2013 Fall Champions Lone Star College-Kingwood
University of Houston-Downtown
Each team will play a two-game series with each opponent, unless two divisions are created.
The League Coordinator will schedule/re-schedule all games. District games ALWAYS take top priority over non-conference games, and it is possible non-conference games may need to be bumped from the schedule in order to make up rained out district games. The home team is responsible for securing fields and paying for two umpires for each game. The top 4 teams will be eligible for the League Championship Tournament and will be seeded based on their records.
All games will be played using the 7-inning format. The Mercy rule will NOT be in effect during Championship Tournament. If the game is tied after 7 innings then play will continue until there is a winner.
If a team is up by ten or more runs at the end of five or more full innings, that team is declared the winner, and play must be stopped. If the home team does not need to bat in their bottom half of the inning in order to go up by ten or more runs, then they are declared the winner, and play must be stopped. This rule is not in effect during the Championship Tournament play.
Line Up Cards
Prior to the start of any game, a line-up card must be submitted to both the opposing team and the home plate umpire. The line-up card must designate a manager/head coach for the team for that particular game. n the event that the line-up card does not designate a manager/head coach, by default who ever turns the line-up card in to the home plate umpire is designated the manager/head coach for that particular game even if it's a player. The designated manager/head coach in a particular game will be charged for mound visits in that game in accordance with NCAA rules (3 per game, 1 per inning). The line-up card must list the last name and number worn during that particular game for all starting players and available substitutes. Only substitutes listed on the line-up card are eligible to compete in that particular game.
The official roster is limited to no more than 33 players. The 33 players listed on the roster are the ONLY players allowed to compete. Any team found playing a player not on the current official roster will be issued a forfeit for all games that the above-mentioned player has competed in. Any team found playing any players on their eligible roster will AUTOMATICALLY be forced to forfeit any victories achieved while having no eligible roster. Players are not deemed eligible to participate in any game until they are listed on the official roster.
Eligibility & Academic Eligibility
When the player appears on the team's roster, they are eligible to play. Any team found playing an ineligible player will be penalized by forfeiting all games that ineligible player participated in while holding an ineligible status. Students from a school's Satellite/Sister campus ARE eligible to participate on the main campus's club baseball team provided their campus does not have one. A player with any previous professional experience in the sport of baseball is NOT eligible to play. Players must be enrolled in 6 academic credit hours and have a 2.0 or higher GPA.
Teams need to wear contrasting uniforms. It is the responsibility of the visiting team to wear a contrasting uniform color to the jersey worn by the home team ONLY if a contrasting uniform color is available. Coaches will adhere to all NCAA requirements regarding coach's uniforms excluding the following exceptions. A coach may wear a jacket or wind-shirt OVER the uniform top provided it is a team issued item, which matches the team's colors. When coaching the bases, the uniform game jersey must be worn. If a team jacket or wind-shirt is worn, it MAY be worn OVER the official uniform provided it is a team issued item, which matches the team's colors and is of a non-distracting nature. Coaches must wear a helmet while base coaching.
Jewelry may be worn during games, unless the umpire feels the item is of a direct safety hazard.
This is a wood bat league. Wood or wood/bamboo composite bats are allowed. The penalty for a player who uses an illegal bat (per NCAA rules) is as follows: If the bat is detected before the first pitch of the at bat, the bat is to be removed from the game and the player must use a legal bat. If the player tries to use an illegal bat again in that game, he is AUTOMATICALLY ejected. If the bat is detected after the first pitch of the at bat and prior to the first pitch to the next batter, the bat is to be removed from the game, the batter is declared out, and the runners are not allowed to advance. If the player tries to use an illegal bat again in that game, he is AUTOMATICALLY ejected.
While it is not required for the home team to provide on-site medical personnel (i.e. trainer or EMT), the home team is required to provide some sort of communications equipment capable of summoning medical personnel in the event of an emergency. Coaches are encouraged to be trained in CPR/First Aid and have a stocked first aid kit in their dugout. Teams should make note of where the local hospital is located before each game.
Fields with bullpens are preferred, but are not a requirement. Fields need to be chalked or painted.
REENTRY is allowed if:
Designated Hitter & Courtesy Runners
During all games, the league has adopted the NCAA Collision Rule regarding contact at the plate:
Hit By Pitch
A batter has the right to his position in the batter’s box and is not required to make an attempt to get out of the way of a pitch. If the umpire feels that the batter intentionally moves into the path of the ball in order to be hit by the pitch, the batter is not awarded first base and the pitch is called a ball or strike at the umpire's discretion.
In the event that a player or coach should be ejected from a game, it is required that the team's primary representative completes an Ejection Report and submits it via email to the League Coordinator within 48 hours.
Upon reviewing the Ejection Report, the League may determine that a further suspension is necessary.
In the event that a player is ejected for any of the following reasons, he is AUTOMATICALLY suspended for an addition 1 game: Arguing Balls/Strikes, Arguing Safe/Out Calls, Violating ANY Slide Rule, etc. In the event that a player is ejected for threatening or making physical contact with an opposing player, coach, or umpire, that player is AUTOMATICALLY ejected.
In the event that a pitcher is ejected for intentionally throwing at a batter, that pitcher is AUTOMATICALLY suspended from the league.
In the event that a player is ejected for any of the following reasons, he is NOT automatically suspended for any additional games: Uniform Violation, Use of an Illegal Bat, Use of Foul Language, Bench Jockeying.
In reference to ejections, a "coach" is defined as anyone on the bench or on the field dressed in uniform with the team who is not listed on the team’s roster or on the line-up card for that particular game AND includes the acting manager for that game as determined by the line-up submitted to the umpire at the start of the game even if this manager is also a player (i.e. the a player/coach).
In the event that a coach is ejected for threatening or making physical contact with an opposing player, coach, or umpire, that coach is AUTOMATICALLY indefinitely suspended.
In the event that a coach is ejected for any of the following reasons, he is NOT automatically suspended for any additional games: Arguing Balls/Strikes, Arguing Safe/Out Calls, Uniform Violation, Use of Foul Language, Bench Jockeying, pitcher intentionally throwing at a batter.
If a player, coach, or manager who is ejected fails to leave the premises peacefully and without further incident, they are AUTOMATICALLY suspended for 1 additional game on top of any other suspension they may have earned based upon the reason for their ejection.
No protest ever shall be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire.
On Field Protests
On Field Protests consists of protests regarding Uniform Violations, Equipment Violations, umpire decisions believed to be in violation of League rules, umpire qualifications, and In-Game Known Roster Violations.
Any On Field protest by the coach of a competing team must be made at the time of the action or incident that caused the protest and before play is resumed. If the game ends (legal contest) in a protest able situation, the offended team has until all fielders have left fair territory to voice its protest intentions.
When a coach claims that an umpire's decision violates league rules, the umpire-in-chief must: (1) allow the coach the right to file a protest; (2) announce to each coach, to the official scorer and to the public-address announcer that the game is being played under protest, and (3) note and record the game situation at the time
of the protest. No replay of any part of a game will be allowed even if the protest is proven to be legitimate, if the play in question did not directly affect the outcome of the game. If the protest is proven to be legitimate and could have had a bearing upon the game, then it is upheld and play resumes from the point of the
When a coach questions the validity that an opposing player is actually the player on the roster who he claims to be, that coach may request that the umpire-in-chief have the player in question produce a photo ID. In the event that the player in question is unable to produce a photo ID, then the game may be played under protest by the opposition as an On Field Protest.
Off Field Protests
Off Field Protests consists of protests regarding Failure to secure fields and In-Game Unknown Roster Violations. All Off Field protests must be reported to the League Coordinator within 48 hours.
A team can be expelled from the league if they forfeit 2 or more scheduled conference games or if they conduct the baseball operations of their team in a manner not considered acceptable by league standards. Any team that forfeits will not be eligible for the Championship Tournament.