BylawsUpdated Wednesday January 27, 2016 by NKYA Baseball.
1.01 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of the New Kent Youth Association (NKYA) Baseball will consist of a maximum of sixteen (16) voting members elected to serve a term of two years commencing October 1. The Board and officers will be elected at the regularly scheduled September meeting. League Commissioners will serve a minimum of a one-year term.
Prior to the election, the Board of Directors will determine the number of positions to be filled during the election, not to exceed the maximum established above. Nominees receiving the greatest number of votes will be elected to fill the prescribed Board positions. Should a tie vote occur the president will cast the deciding vote. When only one nominee is selected they must receive at least 2/3 of the votes cast to be elected to fill the prescribed board position.
1.03 TERM OF OFFICE
During its tenure in office, the Board may, as circumstances dictate, alter its membership, provided the total membership of the Board is not thereby increased to a number greater than the number prescribed in Paragraph 1.01. The terms of all Board members, regardless of when originally elected, shall expire September 30, however, they shall continue to serve in a temporary capacity, as necessary, beyond this date until the election and acceptance of a successor. Should any office become vacant during the year, the Board may fill the same for the remaining term. The President and the Secretary shall begin their terms of office concurrently. The Vice President and Treasurer shall begin their terms of office concurrently and in the opposite year of the President and Secretary to maintain continuity of the Board.
Any member of the Board of Directors may, for cause, be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board Members present at any regularly scheduled or special Board meeting.
1.05 VOTING RIGHTS
(A) Board Members: Upon election to the Board of Directors, Board members, except where noted otherwise in these Bylaws, are entitled to vote on all issues that come before the Board, including but not limited to, issues pertaining to the normal affairs, structure and operations of NKYA Baseball.
(B) Regular attendance of Board meetings is important to the successful operations of NKYA Baseball. Board members are expected to attend all meetings whenever possible. If a Board Member fails to attend Board Meetings on a regular basis and/or is not actively performing their Board Position duties, the Board may elect to expel that Board Member pursuant to the provisions of Bylaw 1.04.
(C) Methods of Voting: In accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, voting may be accomplished either by a show of hands or by secret ballot. No member may be called to justify his or her vote in either instance. Electronic votes (email) are permitted and will follow the same method as a secret ballot. Electronic voting will not take the place of regular Board meetings. The President must authorize all electronic votes
1.06 ENCUMBERED FUNDS
Other than for capital improvements, such as lights, the Board cannot encumber funds past the current year of its term unless by unanimous vote of the board. The Board cannot sign long-term agreements requiring future Boards to purchase services from vendors or service providers. Capital improvements include money spent for replacing and improving the NKYA Baseball’s equipment and assets, not for operating expenses.
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Bylaws governing rules of play are in effect from the first scheduled game for each League and throughout the playing season. The Board of Directors and a Rules Committee will review The Bylaws for changes, omissions, and additions after the conclusion of the current season and prior to the next season. Any Bylaw Amendments deemed necessary outside of this process will require a two- thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors. Any Bylaws or rules of the Association that may need emergency changes, league changes, or are deemed necessary for league play can be amended during the current season.
Such amendments can be made by 2/3-majority vote of the Board. At any time the League President can act upon emergency and safety changes with the notification of the Board members until the issue can be voted on at next board meeting.
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3.01 MEETING SCHEDULE
A meeting of the Board of Directors shall be scheduled monthly. Additional meetings may be called by the President at any time, or upon written request of at least three (3) members of the Board of Directors.
A majority of the Board of Directors will constitute a “quorum” at any meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those present will govern except where otherwise provided herein. Proxy votes will not be permitted at any meeting of the Board of Directors.
Robert’s Rules of Order (Modern Edition) serve as the guide for the conduct of proceedings of all meetings, except where it conflicts with the NKYA Baseball Bylaws.
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4.01 FINANCIAL POLICY
The Board of Directors will decide all matters pertaining to the financial policy of NKYA Baseball. All checks, drafts, notes, and other orders for payment of funds will require signatures from two of the following four Board executive positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer.
4.02 FINANCIAL APPROVAL
Any proposed expenditure that would exceed $200 shall require approval of the Board of Directors, excluding the weekly concession purchases to replenish food supplies. For purchases of $500 or more 3(three) bids are required and a Board vote of 2/3 majority will select the bidder.
4.03 FINANCIAL BONDING
The treasurer shall be bonded for $50,000 Dishonesty Bond. At the boards discretion up to four (4) other board members can be bonded for $50,000 Dishonesty Bond.
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5.01 LEAGUE REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
The Official Rule Guide of Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth Baseball, the Official Rule Guide of Babe Ruth Division of Babe Ruth Baseball and the NKYA Baseball Bylaws will govern play.
5.02 RULE CONFLICTS
Where provisions in the NKYA Baseball Bylaws conflict with provisions in other governing rules and regulations, the NKYA Baseball Bylaws will govern.
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Any child meeting the requirements as set forth in the regulations of Cal Ripken Division and Babe Ruth Divisions, Babe Ruth League, Inc., and the NKYA Baseball, and residing within the boundaries defined in the respective charters of the above organizations, will be eligible to participate in the NKYA Baseball program.
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The NKYA Baseball Board of Directors is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of NKYA Baseball within the policy established by the Board.
The President will serve as Chairperson of the Board of Directors and will preside at all meetings of the Board and have general supervision of the affairs of the organization. Upon the approval of the Board of Directors of the annual budget, if so ruled upon, the President may proceed to operate within the limits of the same without further approval by the Board of Directors except as provided in Section IV, above. The President will be responsible for overseeing league tryouts and drafts. The President will establish committees as deemed appropriate and appoint a chairperson for any committee established within the League. The President will chair the Rules Committees if such committee is deemed useful. In any matter coming before the Board, the President will vote only in the case of a tie vote. The President may appoint committee chairpersons and other non-board officers listed in this section of the Bylaws. The Board must approve any removals from office once the appointments have been made. The President will be responsible for having ultimate oversight of the NKYA Baseball Bylaws. The President will make the necessary arrangements to provide suitable insurance for the participants in NKYA Baseball and for submitting claims.
7.02 VICE PRESIDENT
The Vice President will exercise all of the functions of the President during his or her absence and is responsible for the normal day-to-day operations of NKYA Baseball. The Vice President will be responsible for overseeing league registration. The Vice President will be responsible for overseeing compliance with the NKYA Baseball Bylaws. The Vice President will be responsible for submitting the financial records for audit by September 1, of each year.
The Treasurer will have custody of all of the funds and securities of the organization, depositing funds in the name of NKYA Baseball. The Treasurer will prepare, on behalf of the President, the annual budget for examination and approval by the Board. The Treasurer will provide a financial report at each regular Board meeting. The Treasurer will maintain NKYA Baseball financial records and will assure that expenses will not exceed the budgeted dollars, if so approved, within a specific category without approval of the Board in accordance with 4.02. The Treasurer will issue all checks, drafts or money orders in payment of proper League expenses. All checks, drafts, notes, and other orders for payment of funds will require the signature of two of the following four executive Board members: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Treasurer will exhibit the books and accounts to any member of the Board upon request.
The Secretary will issue notices of all meetings, keep the minutes of meetings as requested by the President, maintain NKYA Baseball’s official records, registrations, and files and perform other duties as appropriate that are properly assigned by the Board. The Secretary will be responsible for maintaining the official attendance of individuals present at each meeting and record the attendance in the minutes.
7.05 LEAGUE COMMISSIONERS
There are a maximum of five (5) League Commissioners (T- Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, and Babe Ruth) and are members of the Board of Directors. League Commissioners are charged with administering the rules and regulations that their teams will play under in accordance with the NKYA Baseball Bylaws and subject to the approval of the President. The League Commissioner is the initial arbiter in any dispute. The League Commissioner is authorized to do all things necessary within the limits of the Bylaws to discharge his/her duties. The League Commissioner has the responsibility for notifying teams of game cancellations and reschedules. He/she will immediately advise the President of unusual matters arising during the playing season. The League Commissioner is also responsible for player tryouts and player drafts subject to the oversight of the Vice President. The League Commissioner ensures that all league documents held within their possession will be kept confidential and will remain the property of NKYA Baseball. These records will not be released to any individual without a written request and the prior approval of the Board. League Commissioners are required to conduct a before, during, and after meeting with the managers of their League during the regular season to open lines of communication, discuss opportunities, ensure clarification of the rules specific to their League, the progression of the League, field questions and concerns from the managers. The League Commissioner will report to the Board any outstanding complaints against managers or coaches. League Commissioners shall be responsible to promptly report rules violations or allegations of violations by managers and coaches to the Baseball President. League Commissioners are required to report to the Baseball President within seventy-two (72) hours of the receipt of any complaint in writing.
7.06 CONCESSION STAND DIRECTOR
The Concession Stand Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Concession Stand. This will include, but is not limited to, the keeping of sufficient inventory to operate the Concession Stand, the daily operations of the Concession Stand, the recruitment of crews to run the Concession Stand, the proper handling of the Concession Stand receipts, record-keeping for the above, and monitoring the weather radio and alerting the umpire of weather conditions (i.e. lightning, severe storms, etc.). All monies, records, and receipts will be turned over to the Treasurer for accountability or placed in the safe, nightly.
7.07 EQUIPMENT/FIELD MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR/PROCUREMENT
The Equipment/Field Maintenance Director is responsible for the procurement, repair, storage, accountability, and distribution of all playing, field, and other equipment. The Equipment/Field Maintenance Director will conduct an inventory of all equipment on hand and report the status and condition of the equipment by September 1st. The Equipment/Field Maintenance Director will purchase league equipment. The Equipment/Field Maintenance Director will operate within the limits of the annual budget approved by the Board. The Equipment/Field Maintenance Director will solicit competitive bids in writing for major expenditures and present his or her recommendations for accepting such bids to the Board. Major expenses will be anything above $500.00. The Equipment/Field Maintenance Director is responsible for the oversight and upkeep of all playing fields, spectator facilities, and other fixed physical assets of NKYA Baseball.
7.08 DIRECTOR OF UMPIRES
The Director of Umpires will be responsible for Umpire training, protest process, proper uniform and equipment, Umpire rules, mechanics and game administration. He/she will be responsible for assigning umpires for all official games. The Director of Umpire will be responsible for interpretation of rules and calling games during severe weather.
7.09 WEBSITE DIRECTOR
The Website Director is responsible for updating and maintaining the NKYA Baseball website on a weekly basis and for the distribution of information, to include mass email notifications, concerning the NKYA Baseball. This is a non-voting board position.
7.10 SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
The Sponsorship Director is responsible for the recruitment, allocation, and coordination of team sponsors. The Sponsorship Director has the responsibility of ensuring all sponsorship agreements are met and satisfied (i.e. banners, plaques, team shirts, etc.).
7.11 EVENT DIRECTOR
The Event Director is responsible for the coordination of Opening Day activities, fund raising events, team pictures, trophies, and uniforms.
7.12 SAFETY OFFICER
The Safety Officer is responsible for creating safety awareness through education and information. Serve as contact person for coach / player training and to assist league director’s in related duties.
7.13 TEAM MOM/DAD
The Team Mom/Dad will oversee and assist with picture day and photo bids, trophy orders, and maintain a roster of contact information of team moms and dads for the league.
7.14 PLAYER AGENT
Each playing division will have one player agent representative on the Board. This position will assist the corresponding league commissioner with carrying out the league commissioner’s duties. It is recommended, but not required, that the player agent not have a child playing in the same division that the player agent represents. This is a non-voting board position.
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The following rules will govern sponsor assignments:
(A) Returning sponsors within a League will have priority.
(B) When openings become available, sponsors with the most seniority within NKYA Baseball will have priority. Sponsors will be assigned in order of seniority; and
(C) When all other conditions are equal, sponsors will be assigned in order in which payment is received (i.e., first come, first served).
(D) A sponsor may not dictate Manager, Coach, or player personnel decisions.
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Game schedules issued by the President or designee will be followed. The time and date for a game to be resumed or rescheduled will be established by the President or designee and played on the next available date after the originally scheduled/played game. The penalty for failure to comply with the makeup game as prescribed by the President will be forfeiture. Forfeited games will be counted as a loss for season play but as a win for the purpose of the next succeeding year’s draft. Practices not scheduled by the League are optional. Players not attending optional practices cannot be penalized. League Commissioners will be notified within twenty-four (24) hours of games requiring rescheduling.
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No individual will MANAGE more than one (1) team during the regular season league play. Only the three (3) approved managers or coaches will be permitted on the playing area, including dugouts, during any game. (Rookie teams may have four (4) approved individuals) unless expressed approval by the President of the league. One (1) additional volunteer or scorekeeper will be permitted in the dugout during games, but that individual must remain in the dugout during play. All managers and coaches are required to complete Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Coaches Certification Course and a background check before the start of the season or they will not be able to manage/coach a team.
(A) Managers will be responsible for their coaches, players, and spectators’ actions at the playing fields. All Managers and their coaches will conduct themselves within the Rules of Conduct established by NKYA Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball, Incorporated. Managers are not authorized to purchase any League equipment. The Home Team Manager will prepare the field for each game (line and rake as needed). The Home Team will provide two (2) adults to perform Concession Stand duty during their game. Failure to provide staffing for the Concession Stand will result in the Home Team forfeiting their game.
(B) Managers are ultimately responsible for ensuring the team’s Game Day duties are carried out. Game Day duties are defined as the Home Team will rake the field and the Visiting Team will conduct trash pickup, emptying the trash cans, and replacing the trash bags in the cans at the conclusion of their game. All Managers and coaches are responsible for placing the pitching mound on the field prior to the first game and removing it at the conclusion of the final game of the day.
(C) During severe weather, at the discretion of the Umpire, all Managers and Coaches will evacuate the fields and direct all participants to seek shelter in a vehicle.
(D) Violation of Manager Responsibilities and/or the Rules of Conduct may result in:
First (1st) Offense: Written warning by the league President;
Second (2nd) Offense: Suspension for one (1) game by the league President; and
Third (3rd) Offense: Indefinite suspension at the discretion of the Board.
The President has the authority to suspend any Manager or Coach for one (1) game. The Board of Directors, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of members present at any duly called meeting, has the authority to suspend or dismiss any Manager or Coach for more than one (1) game whose conduct is considered detrimental to the best interests of NKYA Baseball (see Rules of Conduct Section IX).
10.04 AGE REQUIREMENTS
All Managers will be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age. All coaches will be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
Prior to the start of the season, all managers and coaches must provide signed consent to undergo a Background check by a third party. No exceptions will be granted. All Managers and Coaches must complete required Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth coaches’ certification.
10.06 BOARD APPROVAL
At the time he/she presents managerial candidates for the coming season, each League Commissioner will also report on any outstanding grievances, complaints, or unresolved problems (such as outstanding equipment, failure to participate in league activities, parental complaints) pertaining to all managerial candidates from the previous season.
10.07 COACH’S OPTION
For all levels of the league, each Manager is allowed one Coach’s Option to select one person to serve as a Coach for the Manager’s team, with the son or daughter of that Coach automatically being placed on the Manager’s team. The Coach must be selected prior to the division’s player draft, and the coach selections must be approved by the League Commissioner and Board Members present at the player draft.
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11.01 MANAGERS AND COACHES
(A) Will display good sportsmanship at all times, leading by example, regardless of whether his or her team wins or loses;
(B) Will show by example that they respect the judgment and the position of authority of the umpire. They must instill in their players a respect for the authority of adult leaders in the League;
(C) Will encourage their players at every opportunity and exercise discretion and tact when critiquing player performance;
(D) Will be responsible for assuring reliable adult supervision at each team game or practice;
(E) Will be cautious and use sound reasonable judgment in a protest situation;
(F) Will not curse, use tobacco products, or consume alcoholic beverages before or during games/practices and on or around the playing fields; and
(G) Will ensure application of all safety related rules, to include pitch counts and weather warnings, during game situations.
(A) All violations of these rules will be reported to the League Commissioner for subsequent action by the President and, if needed, Board of Directors. Such notification must be supported by either written and signed letter or personal appearance before the Board.
(B) The President will fully investigate all such matters, giving each person involved an ample opportunity to participate in the investigation. Based on the facts involved, the President will determine the validity of the complaint and the appropriate course of action to be followed. Where sufficient cause is shown, the individual(s) involved will be called before the Board and given the opportunity to account for their actions. The Board will then, by two- thirds (2/3) vote of the members present, (1) Dismiss the matter completely; (2) Admonish the individual(s) involved; and/or (3) Suspend or otherwise remove the individual(s) from further League participation.
11.03 LEAGUE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
(A) The appropriate League Commissioner must receive any complaint in writing or via electronic mail.
(B) The League Commissioner will call all parties together to resolve the issue. If it cannot be resolved, the complainant may request that the grievance be brought before the President.
(C) The President will call all parties together to resolve the issue. If it cannot be resolved, the complainant may request that the President bring the grievance before the Board in a closed special meeting.
(D) After presentations from all parties involved, the Board of Directors will resolve the grievance by a majority vote. The decision of the Board is final.
(E) Any Board Member directly involved with the situation at hand must excuse their self from using their position to influence the outcome or decision-making processes.
Umpires have ultimate authority on game time decisions from the meeting at the plate until the last out and the Managers, Coaches, and players have left the field. Umpires may not declare a game to be forfeited due to the actions of spectators or others not directly involved in the game. If, however, after repeated warnings, spectators or others not directly involved in the game fail to heed guidance of umpires and managers, game will be stopped and person/persons involved will be asked to leave the premises. Game will not resume until the person/persons has left the premises. If person/persons involved refuse to leave the premises, the umpire may suspend the game until the issue is resolved.
11.05 PLAYER, MANAGER, or COACH EJECTION FROM GAME
A player, manager, and/or coach that are ejected from a game will automatically be suspended for the next game. If the ejection involves obscenity or violence, the suspension will be at the discretion of the President and may be up to a full season. If a player, manager, and/or coach is ejected from a game more than once in a playing year (spring and fall seasons), the player, manager, and/or coach could be suspended for the rest of that season, at the discretion of the President.
11.06 SPECTATOR CONDUCT
(A) Spectators shall adhere to the same sportsmanship standards as managers, coaches, and players. Taunting of players and umpires is not permitted. Repeated negative comments directed towards players or umpires are not permitted.
(B) Noisemakers are not permitted to taunt players.
(C) Pets, consumption of alcohol, and the use of tobacco products are prohibited as designated by signs posted by New Kent County Parks and Recreations.
11.07 WEATHER SAFETY
A weather radio will be monitored in the concession stand during regularly scheduled games to provide advanced warning of severe weather. In the event of severe weather (i.e. lightning, etc.), the Concession Stand Director or designee will notify the Umpire who will immediately evacuate the fields and ensure all participants seek shelter in their vehicle.
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The NKYA Baseball will consist of the following leagues:
(F) Babe Ruth
(G) Senior Babe Ruth
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The following rules and regulations apply to all NKYA Baseball leagues except where specifically noted in the league-specific sections that follow:
(A) Cal Ripken – Children will be eligible to play in the following leagues during the spring season if they will reach the stated ages prior to May 1. No player will be eligible to play in the Cal Ripken Division if they will turn thirteen (13) or older prior to May 1. No player younger than league age four (4) years old shall be eligible to play in the Cal Ripken Division. Instructional/Blast Ball (4 year olds), T-ball (5 and 6 year-olds), Rookie (7 and 8 year olds), Minor (9 and 10 year olds), Major (11 and 12 year olds). After one year of playing in a league, players will be eligible to try out for the next league the following year (Example: after playing as a 7 year old Rookie, they may then try out as an 8 year old Minor the following year).
(B) Babe Ruth – see official rulebook of Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken.
13.02 PLAYING RULES – REGULAR SEASON
(A) Participation – The goal of NKYA Baseball is for all to participate in at least four (4) innings. Players must participate a minimum of three (3) innings (two and a half (2 ½) innings if the home team is ahead; exception: T-ball). Failure to comply with the participation requirements will result in forfeiture. Substitution Rule does not apply to regular season games in any league, excluding pitchers. EXCEPTION: Player suspended from game.
(B) Games may start or finish with only eight (8) players without a forfeit, but games cannot start or finish with less than eight (8) players. Teams playing with only eight (8) players must record an out at the ninth (9th) position in the batting order.
(C) At the discretion of the Umpire-in-Charge, players who have not met the minimum participation Requirements may be removed from the game for illness or disciplinary action or injury, without penalty. Within forty-eight (48) hours of the games ending, the manager must notify the League Commissioner of any such disciplinary action. If a manager finds it necessary to discipline a player in such a way that the player will miss an entire game, both the parents of the player and the League Commissioner must be notified. If the League Commissioner finds that sufficient cause has been found to invoke the disciplinary action, then the League Commissioner may allow the manager to bench the player. Failure to comply with this procedure will result in disciplinary action against the manager.
(D) Innings. (1) No new inning may begin after one hour and forty-five (1:45) minutes from the beginning of the game, even if there is a tie score. The beginning of the game is defined as the umpire’s declaration of game start time. The home team manager will be responsible for noting the start time and confirming it with the opposing manager.
(2) The last inning is declared at the beginning of an inning and is declared by the umpire. If last inning is not declared by the umpire then the 5 run rules supersedes.
(E) End of Season NKYA Tournament Play: In the event that two teams in a Division complete the regular season with identical win-loss records, their head-to-head record will determine their ranking. If they split their regular season games, it will be determined by the least amount of runs allowed during their head-to- head games. If tie still exist then a flip of a coin will determine ranking.
(F) PITCHING LIMITATIONS: NKYA will use a pitch count as described below:
17-18 years old: 105 pitches per day
13-16 years old: 85 pitches per day
11-12 years old: 75 pitches per day
8-10 years old: 60 pitches per day
Managers will ensure pitchers adhere to the following rest requirements:
91 or more pitches in a day: 4 calendar days of rest
61-90 pitches in a day: 3 calendar days of rest
41-60 pitches in a day: 2 calendar days of rest
21-40 pitches in a day: 1 calendar day of rest
(1) Any player on a regular season team may pitch. There is no limit to the number of pitchers a team may use in a game. Only the starting pitcher may return to the mound, which may occur only once during a game.
(2) If the maximum pitch count is reached after first pitch to a batter, the pitcher will be allowed to finish pitching to that batter.
(3) Games in which an ineligible pitcher has been used as specified above may result in a possible protested game per 13.04 and may result, post investigation, in forfeiture. Any blatant disrespect to this rule will result in disciplinary action against the manager as stated in 11.02.
(4) If a game is called before it has become a regulation game and the umpire declares it “no game” player pitch counts still apply because of safety reasons. The league commissioner will note the pitch count in the scorebook.
(5) The home team scorekeeper is designated as official pitch count recorder and must provide the current pitch count for any pitcher when requested by either manager or umpire. The manager is responsible for knowing when his/her pitcher must be removed and must keep documented pitch counts for all pitchers and all games. Managers must sign the opposing team’s scorebook verifying the pitch count.
(6) The official pitch count recorder should inform the manager that the pitcher must be removed prior to the next batter.
(7) Failure by the pitch count recorder to notify the manager DOES NOT relieve the manager of responsibility to remove a pitcher when that pitcher is no longer eligible. (8)Prior coordination with and approval of school coaches is required before pitching any NKYA Baseball player who is on a New Kent County school team. EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE.
(G) Pitching development – In an effort to develop and improve pitching for every age level, Minor and Major League games ensure younger age groups (9 (nine) yr old or younger in minor and eleven (11) yr old or younger in major) will pitch a minimum of three (3) consecutive outs or six (6) consecutive batters in every game. The manager is responsible to adhere to this rule every game. The first violation of this rule will result in the manager’s suspension from one game. Second violation will be reviewed by the board and resolved within 48 (forty-eight) hours.
13.03 OPTIONED PLAYERS
(A) Prior to the start of the player draft, any manager holding an option on any candidate must notify the League Commissioner, who in turn will notify the other managers.
(B) There are several kinds of optioned players including: (1) A son/daughter are not actually options, they are identified herein since they are automatically assigned to their team; (2) Brothers/sisters of players already selected or assigned must be selected within 2 draft rounds; or (3) Any other options as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.
(A) Umpire judgment calls CANNOT be protested.
(B) The President or vice-President will review the facts presented and make the decision as to whether the protest will be upheld or make other suggested corrections on by-laws or league rules.
13.05 ROSTER VACANCIES
When vacancies occur on a team, managers must notify the League Commissioner immediately of such vacancy. The League Commissioner will then consult with the Secretary to determine the next available player from the waiting list and assign that player to that team. If teams did not draft a complete roster of twelve (12) players, additional players will be assigned to teams in the order in which the teams drafted, with the first player assigned to the team, which would have selected after the final choice in the draft. Once all rosters are filled, then players will be assigned to fill vacancies left by resignations or injuries.
13.06 REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
Only League games against NKYA Baseball teams shall count in determining Final Standings and League Champions.
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(A) All players will bat every inning. Each team will consist of an equal number of five (5) and six (6) year olds, to the extent possible.
(B) Players who played on a previous NKYA Baseball T-ball team will return to the same team unless their parents request that they be placed on a different team. If the team is disbanded, the players will be placed on another team.
(C) The “Three (3) Out Rule” will be played by all teams on a predetermined date, which will be in the middle of the regular season. An equal number of games will be played with the “Three (3) Out Rule” by each team for the remainder of the season. The purpose of the implementation of the “Three (3) Out Rule” during the middle of the season is to help the players prepare and gain the understanding of the next level of baseball, the Rookie League. The T-ball League Commissioner will establish the commencement date of the “Three (3) Out Rule” prior to Opening Day.
(D) Players will be assigned to a team by the Secretary and approved by the President.
(E) T-ball games will end at the conclusion of four (4) full innings. There will be no strikeouts in T-Ball, but there will be a five (5) attempted swing limit. If a batter fails to put the ball in play within five (5) attempts, the batter is out. No new inning may begin after one hour and forty-five (1:45) minutes from the actual starting time of the game. A game becomes regulation at the conclusion of three (3) full innings of play.
(F) Standings and scores will be kept. Scorebooks are to be used to assist Managers in All-Star selection.
(A) T-ball team rosters will consist of no more than thirteen (13) players.
(B) Each player must play a minimum of two (2) innings in the field. Each team will be allowed to play a total of eleven (11) players in the field, of which five (5) players shall be outfielders.
(C) The bottom half of the last inning will be played regardless of whether the
Home Team is ahead or behind.
(A) Maximum innings played by Pitcher and First Baseman will be two innings per game.
(B) Defensive players must remain in their respective positions for the entire half inning. Exception: In the event of an injury to a defensive player, the remaining defensive players may be realigned to provide for substitution for the injured player.
14.04 BATTING RULES
(A) Each team will bat the same number of players. Each team will bat all their players unless the opposing team has less. If a team has less players than the opposing team, the opposing team will only bat the equal number as the team with less players. Example: If the Rangers have twelve (12) players and the Braves have eleven (11) players, the both teams will bat eleven (11) players. The Rangers’ twelfth (12th) player will be the lead batter in the next inning. Both teams may only adjust the number of players batting due to late arrivals, injuries, illness, or players leaving early before the new inning starts. After the “Three (3) Out Rule” takes effect, each half inning will end when three (3) outs are made by the defensive team. The next batter in the lineup will be the lead batter in the next inning.
(B) The Home Plate Coach must announce the last batter. If not and the ball is hit, all runners will return to the original bases occupied and the batter will bat again.
(C) Other than the coaches, only the batter, on deck batter, and base runners are allowed outside of the dugout and on the field of play while their team is at bat.
(D) All equipment, gloves, bats and helmets, must remain outside the field of play.
(E) The batter will hit the baseball off of a batting tee in lieu of hitting a pitched ball. The tee will be placed directly on home plate.
(F) The ball is dead until hit by a batter.
(G) Runners are not allowed to lead off bases or steal.
(H) The ball when hit by a batter must travel beyond the twenty-two and a half (22-½) foot arc (white chalk line) as measured from the back point of home plate to be considered in play. Any ball that settles within the twenty-two and a half (22 ½) foot arc, either by batting or being touched by a defensive player, will be declared “DEAD” and a “FOUL BALL”. The coach at home plate will take immediate action to call out “DEAD BALL” load loud and clear. Note: The twenty-two and a half (22 ½) foot arc will be marked on the field starting perpendicular to the first (1st) base line and will cross the base line running between third (3rd) base and home plate indicating the halfway point.
(I) there are no strikes, but as discussed above, each batter will be allowed a maximum of five (5) attempts to put the ball in play. Foul balls do not count against the batter in the number of attempts given.
(J) Batters may not bunt or intentionally swing easily. If this occurs, the batter will be called back to the plate and will bat again.
(K) A batter will be called out for throwing the bat after one (1) warning to that batter. Runners may not advance. The coach at home plate will judge as to whether or not the bat was thrown. The home plate coach’s decision is final.
14.05 FIELDING RULES
(A) The pitcher must remain behind the pitching rubber while a batter is in the batter’s box, until the ball is hit. After the ball is hit by the batter, into the field of play, play is halted by making a play on the base runner(s) and/or returning the ball to the pitcher, who must control the ball and touch the rubber. The coach will declare “DEAD BALL” and no further advancement may take place. However, if in the opinion of the coach, the pitcher makes incidental contact with the rubber while attempting to make a play, contact will not constitute a “DEAD BALL”.
(B) When fielding the ball, the Pitcher will not be allowed to tag the batter running to first (1st) base. The Pitcher is encouraged to throw the ball to the First (1st) Baseman to make the play.
(C) On overthrows outside the fenced playing area or into the dugout, the base runner(s) will be awarded the base being attempted plus one (1). After a one (1) base advancement on an overthrow outside the fenced playing area or the dugout, the ball is “DEAD” regardless of any additional plays. On all overthrows inside the fenced playing area, on a forced play, or tag outs at first (1st), second (2nd), third
(3rd), and home, the runner(s) may attempt to advance to the next base at their coach’s discretion and the runner’s own risk. The Last Batter situation is exempt from the overthrow and “DEAD BALL” rules.
(D) Each half inning ends when:
(1) The last batter hits the ball into fair territory and all runners make it home, or the catcher or defensive backup player with possession of the ball touches home plate or a third out is made.
(2) The “Three (3) Out Rule” takes effect and three (3) outs are made by the defensive team.
(E) There can only be two defensive players within the twenty-two and a half (22-½) foot arc (as extended to the fence), one of which must be the catcher. The ball will be thrown (not rolled or handed) to the catcher from any defensive player outside the twenty-two and a half (22-½) foot arc if the play is being made at home plate. If the catcher misses the thrown ball, a defensive backup player may make the out.
(F) Infield flies – the infield fly rule will not apply.
14.06 MANAGERS AND COACHES
Managers and Coaches will be allowed to coach their players while in the field or at bat. Managers and Coaches may coach players by entering the field of play at anytime.
(A) The Coaches of the team at bat will serve as umpires.
(B) When possible, there will be two (2) Coaches available to cover home plate and the bases.
(C) The Coach will remove the tee from home plate after the ball has been batted.
14.08 FIELD LAYOUT
The distance between bases will be forty-five (45) feet. The distance from the back point of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber will be thirty-four and a half (34 ½) feet.
Players must use a League-assigned T-ball bat or a bat that says, “T-ball” as part of its manufacturer’s labeling.
The Catcher must wear a catcher’s helmet at all times while in the field of play. Catchers must be positioned in the neutral back corner of the batter. Example: For a right-handed batter, the Catcher will be positioned to the left of the batter toward the first (1st) base line side and away from the swinging bat.
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(A) Players will be assigned to teams by draft as described in Section 19.02 below.
(B) Each team will have one (1) Manager’s son/daughter selection assigned to team prior to the draft. Returning players who played on a previous Rookie team will return to the same team unless their parents request they be placed back in the draft.
(C) An official game is six (6) innings. No new inning may begin after one hour and forty-five (1:45) minutes from the actual starting time of the game. A game becomes regulation at the conclusion of four (4) full innings of play, unless the home team is ahead at the conclusion of three and a half (3-½) innings.
15.02 PLAYING RULES
All regular season play in the Rookie League will be conducted under the foregoing rules with the following exceptions:
(A) The pitching machine may be adjusted for proper pitching angle as needed and should be adjusted prior to the first pitch of each half inning. The machine speed may only be adjusted back to the proper setting and may only be done so during a dead ball situation with the umpire as a witness. The speed for the pitching machine will be forty-three (43) mph.
(B) Walks – no walks will be awarded.
(C) Games will be called if the winning team is up 15 in the 4th, 10 in the 5th.
(D) Base Stealing – no base stealing will be permitted. Runners are not allowed to lead off base.
(E) Bunting is allowed in the Rookie League but not fake bunting.
(F) Infield Fly – the infield fly rule will not apply.
(G) End of inning – The inning is over after either three (3) outs are made or once five (5) runs have scored for the team currently at bat. The five (5) run limit does not apply the last or sixth (6th) innings.
(H) Dead Ball – The ball is dead until hit by the batter. If a batted ball hits the pitching coach or pitching machine, the ball is dead, the batter is awarded first (1st) base and all forced runners will advance one (1) base. If a thrown ball hits the pitching coach or machine, the ball is live unless the ball is being returned to the mound for the next pitch. When a ball in play is returned to and controlled by either the pitcher or the umpire, the pitcher or catcher makes incidental contact with the pitching rubber or home plate, respectively, while attempting to make a play; contact will not constitute a dead ball. Base runners, who in the opinion of the umpire, are attempting to advance to the next base at the time the ball is ruled controlled and dead, will be awarded the base being attempted. A base runner simply being off the base does not automatically constitute an attempt at the next base.
(I) When a ball has been hit and is being fielded by the defensive team, the pitching coach will not interfere with the fielding of the ball or the play on any base. If, in the umpire-in-chief’s opinion, the pitching coach has not made every effort to avoid such interference, the batter/runner will be declared out and no runners may advance. Continued violation by the pitching coach of any of the above will result in his removal from the game.
(J) If ten (10) or more players are available, then teams must utilize a fourth (4th) outfielder. Teams with less than ten (10) players available will not be penalized for fielding less than ten (10).
(K) No player shall sit on the bench more than one (1) inning per game, unless due to injury, illness, or disciplinary actions as deemed by the coach, i.e. unsportsmanlike conduct, during the game until every player has been benched once. No player shall be penalized for missing practice or a game. All players must be rotated to the bench throughout the regular season in a manner that will not allow one (1) player more playtime than another. This allows all the players the ability to get as much playtime as possible, which in return, is to the benefit of the child.
(L) No player shall play the same position more than three (3) innings per game. This gives all players the opportunity to increase their skills and aid in developing the players for the next level, Minor League.
(M) Catcher must assume “catcher’s position” behind home plate.
End of Section XV
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE MINOR LEAGUE
(A) Five (5) Run Rule – each half inning of play will end when:
(1) The third (3rd) out is made,
(2) The fifth (5th) run is scored in such half inning.
(3) Five (5) run rules do not apply in last or sixth (6th) inning.
(B) Minor League pitchers shall pitch per pitch count regulations stated in Section 13.02 (F). Managers will, at all times, place pitcher safety above end-game results.
(C) Mercy Rule applies.
(1) Fifteen (15) runs after the fourth (4th) inning.
(2) Ten (10) runs after the fifth (5th) inning.
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SPECIAL RULES FOR THE MAJOR LEAGUE
(A) Major League pitchers shall pitch per pitch count regulations stated in Section 13.02 (F). Managers will, at all times, place pitcher safety above end-game results.
(B) Mercy Rule applies.
(1) Fifteen (15) runs after the fourth (4th) inning.
(2) Ten (10) runs after the fifth (5th) inning.
(C) 50/70 all regular season games through April 30th, base runners may only lead off up to the 10-foot hash mark and may not advance to the next base until ball crosses home plate. On May 1 the 10-foot hash mark will be removed and a full out base steal with be in effect.
End of Section XVII
Babe Ruth League shall comply with Babe Ruth Baseball Rule Book.
All bats must comply with Babe Ruth rules.
End of Section XVIII
SECTION XIX – PLAYER TRYOUTS
19.01 PLAYER TRYOUTS
(A) All players aged seven to fifteen (7-15) new to the League or NKYA baseball must attend a tryout to be eligible to be drafted or placed on a team, including returning players requesting to be placed back in the draft. It is at the desertion of the Board to re-draft its players using a practice of fairness.
(B) Players that do not attend a tryout prior to league drafts or register after tryouts will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their registrations are received. These players will be chosen in the draft only after all players who attended scheduled tryouts are drafted.
19.02 PLAYER DRAFT
(A) Each League Manager will randomly draw a number for Draft Order position at the beginning of the draft.
(B) Each manager will then proceed to pick in order of his or her number from the League Commissioner’s list. He or she may pick any eligible player in that Division, within the limitations of the NKYA Baseball Bylaws. After each Manager has had an opportunity to pick one (1) player, the selection will be a wrap-around order until all teams are filled with an equal number or until all candidates are selected.
(C) Each Team will be allowed to pick a maximum number of All-Stars and Travel Ball Players for their Roster. The Maximum Number will be determined by the number of those players divided into the number of Teams, A list of All-Stars and Travel Ball Players will be provided to each Manager at the Draft.
(D) Any player chosen in the player draft will remain the selection of that team during the players remaining time of the season, unless their parents request some sort of change due to personal domestic and or Court reasons.
(E) For Rookie League Teams, a maximum of eight (8) eight (8) year olds are allowed on a team. However, each team will consist of an equal number of seven and eight (7 and 8) year olds, to the extent possible.
(F) For Minor League Teams, a maximum of eight (8) ten (10) year olds are allowed on a team. However, each team will consist of an equal number of nine and ten (9 and 10) year olds, to the extent possible.
(G) For Major League Teams, a maximum of eight (8) twelve (12) year olds are allowed on a team. However, each team will consist of an equal number of eleven and twelve (11 and 12) year olds, to the extent possible.
(H) No players or persons under eighteen (18) years old may attend the player draft.
(I) All Managers, to include T-Ball and Instructional Managers, will be responsible for the contact or making an attempt to contact their team within twenty-four (24) hours after the Coaches Meeting in which all coaching packets and rosters have been issued.
19.03 ADDING NEW TEAMS
At the discretion of the board, a division may require a re-draft.
19.04 PLAY UP/DOWN
(A) A player may be eligible to play up or down one age-level based on the player attending and participating in the skills assessment. This process will be limited in scope, and no player is guaranteed the right or privilege to move up or down one age level. The player must exhibit knowledge, skills, and abilities that the Board determines are essential to supporting the player playing up or down.
(B) Safety is the most important factor in whether the Board approves the player to play up or play down.
(C) The Board shall make all decisions on whether a player plays up or down after receiving a recommendation from the League Commissioner. All Board decisions will be final.
End of Section XIX
(A) All Star Managers will be decided by a vote of the Managers (supervised by the league commissioner) within their League and approved by the board upon the recommendation of the league President.
(B) Separate tryouts will be held for the All Star tournament teams for each League excluding Blast Ball and T-Ball. Tournament Team Managers may hold tournament team tryouts any day after June 1. Open tryouts will be held for each tournament team. Each Tournament Team Manager will inform ALL Team Managers within their respective Leagues of the time and date of tryouts. All Team Managers will inform all players on their teams of the time and date of tryouts. When fifteen (15) or more player’s tryout for a tournament team, selection will be made via closed ballot completed by Managers within the League. Closed ballots will contain pertinent statistics of the player trying out, to include number of at bats, hits and on base percentage. The ten (10) players receiving the most votes from the Managers will be selected to the tournament team. The Tournament Team Manager, at his or her discretion, may select up to five (5) more players to reach the team composition limit of fifteen (15) players. The League Commissioner must be informed of the final selection prior to the official team announcement. The league President shall approve the final draft and or make recommendations to ensure league fairness and compliance with league bylaws.
(C) Notification of non-selected players will be done by that player’s regular season manager within (24) hours of draft selection.
(D) Prior to any tournament team practice, the player’s parent/guardian must sign and return the All Star tournament team letter of agreement, outlining the goals and ground rules of our tournament teams.
End of Section XX