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PLAYING RULES

 
 

 

 


   Windsor Baseball, Inc. adheres to the "Official Regulations and Playing Rules of 'Babe Ruth, Inc".

Booklets are distributed to each Head Coach at the start of the season. We encourage all players and parents to read and become familiar with both the Official Regulations and Playing Rules and any Local Rules that may apply.

Rules set guidelines, rules teach discipline, and rules require respect.                   

 

Local Rules
 
Local rules are encouraged by Babe Ruth League to adjust for local conditions. Local rule modifications to the National rules are approved by the Windsor Baseball Board of Directors. Please review the local rules appropriate for your child's playing level:

Please note: the playing rules for Rookie are designed for player participation.
 

Team Rules and Conduct

In addition to the National and Local playing rules, each team may have additional team rules approved by the Player Agent. Team rules are established to provide team, parent and player specific participation and other requirements. Any player (or parent) who interferes with team management, including failing to adhere to the established team rules, can expect reduced playing time or other possible sanctions to insure team harmony.

Players are expected to arrive on time for pregame workouts and conduct themselves during the game in an acceptable manner. It is a team's responsibility to promote good sportsmanship and fair play.


PARTICIPATION RULES
 

PENALTY:
If a player does not play the minimum required, the player(s) involved shall start the next schedules game, and play any previous requirement not completed and the minimum requirement for the current game before being substituted.

The Coach shall:

  • A.  First Offense - PR will contact Coach to determine and resolve any issue(s)
  • B.  Second Offense - receive a verbal warning 
  • C.  Third Offense - receive a suspension for subsequent game
     
DISCIPLINE / SPORTSMANSHIP
 
  1. Poor sportsmanship (by coaches, players or spectators) can result in ejection from the game and removal from the park,
  2. Examplesof poor sportsmanship include throwing equipment, using illegal equipment, bad language, taunting or gesturing in an un-sportsmanlike manner to opponents, arguing with an umpire's judgment call or harassing ANYONE.
  3. A player may lose his/her privilege to play in one or more future games for disciplinary reasons provided that:
  • The Player Agent approves such action in advance, and
  • Before any action is taken, every effort is made to resolve the problem by talking with the parents, Player Rep, Player Agent , Coach(es).
 
PHILOSOPHY OF CONDUCT
 
It is the philosophy of Windsor Baseball that your child's playing experience shall be positive. We can not allow the enjoyment of the majority of players and families to be jeopardized by misconduct by others. Unfortunately, there may be times when disciplinary action against players, coaches, parents or spectators may become necessary.
 


General Rules

  • Play for the fun of playing, not just to please your parents.
  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with or complain about umpire's calls or decisions.
  • Control your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
  • Concentrate on playing baseball and on affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort.
  • Be a good sport by cheering all good plays, whether it is your team's or your opponent's.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated.
  • Cooperate with your manager, coaches, teammates, opponents and umpires.
  • Food and gum are not allowed in the dugouts, although sunflower seeds are permitted.
Any player, manager, coach, parent or spectator whose conduct is not consistent with these guidelines may be cautioned by the umpire-in-chief or other League official. Foul or abusive language is strictly prohibited. If an individual is unable to refrain from using foul language or making derogatory remarks to any player, manager, coach, or umpire, the umpire-in-chief or other League official may suspend the game until that individual leaves the ballpark or other playing area. If the individual refuses to leave the ballpark or other playing area, the umpire may discontinue the game and the police will be called for assistance. If the disruptive individual is a manager, coach or player, additional sanctions will likely occur depending on the circumstances.


EJECTION PROTOCOL
   Each umpire has the power and authority to eject players, managers, coaches and spectators from the game and or ballpark or other playing area.

Players
   If a player is ejected, the player shall immediately leave the playing area (field, dugout, bullpen etc.) before play continues, but may become a silent spectator in the stands. In addition, the player is expected to attend subsequent practices for behavior modification counseling. The player shall NOT participate in the next scheduled game, but may watch the game from the stands, but may not wear the team uniform.

Manager/Coach
   When a manager or coach is ejected, that individual shall IMMEDIATELY leave the ballpark or other playing area. In addition, that individual shall have NO CONTACT with the team and shall be PROHIBITED from the ballpark or other playing field until the day AFTER the completion of the next scheduled team game.

Parents/Spectators
   Other ejected individuals shall immediately leave the ballpark or other playing area. Refusal to do so may result in the Umpires "calling" the game and other sanctions being assessed on the team associated with that individual.

OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION
   The Board feels strongly that proper field decorum is an important element of the Baseball experience. For example, ejected individuals who do not "go quietly" once ejected can expect additional sanctions. Note: Any player, manager or coach who is ejected or otherwise suspended three times in a season, will have their association with Windsor Baseball terminated.

The Executive Committee or Protest Committee is responsible to impose any other disciplinary sanctions necessary to effectively operate the League.