approval from an executive committee member.

2. GAME DURATION. All roster games shall be a minimum of NINETY MINUTES duration (a  minimum of four (4) innings to be played), with the 5 Minute Rule and the “Mercy” Rule (7 runs or more lead) to be applied within 10 minutes of the scheduled end.  The league may elect to schedule some night games for a 2 hour duration or five (5) innings minimum, weather and light permitting, during the height of summer.

3. FINALS. Finals are to be of TWO HOURS duration, or minimum of five (5) innings, with the “Five Minute” Rule and the “Mercy” Rule  as above.

If, in any finals game, the scores are tied at the completion of time and/or equal innings, extra equal innings will be played to achieve a result, as aTIE BREAKER. The last out of the previous batting innings is to be placed on second base as a runner, with no outs. This situation will continue until there is a winner after even innings.

In the event of any finals game being WASHED OUT (i.e. if a legal game cannot be played), the league will either re-schedule the game mid-week or play it as a double-header on Grand Final day. This decision will be made in consultation with both teams.

The FINALS FORMAT will be as per the roster published at the beginning of the season. The starting times and finals dates may change from the original roster as determined by the committee closer to finals time.

4. FINALS QUALIFICATION. Players must have played in at least 5 Roster games for their team to be eligible for finals. The league and the opposing Team Manager may consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis prior to the commencement of any Final.

5. RUNS. A maximum of seven (7) runs can be scored in any batting innings in any game before the umpire calls an end to that innings. If a team has scored 6 runs and a batter hits for extras (e.g. home run) with runners on base, only the first run (the seventh run) counts for scoring purposes.

6. a)  FIVE MINUTE RULE – LATE OR SINGLE GAME. If five (5) minutes or less remains until the game is scheduled to finish, and there has been even innings, the game shall end. If it is even innings, and there is more than five (5) minuted remaining from the call of “side”, a further complete innings shall be played. However, if there are only five (5) minutes left and the home team is at bat and is: (i) Ahead – the game ends immediately; (ii) Tied or behind – the game continues until the winning run is scored or the side is retired.

6. b)  FIVE / TEN MINUTE RULE – EARLY GAME. The 5 / 10 Minute Rule shall apply for all early games of a scheduled double-header. If five (5) minutes or less remains until the game is scheduled to finish, and there has been even innings, the game shall end. If at completion of an even innings, from the call of “side”, there remains more than five (5) minutes before the scheduled completion time, a further 10 minutes past the scheduled time shall be allowed to complete the innings. However, should this innings not be completed within the extra time, the result reverts back to normal rules (either even innings or the score at the end of play).

7. a) WET WEATHER. A game cannot commence if it is raining at the scheduled start time. In the event of wet weather during roster games, it will be at the umpire’s discretion as to play stopping and re-starting. Umpires are to make every effort to ensure that legal games (i.e. 65 minutes) are completed, without compromising player safety.

7. b)  WET WEATHER PRIOR TO A GAME COMMENCING. If there has been heavy or consistent rain falling in the region of the ground on the day of a game, a member of the League Executive may “abandon” a game at least TWO (2) HOURS prior to the scheduled start time. Furthermore, if the Team Managers and umpire, upon seeing the ground, agree there is too much water on the ground to play a safe game, then the umpire will “call” the game off.

NOTE: Roster Matches which are washed out or abandoned will result in a 9-9 draw, and equal points awarded.

8. PITCHERS. Pitchers are to throw a maximum of FOUR (4) innings per game, including finals. These do not have to be consecutive innings. An innings started, but not finished, will be counted as one (1) innings.

9. BUNTS. Batters are not permitted to purposely lay a bunt. If the umpire deems that this was a deliberate ploy by the batter, the batter will be called out. Any base-runners trying to advance will be ordered back to the originating base.

10. INTENTIONAL WALKS are not permitted in this league. If, in the plate umpire’s judgement, a team attempts an intentional walk, he must stop play and have the catcher resume his defensive position behind the plate. A balk will be called and any runners will advance one base. The count on the batter will be re-started at 0-0.

11. HIT BY PITCHED BALL. If a pitcher hits four (4) batters in one game, he must be replaced on the mound. No other penalty applies.

12. RUNNERS. Designated Runners MUST be used for all pitchers and catchers when there are two out. Up to two additional Courtesy Runners are allowed for any players playing with an injury or impediment, provided that prior consent has been obtained from the other Team Manager. Designated and Courtesy Runners can be in the playing line-up, as long as neither delay nor disruption is caused to the game. For this purpose, courtesy runners should be the most recent outs or players who are not already in the line-up.

13. DESIGNATED HITTERS are optional for all games.

14. A)  EXTRA HITTERS. To involve a greater numbers of players, a maximum of three extra hitters can be added to the batting line-up. The extra hitters can bat at any position in the line-up, however, all extra hitters must be included on the team sheet prior to the game and all batters must follow in the specified order, with normal procedures and penalties for batting out of order to apply. Substitutions for extra hitters can be made according to usual baseball practices.

If an extra hitter is injured during a game, he may be replaced by another player from the bench. If the umpire is satisfied that no other players are available from the bench (for example, if all squad members are already batting), then he will instruct that the players to follow are all lifted one spot in the order.

Further: Where a side is playing extra hitters and a starting fielder has to leave the game through injury, the batting side may not have another player available from the bench. If the umpire is satisfied that is the case, then one of the extra hitters will be nominated to go into the field but will remain in his same spot in the order. All players will be moved up a spot to cover the injured player. See, too, Rule 18, regarding the use of replacement players.

Extra hitters may be interchanged with starting fielders if the team wishes, in which event any former fielder will assume "extra hitter" status. All players must retain their same spot in the batting order.

14. B) ROTATION OF EXTRA FIELDERS. If there are more than nine (9) players present for your team, meaning you have excess players, they must only sit on the bench for one (1) fielding innings maximum, then be bought on as fielders in the next fielding innings. Team Managers are to ensure that all players fit to play receive a fair amount of playing time.

15. SEVEN (7) PLAYERS MINIMUM are to take the field for a team to start a game. If there are only seven (7) players available and one is injured after play has commenced, the game will continue. In this event, the opposition is encouraged, but not required, to offer fielding substitutes. There will not be a “BLANK” rule (or “AUTOMATIC OUT” rule) for missing players in the line-up. It is permitted for teams to use a player from any other team to achieve the seven (7) player minimum.

16. TEAM SHEETS. All players, including Designated Runners and Courtesy Runners, are to appear on team sheets at the commencement of each game to be eligible to play in that game.

 

17. REGISTERED PLAYERS. It is the responsibility of team managersthat all players are registered with Australian Baseball Federation and Baseball Tasmania.

18. RE-ENTRY. Players may be replaced and they may re-enter the game, but ONLY in the batting spot of the replacement player (i.e. their original spot). Replacement players must play at least one full innings (i.e. batting and fielding), unless injured, when they may be replaced immediately.

19. UNIFORMS. It is COMPULSORY that all players and managers wear the full team uniform (incl. caps) while on the field. Team Managers are to ensure that all players are suitably attired.  Moulded or metal cleats are the preferred footwear to reduce slipping injuries; however, metal cleats should not be used when pitching.

20. BATS. Only wood and wood composite bats (subject to the Official Rules of Baseball) may be used by players.  If an umpire finds any player using a non-compliant bat it will be removed from the game immediately, and a warning issued. If the warned team offends again in that game, a 9-0 forfeit will be declared.

21. HELMETS. Batters and runners must wear two-eared helmets at all times. Base coaches are also required to wear helmets whilst performing their role.

22. FORFEITED GAME. If a team fails to appear with fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled game time, then a forfeit will be claimed, with match points and a 9-0 score awarded to the team in attendance, provided that it has the minimum seven (7) players required to start the match. If neither side has enough players after the fifteen minute grace period, then there will be no points awarded and no score recorded for either team.

23. SLOW PLAY tactics will not be tolerated. Umpires will be instructed to keep the game moving, together with a maximum three (3) pitch limit for pitchers to warm-up between innings. A maximum of 5 warm up pitches will apply for new pitchers entering the game.

24. SCORERS. Each team is to supply a scorer and regulation scorebook.

25. PROTESTS. In the event of a protest, usual baseball procedure will be followed at the time (consulting with the umpire and marking the scorebook). Team Managers and Umpires are encouraged to resolve the problem “on field” if at all possible. However, any unresolvable protest needs to be detailed in writing by the protesting team, and submitted to the committee for review within 48 hours of the game concluding.

26. MATCH CARDS and LINE-UP CARDS will be supplied by the league. These must be filled in each match and collected by umpires at the end of games for submission to the league.

27. MATCH BALLS are to be purchased from the league. Each team is to provide one (1) new ball plus one (1) near new ball to the plate umpire prior to each game. Team names should be written on the balls so umpires can return them to each team at the conclusion of the game, if not lost. The league may, at its option, change the brand of ball from time to time.

28. FAIR PLAY. Teams are expected to observe reasonable sporting ethics and to present Tasmanian baseball in its best possible light. Whilst not diminishing the competitiveness of the contest, players are encouraged to recognise the efforts of opposition players and are urged to refrain from strategies or behaviour that might belittle, embarrass or endanger their opposition.

 

THESE PLAYING CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN SET OUT AND AGREED TO BY THE BASEBALL TASMANIA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE TEAM REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LEAGUE ON BEHALF OF ALL PLAYERS. ANY UPDATE OR CHANGE TO THESE PLAYING CONDITIONS WILL BE MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TEAM REPRESENTATIVES AND THE LATEST VERSION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON OUR WEBSITE.