Butler Eagle County Baseball League: Rules

Constitution and By-Laws of The Butler Eagle County Baseball
ARTICLE 1.0                ORGANIZATION
ARTICLE 2.0                OBJECTIVE
ARTICLE 3.0                 OFFICERS and MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE 4.0                MEETINGS
ARTICLE 5.0                ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS
ARTICLE 6.0                FEES AND FINES
ARTICLE 7.0                REGULAR SEASON GAMES
ARTICLE 8.0                LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF SERIES
ARTICLE 9.0                 UMPIRES
ARTICLE 10.0        SPECIAL RULES
ARTICLE 11.0         EQUIPMENT
ARTICLE 12.0        PROTESTS


ARTICLE 1.0 ORGANIZATION

Section 1.1        This organization shall be formally known as the Butler Eagle County Baseball League. The organization is referred to as “League” or “Organization” in the Constitution and By-Laws. The sole purpose of the League is to provide an organized summer baseball program for individuals in Butler County and surrounding communities.

Section 1.2        Upon dissolution of the League, no part of the net earnings of the League shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, the Officers, Membership or private persons, except that the League shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose set forth herein. No substantial part of the activities of the League shall be carrying of propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation, and the League shall not intervene in (including the publishing of distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Not with standing any other provision of these articles, the League shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an association exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501 c of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). Upon the dissolution of the League, the Officers shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all liabilities of the League, transfer all of the assets of the League to a fund, foundation, exclusively for the purpose specified in Section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 1.3        Proposed changes in the Constitution and By-Laws may be submitted by any Member of the Organization at any regular meeting. Proposed changes may be submitted in writing to the President or verbally from the floor. Each proposed change shall be read aloud by the League Secretary when presented. Each proposed change must be seconded or the proposal will fail at that time. Proposed changes recommended by the President and the Commissioners must be presented to the Membership at a regular meeting, and seconded before the proposal can be voted upon, and adopted or rejected.

Section 1.4        All proposed changes to the Constitution and By-Laws must be discussed by a majority of the Team Managers in good standing, and the Officers of the League at the next regular meeting before the changes can be voted upon. After all discussion on the motion or issue has ceased, the proposal shall again be read aloud by the League Secretary, voted upon, and adopted or rejected at that time.

ARTICLE 2.0 OBJECTIVE

Section 2.1        The objective of the Butler Eagle County Baseball League is to promote the sport of baseball at its highest amateur level in the area encompassed by the Teams in the League. The Organization shall encourage its growth through challenging competition, fair play, sportsmanship and ethical behavior of the Officers, Team Managers, Coaches and Players.

ARTICLE 3.0 OFFICERS and MEMBERSHIP

Section 3.1        The officers of the Organization will be nominated and elected by a vote of Team Managers in good standing at a regular meeting in February.

Section 3.2        All Officers shall be elected for a one-year term. The term will commence immediately and end at the February meeting following year. Any Officer may serve continuously if nominated and re-elected.


Section 3.3        The League shall be governed by the Officers of the Organization. The Officers of the Organization shall be President, League Secretary, Treasurer, and at least two (2) Commissioners. The elected Officers will assume the following duties and responsibilities:

PRESIDENT        Responsible for the general management and stability of the League. Calls and conducts all meetings, appoints committees, authorizes and cosigns treasury transactions, approves all expenditures, and shall be a member of all committees. The President, assisted by the Commissioners if needed at the discretion of the President, will provide interpretations and decisions regarding the enforcement of the Constitution and By-Laws, forfeited games, make-up games, fines and protests. The President may also be the point contact with the Butler County Sports Officials Association (BCSOA) for the League for games rescheduled by the President. The President shall not be a Team Manager, Coach, or Player, or otherwise be directly associated with any Team in the League.

SECRETARY        Responsible for recording the attendance and proceedings at regular meetings, preparing and distributing meeting minutes, League forms. Official League correspondence, and other documents as may be required. The League Secretary is responsible for receiving Team Opening Game Rosters and League Contracts, and verifying Player eligibility. The League Secretary shall issue Opening Day Rosters, June 20th Rosters, Roster Change Notices, and League Disabled List information for each team in the League. The League Secretary will assume the duties of the President at regular meetings if the President is not present. The League Secretary shall not vote nor provide an opinion to the President and the Commissioners on issues that require interpretations and decisions regarding the enforcement of the Constitution and By-Laws, forfeited games, make-up games, fines and protests. The Secretary Treasurer may also be the liason to the BCSOA.

TREASURER        Responsible for all financial matters and bookkeeping for the League, including deposits and withdrawals to/from League accounts (as approved and co-signed by the President), recording payment of participation fee, League entry fee, fines, and maintaining individual Team accounts. The Treasurer will present a financial status report at each regular meeting and prepare an annual financial statement, itemizing income and expenditures for the League. The annual financial statement will be distributed to the Officers and Team Managers. The Treasurer shall not vote nor provide opinion to the President and the Commissioners on issues that require interpretations and decisions regarding the enforcement of the Constitution and By-Laws, forfeited games, make-up games, fines and protests.

COMMISSIONERS        Responsible for actively promoting the League and its objectives throughout the area encompassed by the League. At least two commissioners shall be nominated and elected each year. These individuals shall not be associated, in any way, with any Team in the League. The Commissioners should be willing to attend all regular meetings, regular season games at random, and all League Championship Play-Off Series games. Their attendance at games will be a measure of assuring that the ideals of fair play, sportsmanship and ethical behavior of the Membership are upheld, and that the decisions of the Umpires are fair and impartial. The Commissioners will assist the President in providing interpretations and decisions regarding the enforcement of the Constitution and By-Laws, forfeited games, fines and protests. The Commissioners are responsible for preparing and submitting a written annual report to the President that contains comments on the status of the League and recommendations for improvements including, but not limited to, revisions to the Constitution and By-Laws, the addition of special rules, or other changes that will raise the level of competition, promote the League, and improve the Organization

   Section 3.4        Membership in the Organization is made up of the Officers, Team Managers, Coaches, and Players of Teams participating in the League. A new Team is eligible to participate in all activities of the League upon payment of the participation fee to the Treasurer. There are no membership dues to individual members.

Section 3.5        Each Team participating in the League is entitled to one vote on all motions or issues that are presented for approval or rejection that effect the Organization. All Team Managers are considered Members in good standing and may vote on any motion or issue presented at regular meetings, as long as they attended regular meetings or their Team is represented at the meetings. A Team shall not vote on any motion or issue if it has missed two (2) consecutives regular meetings. In order to be a member back in good standing, in order to vote, the Team Manager must attend two (2) consecutive regular meetings.

ARTICLE 4.0 MEETINGS

Section 4.1        The Organization will conduct regular meetings each year at a site, date and time determined by the President. All League business will be conducted at the regular meetings. Attendance at regular meetings is mandatory for each Team Manager. The Team Manager is required to send a Coach or Player, authorized to represent the Team, if the Team Manager is unable to attend a regular meeting. Regular meetings are open to the Membership.

Section 4.2        The rules of order at all regular meetings shall be as follows:
A)        Call to order
B)        Minutes read from last meeting
C)        Treasurer’s Report
D)        Old Business
E)        New Business
F)        Adjourn

Section 4.3        Regular meetings will be scheduled each year as follows for the main purposes stated. A regular meeting may be cancelled by the President if the intended purpose of the meeting is not necessary.
    January        Presentation of proposed Constitution and By-Laws changes.
    February        Nomination and election of Officers. Discussion of proposed Constitution and By-Laws changes.
    March        Vote on proposed Constitution and By-Laws changes. Inputs to regular season game schedule, decide division or non division alignment of Teams, discuss preliminary League Championship Play-Off Series format and game dates, and All Star voting criteria and All Star Team make-up size.
April        Discuss Constitution and By-Laws changes with the Butler County Sports Officials Association. Distribute regular season schedules and schedule the All Star game.
July        Verify final Team standings and Player eligibility; finalize League Championship Play-Off Series format and game date and sites.
August        Year end meeting. Presentation of Awards, Commissioners’ report and Treasurer’s annual financial statement.

Section 4.4        Special meetings shall be called by the President when necessary. Special meetings may also be called when the President is requested by at least (3) Team Managers in good standing. The President shall, when requested, call a special meeting within (7) days of the request. Team Managers in good standing shall be notified at least (3) days before the date of the meeting.

Section 4.5        The President may also assemble special committees as is determined necessary. The exact duty of each committee shall be defined when it is formed.


Section 4.6        A majority of Team Managers must be present at regular meetings to constitute a quorum before a meeting can be called to order and for voting on all motions and issues presented for approval or rejection that effect the Organization.

ARTICLE 5.0 ELIGIBILTY OF PLAYERS

Section 5.1        To be eligible to participate in regular season games each Team Manager, Coach and Player must sign a League Contract (See Attachment “A”) for the current season. The contract is valid from the time it is signed through the last game of the League Championship Play-Offs Series each season. The League shall have no input, and may not interfere in any way with the organization or make-up of any Team.

Section 5.2        To be eligible to play the opening regular season game each Team must pay the League participation fee to the Treasurer by April 1, of each year. In addition, the Team Manager must submit the Team’s Opening Game Roster (See Attachment “B”) and signed League contracts for each member of the Team, listed on the Team Opening Game Roster, to the League Secretary before May 5, of each year. NOTE: Only Team members who have signed a League contract may be placed on the Team’s Opening Game Roster. Teams’ will forfeit all games, and be fined; until their Opening Game Roster and signed League contracts have been received by the League Secretary.

Section 5.3        The complete rosters for each team is limited to a total of 25, including the Team Manager, Coaches and Players. The Team Manager and Coaches may also be Players, but the roster shall not exceed 25 for any reason.

Section 5.4        An Opening Day Roster (See Attachment “C”) for each Team will be prepared and issued by the League Secretary to all Team Managers, no later than three (3) days before the opening game of the season.

Section 5.5        There are no League or team boundary lines. Players may sign with any team but may sign with only one team.

Section 5.6        There is no minimum age limit for Players.

Section 5.7        After a Team has submitted its Opening Game Roster to the League Secretary, no new Player, except as described in Section 5.8, is eligible to play for any Team until five days after a signed League contract has been received by the League Secretary. Note: The five days commences when the League Secretary has received the Player’s name and signed contract. It is in the best interest of the Team presenting the new player to follow-up with the League Secretary to insure that Player’s name and signed contract have been received. Upon receipt of a signed League contract and verification of eligibility, the League Secretary will issue a Roster Change Notice (See Attachment “D”) to all Team Managers.

Section 5.8        Any high school or college student participating in a varsity sport, or military personnel released from active duty, are eligible to play for any Team immediately. The Player’s Team Manager must notify the opposing Team Manager and the League Secretary that the Player will be officially added to the roster, and submit a signed League Contract to the League Secretary immediately. Upon receipt of a signed League contract and verification of eligibility, the League Secretary will issue a Roster Change Notice to all Team Managers.




Section 5.9        Players may be released from a team at any time. The Team Manager must notify the League Secretary of all Player releases immediately. Released Players may sign with another team on or before June 20. Any Player signing with more than one team, whose Team Manager has not
notified the League Secretary of the Players’ release is considered a Dual Roster Player. A Dual Roster Player is immediately ineligible to play for either Team until contract conditions are verified by the league Secretary, with the Player’s original Team Manager. In addition, all released Players are ineligible for five regular season games and until a signed League contract has been received by the League Secretary from the released Player’s new Team manager. Upon receipt of a signed League contract and verification of eligibility the league Secretary will issue a Roster Change Notice to all Team Managers.

Section 5.10        Each Team must finish the season with the roster issued by the League Secretary on June 20th (See Attachment “E”). No new Players may be added to the roster after that date for any reason. Note: The only exception to this rule is military personnel being released from active duty. Players on leave from active duty are eligible unless they signed a League contract prior to June 20th.

Section 5.11        No Player is eligible to play in this League who receives compensation of any type, either directly or indirectly, for any service to any Team or to the League.

Section 5.12        Any Team using an ineligible Player in any game will be notified by the League Secretary and will be fined, as described in Section 6.3, for each ineligible Player. In addition, the Team will forfeit all games in which the ineligible Player had participated.

Section 5.13        Team Managers, Umpires, Officers, Commissioners or any other group of the League membership shall decide not to allow a new Player to participate in any games unless the Player is listed on an Official roster or a Roster Change Notice that has been issued by the League Secretary. In addition, the provisions of Section 5.1 and 5.6 through 5.11 must also be met.

Section 5.14        If a Player is injured, to the extent that participation in regular season games is not possible for at least five games, the Player may be placed on the League Disabled List at the discretion of the Team Manager. The Team Manager must notify the League Secretary of the reason and the number of games the Player will miss due to the injury. Upon notification the League Secretary will issue a League Disabled List Notice (See Attachment “F”) to all Team Managers. While on the League Disabled List, a Player is not eligible to participate in regular season games in any capacity. Games missed due to being placed on the League Disabled List will be deducted from the minimum number of games required to be played for participation in League Championship Play-Off Series games at the rate shown in Section 8.5.

Section 5.15        Trading of Players among or between Teams is strictly prohibited at any time.

ARTICLE 6.0 FEES and FINES

Section 6.1        Each Team electing to participate in the League will pay a participation fee of $75 each season. The total fee must be received by the Treasurer on or before April 1. It will be used by the Organization as necessary for operating expenses. New teams shall pay a sum of $ 250.00 upon approval as a new team in the Butler Eagle County League. New teams will not pay the $ 75.00 season fee their first year in the Butler Eagle County League.

Section 6.2        Any Team that fails to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the League, as agreed to by a majority of the Team Managers, will be expelled from the League. That Team will forfeit any remaining games and all money paid to the League. Team Managers are responsible for the conduct of their players on and off the playing field while at a League game.



Section 6.3        A Team using an ineligible Player(s) will be fined the sum of $20.00 for each Player. In addition, the Team will forfeit all games in which the ineligible Player(s) had participated. The offending Player(s) will be suspended for FIVE games if before June 20 and if it occurs after June 20 the Player(s) will be expelled from the League for that season.


Section 6.4        A Team leaving the field during the progress of any games will be fined the sum of $25.00 and forfeit the game. The Team is also subject to expulsion from the League as decided by the President and the Commissioners.

Section 6.5        A Team will be fined the sum of $50.00 if any member of the Team strikes or attempts to strike a member of the opposing team, or an Umpire at any time. The offender will be immediately ejected from the game in progress, and must leave the confines of the ballpark. The Player or Players will be suspended for five (5) games. The offender is then subject to expulsion from the League as decided by the President and the Commissioners. In addition if the Team member being struck reacts to the offense, the President and the Commissioners shall determine if the second person involved shall be suspended. This Player will also be immediately ejected from the game in progress and the Player’s Team fined $50.00. Any third player or players involved in the altercation shall be ejected from the game in progress and suspended five games. The Players’ Team(s) will be fined $50.00 for each Player. Note: Team Managers are responsible for the behavior and conduct of their Teams’ fans. Team Managers may be subject to additional fines or suspension, as decided by the President and the Commissioners, if fans become involved in the altercation.

Section 6.6        A Team that forfeits a game for any reason will be fined the sum of $15.00. The forfeiting Team is also responsible for payment of the appropriate game fee to the Umpires. Payment of Umpires game fee is the responsibility of the forfeiting Team. If the Visiting Team does not show up for a game, the Home Team shall pay the game fee to the Umpires. The League will reimburse the Home Team and collect the Umpires fees from the Visiting Team.

Section 6.7        Any Team that forfeits more than three (3) regular season games shall be suspended from the League for the rest of the season. The Team is ineligible for entry in the Butler Eagle County League the following year, and until all fines are paid.

Section 6.8        A Team will be fined the sum of $25.00 if a member of the Team is found drinking or smoking during the progress of any games. The offender(s) will be immediately ejected from the game and are subject to a suspension of up to five (5) games while ON the playing field including the dugout. In addition, the offender is subject to expulsion from the League as decided by the President and the Commissioners.

Section 6.9        A Team will be fined the sum of $25.00 if any member of the Team is ejected for obscene language or disruptive play of the game, after an initial umpire warning, except for a blatant violation for which no warning is required. The Umpire Association must notify the President of the player and team involved and the Secretary will send notification letter to the involved team requiring payment of the fine within ten (10) days or there will be forfeiture of games played until the fine is paid.

Section 6.10        Certain rules and regulations are in effect on most playing fields in the Butler Eagle County Baseball League. Each team is required to abide by the rules for that field. If a team violates those rules they can be barred from playing on that field. Since good playing fields are at a premium in the League, it is in everyone’s interest to abide by field rules.

Section 6.11    Starting with the 2003 season all teams in the Butler Eagle County Baseball League are required to carry Liability Insurance for their team. The policy must cover the team for any field they play on during the regular and playoff season. It is recommended that the teams combine and purchase one policy each year to reduce costs for the teams.


SECTION 7.0 REGULAR SEASON GAMES

Section 7.1        A schedule of regular season games will be developed each season. The schedule shall be completed for review by the Team Managers at the regular meeting in April. The number of games scheduled shall not be less than 20. The number of games scheduled may vary depending on the number of teams electing to participate in the League. The number of games scheduled will be decided by a majority of the Team Managers. The League Secretary shall forward two copies of the schedule of regular season games to the managers for each season immediately after it has been finalized. The League Secretary shall also forward copies of the schedule to the Sports Department of the Butler Eagle, Cranberry Eagle, Hampton-Richland Eagle Newspaper, Valley News Dispatch and North Hills News Record.

Section 7.2        All regular season games, scheduled on Monday through Friday (non Holidays), will start promptly at 6:15 PM daylight saving time (DST). The visiting team shall have the use of the field from 5:55 PM to 6:10 PM. No game may begin before 6:15 PM on these days. However, regular season games scheduled on these days may be played later, at night, on lighted fields. The starting time for night games may vary depending upon the schedule of events for the field.

Section 7.3        Regular season games may also be scheduled on Saturday, Sunday or Holidays. The starting time for these games may vary.

Section 7.4        A grace period of up to 15 minutes after the scheduled start of any game is permitted for the late arrival of Players. The grace period may not be used for convenience or to allow either Team to practice. The starting time of games may be delayed by more than 15 minutes only if the field is in use by another scheduled event and the event is not yet concluded after the grace period has expired. Then the actual starting time for the game will be decided by the Umpires. No additional grace period or practice time will be allowed.

Section 7.5        All games will consist of seven (7) innings. However, the completion of five (5) innings, included tied games, will constitute a complete game if all seven (7) innings are unable to be played due to darkness or inclement weather. If a game is started after 7:00 PM DST, on an unlighted field, the length of the game may be limited to five (5) innings.

Section 7.6        Games tied after the completion of seven (7) full innings will continue into extra innings. The extra innings will continue until the tie is broken and until the Home Team has had the opportunity to bat their half of the inning being played if necessary. No extra inning game can be called if only the Visiting Team has batted in their half of the inning and has taken the lead. If an extra inning game cannot be played until the tie is broken, or the Home Team has not batted in their half of an inning when losing, the game will end as a tie.

Section 7.7        It is the responsibility of the Home Team Manager to notify the Visiting Team Manager, and the Umpires assigned to the game, 1 hour and 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, that the scheduled game is postponed due to inclement weather, poor field conditions, or a field scheduling conflict. The availability of Players is not an acceptable reason for a Team Manager to postpone any game.

Section 7.8        Regular season games that are postponed due to inclement weather, poor field conditions, or field availability must be rescheduled. The Home Team Manager must reschedule the postponed game on the next available open date for both teams. The game may be rescheduled at either the Home Team or Visitors field. The Home Team Manager must notify the Visiting Team Manager and the BCSOA of the date, site and time of the rescheduled game. The President will reschedule

postponed games if not rescheduled within one week from the original date. The President will notify both Team Managers and the BCSOA of the site, date and time of the rescheduled game.

Section 7.9        Team standings in the League, or within divisions, will be decided by a point system as follows:
        2 points for a win
        1 point for a tie
        0 points for a loss
        Note: One point shall be deducted from the point total of any Team that forfeits a game.


Section 7.10        The Team Manager of winning Team is required to telephone The Butler Eagle Newspaper Sports Department, before 10:00 PM DST on the night of a game, and report the results of a game. The results of games played on Saturday, Sunday or Holidays should also be reported. The telephone numbers for the Butler Eagle Sports Department are: 282-8010 or 1-800-842-8098. The standings printed in the Butler Eagle are the official standings for the League. Errors must be called to the attention of the President. The President and/or the Commissioners will verify and correct any errors by comparing the scorecard of both teams for the game(s) in question.

Section 7.11        In the event that two or more Teams end the regular season with the same number of points, the final Team standings will be decided as follows:

A)        The results of head to head regular season wins, losses and ties between the tied Teams. If a tie still exists see Section 7.12 B.
B)        The number of points earned from complete regular season games played by the tied Teams. Games won by forfeit and points earned will not be counted for breaking a tie in the standings. If a tie still exists see Section 7.12 C.
C)        The total number of runs scored in head to head regular season games between the tied Teams. If a tie still exists see Section 7.12 D
D)        A coin flip if two (2) Teams are still tied. If three (3) or more Teams are still tied, Team names will be drawn. The first pick is the first place Team, the second pick is the second place Team, etc.

Section 7.12        The Team that finishes the Regular Season with the highest number of points shall be awarded a trophy or plaque by the League. The award will indicate the year, and Team name, and the designation: Regular Season First Place Team. The League shall pay $50.00 for this award.

ARTICLE 8.0 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF SERIES

Section 8.1        At the conclusion of the regular season, additional games, designated as The League Championship Play-Off Series (LCPS), will be conducted to decide the League Champion for the Season. A schedule of games for the LCPS shall be developed at the regular meeting in July of each year. The League Secretary shall submit the schedule to the BCSOA immediately after it has been finalized. The League Secretary shall also forward copies of the LCPS schedule to the Sports Department of the Butler Eagle, Cranberry Eagle, Hampton-Richland Eagle, Valley News Dispatch and North Hills News Record.

Section 8.2        The number of Teams that will qualify for the LCPS will be decided by a majority of Team Managers, at a regular meeting each year, before the start of the season.



Section 8.3        The format for the LCPS is as follows. It is applicable for divisional or non-divisional play.
A)        The LCPS will consist of either two or three rounds as determined by the number of Teams that qualify. The initial seeding will be based on the Final Team Standings as decided and
described in Sections 7.9 and 7.11. Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds will be a “Best of
3” series. The Team winning two of the three games wins the round and advances to the
next round. The Championship round will be a “Best of 5” series. The Team winning
three of the five games is the League Champion.
B)        The highest seeded Teams in each round will be the Home Team. The first and third games in the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds will be played at their home field. All other games played in these rounds will be played at the opponent’s field. All games in the Championship Round will be played at the field designated by the Home Team for their particular games, so as to provide maximum exposure to the League.

C)        If 6 Teams qualify for the LCPA three rounds will be played. The top two seeded Teams will receive a bye in the Preliminary Round. The pairings in the Preliminary Round will be as follows:
3rd seed vs. 6th seed
4th seed vs. 5th seed
1st seed and 2nd seed Bye
                
The pairings in the Semifinal Round will be as follows:
                                1st seed vs. lowest remaining seed
                                2nd seed vs. next lowest remaining seed
                The winners of the Semifinal Round will advance to the Championship Round.
D)        If four Teams qualify for the LCPS, in a non-divisional alignment, two rounds will be played.
The pairings in the Semifinal Round will be as follows:
                1st seed vs. 4th seed
                2nd seed vs. 3rd seed
                The winners of the Semifinal round would advance to the Championship Round.
E)        If four Teams qualify for the LCPS, in a two division, alignment (total of eight Teams)
Three rounds will be played. The pairings in the Preliminary Round will be as follows:
        Division “A”                        Division “B”
        1st seed vs. 4th seed                1st seed vs. 4th seed
        2nd seed vs. 3rd seed                2nd seed vs. 3rd seed
The pairings in the Semifinal Round will be as follows:
        Division “A”                        Division “B”
        Winner 1st seed vs. 4th seed        Winner 1st seed vs. 4th seed
        Winner 2nd seed vs. 3rd seed        Winner 2nd seed vs. 3rd seed
The divisional winners in the Semifinal Round advance to the Championship Round.

Section 8.4        The starting time and grace period for LCPS games played on an unlighted field will be as described in Section 7.2 and 7.4. The starting time for LCPS games played at Pullman Park will be as described by the management of Pullman Park, the President and/or the Commissioners.

Section 8.5        All LCPS games will consist of seven innings and be played in their entirety. Tied games will continue into extra innings until a winner is decided. If an LCPS game is called due to inclement weather or darkness, any time after four and one half innings have been completed, the game will be considered a suspended game. The suspended game will resume at the exact point where the game was called, on the date, time and field where the next LCPS game in the round is scheduled or as determined by the President and/or the Commissioners. The LCPS game originally scheduled will be played immediately after the suspended game. Team Managers may make substitutions only for Players who may not be able to attend the completion of the suspended game.

Section 8.6        To be eligible for LCPS games a Player must have participated in five (5)regular season games.Players placed on the League Disabled List for 50% or more of the regular season games, must have participated in five regular season games to be eligible for LCPS games. Players placed on the League Disabled List for between 25% to 49% of the regular season games must have participated in seven regular season games to be eligible for the LCPS games.

Section 8.7        Each Team will provide two new baseballs and equally split the game fees for the Umpires for each game they play in the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds of the LCPS. Two Umpires will be assigned to all games played in these rounds. The league will provide at least four new baseballs and pay the game fees for the Umpires for all games played in the Championship Round. The League will pay for two umpires and the third umpire will be provided free of charge. Note: In the
event more than four baseballs are required for any LCPS game, the Teams will alternate, beginning with the Home Team, in providing a new baseball to the Umpires.

Section 8.8        The Team that wins the League Championship Play-Off Series shall be awarded a trophy or plaque by the League. The award will indicate the year, the Team name, and the designation: League Champion Team. The League shall pay $75 for this award.

ARTICLE 9.0 UMPIRES
Section 9.1        Two Umpires will be assigned to each regular season by the (BCSOA). Umpires schedule of Umpires assigned to each regular season game will be issued by the BCSOA to the League Secretary. The League Secretary will distribute the schedule for the Umpires to all Team Managers.

Section 9.2        Both Umpires are to be paid by the Home Team Manager before the start of all regular season games. Section 8.7 defines the payment of the Umpires for all LCPS games.

Section 9.3        The League will use the National League version of the latest edition of the Official Baseball Rules, published by the Sporting News as the official rule book for the League. If conflicts exist between the Official Baseball Rules and the Constitution and By-Laws, the Constitution and By-Laws will take precedence. The League will provide copies of both documents to all Officers, Team Managers, and the BCSOA for their use. Team Managers are required to inform all Coaches and Players on their team of the rules, governing play in the League, each year, before the start of the season.

Section 9.4        In addition to enforcement of the rules, Umpires assigned to games in the League shall have the following responsibilities:

A)        Assure that each Team Manager submits an Official League Line-Up Card (See Attachment “H”) to the home plate Umpire, before the start of each game. Note: The game is officially turned over to the Umpires when the Home Team Manager hands the Line-Up Card to the Home Plate Umpire.
B)        Assure that each lineup change and Player substitution is recorded.
C)        Assure that ground rules are discussed with both Team Managers before the start of each game.
D)        Assure that both Team Managers are made aware of any unusual circumstance that may affect managerial decisions during the process of the game.
E)        Announce the use of an Additional Hitter in either Team’s lineup before the game.
F) (Optional)        Verify the score of the game in progress with both Teams at the end of every other inning and announce the score to both Teams and spectators.


G)        Umpires are not to socialize with Team Managers, Coaches, Players or spectators any time        
before or during the games. In this regard it is mandatory that the Membership and Umpires read and abide by the GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO UMPIRE following Rule 9.05 in the Official Baseball Rules.
Section 9.5        The Home Team will provide at least three new baseballs to the Umpires before the start of each regular season game. The Umpires will inspect the baseballs to assure they are the type approved for League play, as defined in Section 11.2. In addition, the Home Team Manager must assure that an adequate supply of approved baseballs is available to complete the game. The approved baseball for 2004 shall be the AD Starr Baseball with the Butler Eagle County Logo on the ball (AD Starr balls used last year can still be used for the 2004 season).

ARTICLE 10.0 SPECIAL RULES
Section 10.1        The following special rules have been adopted by the League and are to be implemented in addition to, or in place of, rules set forth in the Official Baseball Rules.

        A) Designated Runner        A Team may elect to provide a Designated Runner for the pitcher any time the pitcher becomes a base runner. A Team may elect to provide a Designated Runner for the catcher any time the catcher becomes a base runner with two outs. Neither the pitcher nor the catcher is considered removed from the game. The Player used as the Designated Runner may enter the game as a position Player later in the game. Any Player not currently in the lineup and not previously ejected may be used as the Designated Runner and may be inserted as often as necessary in the same inning. Any Player previously ejected from a game in progress shall not be used as a Designated Runner. It is the decision of the Team Manager to use a Designated Runner. The Team Manager of the Team using a Designated Runner must notify the Umpires immediately.

        B) Additional Hitter        A Team may elect to use an Additional Hitter in their lineup. This is an assigned position in the batting order. A Team does not have to use an Additional Hitter, but if used the game must end with 10 Players in the lineup. The Additional Hitter may also play defensively. The use of an Additional Hitter must be determined and announced by the Umpires before the start of the game.

        C) Depleted Bench        If all Players on a Team have been used and a serious injury occurs to any Player currently in the lineup, while at bat, as a runner, or while playing defensively, that requires the Player to be removed from the game for medical attention, a Player previously removed from the game may be reinstated into the lineup for the injured Player. If the injured Player is the Additional Hitter, the Team must finish the game with 10 Players in the lineup. If the injured Player is the pitcher, the Player being reinstated cannot have pitched previously in that game. Any Player previously ejected from a game in progress shall not be reinstated. If a complete Team cannot be fielded, the injured Player’s Team shall forfeit the game.

        D) Team Managers Second Trip to Pitching Mound        If a Team Manager or Coach makes more than one trip to the pitching mound in the same inning, the pitcher must be removed. The Player who was the pitcher does not have to be removed from the game, but may not return as the pitcher for the remainder of the game. The pitcher may be assigned to replace another Player currently in the lineup at a defensive position or as the Additional Hitter, provided the pitcher has not left the playing field.

        E) Field Preparation        Playing field maintenance and preparation are the responsibility of the Home Team. The field must have visible foul lines and preferably batter boxes in place before the start of each game. The infield portion of the field should be dragged and have a surface irregularities such as holes, ruts, rocks, stones, mud, or standing water, repaired or removed before the start of each game. Infield and outfield grass should be cut. Any field not considered in playable condition, in the judgment of the Umpires may cause for a forfeit of the game by the Home Team.

Re-entry: Starting with the 2003 season the league has adopted the re-entry rule for all games (regular season and playoff games). The rule shall follow the NFHS High School Re-enrty rule. The rule allows for any player in the lineup to leave the game one time and re-enter back into the lineup in their original spot in the batting order. The starting pitcher may have another roster player who has not already been in the lineup pinch hit for the pitcher, and then the pitcher can return to the mound to pitch again. This can only be done "One Time" for the starting pitcher.

ARTICLE 11.0 EQUIPMENT
Section 11.1        All Players must wear protective helmets while at bat, and while base runners. Catchers must also wear protective helmets while playing defensively.

Section 11.2        The following baseballs are approved for use in all games starting with the 2004 season:
        AD Starr - Non Logo Balls (2003)
       AD Starr - Butler Eagle County Logo on the ball (2004)
        No other baseballs are approved for use in any League game.

Section 11.3        Players may use either wooden or aluminum bats.

Section 11.4        All Players on a Team must wear matching uniforms and hats during games. Shirts are to be tucked in pants at all times. Pitchers are not permitted to wear white, gray, tan or other light colored long sleeves while pitching. Team Managers and Coaches may wear Team uniforms or shirts and shorts, consistent with Team colors; hats must match the Players hats. Team Managers and coaches may not enter a game as a Player unless they are in full Team uniform.

ARTICLE 12.0 PROTESTS
Section 12.1        Any protest concerning a regular season game must be submitted to the President, in writing, by the Team Manager, within three (3) days after the game was played. Each protest submitted must be accompanied by a fee of $10 made payable to the President. If the protest is denied, the President will keep the fee but if the protest is granted, the President will return the fee to the Team Manager.

Section 12.2        Any protest concerning a LCPS game will be resolved immediately by the President or the Commissioner in attendance at the game. No fee is required.

Section 12.3        A game cannot be protested, nor a protest submitted, for any play that involves a judgment call by an Umpire. Only protests concerning rule violations will be allowed. In this regard Team Managers must understand the intent of Rule 4.19 in the Official Baseball Rules.

Section 12.4        A Team Manager may question the eligibility of a Player(s) by notifying the League Secretary within three days after the game was played. The League Secretary shall provide the Team Manager with the necessary information to decide eligibility. If the Player(s) in question is suspected of being ineligible, a protest may be submitted immediately, in writing to the President. No fee is required. The League Secretary will notify all Team Managers if any Player(s) is determined to be ineligible by the President and the Commissioners. Any Team using an ineligible, Player(s) will be fined and forfeit games as described in Section 6.3.Eagle County By-Laws