League Rules

INMBL League Rules, Regulations and By-Laws

This league was created to provide for men 18 years old and over, and 35 years old and over an alternative to softball and enable us to play the game we all grew up playing–Baseball. Adult attitudes must always prevail, no matter how competitive any league is. The responsibility that this ethic sustains will remain at the responsibility of the individual league President and his officers and anyone who abuses the league’s code can be suspended or expelled from the league. These rules were established to serve as guidelines for all local league affiliates.

INDEX

1. Uniforms, Helmets, Baseballs and Other Equipment
2. Game Length, Run Rule, Rain-Outs and Standings
3. Teams, Players and Line-Ups
4. Player Behavior and Team Responsibility
5. Courtesy Runners
6. Pitchers
7. Fielders
8. Ex-Pro Status and Regulations
9. General League Rules
10. Code of Conduct

RULES

1. UNIFORMS, HELMETS AND BASEBALLS

1.a – All teams must have full baseball uniforms consisting of caps, numbered baseball jerseys, baseball pants, and belt – each player’s uniform must be of similar design to his teammates uniforms. All teams must wear a Major League, Minor League, or Negro League replica uniform of either a past or a present team, determined by each division’s choice. Jerseys can have either tackle twill or screenprint lettering and numbering. Teams having sponsorship will be allowed the sponsors name on their uniforms via patch or uniform shirt.

a.1 – No player out of uniform will be allowed to play without the opposing manager’s consent.

a.2 – All teams should have their uniforms by their first game. With the exception of authorized temporary replacement players, supply problems, or a special Divisional rule, all players must wear full baseball uniforms to be eligible to play. A grace period of 3 weeks will be extended for newly activated players or for new teams to complete their uniforms.

1.b – All batters and runners must wear helmets for both at bats and on base. There is no option to this rule. Full double-ear flap helmets or helmets with ear flaps facing the pitcher are required for batters and are encouraged for the bases. Catchers must wear a helmet underneath their mask. The same rule will apply for all national tournament play. All base coaches must wear helmets either catcher’s style or double-ear flap.

1.c –  Each team should bring a minimum of 2 balls to each game. In the 18+ league each team should provide 2 balls for 1st game of double header and 1 additional ball for the 2nd game.  Only balls provided by the local league will be permitted. The Rawlings baseballs provided by the league is the official baseball to be used in all games.

1. d – Players in the 18+ division(s) and 35+ division may only use wood, composite wood, or metal wood bats conforming to official standards.

1. e – Players may wear plastic or metal baseball cleats, or non-cleated athletic shoes, at their option.

2. GAME LENGTH, RUN RULE, RAIN-OUTS AND STANDINGS

2.a – All single games (i.e., All-Star, 35+ games, playoffs) are scheduled for nine innings unless overridden by special field rules or game schedule. No new inning will begin after three hours following the start of the game, unless special field rules are in effect. If a game exceeds the designated time, both teams shall help prep the field for the subsequent game, with the home team manager held responsible. (Field prep may be required at other times as well at particular fields with the home team responsible for prepping the field).  Time limit rules will not apply to playoff or championship games in either the 18+ division(s) or 35+ division.

2.b – All doubleheaders will be seven innings unless tied. Total elapsed playing time shall be 2 1/2 hours per game. No new inning will begin after two and a half hours following the start of the game, unless special field rules are in effect. There shall be 20 minutes between games of a doubleheader unless both managers and the umpire agree on more time.

2.c – Games that must be ended due to time limits, rain or darkness may end in a tie.  A game ending in a tie is considered a completed game and will not generally be rescheduled or completed at a later date. However, the League may, in its discretion, and subject to field availability and budget, schedule a tie game for completion if it affects final standings or playoffs.

2.d – A game in progress may be ended at the umpire’s discretion due to rain or darkness or unsafe conditions. Any game ended prior to completion (i.e., prior to completing the designated number of innings or reaching the time limit) is considered an OFFICIAL GAME if five innings are completed, or if the home team leads after 4 innings, regardless of whether the game was scheduled for 7-innings or 9-innings. Official Games are considered completed, and will not be rescheduled or played to conclusion.  If both managers desire to complete a game that was previously ended before the scheduled number of innings were played, they may petition the League to complete the game at another date and time. The League has complete discretion to allow continuation of the game and is subject to field availability, budget or other.  Continued games will begin at the point where the game was originally ended.

2.e – Any game in progress that is ended prior to completion (i.e., prior to reaching the time limit), and which does not constitute an OFFICIAL GAME, shall be considered to be a SUSPENDED GAME. A Suspended Game is not considered completed and no winner is declared. At the discretion of the League, and subject to field availability and budget, suspended games may be rescheduled to be played from the point where the game was suspended to completion.

2.f – If there is a 12-run discrepancy at the end of 5 innings, the game will be ruled final at this point. This rule will not pertain in .Playoffs.

2.g – In the event of rain, it is the responsibility of the scheduled home team to notify the league president and umpire coordinator and opposing team manager of field conditions and possible cancellation of game, at least 2 hours before scheduled game time. In the event such notification does not take place, the home team solely will be responsible for any travel fees and game fees imposed by the umpiring organization and may forfeit game and or games.  If weather conditions impact the playability of a field for a game in progress and there are differing opinions between managers regarding the playability of the field, the decision to cancel the game will be made by the umpire.  Proper use, upkeep and protection of fields, as well as the safety of players, umpires and fans must always be ensured.

2.h – Final league standings will be determined by won/lost percentage. Ties will be decided by head-to-head competition first, followed by inter-division won-lost record.  If the preceding criteria does not resolve ties in the standings, runs-against will be calculated and used to determine final standings.  Forfeited games will count as one (1) run-against per inning scheduled.

2.i – Games cancelled by rain, field availability, or field conditions will not be rescheduled by the League, but may be made up at any time not conflicting with previously scheduled games.  All make-up games must be agreed to by both mangers and League notification must take place and be approved. Both teams must work with the League to reschedule a game(s) at the earliest convenience based upon field and player availability.  Managers need to be flexible as games may need to be played on alternate days and/or differing start times. Rain out games must be made up in order of cancellations.

 

3. TEAMS, PLAYERS AND LINEUPS

3.a – A player is eligible to participate in an official league sanctioned game for the following divisions: (MABL) adults 18 years and over as of the league’s and/or team’s first sports activity of the current year and (MSBL) adults 35 and over as of the 31st of December of the current year.  Waivers to allow players less than 18 years of age may be requested and granted or denied by the League.  The League has full discretion to grant or deny age waivers.  All granted waivers must be approved by MSBL.

3.b – New Players: The league shall control the assignment to teams of all players who have contacted the league in response to advertising or who have been referred to the league by any means. A player who has not been referred in any league game in either the current or previous year shall be regarded as a new player. A new player acquired by a team through that team’s own recruiting efforts shall be subject to the control of the team and not the league.  All new players not acquired by an individual team’s recruiting efforts must participate in the league tryouts and subsequent draft.  If a draft is not held, it will be the League’s responsibility to assign new players to teams.

3.c – Team rosters, including league and player fees, proof of date of birth, player application and waiver forms must be submitted to the League prior to opening day unless another date is specified, Rosters may not be changed after the middle of each season, (date to be announced by the League) unless:

– Players are lost to injuries.
– A player from their roster voluntarily quits for the remainder of the season.

Mangers can request roster changes after the cutoff date; however, all additional players being added to the roster must be approved by the League.  The League has complete discretion to allow or deny additional players after the cutoff date.

3.d – All players, must have signed waiver forms on file with the League at least two (2) days prior to participating in a game.

3.e – A team manager may bat as many players as he desires, with a minimum of 10 (subject to the number of players available, if less than 10). Batters cannot be deleted or skipped over, regardless of their batting position or when they were added during the game. If a team has only nine (9) players and therefore bats nine players, the opposing team will have the option of batting nine as well.

3.f – A manager may add batters to the bottom of the lineup at any time but if a batter is pinch hit or run for (except under courtesy runners as outlined in section 5), the player may not re-enter the game as a hitter but may remain in the game as a fielder or pitcher. Each team has a hitting and a defensive lineup that are independent of each other. Players may play in either lineup or both.

3.g – A team MAY declare at the time that lineups are exchanged prior to the start of play that batting order positions from 10 up (i.e. 10,11,12,etc.) will be occupied by two players in each such batting position. That is, 10A/10B,11A/11B,etc. The first time that position 10 gets an at bat, 10A would hit and the next time this slot hits, 10B would be up. Then 10A hits the third time this spot in the order comes up, and so on, alternating between these two players throughout the game. Once a team declares the use of this A/B system, it must continue using it for the remainder of the game. A hitting position due to injury or ejection and for which there is no replacement player will be skipped over without penalty. Hitters in the A/B position from the batting order position 10 and down may be pinch hit for, just as any other player.

3.h – If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or work commitment, a reserve player, not previously entered into the game as a hitter, must hit in the batter’s place. If no reserve is present, that spot is skipped over and all batters move up accordingly, without recording an out. However, the exception would be if the departing player has been ejected by the umpire. In the case of an ejection with no reserve player present, an out will be recorded the first time through the order at the ejected players turn in the order.

3.i – A team must have 8 of their rostered players for an official game and may borrow a player from an opposing team with the opposing manager’s consent or may borrow a player from another team, also with the opposing manager’s consent. If the team’s 9th player arrives after the start of the game, the borrowed player reverts back to his team. A team having less than eight of their rostered players at game time will be given a 15 minute grace period, If at any time after the grace period or during the game a team falls below the required eight rostered players, the game shall be declared a forfeit.

3.j – All players may be substituted for defensively, at any time, without affecting the players offensive status in the line-up. If the pitcher is removed, he may re-enter to pitch only one time during the course of the game, but not in the same inning. The removed pitcher may play any other position after being removed or no position at all.

3.k – No player may switch teams within a season, without the consent of both managers and the league president. If this does not meet with approval, the player must sit out one calendar year from competition, from the last date of his playing. In the event a team disbands during the season or at season’s conclusion, all players with 3 years seniority in the league will become automatic free agents and will be permitted to play for any desired team. Players not having 3 years in the league will re-enter the draft. If a player is not invited back by his manager, he must be given his release so that he may go to the team of his choosing or re-enter the draft. If a player is invited back to play and he desires not to play for his former team and cannot be successfully traded, he must sit out one entire year or re-enter the draft, making himself available to all teams.

3.l – In the event a player wishes to leave his existing team and form a new team, he may do so. No other player can be taken from the existing team without the consent of the existing team’s manager. No other players may be taken from any other team without the respective team manager’s approval.

3.m – Final team rosters must have no less than an equivalent to, 13 full time players for 18+, 12 full time players for 35+ and 18+ fall league..

3.n – Last names and uniform numbers must be used in the scorebook to allow for player identification for follow up inquiries that relate to playoff and national tournament participation requiring minimum playing requirements. This would include “half-time” players.

3.o All teams must announce offensive additions, substitutions, and/or changes to the home plate umpire AND opposing team manager and/or scorekeeper. Only after this has been done will the added player be deemed a legal substitution.

3.p – While both teams are encouraged to keep score, the home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook. If the home team does not have enough personnel to keep the scorebook, the managers may agree to have the visiting team keep the official scorebook.

3.q – Line-up cards specifying the starting offensive line-up, all other available players, courtesy runners (if any) will be exchanged between managers prior to the start of the game. Players arriving late may be added at the bottom of the line-up or substituted under normal rules. All batting substitutions must be reported to the opposing team.4. PLAYERS BEHAVIOR AND TEAM RESPONSIBILITY
4.a – No beer or other alcoholic beverages shall be permitted on the premises where games are played, including the field area and parking lots. No player will be permitted on the premises under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

4.b – The league has the right to suspend or expel any team member who abuses league rules or who does not exhibit a sense of sportsmanship or who plays without regard to the safety of the umpires or other players.

4.c – An umpire has sole discretion to expel any player or manager from the game.

4.d – Fighting among players or aggressive physical contact with an umpire will not be tolerated and players expelled from the game for either violation will be subject to suspension or expulsion from the league on the first offense.

4.e – Players shall not intentionally collide with any other players. In the case of a runner intentionally colliding with a fielder, the runner will be called out and may, at the umpire’s discretion, be expelled from the game. All base runners must either slide or give up their right to a base (avoid a collision by stopping or leaving a base path) if the defensive player (e.g. catcher) has possession of the ball, is in the act of receiving the ball, or is about to immediately receive the ball and will be able to make an apparent play on the base runner. If a defensive player is not in possession of the ball, is not in the act of receiving the ball, or is not about to immediately receive the ball so that he is able to record an out (apparent play. at any base), he cannot block the base (e.g. home plate) or be in the base path so as to impede (obstruct) the base runner’s right to that base. Under such circumstances, the defensive player shall be responsible to avoid collision. If a collision does occur under these circumstances, the runner will always be considered safe and the obstruction rule shall be enforced. The defensive player may be ejected from the game (if the action is intentional, he must be ejected), and may be suspended from league play if the obstruction is judged to be flagrant.

4.e  cont’d: The rules committee is concerned about possible unnecessary and violent collisions that may occur with the catcher at home plate, and with infielders at all bases. The intent of this rule is to encourage base runners and defensive players to avoid such collisions whenever possible.

PENALTY—If the runner, a) could have avoided the collision and reached the base, or b) attempted to dislodge the ball, the runner shall be declared out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the interference.

(3) If the fielder blocks the path of the base runner to the base (plate), the runner may make contact or slide into, a fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base or plate.

(4) If the collision by the runner was flagrant, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the contest. The ball shall be declared dead.

b. If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line clearly without possession of the ball,   obstruction shall be called. The runner is safe and an immediate dead ball shall be called.

(1) If the base runner collides flagrantly, the runner shall be declared safe on the obstruction, but will be ejected from the contest. The ball is dead.

c. Decoy Rule

Any fielder may use a decoy only if it serves a strategic purpose.  For example, if a fielder, who sees a man attempting to steal second base during a hit and run, looks upward into the sky and says that he’s got the pop-up when in fact the ball has been hit on ground is a legal decoy as it may cause the runner to retreat to first base and prevent him from advancing.

However, if a fielder fakes a tag, forcing a player to slide, when there is no strategic purpose or apparent play, the runner will be ruled safe and all runners will advance one base.

This is entirely an umpire judgment decision and not a rule that may be protested.

d. Force Play Slide Rule

The intent of the force-play-slide rule is to ensure the safety of the defensive player. This is a safety as well as an interference rule. Whether the defense could have completed the double play has no bearing on the applicability of this rule. This rule pertains to a force-play situation at any base, regardless of the number of outs.

a. On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground and in a direct line between the two bases.

Exception—A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder.

(1) “On the ground” means either a head-first slide or a slide with one leg and buttock on the ground.

(2) “Directly into a base” means the runner’s entire body (feet, legs, trunk and arms) must stay in a straight line between the bases.

(3) If a runner goes into a base standing up and does not make contact or alter the play of the defensive player, interference shall not be called.

b. Contact with a fielder is legal and interference shall not be called if the runner:

(1) Makes a legal slide directly to the base, or

(2) Is on the ground at the time of contact and the fielder moves directly down the line between the two bases to attempt a play.

(3) Makes a legal slide and makes contact with a defensive player who is on or over, but not beyond, the base.

(4) When the base runner slides beyond the base, but does not (a) make contact with, or (b) alter the play of the defensive player, interference shall not be called.

c. Actions by a runner are illegal and interference shall be called if:

(1) The runner slides or runs out of the base line in the direction of the fielder;

(2) The runner uses a rolling, cross-body or pop-up slide and either makes contact with or alters the play of a fielder;

(3) The runner’s raised leg makes contact higher than the fielder’s knee when in a standing position;

(4) The runner goes beyond the base and either makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder;

(a) Beyond the base” means any part of the offensive player’s body makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder beyond the base.

(5) The runner slashes or kicks the fielder with either leg;

(6) The runner illegally slides toward or contacts the fielder even if the fielder makes no attempt to throw to complete a play.

PENALTY:

(1) With less than two outs, the batter-runner, as well as the interfering runner, shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.

(2) With two outs, the interfering runner shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.

(3) If the runner’s slide or collision is flagrant, the runner shall be ejected from the contest.

(4) If the bases are loaded with no outs, a double-play attempt is made, and interference is called, all other runners must return to their original bases.

 

4.f – Each league must set its own standards or player/team sportsmanship, but must encourage suspensions for infractions unbefitting to the image and policies of the league.

4.g – Failure to abide by age, waivers and non-rostered regulations – the managers must all recognize their responsibility to the league and the perpetuity of it as to not cross the line where winning is more important than playing. An opposing manager may at anytime have the right to question a player’s age or roster status. If a manager wants to lodge a protest, proof of age or roster status must be provided to the manager who lodged his protest by Friday of the following week. If an underage player (without a waiver) or non-rostered player is detected, penalties, whether to the individual and/or team, will be decided by the league president and board of directors.  If a non-rostered player is detected, all games in which that player participated will be forfeited.  Additionally, the manager of the offending team may be suspended for two (2) games.  Should a non-rostered player be detected again in the same season for the same team, the manager may be expelled from the League.  The League has full discretion to modify the above penalties relating to the use of non-rostered players.

5. COURTESY RUNNERS

5.a – Players that will need courtesy runners, must have their manager notify the opposing manager before game time. If not so notified, the opposing manager may deny the request. Each team will be allowed the maximum of 2 courtesy runners per game. The player to make the last batted out must be the courtesy runner. Once the game begins and the full complement of 2 courtesy runners has not been used, only by obvious injury can an additional courtesy runner be used. In the event a player becomes injured during the game and the maximum number of courtesy runners (2) have already been designated, a pinch runner must be used and no courtesy runner will be allowed. If a batter (designated as needing a courtesy runner) opts to run, or forgets to get a courtesy runner and subsequently runs, he will lose his courtesy runner for the remaining portion of the game.

5.b – The game may be conducted using the “catcher courtesy rule” in order to speed up play. This means that if the catcher is on a base with two outs, he may be substituted from the bases with the last batted out so that he can expedite putting on the catchers gear for warm ups after the third out. This rule is entirely optional and is not encouraged or discouraged by the League.  The “catcher courtesy runner” is independent of the two (2) allowable courtesy runners.

 

6. PITCHERS

6.a – No player, while pitching, may wear white or gray sleeves, nor may a pitcher wear batting gloves or wristbands, or any other article, which in the umpire’s judgment, unfairly distracts the batter or impairs sight of the ball while pitching.

6.b – One intentional walk per game will be allowed. The pitcher must throw 4 pitches and all pitches are live.

6.c – Umpires have discretion to eject any pitcher who intentionally throws at a hitter. If a pitcher is believed to have intentionally thrown at a hitter, the League may take further disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Regardless of intent, if a pitcher hits 4 batters in any one game, he must be removed on the fourth hit batsman. A pitcher so disqualified may remain in the game at another position.

6.d – There is no regulation as to how many innings a pitcher may pitch in a game or a week. In the 35+ division a pitcher may only pitch a maximum of 5 innings in a game, regardless if the game goes into extra innings.

6.e – A pitcher shall be permitted eight warm-up pitches, both upon entering the game and at the start of each half-inning. The umpire has the discretion to reduce this number to no fewer than five pitches only if he determines that the pitcher has intentionally delayed the game by not taking the mound promptly.

7. FIELDERS

Infielders are not allowed to decoy a throw or catch. If a decoy throw or catch is detected, all runners shall be allowed to advance one base beyond the base held after all play stops. If the same fielder decoys twice in the same game, the fielder shall be expelled from the game. Decoying is referred to as a false catch or throw done in an attempt to get the player to slide unnecessarily, where no strategic value is gained.

 

 

8. EX-PRO STATUS AND REGULATIONS

8.a – A player must be out of pro-ball for 2 complete MSBL seasons before becoming eligible to participate in a MSBL league.   The League may grant a waiver to allow an ex-pro player to participate in league play with fewer than two (2) seasons away from professional baseball.  The League’s Board of Directors must approve the waiver by a majority vote.  If a waiver is granted, the waived player will not be allowed to pitch until he has been away from professional baseball for at least two (2) MSBL seasons.

9. GENERAL LEAGUE RULES

9.a – Four forfeits by any team could mean immediate expulsion from the league with no money refunded to the team. The League will evaluate circumstances before rendering a decision.

9.b – All protests should be lodged to the league president and board within 24 hours after the game for which the protest is made. All protests shall be decided by the league board of directors and/or protest committee.

9.c – Only MSBL and MABL leagues are eligible for all MSBL and MABL sanctioned regional and national tournaments, unless waived by national tournament committee.

9.d – Determination of eligibility to participate in MSBL regional and national tournament competition will be based solely on the decision of MSBL National Tournament Rules Committee. In general, no player will be allowed to participate in a regional or national tournament unless the player has participated in at least 50 percent of his regular season MSBL/MABL games.

9.e – In order for a player to qualify and participate in his team’s local league playoffs, tournaments and post-season events, he must participate in at least 50 percent of his team’s regular season games. In order for a player to qualify as a pitcher he must make two plate appearances in one half of his team’s regular season games played or pitch in 25 percent of this team’s regular season total innings or pitch in 75 percent of his team’s games. If such a player fails to meet the requirements due to injury, a letter should be submitted to the league president explaining non-compliance. Local leagues retain the right to their own qualifications for local tournament only.

9.f – Each year, all players on the league’s waiting list will be invited to a draft. The annual draft will be conducted in a manner to allow parity in leagues by having the prior year’s teams with the lowest finishing records along with any expansion teams drafting first. Teams with no legitimate catcher or inadequate pitching may be allowed a special catcher or pitcher pick at the beginning of the draft.  During each year’s draft, the lowest two teams based upon the standings from the prior summer season, will have the first and second pick.  Expansion teams will then pick based upon the order in which they joined the league.  The remainder of draft will be ordered upon the prior year’s summer standings for the remaining teams.

9.g – In regard to the Men’s Adult Baseball League, players upon reaching the age of 35 do not automatically have to enter the senior division. When desired, MABL players, unless entering as a full team, when reaching age 35 will enter the senior division draft unless the MABL player has 3 years seniority in the league. MABL players with 3 years seniority in the league will become automatic free agents and will be permitted to play for any MSBL desired team. MABL players already entered into the league cannot be solicited to join senior division teams and when entering into the senior division must go through the draft, unless entering as a full team or the player has 3 years seniority in the league.

9.h – Both teams must report into the league within 48 hours their game results. This would include the score(s), winning pitcher(s), player highlights, field conditions, ejections, umpire evaluation and any other additional comments. This can be done by phone, email or website entry. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting that game.

NATIONAL CODE OF CONDUCT RULES (To be added to Inland Northwest MABL/MSBL rules)

Prohibitions
Managers and players shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. No manager or player shall commit the following:
• Lay a hand upon, shove or strike, or threaten an official. Players and managers guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall remain suspended until his conduct is reviewed by the board of directors. Players and managers guilty of such conduct shall be subject to suspension for the remainder of the season or expulsion from the league for life.
• Refuse to abide by an official’s decision. Players guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall remain suspended until his conduct is reviewed by the board of directors. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject to probation or suspension for the remainder of the season.
• Be guilty of objectionable demonstrations of dissent at an official’s decision. Players and managers guilty of such conduct shall be subject to suspension from further participation in the game.
• Discuss with an official or officials the decision reached by such official or officials, except for the manager or his designee who are authorized to participate in such discussions. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject to suspension from further participation in the game.
• Use unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of the game against the body or person of an opposing player. Players guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall be subject to probation or suspension for the remainder of the season.
• Be guilty of physical attack as an aggressor upon any player, manager, official, or spectator, before, during, or after a game. Players guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall remain suspended until their conduct is reviewed by the board of directors. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject to suspension for the remainder of the season or expulsion from the league for life.
• Be guilty of verbal abusive attack upon any player, manager, official, or spectator, before, during, or after a game. Players guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall remain suspended until their conduct is reviewed by the board of directors. Players guilty of such conduct shall be subject to suspension for the remainder of the season.
• Consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during the game or be upon the field of play at any time in an intoxicated condition. Players guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game and shall be subject to probation or suspension for the remainder of the season.
• Smoke on the field of play or in the dugout. Players guilty of such conduct shall be immediately suspended from further participation in the game.
Penalties
• The board of directors may, by vote of the majority of the directors, suspend any player or manager for such a period and upon such terms as it may propose, for the conduct within its opinion is prejudicial to the welfare, interest, reputation, or charter of the league.
• Except as otherwise provided, the league president and board shall determine the appropriate action required for violations of the codes of conduct, and shall report their decision to the player, manager and the board of directors.
• A player found in violation of any provision delineated in the codes of conduct, after being placed on probation for the remainder of the season shall be suspended for the remainder of the season.
• Any player found in violation of any provisions delineated in the codes of conduct, after being suspended from further participation in a game shall be suspended for the remainder of the season.

Grievances, protests, and appeals
• Grievances may be filed by an individual player or by the manager of a team provided that a grievance is formally submitted to the president and board. The president and board shall adjudicate all such grievances and shall report any action taken to the teams involved.
• An appeal of any action or ruling may be filed with the board of directors by an individual player or by the manager of a team provided that the appeal is formally submitted. However, all decisions by the board of directors are final and not subject to appeal.

 

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